3. Prescient Provision
The enemy and his servants thought they were slick when they created the virus and (worse) "the cure." They have been trying to slowly kill off the population for years through a variety of methods and it just wasnt working, people have actually been living longer. That brought them to the need to directly inject their poisons into humanity to speed up the process but they have a problem with that as well (at least when it comes to believers).
The Lord knew what they were going to do long before the idea ever sprouted roots in their evil minds. Knowing what they were going to do, in His goodness and mercy He made preparatory/prescient provision for us long beforehand to counter this current evil that has been unleashed on humanity. How has the Lord made provision before us before any of this kill steal and destroy started? It starts in the promises He made to us:
17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
17No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
And here is an example:
1Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 2The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. 3Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
Here ^^ Paul was injected with two needles full of deadly poison and suffered no ill effects. Why is that? Re-read the promises listed above. Some may say "yea but brother D it says "drink poison" not "get injected with poison" to which we must reply with the commanders intent. In the military when a higher officer writes and operations order for lower officers to follow, he includes something called "Commanders Intent" to describe what it is in general he wants his officers to do in case a situation comes up (always does) that is not covered in the rest of the operations order. So too we find here the Lord's "Commanders intent," that is He does not intend for us to get poisoned and die from it (re-read what happened to Paul.)
Literally a serpent (the enemy) injected two fangs (hypodermic like needles) full of toxic venom into Paul (a servant of the Lord) and he suffered no ill effects.
If this ^^ were not enough we have the promise in Isa 54 which is a more general promise of protection that picks up wherever Acts 28 drops off. So when we as believers pray back/stand on the promises made to us by Almighty God the enemy's weapons find themselves in a pickle.
Then there is fasting. What can fasting do?
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Fasting can break every yoke. A yoke is in general a heavy burden. To say that the enemy has laid a "heavy burden" on humanity with his corona assault is an understatement. But guess what else fasting can do? It can rebuild your entire immune system as well as repair and replace dead/non working cells in the body.
So, in summary the Lord was reading the enemy playbook the entire time it was being developed and if that was not enough already knew what they were going to do before they started. That said, He pre-installed provision and protection through His promises, laws and in the creation in places He did not share with this servant to deal with this evil season.
2 Cor 10
3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
So yes, the corona war on humanity is a big problem for "the world" but for the believer who stands on the promises? Not so much. We have tools, resources and power that this world and those who belong to this world do not have. We must stand on our faith and the promises because the war at its root is not a carnal/political/economic/etc war, it is a spiritual war. Spiritual wars call for spiritual weapons with which we have been amply supplied.
.........If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.’”
31What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” j
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, k neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So we find ourselves in a modern world where what has stayed the same is greater than what has changed. Each one of us has a job to do and we are expected to do it. Whatever gift/talent/ability you possess is where your mission is. These ancient weapons for modern warfare are provision for you and I to get to work on our mission/work for the Kingdom. Stay focused.
Glory to God
Grace and Peace