The temptation to compromise on personal devotion and spiritual fervency during these times of COVID-19 comes with ease because of the tendency to spend time following tweets on social media handles and other platforms.
Certainly, we need to know what’s going on out there in relation to the progress of this pandemic; that is vital;
but the danger is where you consume so much information such that it affects your productivity and relationship with the Lord.
For believers, these are hard times as fellowship which is one of the main fuel of the church has been dealt a blow.
Off course, alternative measures such as online worship and live streaming of church services have been adopted as interim measures. This is a good step in the right direction, let’s take advantage, though it comes second to fellowship when you consider their outputs.
Nonetheless, we find ourselves in times where sowing is paramount. It’s a season of sowing, not to the flesh but to the spirit. So then;
“Let us walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
As the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour, how do we maintain our glow as sons and daughters of God in times like these??
1. Don’t compromise on your special times with the Lord. These times will refresh you and keep you in perfect peace amidst these torrid times.
However if you don’t have such personal times with the Lord, is not too late; this is the perfect opportunity to cultivate one.
For every dose of news you take from the world; counter it with a double dose of the word of God.
2. Commit to a personal project; by reading a book, learning a skill or a trade, contributing to the society in your own small way. You may also decide to take an online course especially for students and for those whose work have been halted by the pandemic.
Most importantly, find something to do and do it to the glory of God.
Remember, an idle person is the workshop of the devil, and the person who is mostly idle is a target for the enemy.
3. Look out for one another’s spiritual growth by connecting to family and friends in various ways possible, exhorting one another while it is yet day.
Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
I was particularly hit by the phrase the deceitfulness of sin in this scripture. Sin can be very deceitful because of the cunning craftiness of its nature, therefore be wise and give no place to the devil.
4. Commit to prayer and if possible form small intercessory groups to pray. The ministry of prayer and intercession in these times should not be compromised.
We need it to keep our glow and fervor for the things of God, while the nations, world leaders, health institutions and many others need our prayers.
Romans 8:19 “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”
In my post,”the five things the Lord wants us to know in these times” I wrote as the Lord laid on my heart;
that the outbreak of Covid-19 will only end because of the influence of the church and not Science; that God in all things will be glorified.
You can check out that post by clicking on the link on my previous post below the page.
5. Maximize the use of social media and the internet; don’t join the masses to spread fear but hope, because you are a child of God; and christ in you is the hope of glory.
7. Do the work of an evangelist; knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Finally, let us commit ourselves to the word of God; and to the very words of His grace which is able to build us up and give us an inheritance among those who are sanctified.