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Believers Response in Times of Crisis

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We started a session on 19 April- 7 June 2020 via Zoom platform. This topic was handled by different gifted ministers of the gospel and the multiplicity of thoughts from our guest speakers brought a rich perspective to the subject.

Below are some of the reflections from the sessions we had. We trust that you will be blessed as you read through and meditate on some of these points to help you navigate your way during times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic that practically lockdown virtually sectors of the global economy.


Session one – 19/4/2020


Topic: Antidote To Fear.
Presented by: Pastor Luke Ibe

  • No need to panic
  • Hold on to the Word of God~ Psm 91
  • Trust in God
  • We need to pray
  • This season is a time of great test- a level of revelation of the Word of God.
  • Pray for Godly wisdom ~ Psm 16:1
  • Let us be a carrier of the presence of God.

 

Session two- 26/4/2020


Topic: The Power of Faith in times of crisis.
Presented by: Rev Segun Oladipo
Texts: Mark 4:37-40; Proverbs 24:10; Psm 16:1, Romans 8:37

How we can build our faith

  • Where is our focus- kill the fear in us
  • Where is our future? John 14:1-2


How can we have faith in crisis?

  • Keep building your faith
  • Cultivate a deep confidence in God with daily devotion.
  • Let’s live by God’s grace
  • Pray for ourselves

 

Session three- 3/5/2020


A reflection of the topic by: Pastor Samuel Jegede
Text: Luke 15:11

  • Exercise your faith
  • Look inwards, we have wasted opportunities and instructions of God.
  • This is a time to bring us back to God
  • A time of humility.
  • This is also a crisis of a second chance.
  • This is a time of new beginning.
  • A time to know God and have an encounter with Him.
  • This is also a time to share and connect with our brethren.

Session four- 10/5/2020


Topic: The Power of communication.
Presented by: Rev. Rosemary Ariole
Texts: Jer.30:2; Rev 21:2; Acts 28:26-40

She stated that there are nine kinds of communication

  1. Agreement
  2. Disagreement
  3. Frustration ~ Gen 3:8-11
  4. Violence
  5. Dialogue
  6. Apologetic~ Gen 13:8-9
  7. Humous
  8. Spiritual
  9. Love


In conclusion

  • Talk more
  • Create a chitchat
  • Eat together
  • Have bedroom talk time!
  • Cook together
  • Pray together

 

Session five- 17/5/2020
Topic: Believer’s Response in times of Crisis
Presented by: Pastor Samuel Ekpo

Introduction
I will start by pointing out some of the situations now from a psychological point of view; then I will make reference to scriptural text to better understand believers response in times of crisis.

( what it has taught me)

  • The situation now calls for a sense of readiness to go home – our heavenly home. 2 Cor 5:10; John 14:3; Luke 10:20
  • Human’s standard and capacities has limitations in education, health, economy, and in the political sectors.
  • This is also a call for global fellowship, Isaiah 2:2-4( heavenly fellowship by joining the 24 elders to worship). The 24 elders are representatives of the redeemed/restored human race.
  • These 24 elders are described as human, male elders. They are not creatures or females, but specifically use male term to describe these beings. They are distinct from angels Rev 7:11.
  • They are clearly believers in the Lord. They are in heaven and wear white garments, something that symbolises God’s righteousness Rev 3:5, 18,19:8. They also wear crowns (Rev 4:4) something not said of angels in scripture and which believers are said to receive (1 cor 9:24-25; 1 Thess 2:19). Further, the elders also worship the Lord~ Rev 4:11.

The Psychological impact of the times now
A focus on the current state of the young people under corona.

  • The corona crisis sets new standards for people. Young people are: - Hit extra hard
    - Used to having people around them, but now they are keeping social distancing.
    - Lacks the ability to self entertain themselves.
    - Can not find meaningful replacement for daily activities.
    - This results in : boredom, lack of purpose, higher stress than other age groups, they try to find meaning, there is relational difficulties.

 


Using scriptural references as a way to suggest believers response: What do we need to do?

  • Put on The Whole armour of God – Eph 6: 10-17
  • Exercise the joy of the Lord; it is your strength. Joy is a choice – 1 John 1:1-4, Neh 8:10.
  • Delight in him – 1 John 1:3-7, Deut 9: 5-7.
  • Receive His Word -1 John 2: 2-5 – receive it and walk circumspectly, receive it and walk strategically.
  • Speak about Him- 1 John 2:21-24
  • Long to be like Him – 1 John 3:1-3
  • Be willing to be corrected – 1 John 3:18-23
  • Desire to please Him – 1 John 5:3-5
  • Trust Him – 1 John 5:11-13
  • Understand that God’s sovereign plan for the world can’t be hindered by any power whether it is physical or spiritual – John 16:33.

 

Session six- 24/5/2020
Topic: Believer’s Response in times of Crisis ( A prophetic dimension).
Presented by: Pastor Ebere Oji


Introduction
Many people’s hearts are failing them. They promote fear at this time of crisis. There are 7 ways to confront a mountain in the words of Pastor Adeboye.

  1. To turn back from it.
  2. You can go round it.
  3. You can decide to clime the mountain.
  4. You can bore a hole on the mountain
  5. You can blow the mountain with dynamite.
  6. Turn it to your prayer altar.
  7. You can fly over the mountain. Isaiah 40.

Believer’s Response


1 Samuel 30:1-19, Psm 30:5

  • God is in the business of turning the crisis into opportunities.
  • Turning the crisis into stepping stone of unimaginable promotions

Who is a believer? He/she is somebody special. John 1:10-12, Phil 2:8-11. They believe in the supernatural name of Jesus Christ. Rom 10:9-10.
- Some one who believes in Christ and responded to the call of Jesus Christ and the gospel- Mark 1:15.
- Our lives will bear testimonies – the fruit of ‘Agape’ love. 1 John 3:16-18.
- Carrying Jesus Christ on your head ( we need to carry Jesus in our hearts).

The responses today:

  • Cry: Relying on self is not the answer.
  • Turn to each other. Psm 1:46, Psm 118:8.
  • Encourage ourselves in the Lord.

In conclusion


Christianity is about building our character. How much of Jesus Christ am I becoming daily?

  • Anointing without character is crisis.
  • Go back to our root.
  • Live a life of holiness.
  • Study the Bible.
  • Prayers is key.

 


Session seven: 31/5/2020
Topic: Believer’s Response in times of Crisis
Presented by: Pastor Anietie Ekpo

Personal statements: Crisis is temporary Eccl 3: 10-11

Don’t make permanent decisions over temporary circumstances.
- Crisis is an opportunity for great joy.
- There is no crisis or temptation that we can’t bear. 1 cor 10:14
- God remains faithful.
- Various causes of crisis would determine the response.
- Types of Crises
• Crisis caused by human error
• Crisis caused by association
• Natural causes of crisis – fire, flood.
• Crisis causes by the devil
• Crisis from the enemies. 2kings 6.


Keys things to consider
- Don’t entertain fear 2kings 6:16
- The believer is a spiritual man/woman.
- Eliminate worries
- Believers must have control of their thoughts- Rom 6:8
- Good to develop hearing ear from God.
- Have faith and be obedient
- Be strong and courageous.

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