Writing in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, a good friend sent me this wise advice which I wanted to share with readers.

If you read newspapers, browse YouTube or are a Facebook addict, you cannot avoid articles, clips or blogs which promote theories concerning the origin of Covid-19 and the way it was so quickly spread to be a pandemic. The authors appear to be highly qualified and so many have adopted their theories as being fact. Christians should have no part in this! We have already the truth in the Bible: the pandemic is in the devil’s plan to dominate the world by replacing Jesus as King of Kings; at the time of writing, it appears that his plan is succeeding. But the book of Revelation shows that this current success will be defeated by Jesus. It is God’s world not the devil’s; God created all things and is the source of all true blessings whereas the devil is the source of false blessings – the type of “blessings” that are fleeting: but God’s blessings are everlasting.

The situation where it appears the devil is winning was in the heart of the author of Psalm 2:

Psa 2:1-12 ESV
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, (3) “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”
(4) He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. (5) Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, (6) “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
(7) I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. (8) Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. (9) You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
(10) Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. (11) Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. (12) Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Now stop. Read Revelation chapter 18 through to the end.

What does it matter to “know” the source of the pandemic? Do we need to know the details of the devil’s plan? The history of warfare shows how the “best laid plans of men” are defeated when the enemy attacks in a manner not planned for. Christians should not be concerned with being prepared only for what some “expert” tells us.

The Apostle Paul was in the start of the end times and his advice to the Ephesian church (and is now true for us) is that we:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. (11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Eph 6:10-12 ESV
Paul did not waste time in giving details of the schemes of the devil that were attacking the young church but tells us that God is protecting us until His time comes:

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (Eph 6:13 ESV)
The Armour that we should have already put on includes:
• Truth – the absolute truth in the Bible, and The Truth who is Jesus, Lord of Lords;
• Righteousness – spiritual righteousness that is a gift from God being worked out in a righteous lifestyle;
• The foundation to our faith – the Gospel;
• Faith which is God-given being lived out to be the “substance of things not yet seen”;
• Salvation – feely given to those who believe and worked out in our lifestyle;
• The Word of God – the word being the Bible and The Word being Jesus
If we live the best we can according to the scriptures then we truly be ones who “dwell in the shelter of the Most High” and will receive the blessings and protection of Psalm 91.

At the very end of Revelation, Jesus promises that the end has already started and that He is with us in the battles to come. John reports his response “Yes come” which, I think could be written in the modern vernacular “bring it on!”.

I don’t care where the virus came from. I don’t care that it appears to be the forerunner of more and more tribulation. I don’t need to know the details of the devil’s schemes. All I need to know is “Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1Cor 2:2) and all that this entails.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2Ti 1:7 KJV)

I am not afraid of what schemes the devil may have because I have been given a Spirit of His power, His love and a mind of discipline – and so too have all Christians.

Let us not be afraid but let us rejoice and proclaim why: God is victorious!

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