The entire world seems to be turned upside down by fear over the past few weeks from this coronavirus scare. Many people might be questioning God’s existence or cursing Him for letting the human race spine into chaos. But I say to you do not blame God it is not His fault. If you want to blame anyone it is ourselves who are responsible for chaos here on earth. We are the reason why things go wrong! God isn’t he loves us all and He wants to see us thrive and praise Him.
Instead of being fearful or angry at God let’s praise Him even more at a time like this and remember to be grateful for what you do have. Let us all counting our blessings today.
1. Blessed to be ALIVE!
If you are alive today then that is a huge gift and a blessing from God! Thank you, Jesus, for my life!
“rooted and builded up in him, and established in your faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:7 ASV
2. Blessed to have FAMILY & friends!
If you have family and friends in your life you are so blessed! Thank you, Jesus, for ALL my family and friends. Please protect them in their time of need and keep them safe and healthy. In Jesus’ name. Amen
“Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2 ASV
3. Blessed to have a JOB.
You are blessed if you still have your job or any source of income to take care of your financial expenses. Thank you, Jesus, for always providing for me with everything I need to survive!
“And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work:” 2 Corinthians 9:8 ASV
4. Blessed to have a place to SLEEP.
You are so blessed if you have a warm safe place to rest your head at night. Especially if you have a warm big comfy bed or even a nice couch. Many people don’t even have that so if you do be grateful and thank Jesus for that each and every day! Thank you, Jesus, for providing me with a warm comfy place to rest my head at night!
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Colossians 3:15 ASV
5. Blessed to have clean WATER to drink and good FOOD to eat.
You are so blessed if you have clean, fresh water to drink every day. If you have good food to eat that is warm and delicious then WOW that is so great! There are countless people throughout the world that aren’t as blessed as you right now. Always remember to give thanks to God! Thank you, Jesus, for food in my belly and water to quench my thirst.
“I will give thanks unto Jehovah according to his righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of Jehovah Most High.” Psalms 7:17 ASV
Even though it may be hard to give thanks when things may not be as good right now because of the coronavirus. If you have even one of these things that I mentioned above you are so blessed right now! A thankful heart is what God truly loves to hear and see from his children. Give thanks to Jesus always in prayer and action.
Do you feel like this world has gone completely crazy? Are you afraid of the coronavirus? Do you know how to tell the difference between FACTS and MYTHS, RATIONAL and IRRATIONAL thinking at a time like this? If you are unsure about things maybe I can clear that up for you, so you and your family/ friends/ neighbors can ALL stay safe, sane, and most of all HEALTHY.
Do not FEAR.
Being afraid of something like this will not make you feel any better or help you stay healthy. Fear actually does the opposite of keeping you safe and healthy it can cause your immune system to decline which can leave you a lot more vulnerable. This may seem scary to you especially with all the news reports and social media posts that tell you that you should be afraid. Always remember whatever happens you are NEVER in control God is and He will protect you. Just have FAITH and never FEAR.
‘Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. ‘Isaiah 35:4
Prayer is the most powerful act you can do especially at a time like this. Pray to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Through Him anything is possible. If you don’t believe me read the gospel of John in the Bible. This is the best way to get to know Jesus and to understand who God really is. Remember to pray for understanding and God will reveal wonders to you with faith and patience through the Holy Spirit. Pray for yourself, family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. You can literally pray for whoever you want whenever you want. God will hear you and answer plus give you strength during these difficult times.
‘Rejoice always; in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward. ‘1 Thessalonians 5:16,18
Stay home if you feel SICK.
Like any other virus that is contagious, it is best to stay home and away from other people if you feel sick. Do not go to places that have crowds of people. Avoid people that may be more vulnerable like the elderly, people with preexisting health conditions, and small children. If you feel like you are sick don’t panic just get to a doctor so you can get the help that you need.
‘Is any among you sick? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him. ‘James 5:14-15
Avoid CROWDED places.
Try not to put yourself in a closed, confined place with a lot of people. Depending on where you live in the world I’m sure most of these crowded places to avoid were closed by your city or state. Just in case try to avoid restaurants/ bars, schools, large office spaces, museums, parks, etc. Just use common sense here if there is a place with a lot of people try to not put yourself in that situation. Some people, unfortunately, do go out if they are sick or aren’t aware that they are sick so to stay SAFE and SANE just stay clear for now until things get better with this virus.
‘Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be affrighted at them: for Jehovah thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. ‘Deuteronomy 31:6
Avoid touching your face especially EYES, NOSE, and MOUTH.
Try to work on being conscious of where you put your hands and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. In this busy world, we live in it is often hard to think about not touching your face with dirty hands that touched multiple surfaces. Instead of having your mind wonder try to be in the present moment and pay attention to where your hands may go. If you feel this is impossible for you to remember then wear gloves as protection when you go out to a public place.
‘Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But Jehovah delivereth him out of them all. ‘Psalms 34:19
Help others who are in NEED.
I know the thought of being around others right now might make you cringe especially if you’re a fearful germaphobe, however it is our duty as humans especially if you are a Christian to help others before you help yourself. If you are a healthy and able person check on your elderly neighbor next door. He/she might need some items from the grocery store. If you are fortunate enough to stay home from work with pay then someone might need a babysitter since most schools are closed for now. Pick up extra disinfectant and/or hand sanitizer and give it out to people that may need it. Don’t be afraid to help others this is the time to do it. God will be very pleased indeed.
‘give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again. ‘Luke 6:38
Cover your NOSE & MOUTH, then WASH your HANDS.
More common sense stuff that you probably learned as a kid yet it is easy to forget. When you cough or sneeze cover your mouth with your arm or hands especially when around surfaces and/or people. Then remember to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds. Also, carry some antibacterial or hand sanitizer with you just in case soap and water aren’t accessible at the time. If you are in a part of the world that hand sanitizer is in shortage HERE is a way to make it at home.
‘The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction. ‘Proverbs 1:7
Just to make things perfectly CLEAR I’m not a doctor, nurse, nor do I work in the medical field. This is just my opinion on ways to stay SAFE and SANE in this coronavirus epidemic while incorporating some much-needed help from God through His word. Remember you can be a regular person like ME and still know how to exercise common sense mixed in with faith and prayer.
HERE are some medical articles from doctors for more information on the coronavirus:
We all know that trust is the most important thing that you need from others and most importantly from God. In this society, trust is extremely hard to come by and most people tend to put their trust in the wrong people or things more then they do God. Some people think putting trust in God is a waste of time but it is the most important action you will ever do, this can change your life dramatically. Without God, there is no trust at all and the people who put God first are the most trustworthy people you will ever come by.
Today lets start to work on making ourselves more trustworthy to others while trusting in God for the things that you need to survive. Here are some tips and scriptures to help you get started below:
1. You earn people’s trust by being consistent.
“And he says that if you’re faithful in little things, he will give you greater and greater responsibility.”– Pastor Rick
‘Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; But a faithful man who can find? ‘ – Proverbs 20:6
2. You earn people’s trust by being confidential.
“People trust you when you can keep a secret.”– Pastor Rick
‘He that is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much: and he that is unrighteous in a very little is unrighteous also in much. ‘– Luke 16:10
3. You earn people’s trust by being close.
“So if you want people to trust you, you’ve got to spend time with them. Time creates trust.”– Pastor Rick
‘He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; But he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a matter. ‘– Proverbs 11:13
‘A friend loveth at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. ‘ – Proverbs 17:17
4. The bible says to trust in God.
“Scripture makes powerful declarations about those who choose to place their trust in God over the world or themselves.”– Bible Plan: Trust
‘Our fathers trusted in thee: They trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: They trusted in thee, and were not put to shame. ‘ – Psalms 22:4-5
5. Trust in God you will never need for anything.
“To place our trust in God is to found our lives on the unshakable, powerful, loving, and resourceful character of our heavenly Father.”– Bible Plan: Trust
‘but they that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.’ – Isaiah 40:31
6. Place your trust in God and not the world.
“When you place your trust in God, give him your heart, and follow him, you will discover a wealth of abundant life unseen by those living for the world.”– Bible Plan: Trust
7. Trust God only.
“Place your trust in God alone.”– Bible Plan: Trust
‘Blessed is the man that trusteth in Jehovah, and whose trust Jehovah is. ‘ – Jeremiah 17:7
‘Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding: In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil: It will be health to thy navel, And marrow to thy bones. ‘ – Proverbs 3:5-8
Let me know what tips, tricks, and scriptures you rely on to keep your trust in the Lord and to become a more trustworthy person to other people today. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.