Having a False Sense of Security

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91:11

Yesterday, I read a FB post from a healthcare provider who stated that she was fully aware that she would eventually become infected with COVID-19.

I will share my experience as a nurse when I worked with patients who had a diagnosis of Tuberculosis disease. My nursing experience began in 1978 at a time when we did not use gloves unless it was in a surgical setting, nor did we have access to the N95 respirator mask that is currently used as PPE for protection when caring for tuberculosis patients. Even without PPE, the angels of the Lord protected me from the exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the organism that causes Tuberculosis. I never seroconverted to a positive reaction on the PPD test.

We must never place limitations on God. I have been the benefactor of many miracles in my own life. In the times of abject disobedience, still, God never abandoned me. Throughout my life, God used impossible circumstances to remind me that He still loved me, and I wholeheartedly believe in His love, His grace, His mercies, and His power.

The infiltration of the COVID-19 virus has created a trend among some believers; we are placing our trust in inanimate objects instead of God. The myths and misinformation from unbelievers have convinced us to continue our routine duties. The media is also responsible for promoting a false sense of security and protection from handmade facemasks and dust masks that are readily available to the general public.

Mass confusion now prompts many to downplay the strength of this uncontrollable virus. Because we have chosen to disregard Social Distancing and the Stay at Home ordinances, the virus continues to spread and wreak havoc. Satan has used doubt to distract us from our primary focus which is to obey the preventative measures put into place to aid in the containment of the COVID-19 virus.

The American people are engaged in a tug-of-war between expert healthcare professionals and those who lack knowledge of the infectious processes of organisms. As children of God, we do not have to succumb to false beliefs. We have a connection to the Creator of all humanity. Our greatest resource is available to us through prayer, all we have to do is ask God for wisdom and discernment. Now, if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

Beloved, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

For those who are diligently working to make homemade masks with an unknown material that serves as a filter, I applaud them for their efforts; however, not even surgical masks provide protection against the coronavirus COVID-19.

While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. Surgical masks also do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the face mask and your face. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Even for healthcare professionals, the FDA states, “It is important to recognize that the optimal way to prevent airborne transmission is to use a combination of interventions from across the hierarchy of controls, not just PPE alone.”

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-and-surgical-masks-face-masks

For you are a caregiver for someone with an Upper Respiratory Infection or have to care for someone who is ill, please refer to the http://www.cdc.gov website for guidelines.

We should agree that we are in the worst dilemma in our lifetime. The impact of this global disease has impacted us emotionally, socially, and economically. Do we have any recourse-is there a source of help in this difficult situation? Yes, God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Our part is to individually and collectively approach the throne of grace. Will God protect us?

  1. Living a faith-based life eliminates wavering between self-reliance or the pretense that we are fully trusting in God. John 20:24-29 tells us of Jesus’ disciple known as “Doubting Thomas.” He would only believe if he visualized with his eyes. But Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
  2. Romans 13:1-2 says: “Obey the government, for God, is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.” Clarification of this verse is that our obedience to God supersedes the law of the land if there is conflict.

Believers, we must not disobey our government, state, county and city’s orders to “Stay at Home” and “Shelter in Place” due to boredom nor should we fabricate reasons to justify why we are running errands every day. Do not be deceived by Satan! His purpose is to seek and destroy. We must utilize common sense, and possess humility; a facemask and our vehicles do not provide safety and protection from an airborne virus.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

Would you seek medical evaluation and treatment from an unlicensed person? We must acquiesce to the advice of our public-health experts. Do not place yourself in dangerous and risky situations, if the grocery store is filled to capacity, then choose an earlier time to shop. The individuals outside of your immediate family should not be closer than a 6 ft. distance.

Our spiritual walk with God should include daily and measurable growth. We do not repeat the same mistakes that we made yesterday or last week. God has provided us with the guidelines to live holy, Make straight paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be debilitated, but rather healed. Pursue peace with all men, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:13-14

We must never test God. “If You are the Son of God,” he said, “throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.'” Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” Matthew 4:7.

God’s promises are conditional and require faith and obedience before He brings His promises to fruition. Are you praying for protection from the coronavirus? God will always do His part when we humble ourselves and obey His perfect will for our lives.

Even if we faithfully do our part, we may still contract the coronavirus. In every situation, we must possess the same faith like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who boldly proclaimed: If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18

When we possess a rebellious spirit, confession and repentance of our sins are necessary to renew our covenant with God. Ask God to reveal your purpose during this time and to give you peace and a spirit of contentment.

Boredom can be alleviated by studying the Bible, praying, and listening to sermons and music which honors God. With the remainder of our time, we can cultivate closer relationships with our family. This is the perfect time for us to pay attention to our spouses and our children. Maintain social contact through phone calls, video calls, etc. Remember the seniors, the singles, and the disabled who would benefit from knowing that someone cares.

God has blessed each of us with spiritual gifts and innate talents. Discover hidden abilities while you stay at home. And for the educators, all students have transitioned to a homeschooled status, and many parents are unable to assist with their studies. Skype and messenger allow face-to-face contact. God has blessed us to bless others.

As the virus continues to run rampant in Texas, it is sad to report that the cases continue to multiply throughout our State, especially in Houston, Dallas, and El Paso. https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ The New York Times reports that many people are still “out and about” in the Lone Star State, which contributes to the increase of this infectious disease.

Pray for a personal transformation. Now is the time to dutifully prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10

Amen! I desperately want that crown of life.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020

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Author: steps2successwithsolutions

By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, with a passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their lives. I am a writer of Devotionals, Romantic Poetry, and Research Articles. The recent development of Mentoring and launching as a Motivational Speaker has prompted me to address real-life issues for women from a spiritual perspective.