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God is Awakening Christians to Have Faith in Him.

I think about why Covid-19 epidemic comes to the world. Is it for Christians to preach good news more eagerly? Is it God wants to save more lost souls?

Recently I prayed through Zoom with my Moms in Prayer group. I heard a mom giving thanks to God for a friend’s prodigal son, who is asking for prayer during this pandemic. A light came to me that God may use the crisis to wake up Christians to repent and fix our eyes on God.

Indeed, if God is coming back, He wants to prepare the saints ready for the grace He is going to give us. What will that require? A faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, the claim-to-be believers are awakened to cling to God and pray more fervently because there’s no remedy for stopping this pandemic.

Even though the worldly people may panic, they may still not change much about their thoughts. They may worry more about the price of stock market or what to do while staying at home in shelter more than their eternal life. However, it’s not supposed to be the saints’ mindset, because we know who is our living hope and where is our everlasting inheritance is kept.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. (1 Peter 1:3-6)

When I stayed home in the beginning, I went on the Internet a lot and ate a lot while watching movies. Then I found the only effective way of self-controlling my eating is to go to read my bible. When I am satisfied in God’s unfading Word, the temptation from the secular entertainment fades away.

Is God reviving the saints? YES! Praise God for He is doing what He alone can do: complete the work of our faith.

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)


About Manling Chen

Manling was born and grew up in Taiwan. She came with her husband and 2-year-old son to New York, NY, at age 30 to fulfill her dream of studying in the graduate school. She received a black belt in Taekwendo at age 40 and has been applying the Bible truth and discipline learned in the martial art to fight in her faith as a spiritual warrior. She works with God to write and is currently a freelance reporter for a national Chinese newspaper and writer based in Minnesota. Much of her writing is in the areas of spiritual learning, Bible study, parenting, education, Sunday school, opinions, interviews, and people's stories, etc.

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