GOD SPEAKS THROUGH COVID-19 OF MISDEEDS PERFORMED IN THE PAST

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God Knows How To Break Every Chain

Nobody likes to relive actions that happened in the past, especially if future events have proven their misdeeds unethical, inhumane, illegal, prejudicial or callus.  I’m talking about the injustices of human slavery, human annihilation of the Jews and other minority groups world-wide and also the American Indians being confined by USA congressional edicts to life on reservations.

Without chronically rehearsing the historical histories of these atrocities, documented evidence has proven that these events were an abomination in the civilized world.  The truths that bind these events together are the facts that they all endured some sort of oppression on their fellowman.

Is not that same conclusion descriptive of the pandemic that has plagued nations world-wide since November 2019 to June 2020!  That is; a variety of socially oppressive activities against certain classes of people in our society, causing sufferings due to prejudices and perceived differences of political objectives.

The majority of persons who have contracted the virus or died from the virus were the elderly, the homeless, the disenfranchised or those considered to be minorities.  Lest we forget, these classes of society were also the victims of lawlessness and injustices in days gone by.  Notwithstanding, the enemies back then, may have been wars, renegades, pestilences, famines, or the judgement hand of God.

Is there a moral lesson God intends for us to learn through this pandemic called Covid-19?  I say, YES!  But this lesson does not come from a conversation I had with God.  But rather, I believe it is from a conversation God had with Dr. Sam Osherson, Ph.D.  I discovered this ‘conversation’ written by Dr. Osherson and published in a magazine article in Psychology Today, on April 26, 2020.  (I have received his permission to include the website below for you to access to read the article.)  Through out the message, Dr. Osherson ask himself the question of how to break the chains of complacency and indifferences in his life.   At the conclusion of his article you will read the following quotation:  How do I make room psychologically for the emptiness in my life that COVID-19 has created? How do I fill that emptiness?” 

I admit that Dr. Osherson’s article is a long read, but well worth perfusing his timely insights.  His soul-searching reflections truly blessed my soul and I feel confident they will shine a brighter spotlight on your understanding of Covid-19, and lift you to a new higher moral and spiritual awakening without subjecting you to a long and misguided religious sermon, inundated with misinterpretations of the biblical End Times.  Just click the web sight below to receive untold blessings!

Dr. Osherson writes in his article entitled:

“4 Life Lessons From COVID-19”
The pandemic has a lot to teach us about being human.

Scripture Lesson:  A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.  God setteth the solitary in families; he bringeth out those which are bound with chains; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.  Psalms 68:5-6 KLV

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GOD PERSONIFIES HIS NAME: “I AM WHO I AM”

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  I have been meditating on the name God gave himself in Exodus 3:14:   “I Am Who I Am”

So, now you are curious as to what my search revealed!  My answer to you would be that God is extremely complex, all-encompassing and definitely self-sufficient.   And his own self-descriptive name proves it!

In prayer, I spoke this to my Teacher (the Holy Spirit) and He informed me to examine the word ‘personify’ for a more meaningful understanding.  Following is Google’s definition (revised for clarity by me ):

PERSONIFY (verb) – Represents in human form a quality or concept, that is: to ascribe virtues and vices to inanimate objects and also to grammar-specific various parts of speech.  To humanize or personalize a quality or concept in a physical form.  Synonyms include; To epitomize, embody, typify, exemplify, represent, symbolize.
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Oh, Master Teacher, Make It Plain.  Please Lord, Make It Plain!

This ‘conversation with God’ came about one evening this week and literally leaped off the pages of my bible.   I was studying for my early morning prayer-line call with other saints, which begins at 5:30 a.m. on week days.  We read four chapters from various sections of the Bible and individuals wrap a prayer around a scripture that jumps out at them.  When the following scripture was read, a light bulb went off in my head:

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”  Proverbs 18:10 (TNIV)

Wait a minute!  That’s it!  My blood was rushing to my head.  That’s God’s name in this incident!  Fortified Tower!

Yes, you are right, the Holy Spirit whispered.  What ever situation you find yourself in and you get relief, that’s God making a way for you.  God IS your Fortified Tower!!!  But even if your help is delayed or never comes, Christians should have the faith that it could come (and/or) will come when God says so.  In that situation, in prayer, you could address God as your ‘Way Maker’, ‘Miracle Worker’, ‘Promise Keeper’, ‘Problem Solver’, ‘Light in the Darkness’.  (My God, that is Who you are!)

Allow me to give you another example that will draw you closer to connecting with our Savior.  In the above example we used an object (a fortified tower), know let’s use parts of speech.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”  Revelation 22:13 NKJV

God personifies each of those grammar words.  Yes, he puts human attributes to them.  And in the New King James Version they are capitalized as nomenclatures (Names).

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My experiences this week with the Heavenly Host, led by Christ Jesus (my Brother), has been awesome, all-inspiring, all-awakening, the epitome of ecstasy.  Therefore, I am led to proclaim:

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.  Psalm 133:1-4 KJV

Hopefully, you too,  have been blessed by this interpretation of God’s Name: I Am Who I Am.  God becomes whatever or whomever you need him to be.  This divine conversation with God has certainly elevated me a little higher in my understanding on how to pray more specifically to a living, caring and loving God, by my evoking His name-titles to my circumstances.  So why don’t you address God by praying in the personified Name(s) of God.  This allows God to see you as a child who is studying to show himself/herself approved, rightly dividing the Word.

Scripture Lesson:  “Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds ; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.”  Psalm 68:4 NIV

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GOD EXTENDS TO ALL A PERPETURAL INVITATION

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 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

…and the invitation reads thusly;  To Whom It May Concern:

To the non-believers, to the half-stepping believers, the doubters, the infidels, the enemies of the faith, the blasphemers, the lost, the deceivers, those who worship idols, the liars, the devil worshippers…all who ask the question of the Saints, “Where was/is your God whenever a deadly disaster happens?”.   Through a weighty conversation with God, he allowed the Holy Spirit to give me the answer.

Thus said the Lord:  My child, I was on an errand.  I had to go to my Holy Locksmith.  It is extremely important that I pay a visit to Him from time to time.  I go there to order two kinds of keys for those who have met and fulfilled their ‘Today’.

For, do you not know, My beloved, that all those who are deceased and have met their ‘Today’ are in need of a key to unlock the gate in order to enter either my Eternal Rest or the Eternal abyss.

“Today, if you will hear his voice                                                                                                                do not harden your hearts,                                                                                                             as you did in the rebellion,                                                                                                       during the time of testing in the wilderness,                                                                           where your ancestors tested and tried me,                                                                        though for forty years they saw what I did.                                                                            That is why I was angry with that generation;                                                                                 I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,                                                                           and they have not known my ways.’                                                                                             So, I declared on oath in my anger,                                                                                          ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”  Hebrews 3:7-11

…and also, Jesus said:  “Do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last.  I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!  And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”  Revelation 1:17b-18

…and again, Jesus said to Simon Peter:  “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;…”  Matthew 19a

I am recording this ‘invitation’ message in this week’s blog because it has been reported that while hundreds of people were peaceably marching in a Minneapolis, Minnesota protest in memory of Mr. George Floyd’s untimely death; ministers, clergy and other Believers were audibly praying for the crowds to demonstrate in a peaceable manner, when suddenly non-believers and agitators began mocking and shouting:  “Where was your God when the policeman had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck?”

If you who believe in the Son of God and the above scriptures also have faith in their saving-grace-power, that nothing happens outside of God’s watchful eye, and his divine plans, then why not download and print this message, explaining where Christ was, and place it in an envelope and give it to someone who is searching for answers.

George Floyd, who died on May 25 after being pinned to the ground by an officer who pressed a knee into his neck.

In Tribute to the deceased…Mr. George Floyd(*)…May he rest in peace.

TAKE A STAND FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS!  TAKE A STAND FOR PEACE!  BECOME A SOLDIER IN THE ARMY FOR THE LORD!  EXTEND YOUR PERSONAL INVITATION TO THE LOST ON BEHALF OF THE LORD.  PROMOTE KINGDOM BUILDING.                                                                                                                                   AND THEN TAKE A KNEE!

Scripture Lesson:  “For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.  There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also rest from their own work, just as God did.  [God’s rest is a life in Eternity.  Jesus holds the key to that Door.]    Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish  […and Jesus holds that key, too.]  by following their example of disobedience.”  Hebrews 4:12-11

(*) Note:  Click here to read more about Mr. Floyd:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/27/us/george-floyd-minneapolis-death.html

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GOD DESIRES THAT WE BUILD LIVES BASED ON FAITH

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“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.”

Immediately and thankfully I must give all praise and honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the divine caption printed under the picture above.  The Holy Spirit inspired King Solomon (the wise son of King David) to write it in Psalm 127:1a.

Not only is the theme expressed in these words timeless, but you can substitute the word “house” to represent any circumstance or situation that may present itself in your daily life, especially if that need requires scrutiny.  For if you don’t ‘count the cost’ prior to executing your plans, you might find out later (much too late) that you do not have all the resources, knowledge or fortitude to finish it.

In my early adolescence years, I was guilty of not stopping to consider all or most of all the ramifications of my (not-so-well-thought-out) decisions.  For example, just to list a few: my decision to pursue or not to pursue a higher education, my decision on matrimony, my decision to establish credit by purchasing a car, my decision to engage in meaningful employment without appropriate credentials, my rush to assimilate into society (deaf, dumb and blind) completely unshackled or unrestrained.

In my senior years of life, I can now look back over those years and see just how foolish, senseless, inconvenient and irresponsible many of my decisions were.  Not only for myself, but for all those people in my sphere of influence.  (OH, how often I have prayed for God’s forgiveness for my faithless years.)

I had put the cart before the horse!  During all those years, I had imagined the expression ‘count the cost’,  was an indictment that was proclaimed after the fact…’You should have counted the cost before you had gotten in so deep.” 

WHAT A TERRIBLE MISTAKE!

But not so with God.  His definition was right on target!  Actually, the true proverbial explanation for ‘count the cost’ means making plans prior to executing any life decisions; for planning is biblical in order to avoid dangers and snares cooked up by the devil.  For it is written in Proverbs that those who plan well will be able to foresee dangers in advance and will avoid them, but those who are foolish and doesn’t plan will rush ahead and do whatever is convenient, and end up paying the penalty.

THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER IS SIMPLY THIS:

Unless the Lord is your architect, actively engaged in orchestrating (drawing up the blueprints) the construction of the ‘House Plans’, you will be laboring in vain.  The Spirit of the Lord and the spirit of the laborer (you) must be in sync.  Which brings me to my last biblical scripture for this blog post:

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A House Divided Cannot Stand!

Scripture Lesson: “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand in guard in vain.”  Psalm 127:1  Amen and Amen!

My EpitaphMy prayer is simply this:   “Thank you Lord God for putting a ‘period’ on my life exploits without You and allowing me to enter into a new life relationship with You before it was everlasting too late.” Amen

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