“Thankful In A Virus Crisis?”

Posted: April 18, 2020 in Christian Life, Devil / Satan, Dispensations, Thanksgiving, Tribulation

If we, as Christians, want to do and be in the will of God, and be well pleasing to Him, and meet His approval (2 Corinthians 5:9; See Matthew 25:21), we must give thanks in all things/situations in which we find ourselves (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1) whom God may use as “chisels, hammers, clamps, and saws” to help conform us into Christ’s image (Romans 8:28 ff; 12:1, 2; See Genesis 50:20).

Recently, while I was sitting in my car and waiting for my wife to get done shopping, I got out a small sheet of paper and started writing down some things for which I thought I should be thankful even in the midst of this corona virus pandemic that is taking the lives of many people. I’m thankful because

God is still in control of all things, including this virus. He is all powerful (Revelation 1:8; Job 1; 2). He will keep the devil, who is a murderer (John 8:44), and wicked men (Ephesians 2:2; Psalm 2:1 ff) from wiping out all physical life on earth with their weapons of mass destruction – whether they be nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. Thankfully God will restrict the man of sin’s (antichrist’s) power to seven years (Daniel 9:27). Otherwise no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). This awful time in human history could be just around the corner.

God will not allow me, as His child, to be tried and tested beyond my abilities. He will make a way for me to escape sinful temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 2:1). They can come from the devil (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17), from my own sinful nature (Romans 6:11-14; Galatians 5:16-21; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25), or from the present world system over which the devil currently rules (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Ephesians 2:2; John 14:30). He devised it during the days of Cain to try to control the sinful nature of man (Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-22). When I sin, by acting  lawlessly (1 John 3:4), I’m supposed to confess my sins by naming them to God so I can be forgiven and my family fellowship can be restored (1 John 1:6-9; 2:1; Proverbs 28:13). I’m judicially forgiven at the moment of my salvation (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1).

God planned for me to be alive at this time in human history and wants me to bring glory to Him in all that I do and say (Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 139:1 ff; 1 Corinthians 10:31; See Esther 4:14; Exodus 9:16). Jesus said this to His disciples, You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16).

God has given me the opportunity to display the “Fruit of the Spirit” during this time (Galatians 5:22, 23). He will produce it in my life when I’m filled with the Spirit and willing to be led by Him (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:14). It’s my responsibility, as a Christian, to direct this fruit properly toward the right objects, at the right time, and for the right reasons (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:1-17; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 13:1 ff).

God has revealed the future to me (and to all other Christians) in the pages of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Corinthians 5:1-9; Revelation 1-22). [1] I know who wins in the end (Philippians 2:10, 11). Over ¼ of the Scriptures were prophetic in nature at the time when they were written by holy men of God (2 Peter 1:21) for our learning and comfort (Romans 15:4). He will keep His unconditional promises to us whether we believe them or not. He cannot lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6).

I’m also thankful because this deadly virus

It won’t last forever (Revelation 21:4). True believers in Christ have a bright future awaiting them (John 14:1-3; Psalm 16:11), but all unbelievers who lack Christ’s imputed righteousness (John 16:8-11; Romans 4:22; James 2:23), and who die without Christ as their personal Savior (1 Timothy 4:10), will suffer forever with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). The “Great White Throne” judgment will determine the degree of suffering that an unbeliever will experience for eternity (Revelation 20:11-15; See Matthew 10:15; 11:22, 24). The trustworthy Scriptures (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17) don’t teach the ultimate annihilation of the wicked or reincarnation.

It makes me more aware of my mortality (Hebrews 9:27; See an exception in 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). If I, as a Christian, choose to live a life of sin, God may terminate my physical life on earth prematurely without taking my salvation away from me (Matthew 18:34; 1 Corinthians 11:28; 1 John 5:16, James 5:19, 20). It is a fearful thing [for a carnal Christian] to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31; 12:5 ff).

It has given me opportunities to witness to lost people (Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15). The Gospel for salvation is the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel aren’t enough to save anyone (James 2:19). We must have a change of mind (repent) and transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works (Isaiah 64:6) over to the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures alone (and not to the false Christ of the cults) if we are to be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

It has given me time to reflect on the value, quality, and quantity of my work on earth (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 11:28). If my good works are like gold, silver, and precious stones, I will be rewarded. If they don’t measure up to God’s standards, they will simply be burned up and I won’t receive the crowns, rewards, or praise from God that could have been mine (Revelation 3:11). Thankfully, my salvation can’t be withdrawn from me even if I commit the sin unto physical death (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 10:28, 29; 1 John 5:16). We’ve heard this said, “Only one life will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ [and His honor and glory] will last.”

It has given to me an opportunity to shine in a spiritually dark world (See Matthew 5:16). Spiritual darkness and wickedness are intensifying all around us (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff; Romans 1:18 ff). But the darker it gets, the brighter true Christians can shine for God (Philippians 2:15). The Lord Jesus Christ, who is “The Light of the world” (John 8:12; 9:5), may return much sooner than most people realize. Perhaps Today! If you are a true Christian who really loves His imminent return, you will live differently and you will be given the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8; See Revelation 4:10).

Questions: Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what? If you’ve been saved, have you been baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Are you growing spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18)? Are you serving God and others with your spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:1 ff)? Are you consistently sharing the Gospel with others who aren’t saved (Acts 1:8)? If not, why?

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[1] See our FREE “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” on our website and an article entitled “The Order Of Coming Events” at https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

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