There are so many messages of fear in our nation right now, and while we do need to pay attention, we need to focus on truth and the foundation of our faith. Here are a couple things to remember:
- Proverbs 14:15 (MSG) “The gullible believe anything they’re told; the prudent sift and weigh every word.”
- Proverbs 18:2 (NLT) “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.”
2. Not everyone is at equal risk.
- Presently, according to the CDC, the most vulnerable are those over the age of 60 who have some form of other health problem. We need to protect these people, and they should stay at home during this time.
3. This will not last. Every virus has a bell curve.
- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NLT) “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
4. Focus on what is un-changing.
- There will be a lot of changes that happen now; focus on those things that do not change. This includes the unchanging things we know about God and His love for us.
5. No matter what I go through, God will go through it with me.
- Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”
6. This is not the end of the story.
- 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 14 (NLT) “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.”
7. Remember that God wants to use me to help others.
As your pastor, I want to commend you. You have always been extremely faithful in giving to God and His kingdom. But at this moment, we are entering into an unknown environment when it comes to giving at Destiny. We have no idea how long it will be before we can meet again in our large Sunday morning setting. Presently, less than 40% of our giving is done online. So we need to shift our giving process as a church. Here are some reasons why our giving must remain steady:
- We have over twenty missionaries throughout the world who depend on our financial support. Some of these missionaries are solely dependent upon Destiny Church for their financial existence.
- While I do not get paid from Destiny Church, we do have several full-time pastors and administrators who receive their salaries from Destiny.
- We need to continue paying for our Catoctin facility even when we cannot use it for our church services.
- We have a few essential benevolence ministries that require our faithfulness in giving. These ministries include those who cannot care for themselves.
Please consider and take time to move your giving to our safe and secure online giving portal and give generously during this season of ministry. To sign up for online giving, simply click here and set up your online giving account
Thank you so much for your faithful giving. And stay tuned for more updates regarding next week’s service. We’re working on an exciting interactive platform that I think you will all enjoy.
God bless you and your families,
*Special Thanks to Rick Warren for many of the teaching points above in a broadcast sermon on Saturday, March 14, 2020.