Matthew 24:2, 10, And they found the stone had been rolled away from the sepulcher. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
Considering Resurrection Sunday is two weeks away, I just want to focus on one part of the above scripture and that is “they found the stone had been rolled away.” Jesus had taken our sins upon himself, was crucified, died and was buried in a borrowed tomb. But when Mary and the others arrived on that morning, the stone that had been placed at the entrance of the tomb had been moved away and Jesus was gone. Jesus had defeated death. Jesus did what he said he would do to save you and I.
As we are experiencing the COVID-19 and Shelter In Place, now is our time to draw closer to our first Love-Jesus. He said he would never leave us nor forsake us and for such a time as this, feeling His presence in our lives is so paramount.
Families are losing loved ones, people are losing their jobs, anxiety, confusion, depression, doubt, fear and all kinds of emotions are raging at this time.
I just want to give you a word of encouragement that your stone has been moved. Whatever your stone may be, financial, disappointment, fear, depression, hopelessness, doubt, marriage, children, confidence, rent, mortgage, etc.
Put those faith pants/skirts on and repeat to yourself, “No weapon formed against me shall be able to prosper because I have faith in knowing that whatever I’m dealing with, I am not in this fight alone. As a matter of fact, the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord.
The stone is moved in your finances, because our God will provide all our needs according to His riches in glory. Your stone of anxiety has been moved, because we are told to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. Your stone of hopelessness has been moved, because those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.
Right now we are practicing Social Distancing and I believe that in some ways, this could be a good thing. Just think, we are experiencing distance during our time of fasting. How many of us stay true to our fast. A real fast is doing without something that will hurt; it’s a sacrifice unto the Lord. If it doesn’t matter whether or not you eat candy, that’s not a true fast during lent. Give up something that really matters in your life, social media, coffee, etc. Some of us are shopping fanatics, but most unessential stores and malls have been shut down. A God fast! We have a chance to save a few dollars and realize we can do without some material things and still have a sound mind. Our bank accounts are going to look better because we couldn’t take expensive trips, stay at expensive motels, eat in expensive restaurants. Some of us may still be doing take outs, but eventually that will cease. Ladies, our cooking skills are being challenged! When is the last time our husbands had a good home-cooked meal?
Being socially distance can be a good thing because it is keeping our minds focused on the really important things in our lives; families, homes cares, self care. And social distancing can keep us from a lot of the negativity from our friends, colleagues and family members. Social distancing gives us a time to reflect on our spiritual relationships, our family relationships, our marriages and what is a true friendship. Having to be concerned about others has become a reality and we have not always been on point in this area.
We have taken so much for granted and I believe this time when we have no choice in the matter, we realize how important it is to have real love and forgiveness for one another. This stone in our lives can be moved with a phone call. If you have not lost a loved one during this time, then we need to make amends to one another.
Move that stone of unforgiveness, move that stone of hatred and prejudice. Move that stone of jealousy. Ask God to give you the spirit of celebration for one another’s victories. Remember what God has for you is for you.
In closing, beloved take time to thank God for all He is doing for those He calls sons and daughters. Let us continue to hold up the blood stain banner and rejoice in the fact that you are reading this article today. Just like the crucifixion, what the enemy meant for bad, God will turn the COVID-19 around in our favor. Your Stone Has Been Moved!
Rev Denise Wade