Sorry America, but your rage is misplaced

June 7, 2020 Ron Whited 

Coming out of the recent pandemic that saw a near complete shutdown of our society along with critical shortages of many essential items, I am struck by the things we now seem to have an abundance of.

Anger comes to mind as something we have in abundance. And hatred, let’s not forget the overflow of hatred in America. Oh, and I don’t want to forget one other thing we have in great abundance today; finger pointing. Can’t forget that now, can I?

Almost beyond belief, it would seem that the cataclysmic virus that had doomed us all to certain death really wasn’t the apocalyptic event prophesied by the media after all. How could it be, when hundreds of thousands are marching side by side not wearing a mask? Imagine that would you?

Things were so bad that we were strictly forbidden to go to church for fear of spreading this death defying virus, yet somehow or another congregating in crowds of tens of thousands doesn’t pose any health risks at all.

I mean, who knew?

Honestly, I’m thinking the wrong crowds are filling the streets of America. I’m thinking we awful, disease spreading, unenlightened Christians ought to be the ones pouring out into the streets of America to protest the theft of our Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of worship. [1]

Speaking of pouring out into the streets, I have lived on this earth for just over 65 years, and in that time I have seen many instances where people took to the streets out of frustration and anger over issues beyond their control.

I was just a boy of eight years of age when Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

I was thirteen when the infamous “Chicago Seven” were arrested for their anti war activities during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

Just two years later when I was a 15 year old, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd of Vietnam War protestors, killing four and wounding nine. Living just a couple of hours from Kent State University, it seemed like it was in my backyard.

Since those tumultuous times of decades past, there have been several other noteworthy examples of citizens taking to the streets to protest for one reason or another. Abortion, LBGTQ, Environment, Guns, Women’s rights, Anti-war, and the Million man and Million woman marches have all made their mark on the fabric of American society.

Today, as our nation once again seethes with anger in the wake of the brutal, heinous murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, millions are again taking to the streets in a show of indignation and defiance of the status quo.

Of course, the violence that has erupted during the peaceful marches is the result of a well planned and well funded attempt to destroy the fabric of American society from within. There is only one word that most aptly describes what is being played out before our eyes: EVIL.

We can dress it up any way we like to, but it’s still EVIL. We can call it racism or bigotry or any number of other names, but it’s still EVIL. And this is what those marching and protesting in the streets do not understand. This is NOT an issue of race. It is an issue of EVIL. Even those violent criminals that have been unleashed upon our society are completely misguided. The issue here is not one group hating another. It goes much, much deeper than that.

What we’re dealing with here is of the spiritual nature. Don’t believe that? Read what the Apostle Paul had to say about the subject of EVIL.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (emphasis mine)

Did you understand what Paul meant? Our battle, your battle, is not with mankind. It is NOT with your neighbor who is of a different skin color than yours. It is NOT with those whose belief system differs from your own. No, the battle is against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

In other words, the battle is against the spiritual forces of darkness that exist in high places. Who is leading the charge of these forces of darkness at play in our society? Why, it’s none other than Satan himself. That’s right, and every person storming the streets today is being played by the devil. Not a popular sentiment, is it?

Why do you suppose racism still exists at the level it does today? Why haven’t supposedly educated, enlightened individuals been able to come up with a permanent cure for racism? The answer is so simple that its almost too simple. The reason racism still exists at its current level is because the cure for racism is the love of God, and the world has largely rejected the Source of this love.

It’s like the old adage about taking a knife into a gunfight. You can be the very best at using a knife, but against a gun you have virtually zero chance of success against your adversary. Fighting systemic racism by protests, even violent protests does nothing to address the root of the problem! To be sure, these marches have gotten the attention of the entire world. They have no doubt spawned new discussions (or soon will) on how best to deal with the problem.

But not one thing is being done to address the root of the problem: we have forsaken God.

And that, dear readers, is not something that can be corrected by marching down Main Street USA. It can only be corrected at an altar.

Have a blessed day,

Ron

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? Psalm 2:1

[1] The Bill of Rights: Amendment 1

https://ronwhited.wordpress.com/2020/06/07/sorry-america-but-your-rage-is-misplaced/

https://anchorthysoul.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/sorry-america-but-your-rage-is-misplaced/


Coming soon: America’s supernatural deliverance

Exclusive: Craige McMillan has 7 ways today’s conspiracy of lying is different than the usual

I hope we are all well past wondering what a society founded entirely on lies might look like. Such a society requires at least two things. First, it needs people who are willing to lie – who even like to lie. Secondly, it requires people who like to be lied to. Both groups of people have existed in the world … probably forever.

So what’s different about today?

  • There is an orchestrated campaign that is coordinating the lies.
  • Big to unlimited money is funding the liars’ efforts.
  • The campaign is being carried out over many nations of the earth in a coordinated manner.
  • Authority figures have become the primary liars.
  • The lies are so outrageous that the liars must attack the truth tellers to silence them.
  • Word-of-mouth truth telling has been suspended by censorship and pandemic gathering limits.
  • The campaign is being conducted within both the natural and the supernatural realms.

When “social media” consisted of the water-cooler conversations at work, there was a certain risk in lying about your house, your vacations, your kid’s grades at school, or whatever else you felt needed embellishment to make up for the secret or imagined faults that you, alone, knew about yourself. The real risk was that somebody you had lied to would eventually run into somebody who knew you better than the water-cooler crowd at work. Overnight, your words on any topic would become suspect. In other words, you suffered a credibility hit. Those interacting with you always asked themselves, “Was that really the truth? Or did he lie to make himself look good on this project at work?”

As is sometimes said, however, “that isn’t this.” The lying we are experiencing today is all of the things I mentioned above – and it is targeting each one of us. Its goal is to break down our view of reality (which a sea of lies will do) and to shape the new culture that is to replace it, so that only certain powerful people will benefit from our efforts. Forever.

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Isn’t it interesting that individual character defects are not eliminated by money, but only grow uglier amidst the potting soil of vast accumulations of wealth? Perhaps that is the spiritual entry point where their humanity begins to be disassembled and abolished.

I’m quite certain that if we could hook up each and every one of the conspirators to a lie detector, then ask them a series of questions about their plans for planet earth, without fail their words would be identified as accurate and true. Many would view themselves as altruistic, saving the planet, helping humanity … and the list goes on. Selfless servants, one and all. They no doubt feel we should be grateful to have them and are annoyed that we don’t fall into line behind them.

The beauty of a republic as a form of government is that all of us as citizens have an equal say in what kind of nation we will have in the future. That is why the conspirators had to destroy election integrity and implement their star chamber, where only people with the “correct” view of tomorrow are elected to positions of power. That is why Donald Trump had to be destroyed as president: He didn’t share their view of the future.

That is also why humanity’s only remaining hope for freedom is where it always has been: not at the ballot box, but at the Throne of God, where the one seated there has heard the cries and pleas of the American Bride. Her cries shook the heavens, and they moved the Heart of God to act on America’s behalf, in the face of great and overwhelming evil.

Why? Because America’s freedom is the key to freedom for the rest of the world. God created humanity – each and every one of us – to serve Him, not Satan, who is the father of lies. The enemy and his minions know this. That is why they have mobilized such a vast army, both in the natural and supernatural realms, to destroy this nation. A free America with a renewed commitment to God’s will for humanity will remake the world in its image. That is what the enemy fears and seeks to stop it at all costs.

Beyond our involvement in the spiritual realm, which is where the battle began and where it will end, we are all pretty much spectators from the earthly point of view. America’s deliverance will be supernatural, as will the demise of the conspirators who sought to destroy her. The American Bride, whose cries shook the heavens, will soon be elevated, much as John the Baptist observed of Jesus when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

If you like change, you were born at the right time.


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Religious Freedom at Risk

by Jerry Newcombe, D.Min.

400 years ago this month, a weary band of Christians from England came ashore in New England after a grueling 66-day voyage aboard the Mayflower.

The Pilgrims came for one purpose, which they spelled out in writing: “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”

It was all about religious freedom. They wanted to worship Jesus in the purity of the Gospel.

150 years after the Pilgrims came, the founders of this nation enshrined religious freedom in our national charter, the Constitution.

When the Constitution was first written, there were some hesitations toward ratifying it. Many of those who accepted it did so upon the assurance that religious freedom would be guaranteed. Thus, the founders amended the Constitution with the Bill of Rights, the document’s first ten amendments.

First and foremost among these was religious freedom. The first two freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment deal with religious liberty. In effect, these liberties were understood to mean there would be no national denomination, and people were free to practice their faith as they saw fit. Implied in that is that the non-believer would be free to practice his lack of faith.

Jump forward to today, 400 years after the Pilgrims arrived, and in the land for which they sought refuge, religious freedom is at risk. With tongue and cheek, one wag asked, “Can we uninstall 2020 and install it again? This version has a virus.”

That virus, Covid-19, has been the excuse many anti-Christians bigots have used to try to hamstring churches. We have seen in the last several months an unprecedented assault on religious freedom.

Just consider a few examples:

•Last week a judge in California ruled that strip clubs should be allowed to re-open, despite the pandemic, because the First Amendment is not nullified by a virus. And yet at the very same time, officials in California insist churches must be closed or severely limited because of the pandemic.

•The Supreme Court ruled in the Calvary Chapel v. Sisolak case (July 24, 2020) out of Nevada that it was okay for the state to limit how many people could attend worship services, but the casinos were allowed to operate more freely. In his dissent on this case, Justice Neil Gorsuch declared, “…there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel.”

•Abortion clinics have been deemed “essential services” by a number of liberal governors, while churches are categorized as “non-essential.”

Rev. John MacArthur is one of the most listened-to and respected Bible teachers in our time. His church is in the greater Los Angeles area. He is generally not one to speak out on political matters. But after months of the pandemic and the way many state officials impair churches because of it, MacArthur decided that enough is enough. He reopened his church—despite threats from state and local officials.

Jenna Ellis, MacArthur’s attorney from the Thomas More Society, said “Our position has been that L. A. County shutting down churches indefinitely amid a virus with a 99.98% survival rate, especially when state-preferred businesses are open and protests are held without restriction, is unconstitutional and harmful to the free exercise of religion.

Kelly Shackelford of First Liberty, which also fights for religious freedom, told D. James Kennedy Ministries: “All people have to do is look at the ‘experts’ saying, ‘Well, you can’t sing at church, but oh yeah, the [BLM and Antifa] protests, we’re okay with that because that’s important.”

It would appear that Christophobic bigots are using the pandemic to curb religious freedom in a country that was born for religious freedom.

Author and speaker Bill Federer once told me in a TV interview: “Tolerance was an American Christian contribution to the world. Just as you drop a pebble in the pond, the ripples go out, there was tolerance first for Puritans and then Protestants, then Catholics, then liberal Christians, and then it went out completely to Jews. Then in the early 1900s, tolerance went out to anybody of any faith, monotheist or polytheist. Finally, within the last generation, tolerance went out to the atheist, the secular humanist and the anti-religious. And the last ones in the boat decided it was too crowded and decided to push the first ones out. So now we have a unique situation in America, where everybody’s tolerated except the ones that came up with the idea. And so when people say Christians are intolerant, we really need to correct them and say, ‘No, we’re the ones that came up with the idea of tolerance.’” 

The Pilgrims sacrificed everything they had to practice religious freedom. It would be horrible to see the gift they bequeathed to the world uprooted in our time by secular fundamentalists.

https://www.djameskennedy.org/article-detail/religious-freedom-at-risk


AUDIO Resentment Is Poison!

By Rev Bill Woods

 

As we watch prophecy being fulfilled on a daily basis and hear the reports about the Great Reset coming in January, 2021, it becomes very frightening.  You need to ask:

  • Am I ready for the Rapture described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:

15  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are   asleep.
16  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18  Therefore comfort one another with these words.

And I Corinthians 15:51-54, when Jesus will come and catch up all Christians to take them to The Marriage Feast of the Lamb?

1 Corinthians 15:51-54:

 

51  Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed–
52  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

 

I certainly don’t want to be here to face the Great Tribulation and all the wrath of Satan and his Anti-Christ.

 

How can I know I’m prepared to be with Christ?

 

Make certain everything is surrendered to His Will!

  • That means all anger, lust, bitterness and resentments must be surrendered to Christ and your heart cleansed from these negative killers of your spiritual walk.

 

Many Christians are harboring bitterness in one form or another not realizing these negative attitudes can ruin their relationship to Christ and cause them to miss the most important event ever–going to Heaven with to be with Jesus!

 

Listen!  You cannot entertain a bitter spirit if you want to go to Heaven!

 

For that reason I want to talk to you today about resentment!

 

RESENTMENT IS POISON!  It’s like an acid that destroys the container where it’s kept.

  • Resentment is sin and will keep you out of Heaven!
  • You probably can’t deal with it on your own, but Jesus can cleanse your heart if you give Him permission to so.

 

Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)
14  “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

Jesus gave a startling warning about forgiveness: “If you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins”

 

Why, when we want revival, doesn’t it come?

– We want souls saved and our Church (God’s Church) to grow but too often   we’re dead on the vine.

 

We make excuses and rationalize why miracles don’t happen, but that’s all they are — excuses!

“It’s the music!”

      – “The pastor doesn’t dress right or isn’t dignified enough — no spiritual food.”

        – “It’s our location — too much crime — it doesn’t meet my needs!”

– A thousand excuses why we aren’t growing — THAT’S ALL THEY ARE —

EXCUSES!

 

Have you ever found a potato that’s gone bad?

– A spot of rot in the potato that must be surgically removed if the meal’s to be  wholesome.

 

Worse — If you haven’t checked the potatoes for awhile, the rot might’ve spread through the whole bag making all the potatoes unusable — ready for the garbage can.

– Rotten potatoes stink and are unappetizing!

– They’re unusable.

– They’re contagious to wholesome potatoes.

 

You can’t use rotten potatoes for a meal because they’re rotten.

 

It happens sometimes in a church among Christians.

– Something happened that’s caused bitterness and we just can’t let go of it.

– Satan will help you understand how rotten your situation is……….

– He knows God can’t use you if you’re filled with a rotten spirit.

 

When we left Deer Valley.

– Arrived in Stevenson with an attitude.

– Tina, Peggy, the Twins, Steve matched my attitude.

– Horrible rebellious worship services………sang to defy me not to glorify God

 

After 2 miserable years God confronted me in my office —

“I thought I called you to preach!”  “You did!” 

    – “I thought you said you’d go wherever I sent you!” –“I did!”

    – “Then what’s the problem?”“I guess there isn’t a problem, Lord!”

 

My attitude changed and then the Church’s changed and we had 5 very productive years.……

– God couldn’t use me or that Church for His purpose as long as bitterness was   destroying us.

People harboring resentment don’t understand the price they’re paying for that luxury.

– Friendships are broken………..

– Jobs are lost.

– Homes demoralized.

– Psychosomatic illnesses develop.

– The once vibrant relationship with God fades and loses the romance.

Personality grows brittle and unbending.

– Resilience and flexibility are lost from the personality.

– Emotions become unstable.

Energy, which once was productive is turned inward and productivity drops — effectiveness dwindles.

All this comes from resentment.

– It’s the worst disease of the mind.

– Resentment comes from a variety of situations, involving a perceived wrong

(real or imagined) done to us which brings feelings of injustice or

Humiliation.

Resentment turns to bitterness — an acid that only destroys the container — YOU!.

– How can you expect God to use something full of rot?

What are the Effects of Resentment?

Resentment is strongest when it’s caused by someone we’ve been close to.                                                      .   – An injury causing resentful feelings inflicted by a friend or loved one makes us   .     feel betrayed, and these feelings can have deep effects.                                                                        .     – Cheryl, “I’m not going to take sides.”

Resentment is emotionally debilitating if not dealt with.                                                                   .   – It causes many negative results, like touchiness or edginess when we think of .     the person we resent or the situation that almost destroyed us..

We can say there’s no anger or hatred against this person, and yet be provoked to anger when they’re given positive recognition.

Resentment has long-term effects, like developing hostile, cynical, sarcastic attitudes that splash into other relationships, lack of personal and emotional growth, have trouble being open to those we love, have trouble trusting others, loss of self-confidence, and overcompensation.

What’s interesting is resentment doesn’t have any direct negative effects on the person we resent, except to deteriorate our relationship with them.

To further compound these negative effects; resentment drags us down. (depression – illness)

Our resentful feelings destroy communication between us and the person we think wronged us, which results in more miscommunications and develop even more resentment.

– Resentment has the unique quality of being internalized, where it can do

further emotional and psychological damage but that still doesn’t impact the  person being resented.

So people hang on to their resentments because they feel justified in feeling the way they do.

– Justified or not, NOBODY who wants to be happy and productive CAN AFFORD    to hold on to resentment.

 

Nobody in the Bible was more justified to harbor resentment than Joseph.

– He could’ve fought back, or perhaps just sulked in self-pity, or floundered   trying to use other ineffective defense mechanisms.

He did the only thing a strong person does — he rose above the people, the circumstances – the places which might’ve provoked resentment within him.

Remember his brothers rejected him?

– His boss’s wife lied about him and had him thrown into prison.

– The butler promised to remember him — he didn’t!

He wasted precious time in prison serving time for a crime he didn’t commit.

HOW DO YOU STOP RESENTMENT FROM TAKING OVER?

– What’s the cure for resentment if it’s in your mind and life?

Resentment that crops up on the job, in the home, at church, or in social relationships will spread like gangrene to all areas of life.

– Destroying all happiness.

Only radical surgery by the Holy Spirit can restore life to what it’s supposed to be.

 

  1. THE ONLY CURE FOR RESENTMENT IS BEING WILLING TO RECEIVE THE

CLEANSING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

A person may rationalize his right for resentment by believing his feelings are justified because of the injuries he’s suffered.

– He may excuse himself by saying resentment is a problem everybody faces.

Psychologist James J. Messina recommends 5 steps to facing and resolving resentful feelings.

  • Identify the source of the resentful feelings and what the person did to cause these feelings,
  • Develop a new way of looking at past, present and future life, including how resentment has affected your life and how letting go of resentment can improve your future,

(3) Write a letter to the person you resent, listing offenses and explaining the           .          circumstances, then forgive and let go of it. (but do not send the letter),

(4) think about a future without the negative impact of resentment,

(5) If resentful feelings still linger, go back to Step 1 and begin again.

This doesn’t change the fact — RESENTMENT IS SIN!

Because of the consequences of resentful feelings they’re dangerous and need to be dealt with.

Like the rotten potato, resentment and bitterness stink!                                                                                                             .   – They make us unusable to God.

– They are contagious to the Church Body.

Resentment poisons relations, and must be handled by introspection and forgiveness.

There’s no solution for sin except forgiveness and cleansing

  • 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Too many let the problem fester.

– Convicted killer, Wesley Dodd:  “Dad wouldn’t come to my concert…………”

Jim Corbett, Man-Eaters of Kumaon — Man -eating tigers — hunted a man-eating tiger with an injured paw that had festered and made it impossible to hunt down other animals — only slow man.

We want to blame others for our resentful feelings, and tell ourselves we have a right to feel this way, but it’s really our choice! — RESENTMENT IS SIN!

– God cures sin when we confess it to Him!

– Why let this emotional cancer eat you when God has the cure?

Stoic boy with fox chewing his entrails…………..

– We want revival! — Revival won’t happen until God cleanses the resentment                     .     and bitterness.

Remember the potato?

– You must get rid of the rot then you’re service will be appetizing, useable, and     contagious.

 

A teacher once told her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. For every person they’d refused to forgive in their life’s experience, they chose a potato, wrote on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. Some of their bags were quite heavy.

She told them to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night; on the car seat when driving; next to their desk at work …..

The hassle of lugging this around with them demonstrated what a weight they were carrying spiritually, and how they had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget and keep leaving it in embarrassing places.

Naturally, the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty slime.

This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity! Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, and it clearly is for ourselves!!

Remember:  14  “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

That makes the price too high to continue letting resentment dictate my life!


RESENTMENT IS POISON PODCAST 

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The LORD is good

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The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7 (ESV)

We are living in very difficult times. Everywhere there is poverty; in almost all levels of society, there are abused children, women, and even pet animals. We have civil wars and proxy wars that never seem to end. In some nations, lawlessness and chaos are a common state of affairs. There are greedy politicians and opportunistic business owners who rip their own countrymen for a quick gain, and many other ills that make it appear that the world is full of evil and there is totally no hope.

But the LORD is good. He is good to all people, in all places, in all situations, and at all times. Even to those who are in pain. Regardless of how things in our lives appear, or how they look, or how we feel, the LORD is good. This is the blessed assurance we have in all circumstances and conditions of our existence. The LORD is good all the time and in every possible way that we can imagine.

According to Biblical Illustrator commentary: “The goodness of God is the perfection of His nature which inclines Him to deal graciously with His creatures…to give out His riches and happiness, and make His creatures partakers of them – as far as their different capacities will admit… This goodness of God is infinite”.

When the Old Testament Bible says “stronghold” [“ma-oz”, in Hebrew], it refers to a fortified place or a fortress. The language conveys the idea of protection and defense. In our verse, God is this refuge to the troubled soul in many ways. The Biblical Illustrator speaks of this stronghold in three (3) different ways:

  1. Keeping impending trouble off
  2. Removing God’s people out of reach of trouble
  3. In most cases, giving God’s people the strength to bear (or carry) their trouble

Those who turn to LORD for safety and refuge is guaranteed protection and sanctuary in His name. The thought that the LORD is good is already a consolation.

God knows His people, those who trust in Him, in a personal and intimate way. In this verse, to trust [“cha-sah”, in Hebrew] means to confide, or to have hope. No matter how dreadful the situation is, the LORD will remain faithful to those who put their trust in Him.

https://benjiebensing.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/the-lord-is-good/

 

VIDEO Where is God in the Covid-19 pandemic? – Dos and Don’ts of Suffering

by Perplexy_Rexy

In a world full of fear, worry, anxiety, and stress; death; shortages of both supplies and money, healthcare workers and hospitals…It is easy to ask ourselves several questions in regards to the state of the world.

Will I stay safe? Will my family be protected? What will I do about money? What if I get sick? If God is good how can he let this happen? Is this God’s judgement on the world?

WHERE IS GOD IN ALL OF THIS?

Beloved, I will answer these questions as He leads me, so that you, and your whole household, your friends and family, may all rest in his abundant peace today and throughout your days.

Let’s tackle the big ones first: Is this a judgement of God upon the world? [It could be a result of our choices. Choices have consequences.] God does not cause sickness or disease to teach you a lesson, or judge your wrongdoings, or the wrongdoings of a nation. Has he done so in the past? Yes. Under the old covenant and even before the law (10 commandments) was given (Noah and the flood, Sodom and Gamora the plagues of Eygpt), the Lord judged and condemned wickedness.

What is different now? The answer is simple my friends. The answer is Jesus.

Romans 6:10 proclaims, “For the death that He (Jesus) died, he died to sin once for all…” God, my Father, is a God of perfect justice, righteousness, and judgement. Were our sins simply swept under the rug that we may no longer be held accountable for them? Certainly not. My sins, your sins, and the sin of the entire world was punished in the body of Jesus Christ, so that not only is our sin debt paid, we are also given His righteousness!!!

Would a righteous perfect judge, then judge you a 2nd time? No! The judgement of the law under the old covenant has been fulfilled on our behalf, so that never again will you be judged for your wrongdoings. His Grace is truly sufficient. Romans 7:6 proclaims, “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by.”

God did not cause this sickness, but is He allowing it to happen for a season? Yes. Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those called according to his purpose.” Does it read, all things ARE good? No. It reads all things WORK TOGETHER for good. This includes sickness and disease, financial challenge (weapons of the enemy), even the mistakes of your family, friends, and even your own mistakes! They all work together so that the Lord may be glorified.

How will God be glorified in this? It is not necessarily our place to know. Our thoughts are not His thoughts, and our ways are not His ways. He sees the beginning from the end and His purpose, for certain, will bring Him glory…the God of perfect Grace, Peace, and Love.

He isn’t mad at you. He isn’t out to get you. He is not punishing you. He loves you as much as he loves Jesus, as you are his child, just as Jesus. You are, in His eyes, the righteousness of God in Christ. (I speak to the believer.) “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21

Psalms, as you may know, is commonly referred to as the book of promises, let’s take a look at what is promised to us regarding this current state of the world, knowing this: “For all the Promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Cor. 1:20

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Psalms 91:1‭-‬7 KJV

So where is the secret place of the Most High? The secret place is the inner sanctuary, the veil of which was torn the day Jesus took our sin upon him at the cross! You are already there, by his Grace, through your belief! This promise, as we saw in 2 Corinthians is for YOU!!

Will this perilous pestilence that walks in darkness cause you to fear? Not if you’re resting in his promises!

Can you guess what the most repeated phrase of Jesus is in scripture? These two words: FEAR NOT!

Be a rest, my friend. When the 12 spies returned from the promised land in the Exodus, only Joshua and Caleb recommended they take the land that the Lord had already promised them, saying this:

Only rebel not ye against the Lord , neither fear ye the people of the land; FOR THEY ARE BREAD FOR US: their defense is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. Numbers 14:9 KJV

THE LORD HAS MADE YOUR GIANTS YOUR BREAD!

Instead they rebelled, holding to the account of the other 10 spies (the number representing the law). What happened?

Hebrews 3:11 For in my wrath I sware that they shall not enter my REST.

What is the opposite of rest? Work. Therefore, as we enter the same rest as Jesus, sitting, and not standing at the right hand of God the Father until, “your enemies be made your footstool,” we can rest from the work of worry, fear, and what-ifs.

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest… Hebrews 4:11 KJV

My friend, our only work now is to rest in the Lord within our spirit, letting him work for good while we experience his peace that transcends understanding. Even if you, or a loved one becomes affected by this Covid-19 virus, you can remain at rest, believing in the Lord for complete healing for by his stripes we were healed. (1 Peter 2:24, Is. 53)

Rely not on your own strength at this time but simply rest while the Lord makes the enemies of sickness, financial challenge, and doubt, your footstool.

As Psalms 23 proclaims, He is preparing a table for you in the PRESENCE of your enemies.

May the Grace and Peace that is Jesus Christ comfort and guide you all and remember:

FEAR NOT!!!!!

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VIDEO If God Can Stop This Pandemic Why Doesn’t He? – Where Is God In This Pandemic?

Stephanie Englehart
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If God Can Stop This Pandemic Why Doesn't He?

The current state of our world is uneasy at best. It seems each one of us is choosing to handle the COVID-19 crisis differently. We see memes popping up all over social media making light of a dire situation. Friends and family in medical professions work on the front lines of this pandemic every day. Parents isolate with their children, seeking protection from exposure. Others are going about things flippantly as if there isn’t any actual threat to human life. And some are just hoarding toilet paper. Yet, the theme I continue to hear is the feeling of helplessness. Collectively we seem uncertain of where to even turn. Society at large has lost a perceived sense of control, and the realities of death and grief seem to be staring everyone in the face.

But in the midst of uncertainty, there is One who is in control. There is One we can turn to. There is One who holds the whole world in His hands. God is sovereignly, graciously, reigning over the world in the midst of fear and panic. He is not threatened by this pandemic, nor is He surprised.

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God Is Not Surprised by the Coronavirus

God Is Not Surprised by the Coronavirus

God is not thrown off course by the Coronavirus. He is fully aware and fully in control (Psalm 135:6). He knows where it began and where it will go next. In reading Scripture, we see that God is not surprised by this pandemic because God laid witness to what caused it: man’s original sin, when sickness and suffering first entered the world (Genesis 1-3). In his article The Coronavirus is a Result of the Fall, Kevin DeYoung, explains the origin of all sickness, including the pandemic:

The coronavirus is a natural evil, under Gods providential control to be sure, but whose existence is the result of original sin. The root of all human pain and suffering in the world is the rebellion of our first parents—a rebellion that Christ conquered on the cross and will one day wipe away, along with all its sad and sinister effects.”

God is not wondering what to make of the novel coronavirus. He knew about this sickness as soon as the first sin entered the world (1 John 3:20). God is not only fully aware of the disease, but He has complete power over it (1 Chronicles 29:11-12). Just as Jesus possesses the power to control the wind and the waves (Mark 4:41), Jesus can remove the pandemic from our midst.

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Jesus Is Sovereign over Our Sickness

Jesus Is Sovereign over Our Sickness

Our suffering from disease should be expected in the Christian faith, but it is not something to be feared (1 Peter 4:12-13). The Bible speaks clearly of Jesus’ authority over sickness (1 Peter 2:24). In Luke 4:38-40 Jesus heals a woman suffering from a fever with simply His word. Under His perfect dominion, Jesus commands the fever to leave, and it obeys. Mark 5:21-43 describes Jesus healing two people. The first, a woman, comes to Him in a crowd. Bleeding for 12 years, in desperation, she reaches to touch the edge of His robe. Feeling power go out from Him, Jesus tells this woman that she is healed by her faith. He then moves to heal a young girl at the point of death. Jesus heals her with the command to “wake up.” In John 5:1-15, Jesus approaches an invalid, telling the man to get up and walk—instantly he is healed.

While the COVID-19 virus is certainly serious, we as Christians can put our trust in the fact that God is in control. Jesus has the authority and power to heal who He wants, when He wants, and how He wants. We may not fully understand Gods plan in the midst of this pandemic, but we can trust that His plan is always for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28). Even as our plans change, the purpose of the Lord remains faithful (Proverbs 19:21). In this trial, Jesus does not leave us; rather, the cross remains our only hope of assurance.

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God Does Not Leave Us Lonely in the Midst of Social Distancing

God Does Not Leave Us Lonely in the Midst of Social Distancing

God will not leave us or forsake us in the midst of this pandemic. He made sure of that through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. If you believe the gospel and seek to live in light of it, then you can take heart that Jesus—in all His power and might—is walking with us during this age of uncertainty.

Jesus willingly came to earth, leaving the safety, security, and perfect presence of God the Father, to rescue us from the despair of this broken world (1 Corinthians 5:20-21). Jesus lived among the sick, wounded, and sinful. He witnessed the fullness of pain we experience. He grieved as loved ones died (John 11:1-44) and understood the realities of sin, shame, and sickness. Jesus came to pay our debt, in order to one day put an end to sin and its repercussions (Revelation 21:3-5). He considered our painful separation from God to be so serious that He willingly took it upon Himself and died for you and me. Out of love for His creation—plagued by sin, sickness, and death—Jesus bore the wrath of God (Isaiah 53:4-5).

Even through immense anguish, Jesus carried the penalty of our sin, so that in our pain we would not be left alone. Because of His sacrifice, we are known by a God who is always present, who hears our cries (Psalm 145:18), and empathizes greatly with us. Even in the isolation of social distancing, fear of disease, and grief of lost loved ones; God does not leave or forsake us.

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. – Deuteronomy 31:8

The question we now face is, why? If God does not leave us or forsake us, then why would He allow this pandemic? If God can stop it, why doesn’t He?

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If God Can Stop a Pandemic Why Doesn't He?

If God Can Stop a Pandemic Why Doesn’t He?

Let us consider that God may choose not to stop this pandemic, simply because He cares more about the disease in our hearts than disease in our bodies (Ezekiel 36:26Jeremiah 17:9). My husband recently answered this question in his sermon titled, The Authority of Jesus:

When disaster strikes, we experience suffering and evil – often we can ask – God how can you allow this? A common objection to the Christian faith is, “How can a good God allow so much evil in the world?” But I wonder if it’s not God’s goodness and grace that allow us to see, experience, and feel the brokenness in the world that is. How can a good God not allow suffering and brokenness in the world? To show humanity the true reality of what it is. It is broken. It seems to me, that God is gracious and kind to show us, and allow us to experience this present world in all of its brokenness, evil and darkness. This reveals not that something is wrong with God but something is wrong with His creation. It calls us to consider that there must be more.”

I am led to believe that God does not put a sudden stop to the COVID-19 pandemic because God is not done revealing the greatness of who He is. Suffering exposes the state of our broken humanity and our great need for a Savior. God allows disease to flood the earth to bring us to our knees—to see His majesty and share Him with others (Hebrews 1:3Matthew 28:16-20Philippians 2:9-11). May this season call us to repentance, to turn from our sin and selfishness, and put our faith in the one, true, everlasting God (2 Peter 3:9).

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See, Savor, and Share the Glory of God

See, Savor, and Share the Glory of God

As Christians, we are not called to hoard our hope in Christ. But rather, in this uncertain time, we have immense opportunities to share the mercy and hope of God, who can and will put an end to all our misery in His time. We trust that Jesus can open the eyes of the blind, call the lame to walk, and heal the sick. But, more than that, let us trust in a God who ultimately desires to heal the utterly broken, sinful nature of our hearts (Psalm 51:9-10).

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17

As this pandemic reveals our world’s complete lack of control, ultimate fear of death, and unbearable pain, let us consider how we might instead proclaim how Jesus wipes away every tear, conquers over the grave, and remains our only hope in life and death (Hebrews 9:27-28). Put your hope in the hands of a God willing to suffer in your place. Don’t let sin and sickness move you to fear and bitterness. Instead, let us fear the Lord (Matthew 10:282 Timothy 1:7).

Let this pandemic usher you to trust in the Father who is over all things. Let your faith be found in the One who died to remove suffering from the world once and for all. Trusting that our hope does not stand in our health and safety, but in Christ alone, I leave you with Paul’s words as an encouragement for today.

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:20-21


Stephanie Englehart is a Seattle native, church planter’s wife, mama, and lover of all things coffee, the great outdoors, and fine (easy to make) food. Stephanie is passionate about allowing God to use her honest thoughts and confessions to bring gospel application to life. You can read more of what she writes on the Ever Sing blog at stephaniemenglehart.com or follow her on Instagram: @stephaniemenglehart.

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Where Is God In This Pandemic?


AUDIO ‘I Think We’re in the Greatest Revival in History’

ROBERT KRAYCHIK 6 Apr 2020

“I think we’re in the greatest revival in history,” said MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, describing adversity as an opportunity for spiritual development. He offered his remarks in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak.

Pollak recalled Lindell’s call for Americans to spend time with families during the coronavirus outbreak.  “I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word, read our Bibles, and spend time with our families,” said Lindell last week at the White House among other company CEOs attending a meeting regarding production of medical supplies.

Lindell said, “I wanted to write a message of hope to the people, not just what our companies are doing to help out. … I give the glory to God.” He explained he was only informed his remarks would be publicly broadcast moments before he delivered them.

Lindell added, “I was attacked by every host out there on the left, and and I don’t know why. I don’t understand it. I didn’t say you have to. I said this is a good time to spend time in the Word, with our bibles, get our country back to prayer, and to spend time with their families. … It just tells me that I’m absolutely giving the right message out there, because millions of people have backed me on that.”

Left-wing hostility to his White House remarks “got the message out even more,” estimated Lindell, “because I think we’re in the greatest revival in history, because people are looking for hope.”

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Lindell recalled instances where he was directed to hide his cross during infomercial presentations by various producers.

“I was attacked all the time for that, and it went on for years,” Lindell stated. “It’s almost like a prejudice against Christians, like if it was anybody else in another religion, it just seems like they don’t get attacked like Christianity does, but anyway, that’s just my opinion. I see it happening all the time. I personally have experienced it, and more than once.”

“I don’t think it was people on the left,” Lindell added. “It was the the narrative of the left-wing media, and I could name them all.”

Hardship can open doors for spiritual growth, determined Lindell, reflecting on his own experience with drug addiction.

Lindell reflected, “I view addiction as an opportunity for the greatest revival, because who’s looking for hope? Addicts and their families, and then along came this pandemic. Who’s looking for hope? There’s people at home, and they’re in fear.”

“With God, all things are possible,” remarked Lindell, describing the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to restore American medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing and lessen dependency on China.

Lindell concluded, “We’re in a place we’ve never been before People are scared and they need hope, and I’m telling you there’s no better place to find hope than in the Bible and with your families. Spend that time and spend that time in prayer.”

Breitbart News Sunday broadcasts live on SiriusXM Patriot 125 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern.

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VIDEO This is the Sure Cure for Coronaphobia – Points People to Faith in God

By John Horvat II

 

This is the Sure Cure for Coronaphobia

The coronavirus dominates world news, whipping up a hysteria rarely seen in modern times. While the virus has yet to display its full fury, the reaction to it is at a frenzy.  There are two spectacles taking place: the coronavirus and the fear of the coronavirus that might be called coronaphobia. At this point, the latter is the most destructive.

People are terrified by the virus since it introduces them to an unknown world. It is a mysterious disease from a faraway totalitarian land. Everyone mistrusts the data coming out of China. The virus’s highly contagious and unpredictable nature adds to the generalized fear. Media hype and images multiply the impact of the disease by sensationalizing its every advance.

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Thus, coronaphobia is raging all over the world. It has slowed down economies, shaved off trillions of dollars in stock prices, stopped church services and paralyzed cities. It is shaping politics as world leaders are put to the test to meet the grave challenge of this contagion.

A Real Threat

Of course, the coronavirus does present real risks. Reasonable measures must be taken. Like all cases of flu, people become sick and die. Those with weak immune systems are especially vulnerable. Its victims tend to be frail people with pre-existing conditions.

However, two factors make this threat different and more terrifying than the flu cases that take tens of thousands of lives yearly. The first is that it can strike quickly and indiscriminately. The second is that there are no vaccines against it. Thus, people sense general helplessness in the face of a tiny virus that is bringing a fragile and interconnected world to its knees.

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The Causes of the Fear

No one likes to say it, but what triggers coronaphobia is the Hobbesian fear of death that so haunts the modern mind. Each person sees in a coronavirus death his or her possible death. This paranoiac fear causes  demands that every possible means be employed against this remote threat even if they appear excessive. This desperate drama creates conditions in which people will even give up rights and liberties to avoid catching the virus.

Coronaphobia is caused by a society where the enjoyment of life is the supreme value. That is why the full might of the medical establishment must be mobilized with such passion.  Everything must be done to prolong the lives of those who still enjoy life and have little thought about the hereafter.

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Yet not all life is equally valued in today’s hedonistic culture. The same medical establishment that scrambles to treat coronavirus victims snuffs out thousands of lives daily, through abortion and euthanasia, so that others might free themselves from responsibilities and “enjoy” life.

Living in Denial

Coronaphobia explains why there is so much hype around the issue. In a culture that adores pleasure, life-threatening viruses overwhelm and crush psyches unaccustomed to thinking about death and suffering. People look for any way to escape this unpleasant reality.

To avoid any profound thinking about the virus, people surround it with noise and agitation, in the hope that the din might scare it away. To find quick fixes for the problem, they loudly demand urgent action, even if it flies in the face of commonsense. In their helplessness, they fill themselves with resentment and anger, blaming others for their misfortune.

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Fear rules in such circumstances. People will do anything to avoid having to face the crisis alone, in all its seriousness. The festival of hype smothers everything in a frenetic intemperance of collective denial.

The Cure for Coronaphobia

There is a cure for coronaphobia. It involves facing reality with all objectivity. People must neither overreact nor minimize the dangers. They must face the virus, calmly and with commonsense, utilizing the standard means by which strong flu cases are combatted.

Coronaphobia can only be overcome by those who dare to think beyond the pleasures of life. Tragedy invites people to reflect on human mortality and contingency. Inside the silence of reflection, people find meaning and purpose for their sufferings. They find the courage to act effectively, embracing reality, not denying it.

Above all, tragedy leads people to trust in God and His Providence. The limitations of a purely secular society are made patent when tragedies of this sort strike. Humanity is left to its own devices and finds them woefully insufficient. Throughout history, when faced with tribulation, the faithful have had recourse to God and have found solace and aid. That is why the Church has always played such a great role during times of calamity. Instead of prohibiting Church services, authorities should encourage the Church to hold more. This trust is the only sure cure for the devastating coronaphobia that ravages the world.

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Coronavirus: Tom Hanks Points People to Faith in God

 

When Tom Hanks and his wife tested positive for the Coronavirus, it put a face on the disease. Ironically, in his latest movie, in the midst of war his character asked God for protection from an unseen enemy. Little did he know as he and his wife casually walked the shores of the famed Bondi Beach in mid-March 2020, that in a matter of days another unseen enemy would try to take his life.

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