We have kept this congregation updated on virus wars among the saints. You have dropped everything and called out to God as a united body of believers. God hears. God sees. God helps.
Have you ever watched the weather people reporting the weather standing outside in a hurricane? They hold on to a microphone, bracing themselves in the wind. A gust will arise that will nearly take them off their feet. Still, they stand in the wind to tell you the wind is blowing. If you stand outside on a windy day you cannot see the wind, but you can see the effects of the wind. You cannot grab ahold of the wind, but the wind can almost knock you down. You cannot fight against the wind. You can take a swing at it. You can try to grab hold of it. But you are powerless against the wind. You cannot see the wind.
There is a war story in II Chron. 20th chapter. Jehoshaphat received word; three different armies had joined to destroy him. He could not see them, but knew they were on the way. Jehoshaphat set himself to seek the Lord. He makes his petition known in verse 12b.
“We have no might against this great company that comes against us; neither do we know what to do, but our eyes are on you”.
Today, we are surrounded by circumstances of virus. We cannot see the virus, but we know it is there. We see it’s effect on people, even people we know and care deeply for. We know it can attack, but we do not know where it will attack. We do not know who it will attack. It is like fighting against the wind. You can feel it but you cannot see it.
Jehoshaphat received a word from God in verse 15b. “Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” In verses 21-22 we find prayer warriors, worship warriors and praise warriors were appointed to fight in prayer, worship and praise.
As you read the next few verses you find God showed up and caused the enemies to turn on themselves and destroyed one another.
Eph. 6 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand
We cannot fight the wind, but I know the one who causes the wind to be still. We cannot stop the raging waves on the seas of life, but I know the one who causes the seas to be calm. We cannot fight the storm or virus we cannot see, but I know the one who can stop the virus in it’s tracks.
“When Billy Graham was asked about the most important steps in preparing for an evangelistic outreach, he always answered that there were three things that mattered most: Prayer, prayer and prayer.” —Cliff Barrows
“We will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:4
• Do not allow fear to dominate your lives.
• Do not allow circumstances cause you to bend and give up the fight.
• Do not allow the reports of media to overwhelm your life.
Yes, we are in a battle. I have been inundated this week. But I am still here. Yes, we know people who are affected in battle. This is not a time to give up on the fight, but it time to pray, pray, pray. The Bible says: James 5:16 (KJV) The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.