Jesus is the answer to the Coronavirus scare
Take your vaccine. Take the flu shot, the Coronavirus vaccine. Jesus is our flu shot. The world has no answer for the virus, but God does. This virus did not take God by surprise. He is not worried, nor is He freaking out, so neither should we.
The world does not have the answer for COVID-19, but God does.
We, as children of God, are not like everyone else. We are not susceptible to disease and plagues and pestilence and pandemics. The world may not have a flu shot for this virus, but we do. We have the vaccine, and it is the Eucharist, the Body of Christ. When you can’t get the Eucharist, the vaccine is His word and your faith and trust in His love and protection.
God, through his word, promises us protection from every plague and pestilence simply because we are His and because we trust him and believe his word to be true. If God protects us from plagues and pestilence, then this virus is not to be feared.
Does this mean we don’t take precautions? No. We still need to be wise. However, we will not panic and fear for our lives like everyone else. God wants us wise and submissive to the government warnings and precautions, but He doesn’t want us fearful.
How can I be so sure of God’s protection? Here is what God promises us. This comes from the Bible.
- He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague. (Psalm 91:3)
- He forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases. (Psalm 103:3)
- He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases. (Matthew 8:17)
- The Word of God is “life to those who find them bringing health to one’s whole being.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)
- God says that He is our refuge and our fortress, our ever-present help in time of need. (Psalm 46:1)
- God says that no weapon formed against his people will prosper. (Isaiah 54)
- These promises are for you! Jesus says, “If you remain in my word …. you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
It is not the truth that sets you free but the knowledge of the truth that sets you free. Jesus came to heal and protect us but if we don’t know it, we will live in fear and worry all the days of our lives.
Who Are You?
Are you His people? I am. Do you belong to Jesus? I do. Every time I take Communion, I remind myself of my heritage, to whom I belong, and what is mine because of Christ.
I am no longer alone. I am part of the body of Christ. Every time I take communion, I remind myself that I am part of something greater. I am a member of the body of Christ. When I eat the bread and drink the wine, I partake of the covenant Jesus made with God the Father on my behalf. That covenant came with promises and benefits.
God says, “No harm will come near us, no disaster will come near our tent. He will command his angels to guard us. Though a thousand die at our side, 10,000 at our right hand and (all around us,) it will not come near us. (Psalm 91)
This is God’s word to us and we believe it. We trust it. We can count on it. God doesn’t lie or go back on His word. He doesn’t promise these things and not deliver.
His protection is for us….
- For those who believe
- For those who know it and receive it
- For you and for me
- For all who run to him in faith
- For all who trust him
Psalm 91 says that God protects all who
- Cling to Him,
- Call on His name,
- Dwell in Him,
- Rest in His shade
- Make God their refuge/stronghold
- Know His name
This protection and healing are for those who make God their refuge, their hiding place, their fortress, and strong tower.
Make God your fortress, your shield, your hedge of protection. Do it today, right now. Pray to Him and let him know you trust Him today. He says to us, “do not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that roams in darkness, nor the plague that ravages at noon.” (Psalm 91:5-6)
God wants you to trust him through this Coronavirus as if He really is your God. God’s protection and healing are for now. We don’t need any protection in heaven. There are no plagues or pestilence in heaven. God’s protection is to be used here on earth. Now. Today.
How to Pray
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of the Almighty, Say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.” He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague, He will shelter you with his pinions, and under his wings, you may take refuge; his faithfulness is a protecting shield.
Now you say it, pray this.
“Jesus, you are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. I will not fear this virus because I belong to you. I believe you died and took away my infirmities and you bore my diseases (Matthew 8:16-17). You did this for me and now I receive it. Thank you God for your protection and for commanding your angels to watch over me.”
If you get symptoms, rebuke them. They have no right to you. Be relentless. The symptoms are relentless. Don’t quit till they are gone. Don’t put up with the symptoms and entertain them, kick them out. Don’t roll over and play dead and simply tolerate them.
Last Thursday, after Prayer Group, I left lunch with a splitting headache and went to work in my daughter’s condo. The headache grew worse, and I had stomach pain and diarrhea. I said, no! No, you will not ruin my day. I have a lot to do. I rebuked the headache and diarrhea and kept on working. It is crucial to let faith take root. Pray, and then start doing something and give yourself a chance to have faith. Ten minutes later the symptoms are still there, and I began to quote scripture (“By His stripes, I am healed. No weapon formed against me will prosper…”) and I again rebuked the symptoms, and I told the devil to leave. Then I began to continue working in faith that I am healed. I still felt sick but did not give up. This is where most of us fail.
We give up and give in. We just let it take hold and stop resisting. We think, well it must be God’s will
I refused to allow sickness to take hold of me and commanded the spirit of infirmity to leave me. I began again to ignore it and continued to work, and 5 minutes later, no headache and no stomach issues and no diarrhea. Nothing. I was perfectly well.
Jesus says to have faith in God.
The Bible says that God gives strength to the fainting and makes vigor abound for the weak, and “even though young men may grow tired and weary, not so those who trust in the Lord! Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength and run and not grow weary and walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40)
He is our shield, our mighty fortress.
Don’t give up. The world is counting on us!
As the world is preparing for the COVID-19 virus and taking all the necessary precautions, we as Christians need also to be prepared ahead of time. We need to be armed and ready with faith as a shield, the word of God as a sword, and with our breastplate, helmet and belt firmly in place.
If there be an attack, it is not my doing;
whoever attacks shall fall before you.
16 See, I have created the smith
who blows on the burning coals
and forges weapons as his work;
It is I also who have created
the destroyer to work havoc.
17 Every weapon fashioned against you shall fail;
every tongue that brings you to trial
you shall prove false.
This is the lot of the servants of the Lord,
their vindication from me ISAIAH 54
I chose you, I have not rejected you—
10 Do not fear: I am with you;
do not be anxious: I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
11 Yes, all shall be put to shame and disgrace
who vent their anger against you;
Those shall be as nothing and perish
who offer resistance.
12 You shall seek but not find
those who strive against you;
They shall be as nothing at all
who do battle with you.
13 For I am the Lord, your God,
who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, Do not fear,
I will help you. Isaiah 41