In all this time we want to present to you words of encouragement. And we are in days that need encouragement. But something we haven’t addressed yet is the need of humility and taking time to examine our hearts for sin. This virus may not be a direct result of anyone’s sin, nor may it be a direct judgment of God upon the earth, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t live a repentant life. Indeed, this virus exists because we live in a cursed world that deadens us to the things of God. Therefore, redeem the time by examining yourself for complacency, weariness in doing good, of a lack of zeal, or pride. Let the present trial remind you of what is eternally important and of great value. Let it drive you to spend more time reading and meditating on God’s Word. The good news for us is that not only does the Light of God shine to expose the deeds of darkness, it reveals the glory of heaven. In the face of all this confusion, we have the faint vision through Christ that heaven is better than all this world. In that light, let us walk as wise people, as the citizens of heaven, and in the face of the world’s fear let us radiate the Light of Christ, redeem the time, and shout, “I know that my Redeemer lives!”
We will be joining the churches of Southern California Presbytery tomorrow in a day of fasting and prayer. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that reminds us that there are things more important that the things of this world. While the world seeks food, drink, and clothing, we are to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). Fasting is a discipline that humbles us and is meant to show our sorrow for our sin and lack of trust and obedience to God and His ways. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that reminds us to stop thinking like the world thinks about the circumstances and to think about it in the light of God’s word and eternity. Fasting is a spiritual discipline, as it is combined with prayer, that seeks God’s blessing and mercy during times of national or personal crisis. So, please join in with many Christians throughout our Presbytery in fasting as you are able, and to set some time during the day to beseech God to have mercy and remove this virus and its effects that we might be able to get back to normal lives and especially that we might gather together in worship.
Also, Day 2 of my little video devotionals are uploaded and ready to be watched. God’s man for the plan.
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Blessings in Christ,