As I scroll through my social media feed, one type of post stands out to me.
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No it’s not a funny meme, home workout, or political rant.
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Rather, it’s a call to pray for the healing of somebody infected with COVID-19.
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That’s when this virus moves from an annoyance to an actual threat.
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It’s finally starting to hit home for many of us and it hurts.
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And as I continue to live during this quarantine, I can’t help but mentally live on this truth:
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People are going to die and there’s nothing we can do about it.
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This has been the way of things for quite some time.
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Whether it’s the coronavirus, a car accident, or something else: your death in inevitable.
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Do I believe in healing? Yes-absolutely!
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I even believe in the ability to be resurrected.
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But think about it: Lazarus had to die TWICE.
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His blind date with the Angel Of Death turned into a steady relationship.
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And when you live with harsh realities like this, it can be hard to pray.
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If you’re like me, your thoughts can say things to you like:
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“Oh what’s the point? Whatever is going to happen is going to happen.”
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“Your brother has never been healed, why should this person be?”
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“They’ve lived for plenty of time! Your Dad only made it to 48. This person has been allowed so much more life experience. Why should they be given more?”
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Over the course of our lives, this fallen world takes more and more from us: innocence, joy, peace, right relationships, and life.
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But we worship a SOVEREIGN God who RESTORES.
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You see this on display in his word and throughout history.
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Life is made of both miracles and mourning.
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What both of those things have in common is that God is PRESENT in both of them.
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And because of this, we can have hope for today and for the world to come: where everything is made right again.
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So now what?
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This is the challenge I’m making for myself and I encourage you all to accept it as well:
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First, open your heart to God and what he’s doing.
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This will lead to LOVE.
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Then pray for healing, because we want to see people live healthy for as long as possible.
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This will lead to FAITH.
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And no matter happens, worship because of the victory we will see in this life or the next.
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Just remember. Victory will be God moving through His Church and His Power in order to bring RESTORATION-whatever the circumstances.
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This will lead to HOPE.
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And then, we’ll have all we will ever need