The Bible reveals that the beginning of wisdom and knowledge is the fear of God. But this phrase, “fear of God,” has become a bit of a misnomer. The word fear denotes afraid of or threatening. So many unbelievers, today, view acknowledging a higher power is a threat to their freedom. As a result, they live in darkness with the shades drawn, blinded to the evil surrounding them. Christians understand the fear of God means standing in awesome respect of His power and majesty.
In Exodus 19:17-19, God wanted the Israelites to understand He was real and powerful. So, He asked Moses to lead them to the foot of Mount Sinai, and this event occurred…
“Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.”
If we read the scriptures just before Exodus’ verse 17, we discover the Israelites knew several days in advance they would experience God. Most of the people laughed it off and thought Moses was a joke. But as predicted, God terrified them when they witnessed His presence on Mount Sinai. The Lord speaks of fearing Him in the Bible to stop sinning, not because He is a cruel god. He wants us to understand we should run to Him when our enemies approach us.
Moving ahead thousands of years later, what attitudes have changed today about God since Mount Sinai? Did mankind learn anything from the Israelites? My opinion is the world’s lack of faith has steeply declined, and the fear of God is nonexistent. People are unbalanced in their understanding of the Lord. They’re naïve, or perhaps uneducated, so they follow the weakest link on earth – Satan.
God is sending many signals to the world today of His power – pandemics, earthquakes, and other catastrophes. Still, many continue to ignore His signs. Just as the Israelites, they, too, will cower in fear when He returns and it will be too late.
Mentioned 365 times in the Bible, one would say the fear of God proves a point: it is time to adhere to God’s commands and not your own decisions. Take delight in fearing the Lord so you can walk in obedience and have the joy of a clean heart. It builds confidence for the judgment day, arriving soon. Fear of discipline helps us not to make mistakes. As we obey Christ, we remain in His love, and His joy will be forever in us.
The fear of God, and respecting His almighty presence, will build your eternal salvation. God bless you!
“They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.” Jeremiah 32:38-40
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The brisk wind stirs my mind, and I ponder our current events. Shelves are empty in the stores, and a virus plagues us. Quarantined from life, it seems it’s against our nature not to roam freely with our adventuresome instincts. My excitement usually comes in the early light, but boredom sets in now as it rains throughout the day.
Are today’s trials set in place by God’s admission or schemed by Satan? Everyone has their hands tied, and the world has come to a screeching halt. No God in heaven would wish this on His chosen people… or would He? Perhaps He is telling us to take a stand. Our faith is being tested!
In the biblical scriptures of Matthew 24:6-8, Jesus speaks of the End Times events as “birth pains.” Besides food shortages and economic collapse, He also spoke of viruses and locust infestations. Throughout the Bible, God sent plagues and pestilence to deal with his own people.
Medical science has proven the coronavirus natural host is bats, and the Chinese consume them in the form of soup. Did you know the Bible labels bats as forbidden meat? China detests Christianity and persecutes believers in their country. It is undoubtedly interesting COVID-19 figures today show that over 21 million Chinese have died from this virus. Is this a message from God? It is probable He is putting you on alert.
You may ask why a loving God would allow the death of His children from a pandemic. This is a wake-up call for those who refuse to repent their sins or surrender to Christ as their Lord and Savior. After all, history repeats itself.
All the wealth and knowledge of mankind will not stop our Lord’s intentions. Are you concerned for your safety? Staying home helps… or does it? Yes, it can UNLESS it is God’s will for this to happen. I cannot affirm the coronavirus positively is such a plague, but be aware of the signs. What I write for you today may shed light on the secrets of the future.
The Lord is watching and preparing our new home. Life, at this moment, mirrors biblical prophecy, and our faith is being tested. Trying to make sense of an incomparable condition is better left to those chosen scholars of God.
Should you fear the ultimatum, or should you remain faithful? This disease is a test of our personal faith in Jesus Christ. Let Him be your refuge for peace and comfort. It is so essential in these times you pray for His protection, study the Bible, and ask for healing.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
A final thought – a man recently delivered some lumber to my home, and he had a profound point of view on faith that I need to share with you. He said, “You can’t line dance to gospel music.” Thanks, Ira! Great perspective! Stay in faith, everyone… you’re being tested!
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The last few weeks of the virtual shut down all over the globe because of CCP virus has down more than simply keep most people confined to their homes. It has also brought the largest economic power in the world to a standstill.
In America, President Trump is voicing a strong desire for the economy to begin moving once again and the sooner the better. He is facing severe criticism for such sentiments from various outlets in the Leftmedia and all its incarnations on the internet.
These attacks are fueled by the fears of the CCP virus spreading and causing widespread death in America. However, as is increasingly becoming clear, the Left seems invested in ensuring that the level of panic over this disease is raised as high as possible and that America is kept under lockdown and out of business for many months to come.
Which option is the right one for our nation and for the world? The President has given the correct and truly only rational path to tread when he said,
We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem.
America Must Get Back to Business
During our self-shutdown in America, the amount of economic damage done by the inactivity is monumental, and without quick and decisive action, there may not be an economy left to rescue. It is imperative that America gets back to business as soon as possible.
The reasons for this are apparent. First of all, the workforce has already been devastated by the shutdown of businesses across the country. The following is an economic activity chart concerning the restaurant industry posted on Twitter by Andy Pudzer.
This was put together about a week ago and clearly shows that the bottom has fallen out of the restaurant business in America. This means that a major industry employing millions of people has just ceased operations altogether.
Take note that this represents but one segment of the thousands upon thousands of businesses large and small across the nation which have entirely shut down in obedience to either state order or strong suggestions by government authorities. There is no guarantee that these jobs will still exist if a nationwide “restart” is delayed even two or three weeks.
Another factor amid all of this is the unprecedented act of literally shuttering the doors of American businesses while the economy was booming. Though it is not 100% of businesses, consider these that are not allowed to operate in California today.
Restaurants, auto dealers, real estate, most manufacturing, warehousing, bars, bowling alleys, construction, airlines, shipping, and many more are shut down and all have bills to pay as a business. Many small business owners still have rent or mortgage payments on the buildings and equipment they use for their operation that could be delayed but will still require payment or the business goes under.
The number of people this is affecting is reflected in the fact that last week 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. That smashed the previous record of 695,000 jobless claims for one week.
That pace would mean that another six weeks, there would be more than 12 million unemployed in the nation. Those who are panicking over wild predictions of death and doom are demanding at least a month longer and that would result in massive unemployment numbers approaching a 30% unemployment rate which is 5% higher than the Great Depression at its worst point.
The longer this continues, the greater the chance of an economic collapse in America, one which will rival, if not surpass the Great Depression era of nearly a century ago. The only solution is to end this forced lockdown quickly and get the economy going again, period.
What About the Risk?
The natural question becomes what is to be done about the risk of contracting the CCP virus when the nation is restarted economically? Here is where the Leftist fearmongers incite a panic both intentionally and out of ignorance.
The argument from the Left is that the risk of contracting and dying from the CCP virus is too great to allow any reopening of the country for several months. They say in many arenas that to speak of restarting the American economy in weeks instead of months is favoring ‘profits over people.’
These people on the Left seem to believe that there must be zero risks from the CCP virus before we contemplate returning to some semblance of normality in life and commerce and to suggest otherwise is tantamount to saying you want people to die. That kind of attitude sparks some to raise the level of fear with commentary like this from Chris Hayes a few days ago on MSNBC,
It’s not a question of if the economic shutdown is absolutely brutal for Americans…, of course it is. It’s just that those on the right and in the business world talking to Donald Trump are just misreading what the choices are right now. There is no option. If you just let everyone go back out and go back to normal if a pandemic rages across the country and infects 50% of the population and kills a percentage point at the low end of those infected and also melts down all the hospitals. What kind of economy do you think you’re going to have under those conditions?
These remarks are intentionally misleading half-truths pumped up with hyperbole to elevate the panic level as well as take another Leftmedia shot at President Trump. The figure of 50% infections in the country is, as Buck Sexton points out on his March, 24th podcast, a generous estimate over 3 flu seasons of the total who could be infected if we took no measures at all against the virus!
Secondly, no one is suggesting, not even President Trump, that the nation should simply disregard this virus and go back to ‘normal’ as if nothing at all had happened. Proper precautions should be taken by individuals and businesses to reduce the risk of infection, however, as a society, we are going to have to accept a certain level of risk or expand the suffering to everyone else.
This is a true balancing act between the risk of infection and a probable increase in the number of people who will die and the risk of tens of millions of Americans becoming destitute and requiring government assistance for the foreseeable future. The Left, however, sees this as an opportunity to put into place a Socialist government on which all Americans are dependant.
One of the proofs of their intentions was the numerous delays in voting upon a relief package for Americans as the lockdown continues. After passing a smaller first relief bill on March 18th, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi [D. CA], refused a vote on further proposals and instead introduced another bill that provides funding for a plethora of Socialist policies.
“The country is burning and House Democrats would rather delay passage of direct relief to working families and small business so they can manipulate the way we conduct elections, bail out the postal service, impose greenhouse gas mandates on the airlines, and ensure diversity on corporate boards,” Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute told the Daily Caller. The bill also reportedly gives unprecedented collective bargaining powers for unions, increases fuel emissions standards for airlines and expands wind and solar tax credits.
That version of the bill mercifully failed, however, the bill which finally did pass both the House and Senate, and was signed into law still includes a lot of spending unrelated to the CCP virus crisis. It is certain that this extra spending will come back to haunt us in the future but for now, the level of fear and panic seems to require some unusual behavior.
However, it is very questionable that the current level of fear is justified. After wild predictions of millions of deaths in the early weeks of the CCP virus, we are beginning to get a clearer picture of reality, as this video by Dr. Birx, a member of the President’s task force, demonstrates.
A quick comparison to a normal flu season can show how shutting down the economy for more than a very brief period is an extreme over-reaction. Currently, there are 120,000 cases of CCP virus in the U.S. and almost 2,000 deaths as a result.
Here are the CDC figures for the last flu season of 2018-2019 in America.
CDC estimates that the burden of illness during the 2018–2019 season included an estimated 35.5 million people getting sick with influenza, 16.5 million people going to a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths from influenza (Table 1). The number of influenza-associated illnesses that occurred last season was similar to the estimated number of influenza-associated illnesses during the 2012–2013 influenza season when an estimated 34 million people had symptomatic influenza illness6. …34,200 deaths in the United States alone. And yet we didn’t shut down one single thing.
Not only that, but Americans weren’t even practicing “social distancing” or panic-buying during that flu season. We all went about our business as we normally do any other time.
The biggest difference with the CCP virus is that we are dealing with a new factor whose parameters are poorly understood. We often fear what we don’t understand and this causes extreme reactions that cause far more harm than good.
Yes, it is and will be difficult to endure this battle with a horrible disease, and there will be an increased risk of infection and death with the reopening of America. But the risk of waiting is far greater than anything this virus will inflict on the public.
Let us around the nation and the globe instead renew our trust and hope in the LORD for wise guidance, hope and the courage to risk living in His light today and every day. For there is nothing that can overcome His power and love.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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3.Your life is a meaningful minimum journey to be enjoyed to the maximum
Another thrash. And in spite, all the modern Gurus encourage us to lead a meaningful life.( self defeating )
What made Gautama Buddha get enlightenment ? It’s because of human suffering.Do we have similar God’s grace to get enlightened ?
Life is full of misery, and you are intelligent enough to accept that it’s painful to lead the life and death is the only permanent solution.Since we can’t die….at least let us accept the truth.
Happiness in your life is only for the time being that too in bits, and rest of the times you are busy whining.
“It’s a misery to be born,a pain to live,a trouble to die” St.Bernard of Clairvaux
Still, temporaryhappiness can come from minor things like,you playing with toys in your childhood, your first Kiss,sex now & then,massage,hot bath, friendship,a short travel,one night stand,A champagne,Receiving a lovely gift or a comforting hug etc.etc.. Drugs can take you to another level.
4.It’s better if you know your life partner before your marriage
Really?………another Utter lie.
No partner in love relationship..should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable May Sarton
Each individual is unique.Only sustained friendship in the form of total understanding between the life partners endures the marriage.
Life partners too expect personal space though they know each other so long !
Even if you knew your partner before,it’s not a guarantee for a successful marriage.
When you can’t understand the people, though you spend your whole life with them,(example parents vs children,children vs parents,siblings vs siblings),then why should you give importance to knowing your partner before?.
Understanding becomes easier after the marriage once you both know your limitations and your strengths mutually over the time.
5.Money won’t make you happy
Ha ha ….Without money you cease to exist.
My dear friend, money is everything.It brings you, both happiness and pleasure.
“Lack of money is the root of all evil” George Bernard Shah
We work / study for what ? is this not to earn money and live happily ?
People with more money are satisfied with their life style and are in a position to help others too.
He who marries for love without money has GOOD NIGHTS & SORRY DAYS unknown
6. Boys’ won’t cry
Virtually a child conditioning !!
“People cry not because they are weak,because they’ve been too strong for a long time” unknown
Boys too have feelings ,emotions, excitements and stages of sadness.
Otherwise why will Dr.Sivan,ISRO( The Indian Space Research Organisation ) chairman became teary eyed,when the Chandrayan mission was not successful ?There are many famous men like Andre Agassi and Obama too had teary eyes.
7.Blood is thicker than water
Unfortunately blood relatives are not interested in you,since they are struggling with their own problems and you have to fend yourself.
you can’t blame them.
‘Blood is always thicker than water,but some family members at times are on blood thinners’ unknown
Many times friends come to your rescue.The understanding with the friends anytime better than the blood relatives.
Ego and Jealousy play spoilsport in blood relationships.Don’t play victim card here !!
Cockatoo parrot lays his head on my shoulders and even gives me the best little
kisses. He severely injured his foot a year ago during our move. Covered in
blood and crying from the pain, he allowed me to cut the string off that severed
into his bone and tendons. Since the incident, I have become his best friend,
his “mate,” if you will. I pondered our body’s faculties – the sense of touch,
sight, hearing, smell, and taste. They send information to the brain to help us
understand and perceive the world. But I know God gave us a sixth sense, which
began at the beginning of time.
go to the Book of Genesis, God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of
Eden. But soon after that, He recognized man was incomplete and needed a mate. Eve
solved the problem. Do you know what God realized was missing for Adam? It’s a
believe every living creature on earth has not only five senses, but a sixth
sense called LOVE. Love floods the brain with chemicals and hormones, producing
pleasure, obsession, and attachment. However, the emotion of love sets in after
we sense the endorphins. God knew Adam needed to love, just as He loves us. Jesus
walked the earth to explain the innate love born into each person. Men couldn’t
characterize it at the start of time, but love always existed, just as it does
is a sense of the inner spirit and a force of nature. It is unpredictable,
irrefutable, and radiates independently of our fears and desires. So, if God formed
all His creations with love as a sixth sense, how then could it not apply to
As we see on social media, mammals can show humans, love. Millions of caretakers of dogs and cats I’m sure will agree with me. They slurp kisses on our face and sleep in bed with us. But particular creatures, like fowl, are instinctively non-receptive to people. Their nature is to fly from danger… or is it?
I am happy
to report that birds, too, are born with a sense of love. How did I reach this
epiphany? By a bird – yes, by my parrots! We can’t teach our feathered friends to
hug or give us a kiss. Instead, they sense (the sixth sense) when they are
loved and protected. They reciprocate in a language only they can understand.
test my experiment on the outdoor birds. Each morning, I throw tiny seed on the
ground, and then take a seat on the deck. Almost immediately, the small birds gather
in the nearby trees. I call them, and they flock down to the grass to feed and
greet me. Some even venture onto the deck and handrails and chirp. They feel
protected and sense love.
I even took my “love” hypothesis to Wal-Mart. As
I walked down an aisle, I encountered many service dogs. We made eye contact, and
they too broke and ran to me for a pat on the head. You see, God communicates
with animals. He led the animals to Noah’s ark. Scripture tells us that the breath of life
resides within them; therefore, they have a sense of love too.
“Pairs of all creatures that have
the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.” Genesis 7:15
is the sixth sense inside all creations that share God’s spirit. It is the connection
between all the universal languages. Humanity and animals do not have to be created
alike to have the same compassion and love derived from God. He so loved the
world first so that all His creations have the ability and instinct to love
“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.” Psalm 50:10-11
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before me an obstacle course of challenges to navigate last week. Two
individuals felt it imperative to attack my Christian beliefs. As we observe in
the world today, many people have fallen from grace while they adhere to the trending
fads of social justice. Though I could have tweeted and emailed rhetorical
answers, I go forth in the light of God, and write this message. I welcome a
good challenge, though, for they are not aware of my history with the Lord.
I investigated a word that rattled in my brain, for there must be some form of justice in my chain of events. It occurred to me God is not just a god of love, but He is “just” – morally right and fair.
kinds of justice should be the most concerning for Christians: social and
biblical. Much of present-day humanity confuse biblical justice when applying it
to our current laws – social justice. So, let me give you some prominent examples.
created all humans equal in His image and the blessing to be treated with
fairness and justice. But, from the beginning of the Bible, mankind rejected
God’s principles. Paul, the Apostle, warned of this blight. Biblical justice is
only what is right in the sight of the Lord – not man’s laws.
“God will bring into judgment
both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity,
a time to judge every deed.” Ecclesiastes 3:17
Biblical justice occurs when we see people as God sees them. This spiritual freedom causes us to fully embrace the cause of Christ by joining the community and reconciling others to the Lord. We should not to participate in something for just our own benefit, but for the glory of God.
calls us to confront evil and to care for the vulnerable, however many people
back away from this for fear of losing their life. So, thirty-five million people
live in slavery, of some form around the world, because there is no one to save
them from the horror. Injustice is rampant, and very few take action to protect
the innocent. The news recently broadcast the story of a seventy-seven-year-old
man beaten and robbed for a couple of hundred dollars. Did any Christian come
forward to help him? Christ’s followers are to “do justice” because Christ came
proclaiming justice. It is He giving a voice to the voiceless!
“Defend the weak and the
fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” Psalm 82:3
In matters of social justice, we become entrenched in who wronged whom, and who wronged whom first, in an undertone of anger. It spreads division and destruction, as is evident within our current U.S. government. Social division becomes based on the judgment of everyone who does not see things “our way.” The distinction Jesus taught was never about skin color, religious, ethnic, or cultural affiliations or political positions. Condemnation of people blind us to the forgiveness Christ offers us as sinners.
consider this… how many social media lovers refuse to discuss religion with
others? Why? Is it the fear of social injustice invoking us to hide underneath
the covers? Let’s drop our apprehensions and model Christ’s truth and grace.
justice will never represent the law of God passed down by Moses. It is
unrighteous and dehumanizing, and the moment we accept it as a way of life, we
have fallen from grace.
A CHRISTIAN DO GOOD IN A SOCIAL JUSTICE SYSTEM?
answer is, “absolutely!” Upholding our dignity and biblical justice laws, we
can become activists for the unborn, the elderly, marriage and family, and
religious freedom. It’s not a glamorous feat, but it will quiet and humble the expression
of biblical Christian justice.
May we all go out into the world with the spirit of our Lord! Be an inspiration for those who have fallen from grace. Your endeavors will be greatly rewarded!
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What is happening presently To my Indian friends? Where are they gone? I had so many of them; Many, I do not see; Have they left or what? That is what I seek To know; Who can give me a gist? I want a renewal Of our friendship; To make it strong again; To make it wax again; To make it steam again. To make it what It used to be. Because I loved it As it was. It brought me great joy; Those Indian guys are good; Just like you. I value them as I value you.
I have some people Who are so very special; I call them my people; I trust them; They are The people I rely on; The people I count on; The people who never Let me down; They are the people Who make things move For me; They are The engines of my life. Do you have such people You can rely on? Whom you can trust? Whom you can depend on? Who will serve as The engine of your life; You cannot go far in life, If you don’t have Such people; They will make things move; They will pull you along. They will help you succeed. You can call them Your people.