Virtually everything you've been told by the government and “science” about the virus, masks and immunizations — in terms of how to stay safe and how to steward your health — has been unbiblical.
Yeah, that's where this week's episode of the Positioned to Prosper podcast is going. I'm sharing the message I preached this past weekend at REVIVE Church of Tampa and, to be honest, it's a little polarizing, so proceed with caution, friend.
I'm sharing what the Bible really says about how God keeps us safe and healthy, what his word tells us about when and how to quarantine, who should be wearing the “masks” and how to ensure we can come through this global challenge in faith with our health intact.
So if you're up for a provocative look at how culture, government and “science” have failed us in this season, and what the Bible really says about how we can prosper even in a season like we've seen over the past 15 months, grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let's Go!
What you will learn in this episode:
- How communicable conditions were identified and treated in Biblical times within the Jewish community;
- What the Bible says about how we can maintain immunity from sickness that seems to be spreading through a community;
- A few scriptures that establish a Biblical approach to quarantine and “masking;” and
- A Biblical perspective for how to respond to the current encouragement to get the “medical intervention” being offered to “protect” you from this contagion.
Scripture References mentioned in this episode:
Exodus 15:26 —
saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”
Matthew 23:37 —
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”
John 6:60-66 —
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.
Leviticus 13:45-46 —
“The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip[b] and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp.”
Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode
If you'd like more conversations like this in your life with an opportunity to go deeper and be more intentional about growing to breakthrough, join us inside the REVIVE Online Campus Community (“the ROCC”). Hop into our community group and we'll see you there as we continue the discussion.
Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church's website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.
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About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.