Friday, 10 April 2020

We are Spiritual Frontliners

In this time of pandemic, frontliners are being our hero. From street sweepers, cashiers, pharmacists, police men, soldiers, nurses, radiographers, doctors and many more professions. But aside from that, there is this called ¨Spiritual Frontliners¨, and that is us.

As christians, we do believe that this pandemic is from evil as stated in these verses:

The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.” 

So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.

Job 2:6-7

Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father.
Luke 9:42

Now, we already know who is our enemy and that is the ¨bad spirit¨. First, it is important to know who or what is our enemy so that we know how we can fight and defeat it. It is against bad spirit so it needs spiritual warfare. It is imposible for a soccer player to compete with a swimmer. 

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
Luke 10:19 

By this, it is already confirmed and we know that through His power we can defeat this enemy. He already provided everything that we need, even the armor of God. And what are those? 

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 

 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 
 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 
 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 
 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians 6:11-18 

By now, we already know who is our enemy and we already have the confirmation that God already gave us the power to defeat the enemy. Aside from that, we already have the armor of God. Let´s ask ourselves, ¨Am I wearing the armor of God?¨, ¨Am I ready to go to the battle as army of God'?¨

So us, being christians, we also need to do our duty as servants of God to battle this pandemic. We always say, we are the army of God.  So now, let´s connect the duties of frontliners and us, spiritual frontliners.

What Are The Duties of Frontliners

1. To Heal People

That is one of the responsibilities of a frontliner and so is ours as children of God. There are thousands of cases from this pandemic, but God said,

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
James 5:15 

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
 Matthew 10:1 

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
John 14:14 

As you can see, till now scientists, chemists haven´t found a medicine against this pandemic. There are news telling that they are already testing something to animals, or medicines from other countries that are promising, and many more news. 

It´s been thousands of year debating if God is true based in Science. But look at now, God is making His own way to prove Himself. God is the only thing that is left. Even money, houses, cars, job position, they are meaningless at this moment. And this moment, this crisis proves His name. Because our God in the best doctor, He is our Jehovah Rapha. Let God use us. Let´s accept our duties and let´s reach out to people.

2. To Encourage One Another

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
I Thessalonian 5:11

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Hebrews 3:13 

During this quarantine, we cannot go out. And the only way we can know what´s happening with others is through social media. But everyday, we wake up with tons of negative news. But the question is, ¨Have we ever done something about it?¨.  Why don´t we try to encourage others by sharing the word of God, christian songs, or even preaches.

Sometimes we struggle, we feel down, we have a lot of questions in our heads. Then we open facebook, we scroll down as usual then surprisingly, we see and read this verse ¨...¨. And we tell ourselves and to God, ¨Thank you God, thank you for making way and for making me feel that You are there and You will never leave me.¨

And that can be the same scenario for other people. Specially these days, just like to us, it is also a confirmation for others that God is the only thing left and the only one who we they can trust. It is making them to realize it, finally. The same bible verse that you read, is the same bible verse that God uses for confirmation to others. Isn´t amazing?

We also have group chats where people will keep on chatting because they have a lot of free time now. Why don´t we try to give encouragement to them? Because for sure, there is one person who´s struggling and just reading all your conversation. Or send them personal messages, asking how they are and ask how can you pray for them.

A simple, ¨How can I pray for you?¨, can encourage people and think that God is using us to help them.

There are tons of way to talk and to give encouragement. Social Media may have tons of dissadvantages but as long as we use it to share the word of God, maximize it, we are doing good.

3. To Provide the Needs

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Acts 20:35

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
Proverbs 19:17

It is important to practice giving, no matter what the situation it. It does not matter if you are poor, rich or how big or small you are giving. The important thing is you give from your heart. 

Right now, there are a lot of organizations asking for financial assistance specially in the Philippines where most of people are poor. And even here in Spain. Through facebook you can directly donate in WHO, and through text you can donate in UNICEF. And even through our churches.

During this crisis, some of us are bothered what will happen after a week. Will we still be okay and still have resources? In this situation, can we be selfless and donate just a little bit?

We do not need to worry when we give, because we will be the way of blessings from God. We do not need to worry what are we going to eat, because God will provide. He is the same God who fed thousands of people in Israel. 

4. To Ensure Their Protection

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
Acts 20:28 

Because of lack of financial, lack of doctors, facilities, medicines. People are afraid. They feel unsecured about the situation we are in. There are a lot of people who are experiencing anxiety. Asking tons of questions even if it is too far from the present. What will they eat, what will happen to their family, and a lot more questions.

But us, we know that God is in control. So it is important to give them assurance that this too will pass. Because we are not the only one who needs Psalm 91, they all need too. (Please open your bible and read Psalm 91, it is too long so I cannot put it here)

And that ensurance of protection should be seen to us. We should show the world that we are fearless, and they should not fear too as long as they are with God. We should express and explain this things to them.

5. To Lead Others

Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me.
Psalm 5:8

He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Psalm 23:3

During this quarantine, many are not following simple rules. Many are too afraid of what will happen , so they are angry to the government and to the system. And we see that in social media. But what should we do? Should fight and debate for what we know is right? No, we should stand on our faith. We should spread the word of God and lead them to God. We should lead them to God so that they will know what is true and what is right thing to do. Us, we know how we should live and handle the situation, and they also deserve to know about it.

So now, I´d like us to ask ourselves, ¨Have we ever pray for healing of others?¨, ¨Have we ever encourage them?¨, ¨Have we ever give supports to them?¨, ¨Have we ever ensured their protection?¨, ¨Have we ever reached out to people?¨.

Because aside from our church, we also have responsibilies to people who haven´t had relationship with the Lord.

I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.
Romans 1:14 

Sometimes, we do our parts to the people of the church, but how about those people who haven´t had relastionship with the Lord? For me, it is the perfect time to evangelize people. As Pastora Joy said, ¨In this moment, people are now realizing the most important thing in life. It is not the money, the material things, their job position, or status in life. The most important thing is God¨. And people are now realizing that, we just need to do our responsibilities and be the way for the confirmation.

Sometimes, we forget that this pandemic needs an ispiritual warfare and we are Spiritual frontliners. We always say that we are happy that we have a lot of time to stay with our families, but at the same time let´s not forget our duties as spiritual frontliners. Let´s not forget about our duties as children of God , to share the good news (John 3:16) and of course, Romans 1:14, that we have the duty to teach the word of God to all the people.

Let´s not worry how we are going to reach out to people because God is the same God during the time of Moises. He is the same God that will provide everyhing that we need to reach out to people. He will give us knowledge, wisdom and strength through this battle.

Accept this duty and let God make our lives as living testimonies. Let our life be a reflection of Jesus´life.

And no matter how much we refuse our duty, God will place us where He wants us to be just like how He did with Moises, Jonas, Paul, and many more desciples in the bible.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

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