Pestilence Confronted: Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might

Some countries are beginning to see early signs of progress in defeating  Covid 19. The miraculous swift development of vaccinations will likely prove to be the turning point in this struggle. Soon the focus will shift to economic recovery, necessary in every country. But the global economy is in shambles and we can expect a combination of fear, anxiety and despair to dominate the hearts and minds of our neighbors as we face this great challenge. In truth, we have no choice but to hope our respective governments can make enough good decisions to restore our national economies and health. 

As Christ’s ambassadors in the marketplace, many of us must face difficult conditions in our own lives and still be salt and light to those around us. 

The Apostle Paul, no stranger to difficult conditions including persecutions, wrote this: 

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:10-13 (ESV)

St. Paul goes on to write that this “armor” is from God and consists of seven spiritual elements: truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the Holy Spirit and prayer. This inspired and clever connecting of these elements to pieces of body armor is well worth studying; the essence is that it is God’s armor, strength and might which we must learn to trust and depend upon. Would the people in my circle of influence in the marketplace say that I am a God-dependent person?

Blessings,
Jim

Global Prayer Points

As we seek to see our marketplace transformed by the Gospel, join us in prayer this week for the following requests from our Global Leadership. 

Africa: Pray for good preparations for the 2nd CBMC Africa Convention to be held as a hybrid in Lusaka, Zambia during the days of April 23-24. 

Asia/Pacific: Pray for the translation of Operation Timothy to Khmer, the language of Cambodia and Mongolian.

Europe: Specific prayer requests can be sent to [email protected]

Latin America: Pray for continued follow-up from the Transcende 2020 virtual conference hosted earlier by CBMC Mexico and Latin America.

North America: Pray for establishing an e-CBMC (next generation) in North America Korean CBMC. Pray that Christian leaders would take the challenge to lead other leaders who need Jesus. 

If you have a prayer request, please send an email to CBMC International.