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Real hope in perilous times
3/22/2020 1:40:00 PM by: Dee Lundgren M.A., L.P.C.

I’ve been fearful during the last week as I’m sure many of you have been.

 

Not usually my style, I prayed this morning that God would show me what passage to read. When I opened my Bible, the page landed on Hebrews 11—the chapter on faith.

 

The verse that God impressed upon me was, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

 

As a Christian, one who has placed her trust in Jesus who died personally for my sins, I needed to exercise faith that God really is in charge. And that he will reward those of us who seek him in this current Corona crisis.

 

There are practical things most of us are doing which are being recommended—social distancing, handwashing, and sterilizing. But I’m not trusting in these strategies to get me through. When I try to place my faith in these things, I become anxious. It’s only when I’m trusting in God, that I am at peace. As his child, he promises to reward me for seeking him. I need to moment by moment not feed into the hysteria all around.

 

I received an email this morning from a godly retired missionary who has lived through her share of hair-raising adventures. She wrote, “The whole world is upside down, but I sometimes feel this is the tip of the iceberg . . .”

 

I agree.

 

As a Christian my concern goes well beyond the recent Corona crisis. My heart goes out to those who don’t know Jesus as their personal savior.  I’m aware of enough biblical prophecy to know the direction the world is heading.

 

I don’t know how this crisis will end, but I do know how the ultimate story is ending. In the book of Revelation, we can read of severe judgment taking place on the earth before Jesus comes back again. This time he is coming back not to be killed and rise again, but to rule and reign.

 

But there is hope.

 

Friend, if you do not know Jesus as your personal savior I invite you to trust him today. It seems as though the second coming of Christ is right around the corner and then it will be too late.

 

When I was 21 years old, I received eternal life by trusting in the truth of these words:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:16-18)

 

You can trust that Jesus died for your sins right now while there is still time. When you do God promises to give you eternal life. I pray you make this decision for real hope in perilous times.

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Bill From Brookfield, il At 3/30/2020 11:29:03 AM

Dolores, Thank you for your insight. 2 Chronicles 7-14. if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land. Thank you Dee. For sharing Jesus with me.

Reply by: Dee Lundgren

Billy Lotz! Well Hi! Thanks for your kind words. Do you like read the Bible?

JoAnn sebastiano From Yardley pa At 3/24/2020 1:36:22 PM

Hi Dee. I do appreciate reading and the reading your blog. You r right. The only true peace in this mass hysteria is through Jesus. Each time my anxiety level begins to riseā€”is the time I lower my head in prayer

Reply by: Dee Lundgren

Good application to pray when anxious. So lots of prayers should be happening these days. Thanks for reading JoAnn!

Sue Unverricht From Arizona At 3/23/2020 4:43:48 PM

Love that you're finding time for writing! This is good stuff. Also, our sermon this week was good with main point being that faithful people sometimes fear. When we fear, we ought run to Father God with that fear and find grace for our need.

Reply by: Dee Lundgren

Thanks Sue Ann for your kind words. Good point we all fear that's why we are told so often in the Bible to not fear, be courageous, take heart . . .

Yvette From Washington, DC At 3/23/2020 3:55:56 PM

Hello Dee, So nice to read your posts once again. This one is right on time! Thank you so much for sharing these truths and scriptures with us. Such a poignant reminder that God is truly our source and our hope. His promises are true. Thank you Dee and God bless you. You are appreciated.

Reply by: Dee Lundgren

Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes God is are only source of hope. Blessings to you Yvette!

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 3/23/2020 1:30:46 PM

Hi Dee. Thank you for these words of encouragement and hope during this difficult time. Praying for you!

Reply by: Dee Lundgren

Thanks we all need encouragement. Blessings to you Patti!

Abbigail kalaf From Raliegh At 3/23/2020 8:27:01 AM

Thank you Dee for sharing your thoughts and feelings about this recent crisis. I always enjoy reading what you write I pray that God will use your words to touch and heal others. Blessings to you my friend!

Reply by: Dee Lundgren

Thanks Abbigail. Praying God will use this time of crisis for his glory. He's still on the throne!

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