For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Right now we are up against an enemy (Covid) that we can’t see, touch, feel, hear or know for sure where it is. We do see and hear about the effects of it after it has attacked someone. This pandemic has certainly disrupted our lives. We try to protect ourselves and our loved ones yet that even seems to be a challenge. This is new to us all in a way yet we’ve always been under attack from unseen things. I encourage you to trust in God. Put on the full armor of God.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering.
Being a Christian, believer or having a relationship with God does not exclude you from the troubles and sufferings of this world or the human body (Matthew 5:44-45, Romans 12:2, John 17:16).
Are you worried, stressed, anxious, irritated or just over it already? Are you out of a job facing financial troubles? Are you still working but fear going to work? Are you tired of being in the house, going bonkers with homeschooling children? Are you missing your previous routine and the things you loved to do? Are you missing family members or friends? Grieving the experiences missed that you were excited about and waited for? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression or mental illness? Are you emotionally or physically unwell? These troubles and sufferings usually make us feel fear, sadness, pain, alone, doubt, lost, hopeless, etc.. So many people are dealing or struggling with something right now.
What sets believers apart from the rest is that we can cast our cares on God. We have faith, we can have peace of mind and believe that God will work it all out for our good. When we don’t know the answers he does. We walk by faith not by sight, not by our own understanding. We dwell in the secret place of the most high God. He sets a path before us, He opens doors and he shuts them.
What we must remember is that even though we live in this world we are not from this world. During such times we should draw closer to God. Do what you can and leave the rest to God. Life is hard sometimes. We fall, we stumble, we get off the path and wonder around. God doesn’t leave us. He waits until we call for him until we seek him then he picks us up, carries us if need be, provides balm for our wounds, restores our souls and places us back on the path.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation (endure in suffering); persist in prayer.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
By your endurance you will gain your lives.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.