Coronavirus: Changes The Way Ministers Do Business

Romans 10:14-17 NKJV says “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

If you believe in being honest, you will lay it bear and care less about maintaining a narrative. Being honest doesn’t mean you completely discount truth. It means you maintain a healthy respect for truth, even when being honest about your inability to produce results.

Let’s be honest, shall we. Over the last 40 years, many of us that came into the Word of God regarding healing and miracles have hit a brick wall.

Let’s admit it because the last nation wide pandemic was in 1918, called the Spanish flu. This is 12 years after the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance came to the United States in 1906 which started in Topeka Kansas, and went full swing on Azusa Street near Los Angeles, CA.

I remember a man of God called John G. Lake. He would minister the power of God as a missionary in South Africa. During one plague, the Bubonic Plague, it was recorded that they needed people to bury the dead. He and another worker would bury the dead.

It was also recorded that when they wondered why he and his assistant didn’t come down with the plague that he had them put a live strain in his hand. It was none else but the Lord at work. Under the microscope The plague would be moving. He closed his hand and opened it and the plague died in his hand.

Many will say that he and his assistant developed anti bodies. Possible.

But also, something tragic happened where his wife died of an illness. Not the bubonic plague. So why would Lake minister healing to others, and his first wife would die?

John G. Lake died of a stroke at the age of 65.

There’s almost always some questionable things when dealing with healing and health from the Scriptures and from questionable ministers and their ministries.

Today is no different.

Notice the Scripture above and you will see that “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” The context of Paul’s message was regarding salvation, but we also see Jesus teaching the Word and having power to heal all manner of sickness and disease.

During this season of Coronavirus, a complete shut down of houses of worship, their ministries, and healing ministers were also shut down. We’ve seen some strange things as people were no longer allowed to congregate.

Pastors and ministers were forced to preach to empty chairs. Or social distanced with 10 people in attendance. Many of us appeared on YouTube, Zoom, Skype, FB, and other means of recording our services. Coronavirus and governors pushed the believers out of the spot light.

They’re relaxing restrictions but imagine Jesus ministering in our time.

Now when you’ve been ministering God’s healing power, there’s an expectation that God is no respecter of any disease. We must also be advised that just because we haven’t heard of anyone ministering God’s healing power during this pandemic, it doesn’t mean that the Lord didn’t heal anyone.

We have to ask every person on the planet to ascertain whether they were ministered to to determine if anyone was healed by God’s power. So to discount and write off the hand of the Lord would be disingenuous.

On the other hand, those of us that know what the Word said regarding healing, did we minister to people? I can say for myself, I certainly didn’t.

What’s changed?

Being really honest, it’s attributed to doubt and unbelief. Plain and simple.

Years ago, I’ve seen the Lord heal people but for the most part, it was people with minor ailments and in addition to medicine. I’ve prayed for a person with cancer, along with another minister, and she had stomach cancer. I don’t know if it was terminal, but she lived another 14 years before going home to be with the Lord in her late 70’s or early 80’s.

I prayed for my sister who had a rare form of sarcoma. Sickle Cell Sarcoma. But she went home to be with the Lord. I cried tears. We had an elder in our fellowship that was given a kidney transplant but acquired cancer and he went home to be with the Lord, after concerted prayer.

I’ve prayed for kids that were stricken with severe diseases, unable to walk, confined to a wheel chair. No answer.

What are we to do?

One of the things I looked at was the life of Job.

After the devil got permission from the Lord to do Job harm, Job did complain but He didn’t walk out on God. We don’t know how long Job went through his ordeal, though he wanted God to appear to tell him his sin, yet, Job remained consistent. He did cross the line with his complaint but at least he maintained his integrity.

After watching the devil take most of the things that were important to Job, and then get afflicted with boils, most people would have cursed God and died on day one.

But Job held fast to his integrity.

I find myself doing the same in this pandemic.

The most important thing that you can do in understanding what’s going on is that we never turn our back on the Lord when we’re in the darkest hours of our lives.

My mom would pray a prayer that “May your darkest hour be brighter than the noon day sun.” What a prayer.

Does it mean that I stop believing God for healing for myself and for others?

Absolutely not.

But at the same time, I never lose my integrity. In the end, people that get healed, we praise God for. Whether they get healed by the combo of medicine and by prayer to God by faith, by prayer to God alone, or by doctors using skill and medicine, both of them were put on the earth by God.

He is still worthy to be praised.

But we should never lose our integrity over a time that God didn’t heal for whatever reason. Reasons like a lack of faith, or Isaiah 57:1-2, it’s not enough to turn our backs on Him in bitterness. There’s no reason to defect and become an apostate because we didn’t get what we want.

Many of us will remember that we’ve asked our parents for something and they’ve said no. Many of us got mad and did some unthinkable things. In rebellion we lashed out in anger, had fits, temper tantrums, and acted up to compel our parents to give us what we’ve demanded.

Yet, they held fast to their decision.

How much more our Heavenly Father?

So never lose your integrity of this. Maintain your faith. God is still God and we don’t know everything like He does. For us that remain, will the Son of man find faith on the earth?

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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