Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hope in the Midst of the Coronavirus Epidemic

God has said that, as a nation, we should continually seek to follow His laws. If we do not follow His laws, one of the consequences is illness and disease.

Exodus 15:26
“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”

But, sometimes, just because you get a disease does not mean you have done anything wrong. It might be a test of faith that is meant for you, alone. Job was stricken with disease during his trial of faith.

With the recent Coronavirus awareness and Emergency Declaration by President Trump, God Inspires is hoping to offer those of you who are anxious hope in the coming days.

In Psalms, David continues to have hope in spite of any challenges with his health, among other things:

Psalms Chapter 103
1 ([A Psalm] of David.) Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good [things; so that] thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

We must remember that there is a time for everything. God has our days numbered. NONE OF US is promised tomorrow! But, if we continue in our faith, God's promises of healing will be kept, whether in this life, or the next.

Revelation 22:2
“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

It is not this life that we need to concern ourselves with. It is the next. We need to make sure we are ready, whether we live or die, to receive what God has in store for us in eternity.

In the meanwhile, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

There is only so much we can do as human beings. Just remember, God's Got This!

1 Chronicles 28:20
“And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.”

Thursday, February 13, 2020

(Genesis 2:25) Innocence

Genesis 2:25
“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

When you don't know right from wrong, there are no rules. Everything is done with purity and innocence. That is why God judges the heart and it's intentions, as well as obedience. If, in your heart, He finds that you knew the law and disobeyed, then it doesn't matter what the intent was, you are judged harshly. However, if, in your heart, you honestly did not know you were breaking the law, God will judge you blameless. (Jeremiah 17:10)

Saturday, February 1, 2020

(Genesis 2:22-24) Adam's Rib

Genesis 2
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

This does not mean that a man should forget about his parents, never have anything to do with them again and go to the woman's family and take up a new life. If that were so, Jesus would not be preparing a place for us at His Father's House.

It simply means that a man and his wife become "one". Where ever the man goes, the woman goes WITH him. Whatever the woman goes through, the man goes through it WITH her. Everything he chooses to experience, he must consider how it will effect his wife, and vice versa. It is a matter of INCLUSION, not a matter of choice.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

(Genesis 2:18-21) Why God Created Woman

Genesis Chapter 2

18 And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.

20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

Sunday, January 12, 2020

(Genesis 2: 16-17) - It's all for a purpose

Genesis 2
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

God did not tell man to not eat of the Tree of Life. He told him not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If you don't know the difference between good an evil, you can't be held accountable, in God's eyes.

The Bible is filled with knowledge of the law. Once you KNOW the law, you are held accountable for keeping it.

Until we read the law, we look to society to teach us the difference between good and evil. None of us have grown up without someone who taught us to be who we have become -- good or evil.

God wanted man to remain innocent. When there are no rules to live by, man enjoys life abundantly. But, it was an oxymoron to give man a rule, because inevitably, man was going to break it. There is no line on this earth that man will not cross out of curiosity; and, as we continue reading the Bible, we will learn that there was a reason that this had to happen:

God created man to show all of His creation how much He loved them. He couldn't do that until man had a reason to need it.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

(Genesis 2:15) I'm working for the Lord

Genesis 2:15
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

Man was given a job the moment he stepped into Eden. God wanted man to work. Work should not be seen as a "struggle", but as a "fulfillment".

A man who has nothing to do will do nothing but die. And, the death will come quick. God gave man his ambition. God's goals are what creates "happiness". When man's ambition works against God's will for our lives, THAT is when "struggle" in our lives creates discomfort and chaos.

Do we work to serve God? Or, do we work to serve ourselves? THAT is the question you should ask each and every day before you go to work.

Read Colossians 3:23

Friday, December 27, 2019

(Genesis 2: 10-14) The Four Rivers

Genesis 2
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

One of the things we need to remember is that after the flood, a lot of the known world was displaced. We can assume where these rivers were located, but the truth is that much of the terrain on earth was totally changed after the flood.

But, HERE is an interesting documentary about the four rivers:
(Remember that all of this is speculation, and that this is for thought purposes only)