When God created us in His image, we received a highly complex nervous system that is not fully understood. Still, our brains possess the highest level of cognitive abilities of all living creatures. Our amazing brain has the unlimited potential to learn, process knowledge and has a storage capacity that outranks a computer’s RAM and ROM. We utilize our five senses to gather the stimuli from the surrounding environment, and based on what we see, hear, taste, smell, and touch, our brain immediately identifies, and processes whether we are safe or in danger, and the appropriate action required.
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God, he created them; male and female, he created them. Genesis 1:27
This morning, as I prepared to write, my eyes rested on the money pic posted on yesterday’s blog, I was surprised to see that it still reads, “In God we trust.” And that was the catalyst that prompted me to look in my wallet and examine the coins and paper bills; yes, on every denomination of money that the United States of America produces, we proclaim that as a Nation, we trust in God.
Amid a terrible airborne virus, we have reached a level of discord and strife as if we are engaged in a physical war. The individuals who we have entrusted to make sound decisions on our behalf in political, spiritual, and familial leadership positions are acting on animalistic instinct as opposed to using their higher powers of intellect and reasoning abilities. Because of their priorities to keep the economy from falling, our current environment is unsafe to our physical well-being, and detrimental to our peace of mind.
The battle between the politicians and the medical professionals to re-open the United States has finally abated; even so, the American people are reaping the consequences. The dispute has exacerbated discrimination based on age, medical diagnosis, social standing, and economic status. The elected leaders and mainstream society have diverted their attention to saving the economy as we struggle to win the war with our most powerful enemy, the COVID-19 virus. The individuals who are infected and the fatalities are viewed as casualties of war. However, we continue in our march to move forward and reopen with the “New Normals.” It is a desperate attempt to halt the Economic Recession from spiraling downward into another Great Depression.
When we thought our situation could not possibly worsen, we have spiritual leaders who are double-minded and are engaging in diabolical and misleading actions for financial gain. The Holy Spirit tells us in plain words that in the last days, some people will turn away from the faith. 1 Timothy 4:1
- The FDA has shut-down the operations and false claims of a Pastor in Florida who bottled sulfur water mixed with household bleach and sold it from his church’s website for $49.95.
- A Pentecostal Pastor used his church, which represents God’s house, to sing and practice secular-worldly music to compete and eventually win the televised program, “The Voice.”
In four months, worldwide, we have suffered a significant impact on our health and economic systems. Many are struggling to make sense of the wave of disease and poverty on a global level, especially the countries that struggle with the severe shortages of basic necessities as a usual way of life. Now, many of the spiritual leaders we have trusted are distracted and concerned about maintaining their lifestyles, and/or the demise of their church buildings.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men. It instructs us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live sensible, upright, and godly lives in the present age, as we await the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.…while we wait for the blessed hope–the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is right. Titus 2:11-14
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Is it possible to stay close to God in the current turmoil? Yes, it is! To maintain our peace of mind, we must be determined to follow God all the way. If you have never really taken the time to study the Bible, establish a new habit, and begin to explore daily. Your life will never be the same. Read the words aloud. All of the chaos and confusion from our current environment of disorderly conduct have been prophesied as events from the last days of earth’s history.
Prayer is our direct line of communication with God. The peace that comes from praying compares to no other feeling. Separate yourselves and pray often. We can open up and be truthful in our talks with God. Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Is their hope for the future? “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:12-13
Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. Psalm 27:14
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