Is Ebola a Disease or a Demon?

-Demonic activity will often manifest in some form of oppression or disability, even disease. But the question remains relevant as the virus travels across the oceans to Manhattan. Drug companies give some assurance that a vaccine would soon be ready and cure serums soon on the shelves.

Demonic activities tends to be more resilient. They thrive on godlessness and lifestyles that the Creator describes in His word – as sinful. We are in times, when we assume sin is limited to what we disapprove or can dislike – but we would be God if that were the case. Only a prayerful study of the word of God reveals to the broken heart what is or not sin.

Exo 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.

John_10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

The thief is the father of demons. He tells us that sin is funny, entertaining and should be accommodated while he works to steal, kill and destroy … with his army of carnage afflicting the undiscerning.

When Christ saw the man infirmed, He told him … John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. 15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

Jesus always connected infirmity with sin. Back on Ebola, do we then say there is more sin in West Africa where it is devouring the population? The answer to sin is Christ, who paid the price for our sin … the stripes on His back by which we were healed.

So many questions. But there are answers as well …for the Bible also says

Rom_5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Where there is more sin, there is also more grace. It is better news to shout that there is more grace in Africa … even when demonic activity advertises its work better on all the networks … and presidents take note with fright of the damage it can unleash. Few note the work of grace and how billions are preserved not because of any medical prowess.

Viruses cannot fight the finished work of Christ, nor can any plague stand where the blood of Christ has covered or where His light shines … they need to find cracks abiding in the nooks of our free thinking which have completely expelled the greater reality and healing power in godliness.

If Ebola is a disease, our drugs will soon turn it to history …if it were a demon, it will change forms and bring along many cousins and friends to torment those who have made the choice to come under the jurisdiction of the destroyer, Satan.

Zec_3:2  And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

May we be as His chosen brands plucked out by God, by His grace … out of the fire of sin and troubles. Amen

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Do not go off Facebook

MP900390092I have found many coming to the conclusion that it is best for serious Christians to go off Facebook and to create safer and more controlled and targeted enclaves on the social media for them.  This is like running back again to the safety of our church while called to be relevant within and outside church walls. Many also have retreated from media,  having regretted the things they posted or have changed their minds or have directly or indirectly felt the unseen blows of unkind  less forgiving critics … or having  found themselves talking much more than they initially intended … only to earn a badge of foolishness. Others like Prophet Jeremiah are nicknamed the crazy weird alarmists always with bad news.  The good thing from all this is that many are warned to be extra-cautious so as not to hurt the very interest they seek to support.  Granted. blogging on spiritual insight is not the same as writing about new cookery recipes. Take some time to get it right.  Have a break if you must.

On the other hand, the world view is anything but cautious … much more forgiving if not desirous of verbal garbage and so very aggressive and even bolder by the day.  No one is spared its scathing sword and no leader is immune from global lashes that will come immediately to any that refuses to conform to its behavior dictates. The Social media phenomenon has shaped, faster than any other development, a single global village thinking alike – than any other phenomenon.  You may disagree with me but your fashion, music, mode of worship and sets of thinking are more and more being molded by the iron casts of world-wise inventors.  Just visit your local big church event and observe all the new rituals, music groups and impeccable stage craft and you may find spiritual regimens like hymn singing, long prayer, depth of bible study on the wane (so ministers do not fall asleep) while a kaleidoscope of purple, yellow and red colors matched with studio spot lights and sound and vocal excellence combine to produce an anointing that draws gaping transfixed audiences.  There  is of course much to exploit from technology to spread the gospel, but the world view is a spirit – not satisfied to merely make your meetings exciting, shape your skirt length, t-shirt logo, stage style, music beat or hairdo …it has come with alternative gospels.

Back to Facebook.  I probably would never have gone near social media if I had not been an author.  A friend I still have never met wrote me to thank me for writing “ Perfect Fall Wedding” a book that blessed her and brings to fore the almost forgotten eschatological dimensions of the word – based on the metaphor of marriage.  She wanted permission to make many copies of the book available as gifts for her own wedding guests … to the glory of the Lord.   I now begin to see the point of my publisher who insisted I humble myself and learn to use these tools to get the word around.    But I have discovered we can also use or not use Facebook in different ways (this is only a preference and not a prescription) … for example I never chat or expose my online presence, nor will I use some applications which some have said make identity theft easier. I also de-friend actively when I sense the leadings to do so.  I just do it quickly.

As the world view spread s with viral speed, I am surprised many are shy to share only a few bible verses occasionally.  Media dictate to us what to believe  – that is why our youths sing, dance, think and talk as they do.  Someone drew up a shirt or skirt design on a piece of paper decades ago and soon everyone wants to put it on.  These may not be sins …but the ultimate direction of the world-view is to shape the culture against God … we can pretend that they are not succeeding.

Ahasuerus on the death of the wicked Haman turned to Esther ..even as Haman had penned several scrolls of corrupted documentation that will shape the future of the empire …hurting the Jews…

Est 8:4  Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,  8:5  And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces:  8:6  For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?  8:7  Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.   8:8  Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.

It is not enough to disagree and reverse evil media content that hurts Kingdom interests … we are to write as it pleases God, also for the pilgrims.  When we write for pilgrims, you will be amazed at how different the content of our scrolls must necessarily be and how much  in opposition to the world-view. Write … we must.

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