Tract: How To Have “The Peace That Passes All Understanding” During Lockdown

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God is our Refuge
“God is our Refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;” (Psalm 46v1&2)
In a time of great anxiety to whom can we turn? This terrible disease (Coronavirus) is spreading to many countries throughout the whole world. While we may take the advice of those in authority, we can put our trust in no man upon this earth, whatever position he holds. Psalm 47v7 tells us that “God is the King of all the earth…” He created us and this world. He knows each one of us individually. In Luke 12v7 we are told that “even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” He loves you and cares about you, so why not turn to Him today and tell Him about your cares and worries? He truly wants to shoulder your burdens and to be your Friend.
No Greater Love than this
I read the story of an elderly man who died after offering his ventilator to a younger person. Indeed this was a loving thing to do. But then I read another story about the Creator of all. John 1v10&11 tells us that “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own and his own received him not.” We must also consider that whatever good we do, cannot in itself get us to heaven. The Bible tells us: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2v8&9) Only a life begun in faith can produce the good works which are acceptable in His sight.
Also, those on this earth who give their lives may be revered, but Jesus was mocked and humiliated. In Romans 5v6-8 we read: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God gave His only Son, Jesus, for us that we may be assured of a Home in heaven. Nothing can compare with the sacrifice that the Lord Jesus Christ made when He left the splendour and glories of heaven to take on human flesh and to die for a world of lost sinners.
No Respecter of Persons
This horrible virus is no respecter of persons. It affects people of all positions and all walks of life; rich and poor, priests and clergymen, criminals, those high in political positions, royalty, paupers, the famous and the unknown. So it is with sin… every man, woman and child ever born into this world was born in sin. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3v23) 1John 1v8 tells us that “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
Confession of Sin
To whom should we confess our sins? I have heard a person in authority over many churches in this world say that since we cannot confess our sins to a priest during this time of “lockdown,” we should then go directly to God to confess them. This surely should always be the case, lockdown or not. We are told in 1Timothy 2v5&6 that “there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” No man on this earth has the power to forgive us our sins. We must go directly to God, in the name of Jesus, to confess our sins and to be forgiven of them… “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1v9)
His welcoming arms are ever open for all
In some countries you will get no treatment unless you are in possession of health insurance but unfortunately there are people in those countries who just cannot afford this. And so we have an unfair system, where the rich can survive and the poor die because they have no access to the necessary funds. In contrast, the loving arms of Jesus are open to all: rich and poor, great and small, because the Bible tells us that His sacrifice avails for all of mankind – not just some of them. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1John 2v2)

To Delay in Taking Precautions against the Spread of a Pandemic is to Dice with Death
…And to delay in accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour leaves us in grave spiritual danger. The Bible tells us: “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2Corinthians 6v2)
We Hear a Lot About “Isolation” These Days.
Spiritually speaking, we must isolate from what is evil – we must repent and trust the Lord to protect us. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” (Acts 3v19)
If we make Him the Captain of our lives, though evil and distressing times may come, we will be victorious in the end, for some day we must leave this scene of time and whatever happens us, we can be assured of a Home in Heaven. The Bible tells us of Heaven… “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1Corinthians 2v9) Jesus indeed left the splendours of heaven, so that you and I could join Him there when we leave this scene of time. Are you full of care today because of the terrible things that are happening globally and perhaps also in your own life? Remember the words of 1 Peter 5v7… “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” He loves you and wants to carry you through the rest of your life, whatever it holds for you. The Bible tells us that “there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8v1)
This world is full of turmoil at the present time
But Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace give I unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14v27)
My prayer is that you would accept Him as Lord and Saviour of your life and follow Him day by day. May the Lord direct your steps and may you experience His love and richest blessings upon your life, from this time forth and forevermore.
© Elizabeth Burke 2020

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2 Responses to “Tract: How To Have “The Peace That Passes All Understanding” During Lockdown”

  1. Cathy Says:

    An excellent evangelistic tract. Thank you. I will reblog.

  2. readywriterpublications Says:

    Thanks for that Cathy. Presently we can only share tracts online with people, as only postal workers are permitted to go door to door and no one allowed to distribute leaflets on the street but I am emailing and otherwise writing to elderly people I know who don’t have any online presence. I pray that the Lord will speak to them.

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