14 March 2020
Series: Devotional
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Character is tested when you are up against it,

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

It is easy to trust God when all the shelves at Costco, Walmart, Save on Foods, Walgreens, and other local groceries have an abundance of the things you need. Food shortage and the need to stock up on supplies is something you dont even consider in your part of the world. It is not necessary; you can, at any moment, buy whatever you need. What do you do when suddenly and without warning, everything changes overnight? Do you still trust Him, now that the shelves are empty?

It is easy to trust God when you can make plans for your next holiday to Europe. Do you still trust Him now that the borders have closed and your government warns against all travel abroad?

It is easy to trust God when you have a regular income and a good job. Do you still trust Him now that you have been quarantined, and you dont know for sure if you have a job to go back to?

It is easy to claim faith and trust in God when everything works out fine, life is easy, and you are in control of your circumstances. It is not so easy when you are up against it, and your character is tested. Right now, our character is tested. Without warning, our comfortable, carefree lives have changed overnight. This that is happening right now in the world is something beyond our control. Now our character is tested; now we get to see how much we trust God.

Who is God?

If you are a Christian, your answer would be Jesus. And yes, the Bible says He is God, but in Mark 11:22, He says something we should all take note of. Instead of saying have faith in Me, He says, Have faith in God. In Matt 6:25-34, He says we are to trust in God to meet our needs. He does not say trust in Me to meet your needs. In the Lord’s prayer, He tells us to ask our Father in heaven for our daily bread. He is not telling us to ask Him for our daily bread. Everywhere we see in the Gospels, Jesus is telling us to look to God for trust, for provision, for protection. He never says things like “look to Me for your healing, for your deliverance, for your provision or trust that I will heal, I will deliver, I will provide.”

Do you not find it rather strange how Jesus is telling us to look to His Father for what we need, but the church and our pastors tell us to look to Jesus for what we need?

Could this be the reason why you right now have a hard time trusting God? Right now, you are trying your very best to trust Jesus for your healing, for your deliverance, for your protection from this virus, for your needs to be met, but He is saying in the Bible, do not trust Me, trust My Father.

Do you know who the Father of Jesus is?

The Bible says He is Yehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God who never changes (Mal 3:6), the God who gave us His instructions for life and living in the Torah (Deut 28:1-45). He is the God who gave us Jesus, even though we dont deserve Jesus (John 3). And He is the God who will meet all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus, the God you can trust. He is the same God who parted the Red Sea so the Israelites could walk across and fed the Israelites in the desert with manna for 40 years.

Do you know Him? Or more to the point, does He know who you are?

I hope He does because right now, you need Him more than ever.

“But I am a Christian, I have asked Jesus into my heart, Jesus is my healer, my savior, my lord, my provider my everything. He did it all, so I dont have to do anything.”

If that is so, why then did Jesus, in Mark 11:22, tell us to have faith in God? He did not say, have faith in Me, He said to have faith in God. Why did He say in Matt 6:25-34 seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness? He did not say seek first My Kingdom and My righteousness. Why did He say, in the Lord’s prayer, to ask our Father in heaven for His name to be hallowed and for Him to give us our daily needs? He did not say, in the Lord’s prayer, for the name of Jesus to be hallowed and for Jesus to provide us with our daily needs.

Yes, you are a Christian, but the Bible does not say Jesus is your healer, provider, protector. It says Yehovah is our healer, our provider, our protector. Even the name of Jesus, which is originally Yehoshua in Hebrew, means Yehovah is salvation. So even though Jesus went to the cross, it was His Father Yehovah who gave us Jesus and His Father Yehovah, who is salvation. (John 3:16)

Do you know Yehovah? Or more to the point, does He know who you are right now?
I hope He does because right now, you need Him more than ever before.

So the question is, do you trust Yehovah?

Do you trust Yehovah right now to take care of you, your family, and your loved ones when the shelves are empty, you are laid off from your job, and the future is very uncertain.?

Right now, you need to establish a relationship with Yehovah, so you dont have to face this worldwide crisis alone. You need Yehovahs help, His guidance, His protection, His deliverance, and His wisdom right now. He is the one to tell you what to do if the shelves are empty if a loved one gets sick if you get the virus yourself or your job is at risk.

You need to have a relationship with Yehovah for the current situation, but also the future.

Right now, your biggest problem is the virus and its effects. The Bible says this virus is only a foretaste of Yehovah’s judgments on this world. When He unleashes His fury and wrath upon sinful humanity, the Bible says He will spare His people and protect them. We saw this happen in Egypt, and we will see it happen again shortly. Those who belong to Him will see the effects of the judgments, but they will not be judged by Him just as Egypt was in darkness, but there was light in Goshen.

You need to establish a relationship with Yehovah right now, so when His fury is unleashed upon the world, you will be spared.

You need to establish a relationship with Yehovah right now because if you died, not having enough toilet paper will be the least of your worries. Stressing and worrying about empty shelves and a lack of toilet paper will seem like a walk in the park compared to an eternity in hell.

Character is tested when you are up against it, make something good come out of this test, and establish a relationship with Yehovah your God before it is too late.

Choose today to repent of your crimes against Yehovah. Yes, you have broken His law (the law of Moses) several times in your life, and that makes you a criminal in His eyes. Stop living a life of crime, become a law-abiding citizen of Yehovah’s Kingdom and believe Yeshua His Son took upon Himself the punishment for all your sins.

If you do this today, you will establish a relationship with Yehovah, and you will see that He can be trusted to meet your needs.