Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) lmci.org . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their sons. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI lmci.org . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently teaches classical ballet and coaches dance for gymnastics. Joanne attends the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. She and her husband live in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Jesus is the Cure


I AM the Cure
The coronavirus has dramatically changed our entire world. Classified as a pandemic, this disease mixed with heightened media attention and strict governmental mandates, has become unparalleled in its scope and impact. There is a great deal of uncertainty and downright confusion regarding this disease which should be a signal to those who follow Jesus, as a situation which requires discernment from the Holy Spirit to be dealt with wisely. Our Heavenly Father is a God of order. He expects order in His church and reflects order in His creation. 

1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV) For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

Yet here we have a disease that has many interpretations among even the most advanced medical communities in the world. How did this disease develop? How does it spread? Who will get the disease? How do we treat it? Should people wear masks to prevent the spread? Are masks unhealthy? Is this virus even really a virus or is it (as some suggest) a form of bacteria? Now, take those questions and apply the dilemma of who should we listen to for sound advice? Even the World Health Organization has shown itself to be unworthy of our complete trust. All of this turmoil is not from God! 

John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.

We are reminded of the earliest Christians in the book of Acts. As they waited in the upper room for the presence of the Lord, they also dealt with uncertainty. Many of them could not understand each other due to language barriers. It was only when the Holy Spirit came and filled them with His presence, that they were able to move forward with the confidence that comes through understanding. By waiting upon the Lord, they were able to birth a movement that has grown in light and intensity for over 2000 years.

Isaiah 40:31 (AMP) But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.

Today, in the midst of this pandemic we are faced with what appears like new challenges. They aren’t really new, but they may look and feel different. The answer to this pandemic is Jesus. He is the CURE. Jesus gives us Life. Jesus is the way.  How can we move forward with confidence knowing that we can be safe? We can trust Jesus and believe in His provisions for us. We are not talking about “name and claim it” as is being so misused (and misunderstood) in these days. Rather, we are encouraging each reader here today to allow Jesus to activate your faith in Him. Our faith is activated through prayer (talking with Jesus) and declaring (out loud) His words.
The LORD is our Provider, our Healer, and our Peace.

 Genesis 22:14 (NKJV) So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”; [Jehovah Jireh] as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Exodus 15:26 (NKJV) … If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.

Romans 16:20 (NKJV) And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

John 14:27 (AMP) Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]

We can have confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ, and His finished work on the cross.  We can live without FEAR of this virus!  God is LOVE and HIS PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT ALL OUR FEARS.

1 John 4:8-9,18 (AMPC) … God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or [unique] Son, into the world so that we might live through Him. There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].

God’s love for us is COMPLETE.  Jesus Christ’s complete work on the cross guarantees us access to the Father’s love.  We need to receive HIS LOVE and be freed from all FEAR, from any virus, pandemic, destruction, or loss.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Our HOPE as Christians is in Him. Jesus Christ is coming back for us, His Bride, for those who love Him and have made Him Lord.
 
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 (NKJV) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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