Friday, July 31 2020
What a time to be alive! I heard yesterday that we have the first negative GDP since the year I was born! That is not good news. In fact, the only good news was that we had 1 positive case in Qld after almost 10,000 tests yesterday. I believe this is in response to prayer by the believers in Queensland. We know the truth and it has set us free to pray in Spirit and in Truth as instructed by Jesus.
Where is the hope coming from now? What should we all think about our times and its consequences on our lives today and for ever? In the meantime, there have been three rockets sent to Mars, which is uplifting (pardon the pun). But this is a sign that life must go on for now. It is not the end of the world today.
During this lockdown (self imposed) for safety reasons (Covid19 avoidance) we have been reading through the Book of Revelation (of Jesus Christ) together before bedtime! I have also been looking at Isaiah and the Psalms as they are very inspirational and not full of riddles like the Revelation chapters. (And scary)
I am a nervous of danger and certainly nervous about the pandemic, possibly because I see how the testing is done and it freaks me out to think of someone poking into my brain (up my delicate nasal passages). It is almost unthinkable for peace.
This is the message the Lord has been showing me a few times now:
Go home, my people, and lock your doors. Hide yourselves for a little while until the Lord's anger has passed.
Look! The Lord is coming from heaven to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will no longer hide those who have been killed.
They will be brought out for all to see.
Comment: These verses are very real for those trying to hide from this virus today. Of course the medics are the heroes of the time and all those who must work in the strange environment, so my prayers are also for them. But, if you can, stay indoors as much as possible until this time has passed.
The encouragement in these verses is twofold:
The Lord is returning to punish people for their sins. (Remember if Jesus died for your sins and you acknowledge Him you are exempt)
The people who have mourned for their dead (killed) will rejoice as they will be brought out for ALL to see. (Halleluia)
This tells us that the dead will rise again and that there is an eternal place and pathway.
In the meantime, stay safely indoors.
Picture taken today in back yard. Lots of hot water bottle water (for our cats bedtime) has made the rose bloom, according to the Gardener (Henry). Love it. Notice the aura around it, which is attributed to the heat/sun.
Monday, July 13 2020
The whole world is affected by the pandemic. Nobody wants this horrible disease taking over their lives. That is probably the one thing the whole world agrees on at present. Every country has its own particular battle as the virus gains ground or is pushed back. Every day the news is the same, how many more cases, how many more deaths, how many more serious infections.
We are all going crazy with dismay because of this virus. Why has it come to earth? Of course we can investigate all the sciences and discover its progeny or other particulars, but why has this come to visit us here? We cannot see it, we cannot feel it, we do not know where it is until it strikes! From the beginning until now, the whole population is changing rapidly and everyone is worried to some extent.
What does God say about this virus? In Job 33, we read about a special visitor to Job when he was very ill and ready to expire. The name of the visitor or messenger is Elihu. This means (God Himself), which is extremely interesting and important. As I was reading this chapter, I wondered if this was an angel or even Jesus Christ before his incarnation. Now I find that his name is compatible with that inspirational thought. Despite the fact that a Clan is associated with this messenger or visitor, it is possible God sent this man/angel to Job, with a familiar name and clan connection.
Why do I say this? Because of verses 23 - 30 (Job 33) (New Living Translation, Tyndale House, Illinois, USA.)
"But if an angel from heaven appears - a special messenger to intercede for a person and declare he is upright - he will be gracious and say,
"Rescue him from the grave for I have found a ransome for his life."
Then his body will become as healthy as a child's, firm and youthful again. When he prays to God he will be accepted. And God will receive him with joy and restore him to good standing.
He will declare to his friends, "I sinned and twisted the truth, but it was not worth it. God rescued me from the grave and now my life is filled with light.
"Yes, God does these things again and again for people. He rescues them from the grave so they may enjoy the light of life."
If you are feeling depressed, sad or lonely, or in despair, or even have the virus, think about these verses from God Himself (Eli hu) and remember that God has fulfilled this at Calvary by sending Jesus Christ to die for every sin you might have committed, or sins you will commit in the future. God has a good side and during this pandemic He is waiting for people to return to Him in faith, believing that only He can restore you into full health again.
What to do? Do everything right like Job, wash hands, distance, get tested, wear mask etc. Then, ask God to "Send a messenger" like Elihu (God Himself) to heal you.
We know that the Holy Spirit is within every believer, but this is another side of God, a visit from God Himself, to experience a full and immediate healing just like Job.
In Job's case, after this visit from Eli hu, he is recorded as having another family and all his wealth restored. We know how his wealth is restored but we never hear how his health came back to his blackened bones that burned with fever. Now, I know it was the messenger who brought healing to the sick man. Job lived for 140 years after that.
Call on God now in the name of His Messenger, His Son, Jesus Christ, and receive complete healing today. Remember to tell your friends and to praise God.
Please do not be offended by the portrait of an unknown Aboriginal man in my Blog.
No bad intentions are meant in any way if this man reminds you of someone you know. I show no disrespect to coloured people and ask that you forgive any indiscretion you think you may find here. I respect the original folk who lived in this land before others arrived. God bless you all.
Remember, I have an Irish heritage and being a portrait painter has been part of my life since age 3 or 4 when I drew girls in fine dresses. It is simply my artistic expression. I love bringing an image to life in my art and in books, so it gives me immense enjoyment. When I created this picture I loved every moment and learned a lot about skin colour, people's expressions and the difficult in bringing an image to life. I fell in love with this painting and will always treasure it.