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The Mastermind Behind The Curtain (COVID-19)

During this time of uncertainty and the fear of COVID-19, caution has been increased in every aspect.  From the washing of hands, the raid on the grocery stores, the closing of schools, to the physical gathering of people everywhere.  While taking caution is needed, I’m wondering if we are taking the necessary precautions for our spiritual health?

Many churches have made the decision to move their services online.  This comes with the assumption that the congregation will watch live during the regular scheduled services times.  However, technology has made it so convenient in that we don’t necessarily have to get up early on Sunday morning to watch the broadcast when we would typically be sitting in church.  Technology has advanced in such a way that we can watch it at any time anywhere.  My point being that caution needs to also be placed on our discipline.  The chance of distraction is higher when not attending in person. Believe me, Satan has gone this far, and he’ll try his best to manipulate the time at home to benefit his agenda. Your mind will be focused on other things, the kids will be fussing, your to-do list of things around the house will multiply and seem more important, etc.
 
Satan has tried in various ways to interrupt the fellowship of believers.  Churches are at odds with each other, both internally and externally.  Families are at war with one another, and people are willing to go to the extremes to lash out in desperation.  Little by little, the small foxes are spoiling the vine in the hopes of destroying the church all together.

Studies show that once a person misses one Sunday, and then another, they soon find themselves engaged in other activities to where missing church becomes the norm.  Many people have said it’s easier to miss church services than it is to attend them.  Why? What better way to cause a gap between man and God than to disrupt the order of fellowshipping together, especially when fear is the main ingredient?  The Amplified version of Hebrews 10:25 says “not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.”  Wouldn’t you agree that these are the last days and Christ is coming back very soon?

God has called us for such a time as this.  A time where the unknown ignites a fear so destructive that people become unrecognizable.  We need to open our eyes to the mastermind behind the curtain.  Be vigilant of what’s going on around you.  Not the things seen, but the unseen things are what’s important. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood (the seen things), but against principalities, powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places (the unseen things).  Now is the time to stand.  Now is the time to examine ourselves.  Now is the time to fix our eyes, our hearts, and our minds on God and having done all to STAND.   


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