What does liberty cost? And if you knew how to get it, what would you be willing to give for it?
Many today mistakenly put their trust in countries, governments, leaders, organizations, or other human entities. People all over the world have joined the ranks of Q-anon and other groups that believe President Trump has the solutions for the world’s problems. Many worry that if he is not in power, the whole world will cave in to the New World Order, democracy will be lost, that socialism will overtake us, and that all will be lost. I do believe we are headed for socialism, as well as the end times. I do believe that we are moving toward one world government and the rise of the antichrist and the beast system. While we are likely going to lose many freedoms, our republic, and perhaps even our lives, that doesn’t mean we will lose our liberty.
Does that sound ludicrous?
Look at it this way:
No matter who is in the White House, God is on His throne. No matter what goes on in Washington, heaven’s purposes will be fulfilled. Sometimes things seem really bad, and sometimes they truly are, but keep in mind that, for the Christ-follower, our heavenly citizenship overrides our national citizenship. Jesus is preparing a place for us that is so much better than anything here on earth. Our Savior has already come and will return one day. No mere man can save us. No mere man can save America or the world. No kingdom can rise or fall without God’s permission. If America falls, and I believe it will, it will be because God has allowed it, and perhaps even purposed it. Things are not always as they appear. If your hope has been in any man but Christ, perhaps today is the day for that to change. If you do not yet know Jesus as Lord, today could be the best day to become part of His family.
One thing 2020 did for me was to loosen my grip on this world and its grip on me. I am a patriot, but I have become deeply aware that my true citizenship is in heaven, and I have come to long for the day I arrive there.
There is much in this world to grieve us, but it’s time to let go, to go through the grief process, and to accept that no man can be our savior and that no country is invincible.
Without a personal relationship with Jesus, we have no hope. This life is but a blink of an eye compared to eternity, so we need to be sure our eternity is secure. Nothing matters otherwise.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul? Nothing — nothing is worth spending an eternity of regret.
None of us know what the future will hold or how much time we have on this earth. If you don’t know the Lord, please put your trust in Him today. If you do know Him, please spend every last breath and ounce of energy urging others to repent and put their trust in Christ. There is nothing more vital.
Persecution is coming to the church. Whether we have a week or ten years to openly worship and to share the Gospel, we need to use that time to the fullest.
And if you’re putting off a decision for Christ, you may find yourself suddenly standing before God and realizing that it’s too late. We all are sinners. Hell is real. Heaven is too. Jesus wants to forgive your sins and be in charge of your life, but you need to acknowledge your sinfulness, accept him as Lord (Master), agree that you want to change, and put all your trust in Him. Otherwise, you remain lost in your sins and on the road to hell.
True liberty comes from finding freedom in Christ. When your sins are forgiven, and you have a relationship with the living God, no matter what griefs come in this lifetime, the assurance of eternity with God in heaven is enough.
Perhaps America must fall in order for Christ to be lifted up in the world, or even in our lives. Perhaps men need to be brought down off their pedestals, that those who have put their hope in them may give up their idolatry and turn their eyes on Jesus, the author of liberty and our only true hope. If the “Land of the Free” must fall in order for us to understand true liberty, so be it.
Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Today perhaps we should say, “Give me death (to my hopes and desires), that I may understand and enjoy true liberty.”
Update: Interestingly, though I had had symptoms when I wrote this article, I ended up getting COVID a couple weeks later. I recommend the therapies here, because I believe a healthy immune system is key, and I used all of these remedies while I had the virus, and did not need prescription medications. In the end, we can do all we can do, but realize that ultimately, we are not in control.
Although I am not convinced that COVID-19 is as serious as the powers that be would have us believe, and although I don’t fear this virus, that doesn’t mean I’m eager to get it. I’ve done a decent amount of research regarding how to stay clear of it, and how to fight it off quickly if one contracts it. About a year ago, I started taking Zeal, a nutritional drink that contains many incredible ingredients, including Vitamin D. Prior to taking Zeal, I was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency. I was taking traditional supplements but not seeing results. After being on Zeal for a few months, I had to discontinue my other Vitamin D because I was actually testing over the suggested range. Zeal has many other beneficial ingredients, many of which can’t be easily found in a regular diet. Okay, so that may sound like a commercial, and it actually is, because my husband is a marketer, but I haven’t pushed it at all in the past. After over a year of faithfully taking it, though, I am a believer.
I also have recently started taking a few other supplements, and I actually add most of them to my Zeal to create what I call a Cover “Cure” Cocktail.
I strongly believe in the power of a healthy diet and plant-based medicine. I get most of my essential oils and homeopathic remedies from Butterfly Express, because this company carries high-quality products and a great variety at a fraction of the cost of some of the industry leaders. I have been taking their IF (Infection Fighter) Tincture (about 5-10 drops twice a day) and on days I feel congested, I add a few drops of BRON.
Recently I also read that frankincense is great at combatting viruses and may help keep one from developing COVID-19, and lessen the symptoms. So I started adding one drop a day to my “cocktail.”
On Christmas afternoon I began feeling sick to my stomach, so much so that I cancelled plans with family that evening. I didn’t think much of it, except that it seemed a little odd to become suddenly sick in the middle of the day. I figured I must have eaten something that hadn’t agreed with me. I noticed I was rather tired as well, so I got a heating pad, and my castor oil pack and took a little nap. The rest of the evening I felt mildly nauseated, but that was it.
The next morning I awoke with a mild sore throat, chest pressure, and an acute sense that something was off. There was a candy cane on my nightstand, which I decided to see if I could taste. It was such an odd sensation, because I couldn’t taste it at all. I got up, took my temperature, which was normal, and set out on a quest to taste something. I couldn’t even taste the frankincense in my Zeal, which, trust me, is hard to miss!
You can imagine my surprise at getting a negative result!
Not only that, I began feeling better, and by the next morning, I felt better than I had before having symptoms. Of course I can’t confirm that I actually had the virus, but I did have some compelling symptoms, and after using research-based treatments, I both tested negative and felt better.
I fully believe the best defense against this virus, and any other sickness, is a good offense. Food, exercise, supplements, and an overall healthy lifestyle are the best deterrents, but I’d also advise having some of these things on hand in case you develop symptoms.
We don’t know what, if any, the long-term effects of this illness could be, and I for one, would rather not take the risk. However, there is a worse plague than Covid-19 that we should consider — and this one has definite consequences and an absolute proven cure. That is the “virus,” or rather the “congenital-defect” of every human heart — it’s 100% fatal unless the antidote is applied.
Romans 3:10 tells us that “the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Every one of us has transgressed God’s rules for life in some way or another, and for most of us, in many, many ways. The penalty for sin is eternal separation from God in hell, from which there is no escape. However, Jesus willingly came to earth, lived a perfect life, went to the cross to bear our sins, and rose from the grave, proving He is God and that He has the authority to forgive our sins. His triumph over the grave can be ours, provided we accept this free offer to take away our sins. In exchange, we must repent, which means to agree with God about our sin and to turn the other direction, accept His Lordship over our lives, and follow Him. We cannot do good works to earn our place in heaven or to have a relationship with the Lord, but we will do good things in response to His work in our lives. When we accept the Lord, we receive the Holy Spirit, who comes to live within us as a seal of God’s covenant with us, and enables us to live the life God wills for us. We will not be perfect till we exit this life and enter heaven, but we will progress in holiness throughout our lives as we await the redemption of our bodies. When we do enter His presence, we will be given renewed bodies that will never have to worry about any sickness, any sin, any evil, or any thing ever again.
If you have not committed your life to Christ, I urge you to do so. This world is passing away. No matter how much we try to control this virus, eventually we will leave this life and pass on to the next. At that point, it will be too late for the cure and our eternal fate will be decided.
I hope this article will benefit someone with regard to coronavirus, but even more, I hope that, if you don’t know the Lord, you will accept the cure for sin today.
About 20 years ago, shortly after I became a Christian, I was participating in some job training. One day we took a lunch break at a local outdoor food court. As we ate, a bee took an interest in my food and wouldn’t leave me alone. I was terrified of insects, especially the stinging type, so I began panicking like a 3-year-old. One of my fellow trainees, a middle-aged Jewish woman, looked at me pointedly and said, “You know, I’m really surprised that someone with your great faith would be so scared of a little bee.”
At that moment, I was stung with such conviction that I determined that I would no longer fear insects, and to this day, I have succeeded. My fear had ruined my ability to enjoy lunch, but more than that, it had marred my testimony to an unbelieving friend.
A pastor told a story of a family taking a car trip in which a bee decided to ride along. One of the children was shrieking in terror, when his father decided to intervene. The father caught the bee in his hand, took the sting, and then let the bee continue to fly around the car. He assured his child that there was nothing more to fear, since he had already taken the stinger. The pastor likened this father to our Lord, who took the sting of death for those who trust in Him, that we might not fear the sting of death.
How many of us are doing just that, though? We are living in fear of so many things today:
a microscopic virus that could make us sick and has less than 1% chance of killing us
losing our livelihood
losing our savings
being shamed for wearing/not wearing a mask
losing our civil liberties
who will win the election
being forced to take a vaccine
what the next big development of 2020 will be
Add to the list any personal fears we each carry, and it can be really overwhelming.
I’ve been considering a few questions lately:
What’s more important — surviving or living?
First, what’s more important — surviving or living? If I have to live in a bubble in order to stay alive, is that really living? If I have to fear every little thing when I walk out of my house and every little thing that comes into my house, is that really living? If I am missing out on relationships, is that really living? Would I rather live long or would I rather live well?
I’ve also pondered why this particular illness is the ONE that has us all paralyzed and isolated. We’ve never done anything like this before, as far as shutting down so systematically and for so long. Other illnesses and activities have killed far more people, but went virtually unnoticed. What’s the difference?
Part of the problem today, I think, is that we are so entitled as Americans. We believe that we simply should live to be very old and that we should have our needs provided for us. We expect life to be safe and sterile, and current events don’t fit our expectations.
I look at America today and, technological advances aside, I doubt our ancestors would recognize us. Think about it: People boarded ships, risking illness, starvation, and death, to come to America. Pioneers trekked across the country on foot and in wagons, risking life and limb, to make a better life for themselves and their posterity. America has been known for its independent spirit. Americans have historically been leaders who took risks to advance and rise above circumstances. Yet, here we are, allowing our country to be brought to a screeching halt by a microscopic organism that is not nearly as likely to affect us as the dangers our patriot predecessors faced.
At the turn of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was mid-forties, meaning I personally probably would have gone onto glory by my age if I had lived during that time. Today, we expect — even demand — to live twice that long. The average coronavirus death happens to those over the average life expectancy, and though every death is sad, it seems presumptuous for us to expect to cheat death. With the exception of two people in history (Enoch and Elijah), every single person has died or will die, barring the rapture. God has determined every one of our days before even one of them came to be, so for us to think we can come up with a humanistic solution to the problem of death is utterly prideful and foolish.
We are creating a generation of germaphobes and hypochondriacs. We need to remember that we shouldn’t fear death so much as we should fear and revere the One who determines how we spend eternity.
Another area of fear relates to our liberty. There are people threatening America’s freedoms, people who violate the Constitution in the name of peace and safety and people who push a Marxist agenda. Many of us know we need to stand against this, yet we are afraid to do so. We fear legal penalties, social stigma, family safety, and more. We would do well to look at the example of our nation’s founders. They put it all on the line for their families and their descendants. They risked all of this for us, people who were not yet born, but would benefit from their willingness to sacrifice. How would they feel, knowing we have taken this freedom so for granted that we don’t mind giving it up?
Let’s take it a step further: How must God feel toward us, knowing that He created our bodies to be resilient and our brains to be wise, yet we are so fearful? How must He feel, knowing that He sent His precious Son to die for us, that we may have the abundant, eternal life, yet we are so caught up in the physical existence? How must he feel, knowing that He died to set us free, never again to be enslaved, yet we willingly submit ourselves to multiple yokes of slavery? How must He feel, seeing us shaking our fists, kicking our legs, writhing in anger and fear, and demanding long life, prosperity, and security, when He has all of those things laid up for us, just not in the form we demand?
There are at least 100 verses that tell us not to fear. Why?
God is on His throne.
He is never taken by surprise.
He has promised never to leave or forsake us.
He has our best interest in mind.
He takes care of the lilies and the birds, and will certainly take care of us.
He loves us.
He is our father and we are His children.
He determined our times and places, and knew all of our days before even one came to be.
He gave us a spirit of power and a sound mind.
He has promised us the abundant life.
Our eternal life is secure if we trust in Him.
He delights to take care of us.
He will provide for us in the midst of our enemies.
He will not allow evil to triumph.
Nothing can separate us from His love.
He is the One with the power over life and death.
Greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world.
He will uphold us with His righteous right hand.
He has already told us how it ends. Spoiler: He wins and we get the spoils.
He has prepared a place for us.
We are already seated with Him in heaven.
He has freed us from slavery.
He has taken away the sting of death.
He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.
He is in control!
I could go on forever …
If you’re a Christ follower and you’re fearful or anxious, this is understandable, especially given the uncertainty we currently face, yet the Lord has given us the remedy:
This is the believer’s prescription for peace. It’s not necessarily easy, but it is attainable.
If you don’t yet know the Lord, then no wonder you are anxious or concerned; not only is this life precarious, but your eternity is unsettled. I have good news: That can change today!
Simply acknowledge that you are a sinner, meaning you agree with God that you’ve done bad things, and that you have offended Him with those actions. Because of this, you don’t deserve to spend eternity in His presence. However, God sent His Son, Jesus, to live as a man, to identify with our weaknesses, to live a perfect life, and to die an atoning death, not for His own sins, because He was sinless, but for our sins. Accept that payment for your sins and transfer your allegiance from this world and your flesh to Him. Commit to allowing Him to be in charge of your life from here on out. Confess Him as your Lord, knowing that He died for your sins and rose from the dead, confirming that He is God and that He has authority to forgive sins and power to give you eternal life. When you do, He will save you and begin the process of sanctifying you, which means making you a more Christlike person. Your eternity will be secure, and you will be reconciled to Him. This will give you peace, joy, and comfort, no matter what circumstances come your way. Out of response for what He has done, get plugged into a local congregation, get baptized, read the Bible, pray, and serve others, all in order to know Him better and to glorify God to others, all because you’re grateful for His free gift. We can’t earn any of this; we simply accept it and it’s ours.
A right relationship with God, one in which we believe His promises are true and that He has our best interest in mind, is the cure for the fear pandemic.