Have you gotten infected?

We often think of infection as a bad thing, as a disease that invades a body’s organism resulting in illness, and which is often communicable. It can cause fear and widespread panic if not contained. However, there is another kind of infection – God’s love.  It too is infectious. It too is communicable. It too is transmissible. God’s love is 1 Corinthians 13. 

Here’s how Infectious Love affects your body:

Head – Your thoughts become more loving, kind, compassionate, gentle, generous.

Eyes – When you see the whole good in someone from God’s perspective, you will tend to linger, gaze longer and more intently than you used to.

Ears – You will be more prone to hearing good and loving conversation. Your hearing will shut down when gossip and malicious lies are spoken. You will begin to hear what was once faint, God’s voice more clearly – loving and guiding you.

Mouth – You will speak words of love, kindness, compassion, and understanding. Your voice will become more gentle and tender. You will call out, and talk to the least in the room, the one who looks like they are hurting; your love to and for them easily communicated.

Heart – Your heart will bleed for the lost and hurting and will only stop bleeding when you pray for the person and hand them over to Father God. Your heart is soft and pliable like a gummy bear, not like rock candy.

Hands – You reach out to help steady someone who is about to fall and pick up the one who has fallen.  You stroke the face of the elderly, or a child, or one’s whose face is tear-filled or dirty.

Arms – You hug without abandon and continue to hug until the person begins to squirm;  then give one more tight squeeze and say, “You are now infected by Love. Go and do likewise.”

“Go and do likewise,” Jesus said.  Do not allow infectious love to stay localized but go out and spread it. Note, however, once infected, there is NO CURE; there is no inoculation against it once contracted.

God’s Infectious Love is of the most contagious kind. I hope you get it!

Copyright 2020 by Peggy Castorri

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LET FAITH RISE UP and FEAR FALL DOWN

During worship on Thursday night at International House of Prayer Eastern Gate, I had a vision of spears pointed upwards and a single horseman charging them. There was a spiritual war ensuing. Are these the end times or is this just some distraction? I wondered. Was the horseman who brings plague and death, famine and disease, the horseman depicted in the Book of Revelation? “When he ripped off the fourth seal, I heard the fourth Animal cry, “Come out!” I looked. A colorless horse, sickly pale. Its rider was Death, and Hell was close on its heels. They were given power to destroy a fourth of the earth by war, famine, disease, and wild beasts” (Revelation 6:7-8, MSG). Or is this rather a season where the Lord will take what the enemy meant for harm and turn it into good, to turn infectious disease into infectious love?

THE VISION was just a flash, although I sensed God’s assurance to believers that we are not to fear and that our faith should rise up because we are under His covering of protection. The horseman could not penetrate the spears, nor could disease be victorious over us!  So, let fear fall down. Our faith will drive it out!

I believe the spears were symbolic of God’s protection over those who live every moment with Him in His house. I was comforted knowing that I was hidden in the shelter of the Most High God. The enemy will not penetrate God’s Stronghold shelter it says in Psalm 91:1-2.  “When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High. He’s the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence.”

That day, I had been previously meditating on Psalm 91:9-10. It says, “When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?” (Ps. 91:9-10, The Passion Translation). How timely this word is in light of a worldwide pandemic.

God had, for the last few days, been impressing upon me to draw near to Him. Drawing near to Him is key to living our lives within His shadow, shielded from harm or disease. Later I would open my Bible randomly to Psalm 27:4, TPT. And here was His affirmation – “Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house, finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer.” If you continue reading, it says that in his house I am kept safe and secure, and I will be triumphant.  We need to be reminded of this always!  

March 15th was declared a National Day of Prayer. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Therefore, let’s pray for our nation that they might find hope and salvation in Christ Jesus and that our nation would be healed. Let’s pray that fear of contagion lead to revival, not survival; let outbreak lead to outpouring.

“The Lord says FEAR NOT!  FEAR IS A LIAR. Fear is a predator. Fear is a spirit that takes captive and releases no prisoners unless commanded to do so by a higher authority. JESUS IS THAT AUTHORITY!!!  Faith is that authority. So, LET FAITH RISE UP and LET FEAR FALL DOWN, in Jesus’ Name.” Sing the following song over yourself, your friends, family, nation, and world.

THE SONG IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND SUNG BY MY NIECE JESSICA (HUTZEL) GILLOTT AND HER HUSBAND. IT IS SO TIMELY FOR TODAY.

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Copyright 2020 by Bill Hutzel

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