Dear Pneuma Church family,
May God’s peace be with you and yours as you read this message!
As the time for the new school year to begin is right around the corner, a lot of questions seem to be on our minds. Uncertainties and fears have risen in our hearts – valid concerns over the well being of our children. Of course, all of these questions come as a result of the new world we are living in ushered in by the novel corona virus better known as COVID-19. Who would have thought that we would actually be contemplating distance learning for our children as we look for the best solutions to keep everyone in our home safe? In a hundred years, I would not have believed you if you would have shared this story with me, but it’s not a story, it’s our reality in 2020 America and thus, we must be as best equipped as possible to make the best decisions for our family and children.
Understandably, everyone’s situation and circumstances are different, but as people of faith, we must turn our eyes to the Word of God and His promises because they are our compasses to help us navigate the uncharted waters that we are in. For example in 1 John 5:4-5 NLT, we read: “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”
This Scripture brings a couple of things to our attention as we try to make the best decision with our kids and their schooling. First, we are living in an evil, fallen world; there is no doubt about that. The evil in the world seems to have multiplied in 2020, but the reality is that it has always been there, maybe it’s just hitting a little closer to home these days. However, there is a beautiful promise here: every child of God defeats this evil world and the way that we do it is through our faith!
These are the moments when our faith must become a living, vibrant faith, not just a Sunday morning faith. To overcome these evil days that we are living in, we need a powerful faith. A giant defeating faith. A faith that looks at what is in front of us, but instead of seeing the problem, sees the reality that God is greater than any problem or circumstance.
God is greater than any problem or circumstance
This Scripture also tells us that not only do we live in an evil world, but that we are in a battle against the world, and I don’t know about you, but that’s exactly how I have felt during this time. It’s been a fierce battle: a battle for my mind, my faith, my health, my family, my finances, and even for our own lives. Sadly, many have had family members who have lost their lives in this battle in 2020 and my heart breaks for them, but I know that if they trusted in Christ, they might have died in the battle, but the ultimate victory is theirs in Christ Jesus! This is why, my dear Pneuma family, our faith must rise up in us like never before! Our hearts must believe what we have professed as the cornerstone of our faith: that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He has overcome this world and that His victory is my victory!
Therefore, I don’t need to be afraid. I can be at peace even in the midst of the storms around me. From that place of peace and victory, I can make the decisions that will be the best for me and my house, for my children and their schooling. They will be the best decisions because they will not be fear driven, but faith driven – a faith that overcomes this fallen world.
May these words inspire you to continue moving forward, believing God’s best is yet to come and that you will see His goodness in the land of the living like King David said.
God bless you mightily!
Senior Pastor of Pneuma Church