Why We Need to See COVID-19 From the Perspective of Spiritual Warfare

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Steve Strang

You’ve heard the health advice and the political commentary surrounding COVID-19. But today, I want to offer you a new perspective—a perspective of healing and spiritual warfare.

On my podcast recently, I spoke with Cal Pierce, founder of the Healing Rooms in Spokane, Washington. There are 74 countries that have Healing Rooms so far, and God is using those hubs of healing in mighty ways. I invited Cal onto my podcast because I came across a message he posted on Facebook where he was decreeing healing over the nation.

On Facebook, he wrote: “We, as the body of Christ, speak to this mountain of coronavirus. You spirit of death and fear, be taken up and cast back into the seal of hell. You will stop now and leave the earth. We decree that in 10 days, the world will acknowledge this turnaround to the glory of God. This is the will of God, established by the blood of Jesus, whose authority you must obey.”

His post was shared over 600 times, with dozens of comments from encouraged believers who were ready to wage spiritual warfare in Jesus’ name. Cal says this is the attitude believers must have right now as the nation wrestles with COVID-19. After all, if we stay silent, the enemy will continue on with his agenda.

“The enemy has an agenda against our nation—of course, every nation, actually,” Cal says. “Of course, our battle isn’t in flesh and blood but against principalities. The enemy is trying to take God out of this country.”

Cal says that as God has been beginning to move mightily in this nation—by putting Trump in office and stirring up revivals—the enemy has been trying to thwart His plans. The devil tried to impeach the president, but that didn’t work. So now, he is using this coronavirus to stir up mass panic and fear in the U.S., Cal says.

“I believe it’s a test that the enemy is making against God’s people, because he wants to turn us from where God has taken us in this hour and … see if we’re going to walk in fear,” he says. “Because fear will bring punishment.”

For that reason, Christians must be careful not to give way to that fear and instead stand in faith.

“We are the body of Jesus,” Cal says. “He’s our head, and we’re filled with Resurrection power, which gives us authority over all the works of the enemy. I think God’s people have to begin to address the truth that makes us free.”

But how do we walk in that truth? We walk in the truth by choosing to believe God will continue to bring a great awakening to this country.

That doesn’t mean, of course, to ignore our governing officials’ commands or the CDC’s health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Christians should be the first to honor our authorities by obeying their regulations, which are for our health and protection.

That might look like churches not holding meetings over 10 people and telling people to stay home if they show any symptoms of sickness. When people can’t make it, it’s a good idea to offer to pray for them while they’re gone or, better yet, let them feel connected by offering a livestream of the service. Churches must also be careful to disinfect their buildings, doors, toys and furniture while providing hand sanitizer at the front doors.

“So we try to be proactive in these times and season and really understand what’s going on and what the attack is,” Cal says. “It’s so easy to set our eyes on the earth. We’re in the world, but we’re not of it. We’re of a kingdom realm. And we need to set our eyes on the things above and realize that God created the world for His kids, and He put us here to fulfill what Jesus wanted to do to bring His kingdom on earth.”

I hope you agree with Cal and are choosing to stand firm in faith against COVID-19. This nation needs Christians to pray!

Listen to my full interview with Cal to hear more of his spiritual insights into our nation’s situation.

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