Oh, how I wish John G. Lake was still alive! How I wish Coronavirus came in his days? We would have had a wonderful show of God’s Power and Glory!
I woke up with few thoughts in my head. Banters from brethren all over the place. My head filled with desperate proclamations of “Our father said this…”, “our father said that…” I will do a separate post on that very soon.
This post was triggered by a situation where a resident employee was eagerly pushing to shift from residency (due to the Covid-19 pandemic) to going and coming from a home. A move prompted by a foster spiritual father that had vehemently insisted so.
I ruminated through all different media posts of recent: the desperation and banters of pastors to have the churches opened, disregarding the ravaging pandemic out there.
I pondered on this for a while this morning and a couple of scriptures jumped into my heart.
“…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
Wait! Did you see what Peter said? Jesus was going about! He went about!
Even Jesus confirmed it that the “Son of man has nowhere to lay his head” in Luke 9:58. Hmmm.
I have read about the life history of a few healing ministers like John G Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, Kathryn Kuhlman, William Seymour etc. They went about like Jesus healing the sick!
Oh, how I wish they were still alive! How I wish Coronavirus came in their days? We would have had a wonderful show of God’s Power and Glory!
Maybe they would have been “even more diligent to make their call and election sure” as Peter (same Apostle Peter) said in 2 Peter 1: 10.
Wait a minute! Let’s go to verse one of that Chapter.
Why was Peter telling believers (ministry gifts) to be diligent to make their calling and election sure? Why? Read with me:
“1Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.”
Peter’s exhortation to the early church is ever relevant to us in these days. We are called to be partakers of the divine nature of God. We can do all things according to the measure of grace given to us. We must not let our hearts be drawn by lust because we ought to have escaped the corruption in the world.
We have faith but we need to add to it according to Peter:
- Virtue – Godly behavior
- Knowledge (of the Word and things happening around us)
- Self-control – no braggadocio. Be patient with people in authority. Be patient at home. Be patient with the situation. Be patient with God. It will work out for our good.
- Perseverance – let’s tarry with God. Let’s endure like a good servant. Let’s wait it out like the Children of Israel on the Passover Night
- Godliness – be like Christ. Seek Him and His Glory. Let’s soak ourselves in God’s Presence
- Brotherly kindness – Be kind to one another. This is the time to show love to those within and around us. Reach out in whatever means. Make the calls. Check on loved ones, friends and colleagues. Give something to someone. We are all in it together. Let everyone do according to the measure that God has given him/her. Open up the treasure houses.
- Love – the ultimate of it all. Show love. Jesus said in Matthew 25:36, “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
These are virtues and godly character that are required of us to wade through this global pandemic. There is so much that people are dealing with. We should not compound it.
If anyone has the gifts of healing, please heal the sick. Don’t wait for them to come to you. Be like Jesus who was going about healing the sick. Wear PPE (if you need to), go to the vicinity of the isolation centers, and let God flow His healing power through you to heal them.
Don’t be afraid! They might not get heal day one or forever, at least you have demonstrated faith. There is no condemnation. He can give you if He sees your heart.
Don’t blame anyone for you not being what God wants you to be in this hour!
May the Lord restore peace and health to the whole world!