Unity in Prayers in a Time of Crisis

As the whole world battles against the Covid-19 pandemic, there are still people who refuse to cooperate with the efforts of the government that are aimed at containing and preventing the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Others, especially those who belong to different political parties, even question and defy the measures being undertaken by people in authority and health experts.

Right now, the world is battling against Covid-19. Definitely, this is not the right time for political bickering, for blaming and accusing, and for divisiveness. Instead, this is the time for all of us to unite, join our efforts, and work together for the common good regardless of political and religious affiliations.

Most especially, this is the best time to reflect; to repent for our sins, and invoke God’s mercy and protection.

We do not know who will survive and who will perish because of this pandemic; we also do not know how long this health crisis will last. But with all these uncertainties, there is one thing that I am sure of: Not all of humanity will be annihilated. God made a promise to Abraham that He would multiply his seeds and that they would be like the sand on the seashore and the stars of the heavens (Genesis 22:17). That promise gives us a guarantee that not all men will die, because if the whole of humanity will be wiped out by this virus, then nothing will be left of the children of Abraham. God is a God who cannot lie; He is always true with His pronouncements. That is why we can be sure that He will fulfill His promise to Abraham — that his seeds will flourish and multiply.

If we are among the children of Abraham through our faith in God, then we might be spared from this pandemic.

Galatians 3:8 (KJV) gives us good news. It says,

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

There is a promised blessing — through the blessedness of Abraham, God shall bless all nations.

In times like this, God is the only one in whom we can truly rely. Let us pray that God heals our land. He is our healer. As it is written in Exodus 15:26 (KJV), “. . . I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

But remember, the Lord who heals His people is the very same Lord who punished the Egyptians by bringing them, more or less, ten plagues. The most devastating of the plagues ever written in the history of humanity was the one that caused the death of all the firstborns in Egypt, as there was not a house in Egypt where there wasn’t any dead person. Overnight, the plague was able to kill all of their firstborn children.

Maybe Covid-19 is still not the worst of the plagues yet. More plagues will probably come in the future, especially if people will continue to disregard and refuse to acknowledge God.

This is the best time to start believing and acknowledging God. Let us not be influenced by other people and by other nations who do not believe in God.

When I heard President Rodrigo Duterte making an appeal to the public to pray to the Almighty God who has the power to defeat any enemy, visible or invisible, I felt a certain joy in my heart because I was able to confirm that, deep within him, he believes in a Supernatural Power — the One we call God. He may not be a believer of the god of the Catholic Church and the gods of other religions, but evidently, he is a believer of the Almighty God in heaven. May God bless and protect him.

This is also the opportune moment to pray even for our enemies in faith, as God commanded us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

When I learned from social media about the demise of one of the ministers of the INC of Manalo, although he was an enemy in faith, I readily requested our brethren in the Church of God not to make any scornful statements about him because that would only aggravate the grief and pain that his family and loved ones were going through. Instead of making unsavory comments, it is better to pray for his bereaved family.

The Bible has an admonition that we should not rejoice when our enemies fall; neither should we boast of our lives. Or else, we might earn the wrath of God.

PROVERBS 24:17-18 (KJV) says,

17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

It is best to always be on the side of God. And to always be on His side, we have to do His will. And it is His will that we rejoice not at the fall of our enemies and neither should we be happy when they stumble. The best that we can do is to pray for them.

That is also what we need to do for the heads of states. Let us pray that the Almighty God guide them in of all their actions and decisions, especially now that we witness how even powerful nations, like the U.S., Japan, and Singapore are beleaguered by a very minute creature — a virus.

I believe that God is the highest and the mightiest of all; He is omnipotent; He is Almighty. If the whole universe is under His full control, the more that He has absolute control over all viruses. That truth alone is more than enough to make us believe in God.

May God have mercy on us all.

Plagues: Who Causes Them?


While Covid-19 continues to infect and kill thousands of people all over the world, many heads of countries have already expressed their fear over a possible second wave because, should that happen, it is going to be worse.

Biblically speaking, there is really a possibility that a plague may recur. Meaning, it could have its second wave, or third, or even more.

REVELATION 11:6 (KJV) says,

These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

The occurrence of plagues, pestilences, or curses is relative to our obedience — or disobedience — to God.

The Bible speaks of so many kinds of curses or plagues that mankind may experience.

DEUTERONOMY 28:15-22 (KJV) says,

15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

One of the plagues mentioned in Verse 22 is with blasting. A blast, or a gust of wind, can be a medium or vehicle of plagues. Health experts say that Covid-19 can be transmitted through droplets that come from an infected person when he sneezes, coughs, or talks. That is why to prevent the spread of the virus, one of the recommendations given to the public is to strictly observe physical distancing. Although they say that this virus is not airborne, it cannot be denied that wind or air plays a part in its transmission. And according to research, this coronavirus remains detectable in the air even after several hours.

Covid-19, which started in China, was able to penetrate practically all of the countries of the world in a matter of weeks up to a couple of months. Presently, the U.S. has the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases. Because of this, many Americans, especially the New Yorkers are very furious at their president, Donald Trump, for his failure — according to them — to prepare for this pandemic. I think that is ridiculous! In the first place, who was ever prepared for it? Even China, where this virus originated, was unprepared!

This pandemic is already beyond the control of any head of state. Isn’t it that even Prince Charles had tested positive for Covid-19? And they couldn’t trace how he acquired the virus even after they conducted contact tracing. It is because there are really viruses that are carried by air.

If we are going to refer to biblical declarations, aside from man’s gross wickedness and disobedience to God, another contributory factor to the occurrence of plagues is the practice of many pastors and religious leaders of adding to, and deducting from, what had been written in the Bible.

As it is written in REVELATION 22:18 (KJV),

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.

Examples of such plagues are consumption or a wasting disease like tuberculosis; and fever, burning fever, like typhoid fever. But if man’s wickedness further intensifies, more plagues which were not written in the Bible are bound to be experienced by mankind.

It is not surprising why today, we have the Ebola virus, avian flu, MERS-COV, swine flu, SARS, and now Covid-19, which were not known to previous generations. It is because man has become more evil.

DEUTERONOMY 28:59-64 (KJV) says,

59 Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.
63 And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

Let it be understood that the word “wonderful” in Verse 59 (“Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful . . .”) conveys something negative. The word “wonderful” there implies something remarkably strange and gruesome; something that is extraordinary. Meaning, there would really be plagues that could be extraordinarily gruesome and scary, and they are described as “great” and “of long continuance.” And because of that, they are likely to cause great, damaging impact.

Looking back, the world had experienced deaths of 40,000,000 to 100,000,000 people due to influenza or the Spanish flu, and the bubonic plague sometime in 1918. That was more or less 100 years after the Covid-19 came about.

My fear is that if this plague persists much longer, many people will die. As stated in Verse 61, “Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.”

This plague can be looked at from two perspectives. First, it may come from God because man has become so evil and He wants him to repent, to realize his follies, and to serve as a wake-up call; or, second, it may come from God’s enemy, the horseman riding the pale horse, whose desire is to wreak havoc to mankind.

If this plague comes from God, if it is a consequence of man’s sinfulness and outright defiance to His commandments, then, many are bound to fall. It might cause a very great loss of human lives. But if this plague is caused by God’s enemy, the horseman in the pale horse, there is a chance that it can be stopped.

Whichever might be the cause of the plague, the Almighty God has the power to put an end to it if we will repent and turn back to Him. Remember, Nineveh was about to be destroyed by God because of their wickedness. However, they were spared from the destruction that was about to befall them when all of its inhabitants repented and turned back to God.

What happened to Nineveh may also happen to us. If they obtained God’s mercy and were saved from destruction, we may also be saved from this Covid-19 pandemic if we will just do what the people of Nineveh did — if we will repent, turn away from our wicked ways, and submit ourselves to God’s jurisdiction.

The Good News Is: There Is Hope for Humanity

Trusting God in all circumstances

The 20th century and the early part of the 21st century have experienced many kinds of crises, from natural calamities like floods, earthquakes, and droughts; to man-made problems like inflation, wars, and terrorism. But many attest that the Covid-19 pandemic is probably the worst of all. In fact, older people claim that they had never experienced anything as frightening and as devastating like this one before. It has caused a big blow to the economy; it has restricted the people’s mobility; it has caused many deaths and it has made life even harder for the poor.

As all the news portals report nothing but the increasing number of deaths and new cases each day, many couldn’t help but ask if things would still get any better. If yes, when and how? And who could succor mankind from this dreadful situation?

While the whole world seems to be groping in the dark in their search for a solution to the vast problems that this virus has created, there is good news that could offer humanity hope and a big sigh of relief. The good news is that there is a God who is always willing to save us if we will submit ourselves to Him, obey Him, and have trust in Him.

It is apparent that the reason why many people today are disheartened and overwhelmed with so much apprehension is because they lack trust in God and in what He can do. And worse, they have alienated themselves from Him.

Our trust in God is what gives us peace of mind, hope, solace, and positivity —factors that do not only boost our immune system but also help us in dealing with difficult situations, such as plagues, pestilences, or pandemics.

This Covid-19 pandemic has yet to reach its peak, according to experts, as statistics keep on soaring every day. [Based on reports, from its onset up to this writing, more than three million people all over the world have tested positive, more than one million have recovered, and over two hundred thousand have died.]

When God sent a plague to the Egyptians, in just one night all their firstborns died. We can say that that particular plague was more devastating because in a matter of hours, it had killed thousands. And that was to show the Egyptians how powerful the God of Israel is. Insofar as Covid-19 is concerned, I think no country has registered the death of thousands in a single night as of yet, correct me if I am wrong.

According to the word of God, a plague may cause the fall — or death — of thousands.

PSALMS 91:6-9 (KJV) says,

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

The situation that the whole world is in right now is not yet a hopeless one; there is still a remedy. This pestilence may end if we will make God our refuge; if we place our trust in Him.

But if people will continue to refuse to believe in God, unto them will be fulfilled what was written in PSALMS 91:7, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”

Let me reiterate, the good news is not the eradication of the virus; the good news is that people may be saved from this contagion if they will put their trust in God, if they will wholeheartedly abide by His teachings, and if they turn away from their wicked ways. And granting that they get infected with this virus, such will not cause their fall, or death. As stated in PSALMS 91:8, “Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.” God has the power to stop the pestilence, and save those who trust and find refuge in Him.

While the world’s battle against Covid-19 is still far from over, it is very important that we pray, not just for our families and loved ones but also for all of those who are in the front lines — the leaders of countries, the healthcare providers, those who maintain peace and order, those who are engaged in the delivery of basic services, and for everyone else. Let us pray for their safety and protection.

It is God’s commandment that we pray.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 (KJV) says,

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.

Our fervent prayers and our trust in God are our potent weapons against plagues and pestilences. So, let us not fail to pray.

God wants us to pray for all men, including those who are in authority.

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4 (KJV) says,

1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

God is delighted whenever we pray for other people because that is a manifestation that He had successfully implanted the love for our fellowmen in our hearts.

Unfortunately, sometimes, what other people pray for is the destruction or downfall of others, like what one Catholic priest is doing. He is praying for the death of President Duterte. I think that is very unbecoming of a priest. If he professes to be a Christian and an advocate of Christianity, he should know the biblical admonition that we ought to pray for those who are in authority. Or perhaps, he does not know it because he does not read the Bible!

A Christian, or a follower of Christ, prays even for his enemies.

MATTHEW 5:44 (KJV) says,

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

We have to pray even for those who persecute us and are despiteful of us. But let us not pray for their death or misfortune, instead let us pray that God bless them and have mercy on them.

When God sees that we show love and mercy to our fellowmen, surely, He will be merciful to us, too.

And by God’s mercy and by our trust in Him we can be saved from Covid-19. AMEN.

The Dangers of Disregarding God’s Words to Humanity

Obedience to God during COVID-19 Pandemic

The disturbing things that are happening to mankind today had already been prophesied in the Bible.

In REVELATION 6:8 (KJV) it says,

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

This revelation given to John is indeed very scary. Imagine, Death and Hades were given power over the fourth part of the earth. They will cause the death of many by sword and hunger. One possible way by which it could happen is that they will instigate conflicts and wars which could result in the destruction and closure of many businesses and industries, which, in turn, could lead to hunger or starvation. And as we know, when people hunger, they become ruthless and lawless, hence, it is not a remote possibility that they will also kill, or be ready to die, for food.

All these are the doings of the horseman riding on the pale horse whose name is Death. It is a spirit that comes from Satan, and its task is to create dread and terror to the whole world as it brings plagues, hunger, wars, and infectious diseases caused by wild animals.

If we look around us now, it is apparent that the horseman who sat on the pale horse is busy in carrying out its mission. He is provoking nations to wage war against each other; and presently, he is killing people without mercy through a virus which health experts named COVID-19. We can only hope and pray that he will fail to fully accomplish his mission, at least, for now, not yet.

With the spread of this coronavirus worldwide, humanity is caught unprepared. Man is placed in a helpless position wherein he could not defend himself against a faceless and unseen enemy. Fighting against this coronavirus is even worse than being chased by a hungry lion for, in the latter, you can at least run as fast as you can to safeguard your life, or use a weapon that could render the beast immobile.

What makes it very scary is the fact that anybody can be victimized by this virus without being aware of it. A person can be infected if, for example, he rubs his eyes or nose using a hand which had held a ball pen or paper bills, which contain droplets that came from an infected individual.

According to experts, under certain conditions, this coronavirus may stay alive for three to five days, depending on the surface where it landed. Based on studies, COVID-19 may stay alive for 24 hours if it lands on cardboard; two to three days on stainless steel; three days on plastic; and four hours on copper. It is noticeable that the virus’ lifespan is much, much shorter if it falls on copper, or even on copper alloy, because it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

I am inclined to believe that it is true not because they have conducted tests to prove it. Actually, even without those tests, I have the inclination to believe it because the usefulness of copper as a disinfectant has been mentioned in the Bible.

Remember, the Israelites sinned against God when they made an idol, a molten calf, out of their earrings. They melted their golden earrings and from that, they formed a calf which would serve as their god. However, we have to consider the great possibility that not all the earrings that were melted then were made of real gold; others may just be gold-like but in reality were copper. And so they had an alloy of gold and copper in the mixture that they used in fashioning their false god. And for them to be saved from the plague that the Lord gave them, Moses burned the molten calf and ground it until it became powder, and sprinkled it in the water which the Israelites were made to drink. It might have tasted bitter but it could have saved them from the plague.

EXODUS 32:20 (KJV) says,

And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

Copper has a disinfecting property. This fact was further reinforced in the instruction given by God, which Aaron and his sons had to observe, whenever they would go into the tabernacle of the congregation and to the altar.

EXODUS 30:18-20 (KJV) says,

18 Thou shalt make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.
19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:
20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD:

God wanted the tabernacle of the congregation to be a safe place as many people go there. That was why they placed a laver, or a large basin, made of brass where Aaron and his sons should wash their feet before entering. [Brass is an alloy consisting of copper and zinc.] Why were they instructed to do that? Definitely, there is wisdom behind that specific instruction.

Copper Destroys Viruses and Bacteria. Why Isn’t It Everywhere?

After a long and meticulous study made by scientists, they found out that copper has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Possibly, when water is put on a copper basin, colloidal copper is produced — as the ions of copper are combined with water. Hence, the instruction given to Aaron and his sons was a preventive measure for them not to be infected by bacteria and viruses that might have been carried by other people who had gone there.

What is really amazing is the fact that long before science discovered the usefulness of copper in disinfection, it had already been spoken of in the Bible. Proving that the Bible is an authority when it comes to all aspects of life — and that there is always wisdom in every word of God.

With the present predicament that the whole world is facing, specifically COVID-19, maybe it could be of help if you would adopt certain measures that the Israelites observed during their time since they also have scientific value. For instance, at home, you may use household items which are made of copper. If you are going to drink water, better put it in a copper container; if you are going to clean your hands, after washing them with soap and water, immerse your hands in water placed in a copper basin.

It would do us a lot of good if we are going to pattern our lives after the prescriptions of God. Maybe it is high time that we go back to using copper instead of stainless steel for our railings and doorknobs. The mere presence of copper, or even alloys of copper, can help in shortening the lives of bacteria and viruses, thus, can also lessen our chances of getting infected.

But most of all, what could really save us is our obedience to God. Obeying God’s commandments will not do us any harm. If you obey God’s commandments, even if you do not fully comprehend the wisdom behind such commandments yet, you can be sure that they are for your own good; they are all for your own benefit.

Actually, the primary reason why humanity is experiencing so many plagues now is because so many people have departed from God. They have chosen to disregard His words; they have opted to only follow their own whims.

But if we want a life that is not easily troubled by problems, like viruses and plagues, live a life that is in accordance to the will of God. Obey God’s teachings and commandments, and acknowledge the fact that we are all completely dependent on His graciousness and mercy.

May God bless and protect us all!

The Benefits of Positivity That Emanates From One’s Trust in God

How to strengthen your relationship with God

The spread of COVID-19 practically in all parts of the world, even in the so-called first world countries, has cast great fear in the hearts of many. Especially when people have seen that this particular coronavirus is not selective of who it infects. It victimizes even the rich and famous, like powerful politicians, members of the royal family, well-known celebrities, and even basketball superstars.

Seeing how fast the virus is transmitted, some people have developed a stigma towards those who cough, sneeze, or simply clear their throat — suspecting that they could be carriers of the virus. So they try to distance themselves out of fear that they might get infected.

The scare of this virus has also made many develop anxiety about the possibility that, one of these days, they too would manifest the symptoms of someone who is positive for COVID-19. Hence, every single day, their thoughts are preoccupied with the health crisis that the whole world is going through.

The human mind is very powerful. Sometimes, the things that a person always thinks of — the things that he deeply dreads, like contracting grave illnesses — can be imbibed in his system. And if he doesn’t dismiss such thoughts at once, they might become a reality.

Meaning, if there is that great fear in him of acquiring a particular disease and he keeps on thinking about it day and night, there is a great possibility that he will really acquire that disease inasmuch as his mind has been set to it. The Bible affirms that.

In PROVERBS 18:14 (KJV), it says,

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

With God’s help, our minds and spirits have the power to counteract, or offset, our infirmities. Our spirits and our trust in God will guide us on how we should deal with our fears and anxieties.

But if your mind is always preoccupied with various fears, if you incessantly think about them, then your fears shall really come upon you.

PROVERBS 10:24 (KJV) says,

The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

Even in the midst of a battle against an unseen enemy, it is important that a person develops a positive outlook in life. In all aspects of life — in every challenge that comes our way, and in every health problem that we experience — it is important to always trust God and to practice positivity.

Unfounded fears can cause stress and depression, which in turn, can weaken the immune system. On the other hand, having a positive outlook can boost a person’s immune system; a strong immune system can weaken, and even overpower, a virus.

A person who has a positive outlook in life is not easily bothered; he is not easily shaken by problems, and he does not allow his worries and fears to command his life. Instead, he has peace of mind and a very positive disposition — a positivity that emanates from his trust in God and in what God can do.

He believes that at the end of the day, it is still the will of the Almighty God that will prevail, and it will be for the betterment of all.

In a study conducted by some doctors from the U.S.A., they found out that a person’s belief in God has a positive effect on his health.

Belief in God really does make you feel better, study suggests

“The new analyses reviewed previous studies of spirituality involving more than 44,000 cancer patients altogether. The studies varied in many ways, but religion and spirituality were associated with better health regardless of specific religion or set of spiritual beliefs.”

In that particular study, the doctors were able to establish that belief in God positively contributes to recovery, regardless of the patient’s religious affiliation and religious beliefs and practices. But of course, a more speedy recovery can be expected from a believer of God who also has a happy disposition and a positive outlook in life.

PROVERBS 17:22 (KJV) says,

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

This is very true in all aspects. It is also affirmed by science. Your bones will be prejudiced by a broken spirit but “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” Even doctors agree that a merry heart, a positive outlook, contributes to a person’s wellness. As previously stated, you just have to see to it that your positivity emanates from your trust in God.

It is our trust in God that should direct our actions. For instance, when certain health concerns trouble you, make sure that before you consult a doctor and before you take any medicine, pray to God first.

Doctors, even if they happen to be specialists, are also prone to committing mistakes. They have certain frailties and limitations, too. But if you pray first, God could guide the doctor in diagnosing your illness and in giving you a proper prescription.

It cannot be denied that in terms of advancement in the field of science, what the United States of America has achieved remains unparalleled in the history of humanity.

However, it is just ironic that despite being advanced in healthcare, records show that the third-leading cause of death in America are medical errors, which include wrong prescriptions, misdiagnoses, and hospital infections.

The third-leading cause of death in US most doctors don’t want you to know about
“Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.”

This is where God’s guidance to medical doctors is immensely needed. If a doctor is guided by God, he or she will be able to make the right diagnosis, prescribe the right medicines, and be prompted to exercise extra caution so as not to cause an infection on his patient.

God can do what a doctor cannot; He sees what the doctor can’t see, and He knows what the doctor does not understand. Through the guidance of the Lord, the doctor will be able to perform his task with precision and accuracy, and you will not be a victim of misdiagnosis and wrong prescription.

Giving wrong prescriptions, misdiagnoses, and even infections acquired in hospitals may stem from the carelessness of some health professionals.

In one article that I’ve read, it mentioned that there were war veterans in the USA that suffer from diseases like hepatitis and AIDS. When they made an investigation on the matter, they found out that an 89-year-old veteran, who was found to have acquired AIDS, got it from their Veterans Hospital itself where they undergo regular check-ups. Another veteran, on the other hand, acquired hepatitis when he underwent dental procedure.

Veterans Administration hospital may have infected 1800 veterans with HIV

Even dentists can be careless and reckless in the performance of their work. I, myself, have observed how some dentists are likely to infect their patients. Yes, they wear gloves, their dental tools are sterilized. But they tend to overlook certain aspects that could be detrimental to their patients.

For example, while performing a tooth extraction, a dentist sometimes holds the dental chair to adjust it. He also adjusts the light to give him a clearer view of the patient’s mouth. After that, without changing his gloves, he would scrutinize again the patient’s mouth using the same hands that touched the dental chair and the light, which were both not disinfected.

How sure was he that there were no viruses on his dental chair and on his lamp? Viruses can thrive on surfaces for a certain period of time. In the case of the coronavirus, its lifespan out of the home is about five days.

What I am trying to point out is, indeed, the carelessness and the lack of compassion of some people towards their fellows can prejudice lives. Because of this, we can say that our only recourse is the intervention of the Almighty God.

It will give us a feeling of security if we implore His mercy and protection at all times, especially in this distressing period when many people seem to be confused, discouraged, and hopeless.

Let us trust in God; let us entrust to Him our lives and everything that we have because He is our only hope.

Instead of worrying ourselves about things that are beyond our control, instead of being paranoid, let us use this difficult situation as an opportunity to always communicate with God through fervent prayers as He is the only one that we can truly rely on.

God sees the viruses which humans cannot see; He has the power to annihilate them in a split of a second; and He can also guide the concerned people in finding an antidote to this deadly coronavirus.

I sincerely hope that this pandemic brings more and more people closer to God, and may it make all men realize our complete dependence on God’s mercy and lovingkindness.


Embracing God's Purpose for Being a Godly Husband and Wife

Christian Relationship Advice from the Bible

In these perilous times, building a strong husband and wife relationship and fulfilling the marriage vow “till death do us part” have become a tough challenge for many couples. Each day, husbands and wives have to battle against problems and temptations that pose threats to their relationship. Hence, they take every measure that they know just to preserve and safeguard not just their marriage but also their whole family. Unfortunately, not all couples succeed.

First of all, we have to understand that husbands and wives, by themselves alone, are not capable of building and maintaining a strong relationship. One way or another, they will be distracted, or worse, they might succumb to the many distractions which Satan is placing before them.

What could really make a marital relationship solid and strong is the teachings of God. We can be sure that if a relationship is founded on God’s teachings, husbands and wives will not be easily shaken even by what others perceive to be insurmountable odds and irresistible temptations. They will remain firm and unmoved, and they will continue to hold on to each other, no matter what, because their marriage is anchored on the teachings of God.

ACTS 14:22 (KJV) says,

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

According to Luke, the Apostle Paul, as well as the other apostles, confirmed or strengthened the souls of the disciples by exhorting them to continue in the faith so that when tribulations come, they would not be easily disheartened. The faith of the disciples became strong because they listened to the exhortation of the preachers of God. Here, we can see the vital role that the preachers of God — like the apostles — play in making people develop a strong faith.

The same thing is true when we talk about having a strong marital relationship or keeping a marriage intact. Husbands and wives likewise need to also listen to a preacher who is truthfully preaching the teachings of God.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:3 (KJV) says,

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Let me first clarify that in the New Testament, “prophesying” does not refer to the act of foretelling future events. Prophesying, in the New Testament, means to speak for edification, exhortation, and comfort. And this task rests on the shoulders of the preachers of God.

Now, where will the words that edify, exhort, and comfort come from?

ROMANS 15:4 (KJV) says,

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

The words of God — His teachings, His commandments — which are being preached by a preacher of God, are in the Scriptures. The words of God can edify and give comfort, and they could guide couples in making their relationship strong, harmonious, and conflict-free.

However, it does not start and end with solely listening to the teachings of God; God’s teachings have to be obeyed. It is the obedience to God’s commandments that could make husband and wife, and the whole family for that matter, intact and united. That is why it is very important that family members always listen to the words of God — to the gospel.

COLOSSIANS 1:23 (KJV) says,

If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, . . .

The gospel could strengthen the relationship between a husband and a wife because it contains admonitions that are aimed at fostering love, care, and respect that couples should give to each other.

For instance, in EPHESIANS 5:28 (KJV) this is what the Apostle Paul said to husbands,

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

In EPHESIANS 5:23 (KJV), it says,

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Husbands are being instructed to head their wives with kindness and consideration.

In EPHESIANS 5:25 (KJV), it says,

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

The gospel is also teaching the husbands to be loving, caring, and considerate to their wives. They need to love their wives the way Christ loves the Church.

But the admonitions are not limited to husbands only. The Gospel, likewise, gives specific instructions to wives.

EPHESIANS 5:22, 24 (KJV) says,

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

The wives are being told to submit themselves to their husbands, and that they should acknowledge the authority that their husbands have over them.

EPHESIANS 5:33 (KJV) says,

Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Aside from loving their husbands, the gospel is also teaching the wives to show reverence to their husbands.

The gospel has a complete prescription for husbands and wives on how they could achieve a healthy and strong relationship. If every husband and wife will nurture in their hearts and put into practice all of the teachings of the gospel — which they could hear from the preacher being used by God to be His instrument in edifying souls — without a doubt, they will surely have a solid and lasting relationship despite the dark schemes of Satan.

The teachings of the gospel could strengthen, or edify, not only a husband and wife relationship but also all other relationships like the relationship among friends, among members of the family, among siblings, and even among brethren in the Church.

EPHESIANS 4:16 (KJV) says,

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

What edifies everybody in the Church is love. Above all is the love for God; and then the love for our fellowmen, for our spouses and children, for our brethren, and even for our enemies. Love is both a binding and a strengthening or edifying factor in any relationship.

Any organization, any household, any group within the Church, will be edified if love will prevail. As stated in Ephesians 4:16 (KJV), “. . . maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

Love is what should bind people together; love makes all relationships strong and resilient.

COLOSSIANS 3:14 (ASV) says,

and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.

Love is considered the bond of perfection. If everybody in a household —husband, wife, children, siblings, grandparents — will learn the kind of love that the Bible teaches, no problem will be left unresolved, no differences will be left unsettled, and no couples will be cheating on each other. Family members will not fall apart even if tribulations come because they are welded together by love.

If there is one thing that I am truly proud of, it is the solidarity and the love that prevail among the brethren in our organization. It is evident that the brethren in the Church of God are edified by the love that is being taught by the Bible. We continually experience lots of persecutions, defamations, and practically all forms of harassment but we have remained resolute, firm, and undaunted because we have been strengthened by the love being taught by the Bible. Thanks be to God!

Discovering God’s Purpose for Giving Life

God's Purpose for Giving Life

If only all of us would realize the amount of importance that God gives to human life and the very purpose of our existence, probably, nobody would misuse his life. Instead, everyone will surely try to spend it rightfully.

In MATTHEW 10:29-30 (KJV), the Lord Jesus Christ said,

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

When Christ said that the Father knows even the number of the strands of hair we have in our head, He is just showing us how important we are to the Father and how much the Father loves us, that even the minutest details of our being, like our hair, are well accounted for and well taken care of.

There was a time when the Apostle Paul was going to Rome, but while sailing, their ship met a tempest. All of the passengers started to panic and became frantic because of the sea turbulence. However, in the midst of their fear and hopelessness, God sent His angel to Paul to allay their fears, and to give him an assurance that they would reach their destination.

ACTS 27:23-24 (KJV) says,

23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

God, through His angel, assured him that there shall be no loss of any man’s life among them, but of the ship. Meaning, even if their ship gets wrecked, no life would be lost and they would be able to reach Rome.

ACTS 27:34 (KJV) says,

Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

The angel even guaranteed Paul that not a single strand of hair shall fall from the head of any of them because they were being protected by God.

For God, the life of a man is very precious. To further illustrate it, Christ made reference to sparrows, that although they are without much worth because they are sold at a very cheap price, not one of them will fall on the ground, or die, without the consent of the Father.

If the sparrows are given that assurance that they would not die unless the Father wills it, then, all the more that we can be sure that we, humans, will not die if the Father does not will it — because we are more important than those sparrows.

On the other hand, it also implies that if we die, it is because the Father has willed it.

Our life comes from God; our existence is dependent on Him. What we need to understand is the rightful way of spending our lives. God gives us life for us to use it in serving Him. He wants us to obey His commandments and to fulfill His will. Biblically speaking, such is our ultimate duty and the end-goal of our existence.

ECCLESIASTES 12:13 (KJV) says,

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

We exist to serve God and to fulfill His commandments. We were created to do good works.

EPHESIANS 2:10 (KJV) says,

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

For God, human life is very important; that is why He commanded us not to kill, and anybody who takes somebody else’s life will be made accountable. He also commanded us to love, even our enemies.

It is apparent that such teachings manifest how much God values human life. Therefore, it is but proper that we spend our lives rightfully. And that is by serving Him and obeying His commandments.