“There is no need to panic.”

“There is no need to panic.”

Good evening Bikers Church family and friends, and to all who will be tuned into this broadcast; a very warm “Hello” and welcome to you too!

My sermon topic for tonight, and I believe that is a word of encouragement to you all, is that: “There is no need to panic”

Now some of you may have 2nd thoughts about this fact but let me assure you church, that there is REALLY no need to panic, for this too shall pass!

Can I just say that I have it on high authority that his pandemic, this world crisis, and whatever situation or circumstances you will find yourself in right now, is subject to change, and will come to an end!

So am I saying this because I have a friend at the W.H.O, or an insider at the National Epidemic Command Centre? Well, I have looked at the stats of past pandemics and epidemics, and yes, I have looked into the 20 worst pandemics, it’s origins and also how they all come to an end!

For instance: Did you know that the Spanish Flu of 1918 lasted 2 years, infected 500 million people and killed 50 million across the globe?

But it came to an end! You see folks plagues and pandemics have ravaged the human race throughout its existence, often changing the course of history and sometimes even signalling the end to entire civilizations.

But there is no need to panic, child of God for I have it on good authority that:

 

Romans 8:28 (Amp) – And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

 

I know that many people are suffering right now, as a result of this pandemic, or it’s negative effects on the economy, our health care and life in general.

But as Peter encouraged the church in: So, I would like to encourage you to church!

 

1 Peter 4:12 (Amp) – Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you [that is, to test the quality of your faith], as though something strange or unusual were happening to you.

 

You see, the trials and heartaches of life may sound like a call to evacuate, to run away and hide, to lock yourself in, or to respond to life in ways that are disheartening (ontmoedigende) and destructive; yes??

But we will all do better, much better, when we listen more closely and pay more attention to the Truth (God’s Word), instead of the facts! Pastor Leonard referred to:

Psalm 130:5 – I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on Him. I have put my hope in His word.”

 

So, Facts vs Truths, which one are you going to believe?

Can I assure you church, that the trial or pandemic, may be noth8ing more than a reminder, that our faith, our trust and our hope must be rooted in God’s word and the promises of His word, NOT in people, scientist, governments, vaccines, but in the infallible (meaning: incapable of making mistakes or being wrong), word of God!

 

Jesus Himself even gave this assurance in:

John 16:33 (Amp) – “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

 

You see, God is reminding us that we will have trouble, challenges, trials and tribulations in this life, or this world, and we (even Believers) must expect this… but He has already overcome it all! He is already Victorious, and that same power is working in us as well, giving us the courage and strength to persevere and overcome!

 

James 1:2 (NIV) – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

 

You see church, the only solution to this current crisis, especially for Christian believers is to pray, trust and obey!

Many people will sadly put their hopes in the hands of others, trusting people instead of trusting God! But it is only in Christ and His Word, that we will find the peace and power to rise above our darkest hours!

The Bible, God’s word to all believers is filled with so many promises to us, that we can take and make our own! Covenant promises to us!

Yes, we need to be vigilant and careful. Yes, we must obey the current rules and regulations, but there is really no need to panic or fear!

 

Well known scripture:

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) – For God did not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline. (well controlled, sound mind)

 

You see church, no one wishes for hard times in life; no one asks for storms or suffering; no human being would want to go through deep hurt, rejection, suffering, pain, or loss… yet, this is all part of life, according to:

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV) – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

 

There is a time for everything! That is why God is reminding us time and time again, that these sufferings are part of our journey on earth to make us stronger, to build our faith and to transform us (to make similar) to the image and character of His Son, Amen?

Church, you cannot build spiritual muscles by easy living! “No Pain, No Gain” is what serious Bodybuilders (like myself) will tell you!

You need to earn your keep by faith in the Rock that cannot be moved!

Just as many of the Biblical heroes of faith did (Hebrews 11 – read the Faith chapter as reference.)

These heroes of the faith were tested, not through “easy” times, but through times of great suffering, difficulties, and persecution. They were hunted, torched alive, cut in two, fed to lions etc. But did not waver or become weak in their faith! And so, should we, amen?!

So, I’m putting the ball in our court tonight, church: “To panic, or not to panic” that is the choice that you will have to make.

I know that it can be a tough one, when you’re facing pain, loss and hard times, but if you choose to rejoice in everything you’re halfway there!

And to choose not to allow our circumstances and feelings to get in the way of what we know is true, well that is powerful and life-changing!

 

Conclude by saying: (Please hear this church)

Jesus Christ suffered greatly for us and to share in His sufferings and to remember that we are victorious through Him, is all the reason why we should look forward with hope and joy, in the days still ahead, realizing, even confessing: “That there is no need to panic!”

Amen!