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Pandemics: Drop Out & Tune In

The world is gripped by a spirit of terror and uncertainty. I suspect the ďcureĒ being imposed could prove more deadly than the dreaded disease. This global and national fear-laden stress and uncertainty will spawn a host of stress-related maladies. Yes, a person should always take precautions to separate oneself from infectious circumstancesóbut donít dote on the problem.
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Pandemics: Drop Out & Tune In

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The word ever—as in forever and everlasting—is defined by the exhaustive Oxford Dictionary of the English Language as “1. Throughout all time, eternally; throughout all past or future time; perpetually; 2. At all times, on all occasions, on each occasion.”

Everlasting is defined as “1. Lasting for ever; infinite in future duration; endless.” Of God, Psalm 90:2 reads:

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

In regard to our present situation, it is certainly beautiful to consider that the God of Holy Scriptures is from everlasting to everlasting.  That’s great for the timeless God, but how does that translate to us mere mortals?  On the surface, our situation does not look good—as in no good—our lives are compared to vanity and even a vapor, but something far beyond marvelous happened at Calvary

At the place Jesus Christ calls BORN AGAIN (John 3:3), a very poignant transformation occurs that changes everything.  At BORN AGAIN, we become sons and daughters of God—actually and most literally born into His family.  He is our Father.  The redeemed are His direct descendants through the saving blood of Jesus Christ, effectuated by the quickening (life-giving) power of God’s Holy Ghost.  The BORN AGAIN become one with the Father, even as joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.  Romans 8:15-17:

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

As children of God through the new birth, we share in God’s divine nature, which includes everlasting. 

Consider this passage, Isaiah 44:6:

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Now consider Isaiah 41:4:

Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

Our heavenly Father is the first, from everlasting, and the last, to everlasting, and, as Isaiah 41:4 states, “…and with the last,”  as in His children, who inherit His promise of eternal life.  The Scriptures teach two persons—a physical one and a spiritual one—and two deaths—one physical and one spiritual.  We must all experience the first death, but the sons and daughters of God do not participate in the second death, for we are everlasting, as these verses show.  Revelation 2:11:

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Revelation 20:14-15:

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:8:

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

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GOD SAID, Revelation 21:8:

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

GOD SAID, Matthew 10:28-31:

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

GOD SAID, I Peter 4:18:

And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

MAN SAID: Who needs the God of the Bible, with all His restrictions placed on my free-wheeling lifestyle?!  I’ve got science!  I’ve got medicine! Wait.  What did you say, Doctor?  I have the coronavirus?! Oh, God!  Save me!

Now THE RECORD:  This feature is being published during a global pandemic titled Covid-19.  The world is gripped by a spirit of terror and uncertainty.  I suspect the “cure” being imposed could prove more deadly than the dreaded disease.  This global and national fear-laden stress and uncertainty will spawn a host of stress-related maladies.  Certain actions directed by US and state governments, as well as other world governments—in many cases warranted—will produce their own unintended consequences.  My suspicion is things like state-wide quarantines, shutting down schools and universities, canceling public gatherings, and the shuttering of a wide swath of retail establishments will, in themselves, create a spike of:

🤦 Stress-related heart attacksLuke 21:26: Men''s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:

🤦 Stress-related medical disorders

🤦 Suicides.

🤦 Alcohol and drug abuse.

🤦 Divorce.

🤦 Bankruptcies.

🤦 Thefts and burglaries. 

🤦 And no doubt more, none of it good. 

The situation is not exciting, no matter how you flip the coin—but this is very good news! Jesus Christ still sits on the right hand of the Father, interceding on the behalf of the blood-bought.

Times like these are the times that try men’s souls.  God’s Word declares a coming time of great, global judgment like the world has never seen, known as the Great Tribulation—a seven-year period that leads up to the world-ending battle of Armageddon.  During this devastating, seven-year period, multiple judgments of God will strangle the globe.  Revelation 15:1 speaks of some of them:

And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

The exact date when this period will begin is hidden from us, for God alone knows the date, but the prophetic Scriptures give multiple signs to watch for. This great tribulation could easily begin with a global pandemic called the Coronavirus, Covid-19.  If this is the beginning, all will soon know it, for it will be inescapable terror upon terror.  Prepare to meet your God.  Saints, prepare for departure.

This feature is about godliness. Godliness simply means God-like, and without it, we will not see God.  I Peter 4:18:

And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 

Godliness and its association with Covid-19 will become obvious. 

Ungodly deeds are those which God typically wouldn’t do, and as believers, our responsibility is to become more and more God-like.  Some examples of ungodliness include:

🍴  God wouldn’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.  Not doing the dishes is then ungodly
👚 God wouldn’t throw dirty clothes on the floor.  Throwing clothes on the floor is then ungodly
🛌 God wouldn’t leave His bed unmade.   Not making one’s bed is then ungodly

Ungodly deeds would also include unbelief, cursing, laziness, fornication, murder, bitterness, hatred, covetousness, envy, and more, but this feature will address one grossly ungodly emotion, which is fear.  At this time of this writing, the earth is reeling under the suffocating weight of fear—Covid-19 terror.  Philippians 1:27-28 calls this terror “an evident token of perdition.”  It reads:

27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

The terror—the fear—is an evident token, or sign, of perdition.  According to Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, perdition is the utter loss of the soul.” 

It is important to the redeemed that we cast off the spirit of fear, because fear is ungodly.  Fear is prohibited.  We are commanded not to fear, but to employ our childlike faith.  Matthew 10:28-31:

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Fear is an evident token of perdition and will yield deadly fruit.  The fear of God, on the other hand, yields life.  Psalm 111:10:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

The fear of God is a clean and healthy fear that separates one from hurtful lusts and draws one into Godly activities—activities that yield life and life more abundantly, even everlasting.

The world’s fear is absent of faith and proves deadly.  But the blood-bought have a deep and satisfying confidence that the unsaved soul cannot know.  II Timothy 1:7:

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

GodSaidManSaid has published several features addressing research on what medical science knows as the placebo and nocebo effects.  Numerous tests have been conducted in which a group of individuals with like medical problems are separated into two groups.  One group is administered the prescribed medicine being measured and studied, while the other group receives the placebo—a harmless sugar pill.  The placebo group sometimes outperforms the medicated group, demonstrating placebo rates 30%+.  When the sugar-pills’ pretend attributes are hyped up, the success rate of the placebo soars.  The nocebo effect, on the other hand, is simply the opposite.  The nocebo effect is the negative, and ungodly, fruits of fear.  The report you’ll hear is that well over 90% of those tested for Covid-19 come back as negative for the virus.  They didn’t have it.  The nocebo effect would participate here.  Job 3:25:

For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

Yes, a person should always take precautions to separate oneself from infectious circumstances—but don’t dote on the problem.  Get the news once or twice per day, then drop out.  Don’t give place to fearmongering. 

Now, tune into faith:  Get 3x5” index cards and place the following verses on them.  These are Gos-pills; read from them several times daily.

💊 Philippians 4:8:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

💊 Romans 8:28:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

💊 Psalm 118:24-25:

24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

💊 I Peter 2:23-24:

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

💊 I Thessalonians 5:18:

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

💊 Hebrews 3:12-14:

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

Fear is deeply ungodly.  Drop out and tune in.  The sparrows eat. 

GOD SAID, Revelation 21:8:

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

GOD SAID, Matthew 10:28-31:

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

GOD SAID, I Peter 4:18:

And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

MAN SAID: Who needs the God of the Bible, with all His restrictions placed on my free-wheeling lifestyle?!  I’ve got science!  I’ve got medicine! Wait.  What did you say, Doctor?  I have the coronavirus?! Oh, God!  Save me!

Now you have THE RECORD.

 

 

 

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