Pandemic

Well, here we are, the year 2020, in the middle of a world-wide pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19. Concerned people are all asking the same questions – where did this start?, how did this start?, is there a cure? etc. The word pandemic itself sounds a bit like panic. And that’s precisely what Americans have done – panic. Within hours of the announcement that the virus was diagnosed the U.S., most grocery stores were out of essentials and shelf stock. There was no sanitizing agents of any kind, no paper products, no bottled water or canned goods and meat became scarce. As grocery employees re-stocked the shelves with what the stores had, people were grabbing the items right out of their hands. Suddenly, Americans became dependant on minimum salaried workers.

Medical workers, first responders, grocery clerks, food delivery people, even sanitation workers, who, are ALL NEEDED in this society, are heros for having stepped in and taken the chances of being exposed and contracting this virus. Our country’s leaders have tirelessly worked to come up with a strategy to combat this pandemic and the spread of the virus. To slow the spread of this virus, we are to socially distance ourselves from others. This has proven to be a viable solution to slowing the spread as testing figures have shown. Some states/counties require masks when traveling for “essential services”.

But not everyone is abiding by the rules. Some people think that it’s ok to gather in small groups. When we consider ourselves better than the rules and break them, we just thumb our noses to all of those aforementioned who chance catching this illness and perhaps dying from it. There are already far too numerous cases of that happening.

People worldwide, know this; this virus is an allowance of God. He is watching to see how we will react to the pressures of not having everything we want. He may not have created this illness, but you can be certain that He is using it to test us all. Those who fail will have to bear bleak consequences of their actions. This could be death, near death or the loss of a loved one. The time period for which we will be able to have just the essentials for living will probably go on for months from now, regardless of what government officials are saying.

Only God can stop this, so pray vigilantly, pray soberly and pray sincerely.  Put your full trust in the Lord.  Remember, it will be more than years before our lives will be back the way they were before this plague struck the world.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Do You Believe In God?

Do you believe in God? Do you believe in the Supreme Being, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End? If you don’t then let me explain it in a moment. Do you believe in God? If so, do you believe in His blessings on you? If you don’t then let me explain it in a moment.

God is the Almighty Creator who has been in existence forever. (Revelation 22:13) That means from now until always, which is fairly easy for us to understand because of the reference point of “now”. But God was never created – He always was. Doesn’t everything have a beginning? In this case, no. This aspect of God is like trying to understand infinity. We say that infinity means going on forever. But again we have a reference point of “now” or “here”. Infinity goes inward forever as well and is never ending. Take anything and cut it in half. Take each half and cut them in half again. Now take all those pieces and cut them in half. This will go on forever. No matter how small the pieces get, they can still be cut in half. This is with God also. God stretches from here to eternity both inward and outward. So, do you believe in God?

Do you believe that God blesses everyone? He does you know. Even with all the bad things which happen in this fallen world, God’s blessings happen every day, to everyone. (Romans 8:28)
When you woke this morning was the sun shining, was it raining, snowing, was the wind blowing? Did you wake up in a house or with any kind of roof over your head? Were you warm or cool? Did you drive to work today? Did your kids go to school? Did you take a drink from a clean water fountain?

Let’s face facts; everything that happens is via God’s will. He can allow or intervene on disasters, He is the root of everything good and we take Him for granted every single day. Every accomplishment for which we take credit is from God. Bad things are not always from God but it is through His will that they happen. We may never understand His reasons. (Isaiah 55: 8)(Life’s Uncertainties )

There is no such thing as luck, good or bad; only God’s Will. Do you believe in God? If not, what do think is going to happen when you leave this life? Is that the end? No. so, do you believe in God? If not, you really ought to start.

One Nation Under God

Flag and Cross“One nation”; our pledge of allegiance to this country states: “one nation under God”.  It is time for all fighting, bickering and hatred between people over politics to end. Just stick quietly to your own beliefs, make your contribution on election day and allow God’s destiny to be fulfilled. Our country has become divided over this and Christians have been showing their sinful natures and their internal Lights have darkened. It is time for us to fan the embers of the Holy Spirit so that they can again become the light, which we can identify in each other and ourselves, that shines from Him.  As Christians, we owe this to ourselves and to each other.  (See related post – Service)  God brought us all here as one nation and we prospered through the 20th century while we kept Him in our everyday lives and thanked Him for what we had.  Now we have begun taking God out of our government, schools, libraries and other public places.   It’s time for us to bring Him back into our country, our lives and our government.
Three points:
1. NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE we are to obey our law makers and respect their offices. (Romans 13:1-7)
2. God is sovereign. EVERYTHING happens by His will. The people in office are there for good reason. He will use them for His purposes just as He uses us.
3. We should pray for our leaders that they lead with God’s inspiration and with everything they do they make our country “one country under God”.

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing the praises of your name.” “ (Romans 15:1-9)