“Pray without ceasing.” (1Thessalonians 5:17, NASB)
I need to confess something to you. I was overwhelmed with obtaining the latest information on Coronavirus and started scrolling social media more than praying. I grabbed my phone when my alarm went off in the morning, and reading the news was the last thing I did before I went to bed at night. I was overwhelming myself with Coronavirus news. That played into the devil's hands. Reading the news and being informed is essential, but not more important than praying. Don't let the enemy trick you into praying less. Pray more. Pray without ceasing.
10. Less Fellowship
“Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25, NASB)
I’m a big believer that Christians draw strength from one another. Satan wanted Christians to stop fellowshipping. When we stop fellowshipping, we can't edify one another, comfort one another, or help one another. However, we're living in a technologically advanced era with Zoom, Facebook, Youtube, telephones, etc. Although Satan wanted us to stop fellowshipping, technology made it easier than ever. Through the use of technology, Sunday service, midweek services or Bible studies, and women's and men's meetings continued. The telephone allowed us to call and text one another, and cars allowed us to drive by one another's homes to say hello (from a distance, of course). Don’t stop fellowshipping. Pick up the phone and call someone. Check in on others and see how they’re doing.
As I sit typing this article, the Coronavirus is still ravaging our nation, but we aren't reading about it as much as we were in March, April, and early to mid-May. News about the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests are in the news. The same advice concerning how we react to the coronavirus can be applied to Christians regarding the social upheaval we're currently experiencing.
There will always be something going on. The news will always have a story that captivates, angers, or fills us with fear and dread. Although the news changes, God doesn't. He and His word are always the same. Instead of allowing the news to move you, stay firmly planted in God and the Bible. When we do that, we'll be "...like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers" (Psalm 1:3).
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