COVID-19, Racism, Economy, Education, Environment, Mental Health…..just a few of the pressing issues facing us today. We mustn’t ignore the reality of these issues as we have a significant role to play in prayer and practical support but we also need to consider it’s impact on us personally.
Over exposure to such news can damage our mental health, affecting the way we see ourselves and others.
So How Should We Respond To The Current Situation?
1) Exercise the fruit of Self-Control!
We should consider cutting down on feeding our mind and emotions with too much negativity and be proactive in pursuing positivity.
God knows the facts better than anyone – yet HE is full of HOPE.
‘May the God of HOPE – fill you with JOY and PEACE as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your HEARTS and MINDS as you live in Christ Jesus’.
In verse 8 Paul goes on to say that we should FIX our thoughts on what is true, honourable, right, pure, lovely and admirable (that’s Jesus!)
2) Wash Regularly!
We shower or bath regularly – but do we neglect to wash our minds ?
In order to prevent infection from Covid 19, we are encouraged to wash our hands regularly and thoroughly – to a song!
What a great idea!
If it works for our hands – might it work for our minds?
It certainly did for Paul and Silas!
So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.
Read Acts 16:16-36
THEY WERE IN PHYSICAL CHAINS IN AN INNER CELL AND IT WAS MIDNIGHT!
As they focused on Jesus a couple of things happened:
a) Praise overflowed!
b) Their praise brought release and freedom for themselves and others:-
‘All the doors flew open and the chains of EVERY prisoner fell off’. v26
‘The jailer and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God’ v34
“Joy and Peace are infectious! Let’s pray for a Pandemic!”
Paul and Silas weren’t in denial about their circumstances but rose above them just like the Prophet Habakkuk says:-
‘Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour’
Again, no denial of the reality of the circumstances, yet…..joy in looking to God!
“Let’s thank God for the good things and trust Him for all things”
3) What Does God Say About Being Refreshed?
Jesus has made provision for us:-
‘He gave up His life for her, to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word’
Ephesians 5:26 NLT
The Word of God – washes us and renews our minds!
Worship – focuses us on the beautiful One to hear His words!
Speaking in Tongues – builds us up!
1 Corinthians 14:4
Enjoying His creation – restores our soul!
Being with other believers – gives us strength!
Ways To Stay Connected And Built Up
- Online Life Group
- Unveiled Ladies Group
- Youth Group
- Bible Studies
- Online Gatherings,
- Midweek Encouragement Videos
Reflections is written by Ian Jones