Living by faith is to trust that the things we read in the Bible are realities, not fables. Ephesians 4:1-5 reminds us there is “One God, One Faith, and One Baptism.” God’s sheep know his voice and will not follow any other. By walking in the Light (Jesus is that light) I implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of our calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. By trusting in God’s record of miracles, we hold fast to the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Grace and peace be unto each of you faithful readers in the name of our loving Father through his precious son Jesus Christ. I am writing to you to remind you that Jesus is with us when we need him most. When he said, “Take my yoke upon you and you shall find rest unto your soul,” it is a pure, precious, honest, and everlasting promise. He knows how much we can bear. Let us go to the beautiful garden of prayer, where he waits to hear us pray. You will see, as I have often experienced, that He gives more hope and strength when trials increase with a promise that He will exalt us in due time if we do not give up.
I invite you to take Psalm 42:5 to minister to yourself. Say, “Why art thou cast down, oh my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in the Lord.” (The Lord’s gracious countenance shines upon us.) “For I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” Fear is a thought and feeling that the children of God cannot afford. It is the enemy of faith.
If you feel that you are the first one to have this experience, remember the scripture tells us there is nothing new under the sun. Whoever is afflicted presently, I beseech you to expect Jesus to reward your diligent prayer. He fills my pores with determination and awakens my senses to His powerful existence. With this thought, we will make it to the other side of this difficult, serious, and challenging year 2020.
I Peter 5:7 Humble yourselves therefore under the almighty hand of God that He might exalt you in due time, casting all your cares on him for he cares for you.
In retrospect, when this “Pandemic” is over, I’ll sing, “My soul looks back and knows I made it over.” To afflictions, He sends us his Mercy, and in due season we shall reap if we faint not.”