FIGHTING EVIL IN THE SPIRIT
Regardless of your current situation, you can live in each moment with calmness. Many of us believe that when life is good, we are stress free...but high blood pressure exists in times when life is good. It takes physical and spiritual energy to live. Good and bad times feed off spiritual energy. From glorious weddings, parties, funerals, storms and trials.. we spend emotional energy in those moments.
Energy powers everything we do. It gives us the physical ability to push the body to do extraordinary things. In the spirit, it helps us connect with God for guidance, strength and comfort in times of trouble or when life has lost its normalcy. Good health habits strengthen our body, but it is our relationship with Jesus Christ, that strengthens the spirit.
To maintain your sanity and a sense of balance, stay connected. Do what feeds you in positive ways, if it does not support your well being, turn it off. In these interesting times, the worse thing you can do is to constantly look at news about this health challenging virus. Don’t call its name, it is not of good. Do not let it consume your spirit.. Surround yourself with light, invite God-Energy to enter your body and see it begin at the top of your head, then move though the body until it reaches your toes. Then thank God for His Healing Energy.
Not knowing what we are fighting means we must fight it spiritually. Invite Jesus Christ into your heart, your home, and the world. Then erase the name of the virus from your spoken words.
Gratitude In A Pandemic
Self love and gratitude are necessary, they allow you to align with your purpose. When you love, value and appreciate all that you are, you are free to give and love others. It is in giving and loving that we invite love, and in that space we are grateful.
There are people who will judge you negatively when you display self love. Professionally, I was accused of being aloof and uppity (by other women). Years later I would find out that people will judge you when you take time to speak, create a professional image, behave as a Lady, and avoid gossip and cliques. Folks cannot accept you if you are different and avoid involvement in their kind of behavior. They will have opinions about you that are false. When African Americans are articulate, well groomed, smart and not loud, they catch it from all sides.
Self love means that you love God. After all you were created in His image. You were special to Him because you are uniquely perfect yet flawed, but so is life. As bad as it can get, no one really wants to leave life unless they have an underlying mental problem.
Think of the assumptions about you.. what did your peers say and what made them formulate such thoughts?
Muhammad Ali is a good example of a Man who loved himself, and he shared that love with the world. You see, its not a bad thing, it is necessary. Ali could not have been anything but World Champion.. imagine him a preacher or teacher telling folks daily.. “I am the Greatest, I am so pretty.” His self love pushed him into his destiny and that is why it is so necessary for all of us.
Maintaining Faith In A Pandemic
We are living in interesting times of things that we have never experienced. What ever your emotional state, you must never think that God has failed you. The mornings you are greeted with uncertainty, you may feel that God is absent in your situation when in reality, God is in the middle of all that is happening, and you have yet to see the final works of His hand in this global pandemic.
You may wonder why things happen as they do. You may wonder why every forward step you make toward living well, something happens to push you two steps back. When you are Happily walking your path and life is good, that is when the obstacles appear. It seems that some force does not wish you well. Roadblocks or pitfalls are of satan, he complicates your path because he wants you to doubt God. That is what the devil lives for, but God is ever present and He would never let you down. He will make bad things happen to teach us that He can make our circumstances work together for our good.
Ask God to help you hang on until your prayers are answered. Ask for strength as you fret, then wait patiently.. trust that God is working on something that is important to the future of mankind.
Every morning, you have options. You can be discouraged, without hope, or tired, or you can ignore the negative and choose to have hope. If you are struggling, have problems, or did not sleep well, it is difficult to think clearly or be open to the positive. It is harder to shake what troubles you and feel good about facing a new day.
The hard knocks we experience in todays world are necessary lessons, they teach us the value of hope. Without hope you have no purpose, you become stuck where you are with no vision of what is possible. There are many definitions for hope. 1) desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment. 2) to cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen or be true. But #3) to expect with confidence and , invites God into the situation.
Having expectations with confidence means you have faith that allows you to place your trust in God. You trust Him because He is a proven source. When you walk in faith, you “KNOW” that each morning is held in the hands of the Holy Father. Because He holds each day, you can be confident in your expectations. Face each new day with the assurance that God willingly provides for and protects His own. Give Him your request, trust in His infinite wisdom and power, then let go.
Every morning you will be faced with options, but when you “know” our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you can rest assured that what happens each day, is known by Him and He will either see you through to victory, or He will be there to grab your hand and pull you into eternity.
PRAYERS AGAINST PLAGUES
Lord God, we pray for Your protection as we begin this day. You are the hiding place, and under Your wings we can always find refuge. Protect us from trouble wherever we go and keep evil and illness far away. No matter where we are, we look to You as Protector, the One Who fights for us every day. Your love and faithfulness, along with Your goodness and mercy, surround us daily, so WE will not fear whatever might come against us.
Our trust is in You, God, and we give thanks to You for Your love and protection.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world,
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Protection from demonic energy
There are many things we seek protection from. As hard as you try to protect yourself from the evils of the world, you are never completely removed. Whatever the world sends your way, you must never lose your sense of reality. Keep your focus on Jesus Christ the true healer, then let your worries rest at the feet of God.
There is no problem too tough for God. When you mature spiritually, you awaken to the reality that fear is not productive. You know that God rules all things and the path for your journey was written before you were born. Nothing in this world can overpower God’s plan or alter your divine path. The devil will try, folks will try, governments will try... but only “God’s will,” shall prevail.
We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Today, the schools are closed in Atlanta, a teacher in a school near me tested positive for the virus. While I was at the neighborhood Publix yesterday, many folks were wearing masks. While the medical experts say masks offer no protection, if it makes you feel comfortable and safe, that is what you should do. But the masks can hold bacteria and make you sick even if you have not been exposed.
As God’s children living on earth.. we are vulnerable simply because we don’t know the truth. Not knowing what you fear is the worse kind of fear. My non-medical advice would be to drink plenty of water, wash your hands, drink hot liquids, and sanitize your work and home space. Bleach wipe your doorknobs, light switches, remote control, counter tops, tabletops, and cell phone. Once you do that, talk to God and place your worries in His hands, then let go.
Fear paralyzes, don’t let it stop you from living life.