HERITAGE AT HOME
Divine Opportunity is Knocking
I personally believe God is getting the nation’s attention! I used to ask, “Is this from God or Satan?” I now simply pray that the Lord would use this crisis for revival, turn hearts back to Himself, and heal our lands.
One day last week as I listened to news regarding Coronavirus spreading from nation to nation and learned the seriousness of it, I felt the spirit of depression come over me. Thank God for His loving grace, after a time, He gave me the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
“and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.”
The Church, the Body of Christ, has a chance to shine during these uncertain times. We need to draw close to God, fast and pray, and hear His voice.
I believe Holy Spirit is moving and waiting for us to receive power and anointing from on high. We’ve become complacent and too comfortable, not wanting to suffer for the kingdom of God. Now in these desperate times, we will have many opportunities to encourage people through prayers, sharing verses, sharing the good news, and blessing our neighbors with acts of kindness.
I work as a chaplain for a hospice company and most of the employees and leaders are not born-again Christians. They have asked myself and the other chaplain to lead a devotion every morning in our call-in. Nurses have come up to me and asked for prayer, saying they’re afraid. Divine appointments are knocking at our doors. Will we walk in the fear of man or the fear of God?
I’m spending my time in quarantine reading and meditating in God’s word, listening to God, praying and interceding. I love taking walks with my family, mountain biking, running, planting a fruit trees and vegetables in my garden. I’m enjoying observing and contemplating God’s beautiful, magnificent creation. I’m trying to be more thankful and loving to others around me.
I believe the Lord will continue to speak to us through His Word and through His prophets in the days to come.
Patrick is one of Heritage’s elders and he and his wife, Talar, have been pillars in the church. They have shared their hospitality, led community groups, and been passionate about stirring people’s hearts towards prayer and missions. Patrick, a hospice chaplin, and Talar, a nurse, have two sons, Calum and Shamir.