Word of the Day 161: The Times When It Seems Like God is Absent
Word of the day 160: The Redeemed of the Lord.
Word of the Day 159: Seeing is Believing
The Word for Today
Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020
By: Rev. Valerie Mowett
The church doors are closed all over the world because of the virus COVID-19 but God is using it for His glory. I believe this is the first time in history that God has ever taken the flock away from the shepherd (the pastors). Now, Jesus is the shepherd of His flock all over the world. Jesus declared in John 10:14-15, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. Jesus is also showing us that He is about ready to take over His kingdom on earth and to lead His children. In the past, God used the patriots, for example, Moses, Noah, apostle Paul and Peter in the Bible to shepherd His flock. Jesus shepherded His flock for a short time while He was on earth but then He was crucified, raised from the dead and went to heaven, leaving the flock for the shepherds to care for His sheep. Jesus also said, He is a jealous God and He will share His glory with no one. Paraphrased from Isaiah 42:8.
One of the reasons why the Lord is doing this is because He is dealing with His children individually. Each person has to look to Lord for himself or herself. Philippians 2:12 declares, therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. So, you see, Jesus is coming soon!. When He comes, He is not going to call us out by the name of our church. He going to call us by our name. Are we His church? yes, are we His bride? yes, but we will be judged individually. So, don’t look to anyone else, but run to Jesus! He is your Savior and deliverer. Trust in Him with your whole heart and pray without ceasing. He cares for you.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Savior, repeat this prayer after me. Say, dear Jesus, I am asking you to forgive me of my sins, come into my heart Lord, change me. Lord, I thank you for dying for me and I thank you for saving me, in Jesus name Amen. John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.