Good Day Church Family,
“This is the day the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” I trust you are all doing well. It is a major understatement to say that are living in unprecedented times. In these days of uncertainty, it is important to be thinking right. How you think, and what you think is a choice that you can make. You can choose to think in a way that causes fear to rise up within you; or you can choose to think Biblically, in a way that honours God with complete trust in Him.
I remind you what Paul said in Philippians 4. In verses 6 through 9, he wrote to a local church that was facing difficulty, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
You and I can choose to be fearful, anxious and doubting, or we can choose to think on things that are honest, just, pure, lovely, good report (not the news), virtuous and praiseworthy. In verses 7 and 9, Paul talks about the peace of God. When take the right medicine that God has prescribed, the resulting remedy will be “the peace of God shall be with you.” Someone has said there are 365 “fear not’s” in the Bible. I’m sure there is at least another one for this leap year.
On the advice and direction of our Premier Doug Ford, we will not be assembling for church for a few weeks. I think it is important, not only for the safety of one another and those in our community, but it is also important that we maintain a testimony before a watching world. The Word of God admonishes us…“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” I believe it is imperative that we follow the guidelines suggested regarding the assembling together in groups.
There are a couple of things that we can do to stay connected during these days.
May the Lord bless and keep you during these extraordinary days. Remember Jesus’ words in John 14:27 — “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”