While the full extent of COVID-19's global impact is yet unknown, it's a good idea to take precautionary measures to protect yourself, your employees and your business.
In light of this pandemic, it's important to stay updated on health guidelines from trusted organizations like the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Public Health Emergency. Ensure you're getting information from reliable sources to avoid spreading misinformation.
While hospitals and governments work to keep people healthy and safe, many families are experiencing times together as never before. This is an opportunity to build memories, share traditions and teach our children what really matters. One of our daughters said, "Though church is cancelled, we will have church as a family because we are the Church!"
Another person commented to us that, "we are living in unprecedented times. It's likely that what we are experiencing just the beginning of the end!" That's so true. We should not get upset when we encounter challenges or delays. We should be in awe that God placed us here, in this time of history, to influence these times of uncertainty with patience, love, and confidence in our God who loves us, overcoming every fear. His perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18).
Because we use the local church building for our Gathering, our Pure Word class, and GriefShare, we will suspend our meetings in accordance with building guidelines until April. We encourage you to resist fear and be in faith. Remember that your faith is built on God's Word, so meditate on His promises regarding protection.
We recommend that you personalize Psalm 91. In the midst of this shaking, the power of God will be revealed in us, His children. Romans 8:19 says, "For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God". We are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. Take authority over the Covid-19 virus in your sphere, in the name of Jesus, and command it to die! Don't let the "spin doctors" of the internet and the media make you think that this thing is any bigger than any other giant that God is able to defeat by His Spirit working through you.
Prayer of Protection
Lord, Your Word teaches me that when I choose to live in the secret place of the Most High that I shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Father, today I decree and say of the Lord: You are my refuge and my fortress, You are my God; and I choose at this moment to trust in You!
I thank You, Father, that You shall surely deliver me. You will protect me and keep me under Your feathers and under Your wings; and in Your mighty hand I choose to take refuge, and strength. Lord, Your Word and truth shall be my defense, my shield, and my buckler. In You, Father, I will trust.
I shall fear no evil thing nor shall I be fearful of terror by night or of the arrow that flies in the day. No pestilence, sickness (Coronavirus) or infirmity shall come near me. Only with my eyes shall I see the reward of the wicked. I shall live in an abundance of supernatural provision and health to fulfill my call and God-ordained destiny in You.
Because I choose, this day, to make the Lord my refuge even the Most High shall be my dwelling place. Therefore, no evil thing shall touch me, nor shall any sickness come near my home. And I thank You, Father, that You give Your mighty angels charge over me and those in my sphere of influence. You shall faithfully keep me in all Your ways.
You order my steps. You take pleasure in my prosperity and health. I thank You, Lord, that I shall prosper and be in health, even as my soul prospers, as I choose to make Your secret place my dwelling place. Thank You, Lord, that Your angels will lift me up and guard me with their hands to protect and help me.
Lord, I choose to set my spirit, soul, and heart upon You; You have promised to deliver me and to set me upon high, because I have chosen to know Your name and nature. You enable and empower me to prosper and be in perfect health through the finished work of the Cross.
Lord, I call upon You right now; and You will answer my prayer. Thank You, Father, that You are with me in times of trouble. You will deliver me, protect me, and release Your glory and honor upon my life. Thank You, Father, that You will satisfy me with long life. Thank You for revealing to me the fullness of Your salvation freely given to me through the finished work of Jesus Christ. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.