A few days ago, the governor of my state ordered everyone to stay at home, unless they needed to go out for something essential. For the most part, many people across the globe have already been doing this. I am thankful to say that I have been working from home for the last couple of weeks. The only times I have gone out was for something like groceries. I know this lifestyle is hard on many people. For me, I haven’t minded it a bit. I am a homebody and always enjoy staying home. I’ve had more quality time with my husband. My dogs are very happy to have me here too. And I have spent more time with Jesus.
As you know, churches have been closed as well. Some churches are offering online options these days, which is great. But there is something that has been weighing heavily on my heart about this, especially with Easter approaching. The enemy would love for people to not worship on a regular basis, especially on Easter, the holiest day. So I am writing today to ask you to PLEASE continue to worship the Lord in any way possible. You can watch a sermon on television, choose an online option, or even hold your own worship service with your family as you sing praises and read from the Bible.
As Christians, we have to take a stand against the enemy. We cannot let him win this battle. He would love to see us all just shrug our shoulders and say, “Oh well, we will just go to church some other time.” We cannot have this mindset, today or any day. We must take a stand in the name of the Lord. As Christians we have to be strong and courageous. We cannot weaken in our Christian walk. Rather we must persevere and strengthen our relationship with God. We must put on the armor of God every single day (see Ephesians 6:10-18). The enemy wants to devour us. So we have to be alert.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8
As a matter of fact, during this season which we are all in, we have an opportunity to grow closer to God than ever before. We should be turning to Him in the midst of all that is going on. We should look to Him for strength and purpose as each day brings us new surprises. Many of us have extra time on our hands. So we can use that time to read the Bible, pray, listen to praise music, and just spend some quiet time in His presence. If it feels like you have less time now, because you are home with children, then make it a priority to carve out time with God every single day. This season can bring us all rich spiritual growth, if we walk through it with God by our side. In case you missed my post on the Christians Read blog from last Thursday, you can read here how we can all cling to the Lord during this pandemic.
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. – Psalm 34:1
The enemy doesn’t want us to cling to God during this season. He wants us to worry and fret. He wants us to watch the news and have fear. He wants us to put church and God to the side. But we cannot allow that. Let’s take a stand and continue to worship the Lord and praise His holy name!
© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas
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