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Living Beyond the Virus!

Published on:  2020-03-30

by admin

- Dr. Ogor Ben-Iweagwu
I’d be just stating most of the facts that we all know, purely for Educational/Informative
purposes, and then go into the real business of this conversation.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. COVID-19 is an infectious disease which began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Symptoms. Non- specific include fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.
Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.
Small droplets from the nose or mouth from a person with COVID-19 who coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people can catch by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
Can CoVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms? The risk is low.

However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID- 19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.
Can you catch COVID-19 from the feces of someone with the disease? Low risk. These are basic, statistics.
What can you do to prevent spread, and to stay safe? We should do the regular things.
-          Read your bible and pray everyday.
-          Eat proper, wholesome meals.
-          Don’t smoke. Including shisha, as smoking is a predisposing factor.
-          Wash your hands properly under running water for at least 20 seconds.
-          Use hand sanitizer, with an alcohol content of at least 60% as frequently as possible.
-          Wipe down all your surfaces, all the time.
-          Use your hands less and use your elbows or your feet more to open doors. Don’t
touch railings, try not to touch your face and that of other people.
-          Practice physical distancing (WHO has downgraded it)
-          Pray. (Repetition is the Law of deep and lasting impression).
If you have any history of travel to any of the nations that are significant for COVID 19, please, self-isolate, for at least 14 days. Report to the NCDC if you experience any respiratory symptoms. I hope this isn’t too much at the same time. I’m sure that everyone here knows most, if not all of this.
The Reality
Now, I’m speaking to God’s people, and the things that apply to us, even through this.
Hope Pointers
-   Everyone can get infected by COVID 19. However, not everyone WILL get infected.
-   For those that get infected, more people will recover than those that will die.
This is a respiratory illness. It is admittedly more serious than the regular, but the modalities to prevent it are pretty simple and straightforward. Although it took us this

long to get serious about hand washing and sanitizing, it is my hope that we continue to keep these as a lifelong practice, because in this world, you stay safe for yourself AND for those you love and those who love you. We are all in this together, and it is important that we ALL realize this.
There is nothing wrong with an education on this. Information is great but Jesus is greater. One thing I hate is to see people especially believers suffer under the weight of fear. 
Rising Above Fear & Disease
The prayer of faith is the prayer based on what Christ has done.
-   Bishop Wale Ajayi
I will add: Not based on what Corona has done or what we are scared it will do. We are in Christ, first, before we are in Abuja, or under the plague of COVID 19. It means that Christ is our location, first, before Abuja.
It means that, because we were purchased with the blood of Jesus, it is actually his blood that literally flows in our veins. Please, take the Bible and the word of God LITERALLY in
this season. Don’t try to reason it out, don’t try to make logical sense of it. The word of God is not something that is to be brought to conversation or some logical conclusion; the word of God is infallible.
We are believers, and we are called to be strong AND courageous, not to cower in fear.
“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you,
and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 1:2 KJV
Fear is a spirit. And any spirit that is not of God, is of the devil. We ALL know that the devil hardly comes to us directly with the thing that he wants to afflict us with. He will
often mask fear with consuming large amounts of information, to ‘be in the know’. With all this knowledge, your heart will increasingly grow fearful and give way. This is what he wants.
What we have is love AND power AND a sound mind.

To have a sound mind can loosely be interpreted to mean that we have self-control, and that even in the midst of the information flying around, we choose to know WHAT God knows, or what God is saying. It is not to know what the world is saying.
Guard your eyes, guard your ears. Control the content you allow in to take root in your heart. Say what God is saying!
What does He say about Disease? We were healed!
What does He say about the noisome pestilence? That you are saved from it! What does he say about the plague? That it won’t come near your dwelling!
You cannot allow COVID 19 dictate the trajectory of your mind. You can’t! It can try to dictate the world but not your mind- you are in this world but not OF it.
In this period, focus on Jesus and what his spirit is telling you. This is actually like a call to slow down for most of us.
My pastor used to say that Education was a response to the fall; man did not need an education before the fall, because he was connected to God, he knew what to do, he knew what to say, he knew. He knew what to name the animals- God trusted him enough to let him name the animals!
We are no longer children of Adam, we have been purchased by the blood of the last Adam, by a blood where disease cannot survive. I said it before that we literally have the blood of Jesus running through our veins.
In this period, become aware of your righteousness in Christ! God CANNOT improve on you, as the new creation. You are the best thing that he has ever created, you cannot be improved on. You are righteous!
Disease isn’t righteous, so how can it bowl you over? Your consciousness of who you are is more important than any education that you may be trying to get on COVID 19.
Faith is not denying the reality; it is superimposing on the current reality. Your reality is Superior to this, unless Jesus did not die.
We do not have a paucity of information. What we have is a paucity of belief. And it cannot be; we cannot be who we are not. Our name is believer. The end. Our work is to believe. Literally. Don’t shift your gaze. Don’t shift your ground. Stay believing!

God is not angry with us. His anger was expended on the cross, so like the law of double jeopardy, he cannot make us pay for what his son has already paid for. This is not a punishment for anything. This is just a response to a fallen world.
God loves us so much that way before COVID 19 he gave us promises that would preserve us. Stay believing!
We should be talking of how we will be after this thing passes sef. Some people would have ingrained physical distancing so much into their conscious that they would not easily return to normal human interactions.
Some people will be paranoid for a while after this. People will have PTSD after this. Mental illness will be on the rise after this. More Distrustful of their fellow man. This is what the devil wants. We MUST not let it. This WILL NOT BE US.
Christianity is the only religion that God reaches out to touch man, literally. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Stay IN JESUS. He is our strong tower, our fortress. Nothing else will save.
Your main action point should be to believe and recalibrate your original focus. Please use this opportunity to minister life to those who don’t have the solid, unshakeable hope that we have.
Some people are in abject fright. As believers, we are to bring this message of hope to unbelievers! If we are scared and behaving as if we don’t know who we are, how can we convince people to come into this kingdom? Adjust your focus.
I hope that this stirs you to focus on the right things. Thank you.  
-       WHO
-       The Bible