1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
These passages mainly talk about afflictions that we Christians go through in life. The Bible has clearly stated that afflictions and trials are deliberately intended for God’s children to be honed and fashioned for better purposes.
God allowed all occurrences including coronavirus to happen, so that we can take something from it; learn, and apply in our lives.
Although it separates us from the worldly temptation due to lockdown, but it also creates idleness at the same time, which makes us more prone to stressors that subsequently lead us into different types of temptation and sin.
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Therefore, we need to let the Holy Spirit guide us, lead our mind and conscience in our daily lives, instead of following our fleshy desires, or what our body tells us. The flesh is constantly in conflict with our spirit, the more we try to resist, the more we are urged to sin, to fulfill our sinful human nature.
Pastor thus gives a piece of golden advice; that is to pray to the Lord and be specific with our prayers, about the temptation that we struggle with. Surrender that to the Lord.
Begin the day with prayer and reading God’s words, rather than what our flesh desires. Usually, the first thing that we crave for in the morning, is according to what the flesh wants and urges. If we learn to go against that, and commit to feed the Holy Spirit, then this act will dictate the rest of our day; which we will find easier to walk in the Spirit, instead of walking in the flesh.
We should not be taking the free time we are given for granted. During this time, we are separated from the world, and it gives us a great opportunity to connect spiritually with God. The only thing that stands in between us and God is worldly temptation, but we can conquer that underneath the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Normally we tend to chase after material possession, we are so occupied with those worldly agenda, and that keeps us away from God. We need to realize that the more we need to own that material possession, the more they keep us away from peace and our relationship with God.
1 Corinthians 7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
When we have a family, we are bound by the duties and responsibilities of taking care of our spouse, in-laws and children. So Paul mentioned that for those of us who are single, make full use of that to serve God and the children of God.
Usually, detachment is not really a practice for us Christians. Nonetheless in this case, Pastor highlights the importance of us not just to stay away, but not to start to engage in a sinful or worldly activity or hobby that causes us to fall into a dark hole that we cannot get out of eventually. We need to learn to settle our hearts on God, not on worldly materials.
Do not be idle and instead, start preoccupying ourselves with our fellowship members, brethren, and sisters. Switch our mindset, instead of looking for excuses to say we are busy to read the Bible and serve God. We should also be too busy to sin because we are too occupied trying to live a sanctified life.
It is apparent that God wants to use this pandemic to help us dig deep into our spiritual life, and reveal the things that we have been missing out all this while.
Pray hard to God to show us through Holy Spirit the hidden things that are beneath our flesh that we never had a chance to deeply reflect upon.