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by Bob Russell, ©2020

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(Mar. 18, 2020) — All the panic over a relatively moderate virus is being played up by people who want to see our Republic dissolved into a global dictatorship.  From every rational thing I have seen, this “pandemic” is no such thing.  The radically anti-God anti-American media and democrats are sowing fear to further their agenda, one that spells doom to liberty.  I just read an item from a church elder that echoes what my pastors have said and one that I find very reassuring.  I am living by faith, trusting God, and refusing to be stampeded into fear by the forces of satan (media and democrats).  The infection rate isn’t anything to be alarmed about and the fatality rate is even less to worry about.  I am in one of the higher-risk groups (70 but in good health traditionally) and have no concern whatsoever about this situation.  My wife and the grandson that lives with us both just recovered with a bout of the flu that didn’t hit me at all.  I trust Almighty God with my life and look to Him in every situation.

Five and a half years ago I had a very serious stroke that I am still working through and daily believing for full restoration.  The original and secondary prognoses should have had me in deep depression but faith and remembering how God has brought me through other crises have allowed me to stay on an even keel of faith and hope.  I will not allow the media hype and fear-mongering to affect my faith.  I go about my life and fear not.  I admit I am limited due to disability but I have not and will not limit myself further out of fear about this latest situation.  The stroke was an attack from satan designed to drive me away from God but has actually drawn me closer to Him.

People who truly trust God won’t be stampeded into panic and fear, both of which are irrational reactions fed by people who seek to instill panic for their own selfish and evil purposes.  “Fear not” is a principle very prominent in the Holy Bible.  Wisdom is good, but caution driven by fear is not wisdom; it is just fear and a lack of trust in God.  This past weekend (Mar 12, 13, and 14, I was part of a group that traveled to Ruidoso, New Mexico for the Men of Iron Conference, a revival meeting that yearly draws 1,500 to 1,600 Christian men for praise, worship, and Word sessions over the three days.  At the last minute the governor of New Mexico stepped in and said we couldn’t meet in a public building as scheduled.  It was moved to Clovis to meet in one of the churches that sponsors the conference.  Our group couldn’t go due to logistics.  Clovis is three hours away from where we stayed so we had a group meeting Thursday evening and watched the session online.  We left Friday morning after having breakfast and got home around 10:00 p.m. Friday night.  I am disappointed I couldn’t attend but enjoyed the fellowship of the time we had while there.

In the article I referred to earlier the author stated that God sent this virus, but I don’t agree.  Things like this are sent by satan in an attempt to draw people away from trusting in and looking to God.  Satan sows fear, division, and panic in order to accomplish his evil goals.  Our nation has fallen far from God, a situation that bothers me greatly.  Much of my life was spent living as a heathen, living for myself and not having any interest in anything about God.  A friend I worked with led me to salvation in Jesus Christ about 30 years ago and I have grown stronger in the Lord as time has gone by, especially since the stroke that nearly killed me.  The neurologist first said I wouldn’t live through the night and later said it looked like I would live but would be paralyzed, never able to get out of bed and a mental vegetable, never knowing who or where I was, but God has a plan for my life and I am not only not a paralyzed vegetable but am improving a little at a time and able to use my limited ability to help others.  I was oblivious the first month after the stroke and heard about the prognoses later. I had a dream in May 2016 that I would wake up one morning totally healed.  That morning hasn’t arrived yet but it will, and until it does I will believe and do all I can to serve God through doing His work to the best of my ability.

Jesus said that if we have faith as a mustard seed, the tiniest of seeds, we could tell a mountain to move and it would do it.  My mountain hasn’t been totally moved yet, but it is being removed a little at a time.  It isn’t moving as fast as I want it to, but it will be gone in God’s time, not in my time.  One of my pastors, Don Couch of Vision, talks about God having an appointed time for everything.  Naturally, after 5 1/2 years of being disabled I am more than ready for the day, my appointed time, of restoration to arrive but will wait as patiently as I can for the mountain to be removed completely.  Another of my pastors, Rick Burke of CedarPoint Church, often speaks of patient endurance.  The endurance part is much easier than the patient part, but I am walking it out one step at a time, one day at a time.  Walking it out is a common premise of my other pastor, Ted Estes of Lifechanger Church.  Pastor Ted told me one day that some people get their healing immediately, but it looked as if I would have to walk mine out in faith and I am doing it as best as I can.  There are days that are difficult due to pain and frustration but I will persevere to the end and I see the restoration of my dream.  I will do the same in the face of the coronavirus, trust God and do what I can to help others.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

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