💠🌼 THE NOW AND WHAT COMES NEXT 🌸💭

REFLECTIONS ON COVID-19

Seeing how scientists and top world leaders have struggled with major global issues like terrorism and this current pandemic – COVID-19. It is beginning to dawn on me that we are getting to a place where the challenges we face (as a result of Satan’s actions – John 10:10) will put to shame the wise of this world, ushering us to a place of absolute dependence on God.

Reflecting on these global issues that seem to have ravaged the nations of the world, do know that:

First, God is not caught unawares or in shock. He knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end.

“All this has been known from the beginning of time.”
Acts 15:18 (ERV)

Speaking further, If it is happening, it is because He permitted it but He didn’t commission it. God can permit you to steal from someone but He did not commission you to do it. Another case in point is – Job. The Devil was the one who inflicted him, but God permitted it. And He did because He is always up to a grander plan beyond the comprehension of Satan, who is all about inflicting pain and affliction.

“Which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭2:8‬ (‭NKJV‬‬)

And,

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭(NKJV‬‬)

From the foregoing, it is clear that there is something God is doing and wants to achieve in all these. There is an agenda, there is a move and there should be a corresponding knowing. The church of God needs to know the will of the father at this time.

“Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
‭‭Amos‬ ‭3:7‬ ‭(NKJV‬‬)

And,

“But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭32:8‬ ‭(NKJV‬‬)

Bearing in mind that we have been made His priests. (Rev 1:6)

WHO WE ARE BY FUNCTION AND WHERE WE SHOULD BE

This question speaks to our root and purpose.
The body of Christ is the medium through which God divinely intercepts, manifests and intervenes in the affairs of men here on earth. He would seem incapacitated if we don’t align with His will and act accordingly. There was a need that God foresaw and He decided to send you. You manifested here on earth by being given birth to, just like John the Baptist was, as stated below:

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭(NKJV‬‬)

Buttressing my point further, we are God’s instrument to bless the earth. He wanted light on the earth before we came into being, hence He created it Himself. But when we came into play, and the devil commenced his disruptive plans by causing darkness all over the world, then we became the light-bearers (as we are called the light of the world; Matthew 5:14-16). We are sojourners here on earth and likewise His ambassadors. So when it comes to our function (what is expected of us), we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. This is our place of deployment and dominion.

Do deploy God’s deliverables in you and dominate for His light to shine.

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord rises upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Isaiah 60:1-3 (NKJV)

WHERE WE CURRENTLY ARE

Reflecting on the church before this pandemic, it is clear that we have come short in our social impact, influence, and effectiveness as being the light and salt of the world. Like Jonah, we have intentionally gone in the opposite direction. Being distracted by the cares of the world and unwittingly collecting idols in our hearts.

We have said more than we have done; too many words, too few demonstrations of God’s power.

THE REVIVAL

In simple terms, it is turning the hearts of men back to God. And this leads us to the blessings in this phase.The blessings in this pandemic are:

  • It has brought us to a place of sober reflection. As the pandemic flux has gotten everyone, including our leaders to a place of surrender; seeking and asking God to take charge and have mercy upon our lands.
  • The needed/imposed quarantine has nearly dried up the distraction that has plagued the church i.e. the pursuit for the cares of this world. A quick reflective question though — How did we get to this point where we did not allow God’s word (like Matt 6:33 states) to have its full course in our lives? And also fix our misplaced priorities as a church, the way this imposed quarantine is having a field day in our lives? This is indeed a call for us to be more broken.
  • It has brought us to a place of increased self-reflection and a place of concentration on what really matters – service to God and family.
  • We are less focused on doctrines, sects in the body of Christ and now more focused on raising a unified voice of prayer to the Lord, in agreement and engaging him like never before. I have seen more local assemblies, national and international, raise prayers in this time than in my lifetime.
  • It has led us to a place of surrender to God.
  • This also provides an avenue for the church to increase in impact and influence as Daniel and Joseph did. There is a move to this!

WHAT THEN HAPPENS NEXT

“And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭62:7‬ (NKJV)

This revival does not have an end. We do not hold our peace in making intercessions. It shouldn’t end when all this goes away. Instead, we are to keep the fire burning and the prayer altars active!.

This will surely pass and just as Job was restored:

And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.
Job 42:12 (AMP)

……, we also likewise will be:

Afterward, the sons of Israel will return [in deep repentance] and seek the Lord their God and [seek from the line of] David their king [the King of kings—the Messiah], and they will come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness and blessing in the last days.
Hosea 3:5 (AMP)

Our latter after all this will be far greater. So let’s keep the faith in Him. All will surely be well. I believe and I also want you to believe this.

# Let’s maintain the FAITH over FEAR posture. Blessings!

P.S: Do listen to this song:
REMEMBER by Bryan and Katie Torwalt
💃🎶🎸🎹
It has been one of my favorite songs on my music playlist this season. 🙂


💠#HCCounsels# 💠
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51 Comments Add yours

  1. ecohorizons says:

    Through both joy and pain,
    We transcend , grow and gain…
    God help all including  Spain
    We turn and recenter in love
    And awareness we can regain ,
    In love , nothing goes in vain ,
    Blessings around us start to rain …
    After we fall , we rise again ,
    For presence  to regain
    and be more aware and sane …
    The divine would save us
    For us the world , God would sustain …

    Wael from Lebanon being mentioned in the Bible as the land of Cedars of God…
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    1. Wow. You are a great writer, I believe you know that. Thanks for sharing this. 🤗

      And yes, God will sustain us through this season. 🤗🙂

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      1. ecohorizons says:

        You brightened my mood …blessings …

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        1. Smiles. Glad to know it did. You are welcome. 🤗
          Amen. And to you too.

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  2. ecohorizons says:

    https://lovechangeseverything.blog/2020/03/15/ill-meet-you-where-you-are/

    Stay tuned in and connect with your divine self  first to help others later on …

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    1. Thanks for sharing this too. 🤗

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  3. Excellent ! I love when you said that sects within the body of Christ are now raising unified prayer.
    Thank-you. 🤗

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    1. Thanks ma’am. 🤗
      Yes, I am glad we are all coming together as a unified voice.
      You are welcome. Glad to share this. ❤

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  4. I believe that once this is over, we will look back & see so many places where God was working. How many people will finally quit ignoring His call and accept the free gift of salvation? Only God knows.

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    1. Yes ma’am. I strongly believe same too. We will all look back and see the utmost good in all of these. Sighs. Yes.
      🤗

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  5. jesusluvsall says:

    We the church have the opportunity to show the love of Jesus during this crisis.

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    1. Yes big bro. It’s an opportunity for us to sow the seed of love. 🤗❤

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  6. Maurice says:

    I really enjoy this writing. I can hear your passion in this writing. We are sent here on earth for a purpose to do God’s will. It is sad that so many people even Christians are not focusing on their purpose. Without this our lives can be successful or be meaningful. We are light in this dark world, let us arise and shine my friend that God be glorified.

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    1. I am glad to know you did. 🙂
      Smiles. Yes Maurice, we have a purpose to fulfil. And yes, it’s sad we have slept on the call to function.
      Totally. As lights, we ought Shine bright!.
      Thanks for this Maurice. 🤗

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      1. Maurice says:

        You are welcome

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        1. Maurice says:

          Bless you

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  7. Thanks for your great work in putting this together. I pray daily that many will turn to God as a result of this pandemic.

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    1. Thank you so much sir. Amen, I do pray so too. 🙂
      Do stay safe. 🤗

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  8. Israel says:

    Nice one….

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks Israel. 🤗
      All to God. 🙌

      Like

  9. In every season we have to trust God. And this is a time for us believers to focus our eyes on Him and renew our relationship with him, a time to grow in the midst of adversity and become stronger. God bless you

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    1. Yes ma’am. It’s a time to grow in all sphere. Amen and you too.
      Thanks so much for this. 🤗❤

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  10. Michelle says:

    Such a wonderful post! I believe God is working His good through all of this. I started a Job Bible study a few weeks ago and so much of the story goes along with what’s going on today.

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    1. Wow. I’m glad to read your comment on this. God’s word is ever vital to every area of our living.
      Thanks so much for sharing this. 🤗❤

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  11. Dawn says:

    Thanks sis for this awesome post! Regardless of the chaos, God is at work. This is a time where we can grow closer to Him. We must cling to His word and pray. We must be intentional about seeking Him. Be safe!

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    1. Smiles. Glad to sis. 🤗
      Yes, He is always working it out for our utmost good.
      Totally. We need to seize this time wisely. And yes we need to.
      Thanks a lot big sis. ❤❤

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      1. Dawn says:

        You’re welcome! 🤗

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        1. ❤❤🤗🤗

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  12. vicklea says:

    God knows exactly where we are and what is happening, and that fact gives me comfort.

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    1. Yes ma’am. He does and always aware. It gives me great comfort too take He will lead us through this season. Thanks ma’am. ❤❤

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    1. Thanks dear. ❤❤

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  13. Hephzibah says:

    Nothing happens without the knowledge of God! “Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭GNB‬

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    1. Yes dear. He is aware!.
      And He will surely lead us through.
      Thanks for sharing the Bible text sis. Hugs ❤

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  14. gifted50 says:

    Beautiful message. Yes sis, we must keep the faith and leave the fear behind.

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  15. Good to know that works too! I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.

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  16. God is good and in every situation, there is always an opportunity for us to shine His light! Excellent points! Happy Easter Sis💕💕💕

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    1. Yes sis. He is always good!.
      Absolutely. And we should make use of the opportunities. 👍
      Thanks sis. And love your comments too. 🤗
      Thanks. The same to you. ❤❤

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      1. 🤗💙🤗

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  17. Mariuxi Yglesias says:

    Yes! I love these words! “…we are to keep the fire burning and the prayer altars active!” Amen to this🙏

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    1. Smiles. Glad to know you do. 🤗
      Yes ma’am. 🙂
      Thanks for your comment to this ma’am. ❤❤

      Like

  18. gifted50 says:

    A much needed post, we needed to put away all the worldly indulgences and cast our eyes and hearts on Jesus, so yes he allowed this to be…and everywhere most are now calling on Him.

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  19. Thank you sis. So sorry I am just seeing this. It was in my spam box. 😓

    Yes sis. We have to keep the faith and abandon fear. 💯
    🤗❤

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  20. Smiles. Thank you. 🤗
    Aww. I’m glad reading this. Thank you so much. 😊

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  21. Smiles. Yes sis, there is a need for separation and there has been a refocusing. I do pray we seize this time and get more knitted with Him. 🙏
    🤗❤

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  22. Precious One says:

    You certainly have a way with words. The Lord has bestowed upon you beyond your years. This is a remarkable point you’ve made, “If it is happening, it is because He permitted it but He didn’t commission it” – an excellent reminder that our Lord is Sovereign.

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    1. Smiles. All to Him sis. 🙌❤
      Yes, He is sovereign and All-mighty!. He knows all about it – nothing is hidden from Him.
      Thanks a lot for your comment big sis. 🤗❤

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