Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 09:49 pm | No Comments »

 

The coronavirus a sickness that is wreaking havoc on the globe having been declared a pandemic. The virus has completely overturned lives across the planet, restricting movement, shutting schools and forcing many to work from home. Nations are now taking drastic measures to fight the outbreak and reduce loss of life. 

Our church in Sydney joins believers all over the world who are looking to God and His Word. By choosing to make God and His Word our standard, we eliminate doubt, confusion and the fear that has comes with coronavirus.

During this epidemic, one way to fight Coronavirus for believers is to pray according to Scripture. Relying on Scripture will give us a spiritual foundation on which to base our faith for a move from God.

Here are 6 ways to pray against coronavirus.

1. Pray with Boldness

We should pray with boldness because God has already given it to us according to Hebrews 4:16

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

2. Pray without Fear

Let us approach God without any fear but with faith. He has already promised that nothing will harm us if we stand against evil

In 2 Timothy 1:7, God tells us that He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind

3. Pray for Protection

Continue praying for God’s protection that he will protect you as He did the Jews of the Old Testament. He gave them this promise:

No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling (Psalms 91:10)

4. Pray that Doctors Find a Cure

Continue praying that doctors who are looking for an antidote find one soon.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5)

5. Pray for the Healing of those are Infected

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men (1 Timothy 2:1)

6. Pray in the Name of Jesus

All things have been made subject to Jesus. He is the authority. Pray against the virus in the name of Jesus.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, (Philippians 2:9-10)

We can approach God’s throne of Mercy in prayer and He will hear us. He cares for us no matter the situation in the world around us.  We can seek and trust Him.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 08:48 am | No Comments »

 

 

With the world overwhelmed by Coronavirus, what should the church do? Here are a few scriptures to read, meditate, and stand on.

 

1. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind ( 2 Timothy 1:7)

God says that He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear. We should therefore not let any fear take root in our hearts. Any time fear tends to crop in, remember and meditate on this and other verses in the word of God that encourages us not to fear.

 

2. There’s nothing impossible with God.  (Luke 1:37)

There’s nothing God cannot do. He has the power and the authority to deal with the Corona Pandemic because everything in Heavens above, on earth and under the earth is under His command. Let us trust in God His infinite power and wisdom.

 

3. Pray without ceasing ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17)

While we are trusting God to take control of the Corona Pandemic, we need to be very active in our prayers. At our church, we believe that believers all over the globe need to unite and seek God in prayer. God is faithful. He hears prayers and He answers. When we seek Him in prayer, we acknowledge that He is the Great Physician and we put our lives in His gracious hands.

 

4. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world ( 1 John 4:4)

We are not alone – God the Holy Spirit dwells within us. His power is within us. That means we carry God’s power against anything that is not His will for us.

 

5. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ( Romans 8:31)

While the medical world is busy looking a cure for Corona pandemic, it’s important to remember that God is on our side – He is for us. Let’s continue to trust that God will preserve us, keep us safe, and lead us through this.

 

6. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you (Psalms 91:7)

Just as God promised the children of Israel that He would care for them, we can be confident in His care for us. That doesn’t mean that a believer will not get sick (we know that statistically, hundreds of believers already have contracted and are fighting the COVID-19 virus). However, whatever God allows he will help us get through. There is no need to panic or fear. God is with us.

 

Let us not forget that God is still on the throne, cares for us, and loves us no matter what challenges we face. We can trust Him.

 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 08:56 pm | No Comments »

 

 

"I cannot tell, I cannot describe how I long to be a missionary, to carry the Glad Tidings to poor, perishing sinners. For this I could give up everything, every idol, however dear. I feel as if I could not live if something is not done for China."

This quote from Hudson Taylor in a letter to his mother shows just how much he was consumed by an intense passion for those who have not heard the gospel.

 

Early Life

Hudson was born in England in 1832. His parents, James and Amelia Taylor were devout Methodists, provided their children with a sound homeschool education, and were also thorough in teaching them spiritual matters.

When he was 15 years 0ld, Hudson started working as a junior clerk in a bank. His co-workers were worldly and skeptical toward spiritual things. They ridiculed the young Hudson’s views about God until he started to question his Christian upbringing. Quickly adopting their perspective, he concluded that he could live any way he chose.

But he soon developed an eye infection which forced him to resign and start working for his father. At the point, he was unhappy and troubled in an unending spiritual struggle.

 

Conversion: The Power of Prayer

Even while working with his father, he failed to notice his son’s spiritual struggle. But his mother was sensitive to his situation and began to pray earnestly for his salvation.

One day, she determined to remain in prayer for Hudson’s conversion until she felt certain that her request had been granted. She had gone to visit her sister miles away from home. As she prayed, Hudson was busy reading a Gospel tract he had found in his father’s store and the light of God flashed into his soul by the power of the Holy Spirit.

He immediately fell on his knees and accepted Jesus as his Savior. At that time, an assurance came to her mother that she no longer needed to continue praying.

Amazingly, his younger sister had also been praying for his conversion for about a month having written in her notebook “I will pray every day for Hudson’s conversion.”

This is very encouraging for those of us who are praying for our loved ones to get saved.

(Join us at our church in Sydney to learn how you can do this, too)

 

Calling and Ministry

Not long after conversion, Hudson dedicated himself entirely to the Lord's work and soon sensed that God was calling him to China. He also began studying medicine and trusted God for his every provision.

In 1853, at the age of 21 and burdened for the Chinese who had never heard of Christ, Hudson sailed for China as an agent of a newly established mission society. He arrived in Shanghai and immediately began learning Chinese. Funds and support from home hardly ever arrived, but Hudson depended upon God for his every need. While non-nationals were not allowed into China's interior those days, Hudson chose to ignore the restrictions and often travelled to inland China to preach the gospel.

In 1858 he married Marie Dyer who was working at that time in a school for Chinese girls.

Hudson Taylor spent more than 50 years in China as a missionary. He is known for his respect for the Chinese culture. He went so as far as dressing like a Chinese man in his efforts to blend in while sharing the Gospel, a step that saw him accepted by the people he was preaching to.

In China, Hudson worked as a doctor, evangelist, and translator until his return to England for medical reasons. In England, while recovering, Taylor was able to complete his medical studies, revise a Chinese New Testament as well as organize the China Inland Mission.

He later returned to China but the sufferings multiplied. His daughter took ill and died, the family was almost killed in a riot, Maria his first wife died in childbirth, and his second wife died of cancer.

 

A Mission’s Legacy

However, China Inland Mission continued its work of reaching out to millions for Christ. By 1895 the Mission had 641 missionaries and 462 Chinese helpers at 260 stations under Hudson’s leadership. Sadly, many missionaries were martyred, and hundreds of Chinese Christians were killed in a Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Nonetheless, the number of missionaries kept increasing in the coming decades.

Hudson influenced hundreds of people to be missionaries by setting an example that is followed to this day. 

Are you sharing the Gospel with the people around you as Hudson Taylor did?

 

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Monday, March 2, 2020, 08:48 pm | No Comments »

 

Christian counselors report that about 50 percent of people who go for counseling have issues rooted in anger. We all experience anger at some point in our lives. It’s part of life.

 

Jesus himself got angry on several occasions. His anger, however, was not rooted in self-interest. Instead, his anger came as a result of the abuse and misuse of the temple of God.

 

When clearing the temple of the moneychangers and animal-sellers, He showed great emotion in Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; John 2:13-22.

 

Another occasion is written in Mark 3:5 and anger is mentioned specifically.

 

And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

 

So you see, anger in itself is not always sin.

It is what we do with it that becomes sin. The problem with anger is that when not controlled it easily turns into dangerous emotion. It shatters communication, tears relationships apart, ruins both the joy and health of many, and is always the start of the spirit of bitterness.

 

This is why it is so important to learn to deal with anger appropriately.

Gratefully, with God’s help, we can learn how to deal with anger. The Word of God contains verses that demonstrate the effects and principles regarding how to handle anger.

 

Bible Verses about Anger  

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:19-20).

 

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression (Proverbs 19:11).

 

Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9)

 

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth (Colossians 3:8)

 

These are some of the few verses in the Bible that talks about anger. God doesn’t want us to stay angry because anger has the potential to lead into sin no matter how small it may seem.

 

How to Deal with Anger According to the Bible

There are effective things that all Christians need to do in order to be able to deal with anger.

1. Don’t allow anger to linger. Ephesians 4:26 says, be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath. We are supposed to deal with anger as soon as possible so that we don’t give the devil a foothold.

2. Study the Bible every day to learn and be reminded of God’s will. The will of God is to put off anger (Colossians 3:8). Understand that will help you do away with anger when it knocks.

3. Pray to God anytime you find yourself tempted to hold onto anger. Ask Him to forgive those who have hurt you and help you let go of any angry feelings you’re holding on to.

God is bigger than our feelings and He has given us spirit-control so we can walk learn how to control anger, live in peace, and experience His perfect love when we need it the most.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 08:41 am | No Comments »

 

We face choices of all sizes daily. Decisions thus make a huge part of our lives. Some are easy to make especially those that are downright on whether something is right or wrong.

In his Word, God gives us several ways to help us know what is right. So we know that we should obey all the clear guidelines in the Word of God.

Yet, there are times when knowing what the right decision is isn’t clear.

When a choice we should make is not very clear, God gives us various principles to guide us in our decision making.

 

Biblical Principles for Solid Decision Making

Whatever type of decision we need to make, we have biblical principles that can help make the right decision all the time.

We have outlined 3 major principles to help you make the right decision every time.

 

1. Be Guided by the Word of God

Allow God to direct you through the wisdom He provides us in the Bible. In Psalms 119:105, it is written,

 

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

 

Like the Bible states in the verse above, the word of God is a light that shines through the steps we need to make in life. For the decisions we need to make, we can rely on the Word to know what to do.

And when we finally get to be guided by the Word to know what to do, we need to accept what the Lord has shown us and do what is right in the specific situation. It may not be easy but the promise of God is that acknowledging His guidance and obeying His Word will have us reap blessings in our life.

The word of God also says, we should,

 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 

Trusting fully in God enables Him to direct us in the right way and choices we should make.

 

2. Pray

To make good decisions, we should also immerse ourselves in prayer. Praying about the choices we need to make keep us closely connected to the Lord. This way, we become closer and closer to the His Spirit and sensitive to His leading in every decision we need to make.

Philippians 4: 6-8 says,

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

The Bible also encourages us to ask for wisdom from God and we can be confident that when we ask, God will provide the wisdom we need to make the right choice every time we ask him. 

 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5)

 

3. Seek Godly Council and Wisdom

Sometimes we may find ourselves faced with stuff that is too big a decision to make and comprehend. It is at this point we need assistance from other people to help us walk and work through the different aspects of making the right choices.  

Having other people at your side to help counsel you is wise and godly.

 

Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established (Proverbs 15:22)

 

For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety (proverbs 24:6)

 

Trying to make godly decisions in life? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page. Come and visit our Sunday service to learn more about how God has empowered us to make the right decision always.


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