God’s Love is pandemic! The word refers to something that is prevalent throughout an entire country, continent or the whole world.
My current reality can be in a constant state of flux with every conversation and dose of media out there, due to the present circumstances in our world. Yet I know that..
..without faith it is impossible to please Him. -Hebrews 11:6
Fear cannot exist where there is Faith. They are polar opposites. It isn’t just hard to please God without faith, it is impossible! Where has that left me?
Each day I’m learning to begin by putting on the armor of God. The 1st command is to..
Stand, therefore having your loins girt about with truth.. – Ephesians 6:14
It’s been easy to feel like I can’t stand. Having the loss of basic needs of food availability, an income, the closeness of family and friends, be actualized by the fear that has been thrust upon us, has crippled me a bit. But the truth for me begins with
.. for He Himself said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. -Hebrews 13:5
In order to stand I find the need to discipline my thoughts and emotions..
..bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. -II Corinthians 10:5
And I remind myself..
For it is God Who works in you both to will and do of His good pleasure. -Philippians 2:13
My needs have been met sufficiently and I’ve had time to reevaluate the things that are truly important. I’ve been reminded that it is my responsibility to take care of my needs to the best of my ability; physical, emotional and spiritual..
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God. -James 1:5
My comfort and peace are drawn from these verses..
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7
The final pieces of God’s armor are the Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit which we are told will quench the fiery darts of the evil one with the sword being the Word of God. Praise in music has been that sword for me. It is the one thing that is offensive rather than defensive. The joy of the Lord is my strength. Sing unto the Lord a new song, David said in Psalms.
The lyrics of a song made popular in the 70s, say this:
Praise the Lord, He can work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise
Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you that they fall powerless behind you
When you Praise Him! -recorded by The Imperials
The pandemic I’m paying attention to is the all-encompassing love and care of my Heavenly Father. The power of His love far outweighs any disease or ailment this world can conjure.
To my knowledge it is still a practice that every physician in this country must take the Hippocratic oath of “do no harm”. Another of Hippocrates quotes is this..
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.