What did you learn from the pandemic?

Beloved,

I pray you are abounding in every good work! (See 2 Corinthians 9:8).

Today, I want to ask you a question that I’ve asked myself many times over the last year.

What did the pandemic reveal to you?

I hope this is a question most everyone can answer. You see, hard seasons have a way of forcing inward reflection. We can stop and think or miss the opportunity entirely.

The choice is ours.

Still, I believe God desires that we draw even closer to Him in this hour. On our best days, we aren’t built to carry the burdens of life alone. The Bible tells us this much in 1 Peter 5:6-7, which states:

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Over the last year, I’ve found myself reflecting and asking God so many questions. Yes, new truths have been revealed to me. One is seared in my mind.

WE HAVE A COMMON ENEMY.

We have a common enemy, but all can’t see him. Many are blinded by race, ethnicity, social status and politics. The enemy uses these weapons to keep countries, communities, and even some churches divided. It’s sad but true. COVID-19 is an ugly and vicious virus that does not discriminate along party lines, neighborhood boundaries or checking account balances. The young, old, poor and wealthy have all been impacted.

Reducing a spiritual battle to mere differences in politics is a dangerous game that too many are playing. Sadly, the spiritually dead and unsuspecting are being duped. This is a dangerous time to be unsaved or unsure of your salvation. We are in a spiritual battle that cannot be won with man-made devices.

I’ll say it again.

We are in a spiritual battle. The enemy is after your mind so that he can crush your faith. And there is no winning a battle without proper equipment.

My prayer is that everyone who reads this post will recognize the times and seasons in which we are living.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  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.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. –Ephesians 6:10-13

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