• Lisa Ingram

A Spiritual Pandemic


On March 30, 2020, during my time with the LORD, God spoke to me. I knew he meant this message to be for the Body of Christ, the Church as a whole. I have spent the past few weeks leaning into the LORD's heart on these Words and writing as he speaks. I believe he is now asking me to release this word, to the Church, as we are all in need of guidance, encouragement, healing, and/or peace. I pray these words bring all of these, but ultimately I pray they bring life to your spirit, soul and body!

A pandemic


As we are all experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, in some form or fashion, I would like to share what the LORD has been speaking to me during this time. He has asked me to take a hard look at the word ‘pandemic’ and it’s meaning. The definition of the word pandemic is, (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world. As I have taken many days thinking on this word, and hearing it spoken many times throughout the past months, the LORD has impressed upon me that there is another type of pandemic that is currently at work. A spiritual disease, if you will, that is prevalent over the Body of Christ, the Church as a whole.

A state of being


Our state of being is the overall physical condition of a person, as opposed to mental condition (state of mind). The definition of ‘being’ is, existence; the nature or essence of a person. This spiritual pandemic, I am speaking of, centers on our state of being. If we could take a moment to reflect on the individual believer’s or Christian’s state of being, but instead of looking at it in the natural, which would be the overall physical condition of a person, let’s look at the spiritual state of being. To have a deeper understanding we have to look at the scriptures and remembering our ‘being’ is our existence, the nature or essence of a person. What is the essence of a believer in Jesus Christ? Romans 10 states, “For if you publicly declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will experience salvation. The heart that believes in him receives the gift of the righteousness of God—and then the mouth gives thanks to salvation.” - (Romans 10:9-10). Our state of being is righteousness through experiencing salvation. This verse reveals that it is a belief in Jesus that comes from the heart. “For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with him.” - (2 Corinthians 5:21 TPT). “And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.” – (Ephesians 4:24 TPT). These verses reveal, Jesus became our sin and we became his righteousness. This is the Great Exchange! We are now in life-union with Jesus and he is our Lord. And as we allow Jesus to be our Lord, we are being transformed living our new life daily in him. Jesus is our identity, our righteousness, our state of being! We stand in victory because of what he accomplished through his death, burial and resurrection. – (Isaiah 52-54). It is a finished work through the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. “Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” – (1 John 2:1-2 TPT)

My perspective


It’s our perspective, from our salvation day forward, that determines our state of being. It’s what we come to know and believe about our salvation that defines who we are and gives us our identity. Many believe salvation means, I am saved, I now have the gift of the Holy Spirit within me, and that means I am going to heaven when I die. There is more to our salvation than a ticket to heaven. Our salvation begins on the day we believe in Jesus, and each day after we are living out our salvation and becoming more and more like our big brother Jesus every day. If we do not know or believe there is more to our salvation, while currently living our lives here on earth, than we are not living in our fullness or in the abundance Jesus came to give us. Jesus says in John 10:10 (TPT), “But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!” Believing upon Jesus means you are now a part of his family and take part in his inheritance. “And if [we are His] children, [then we are His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance], if indeed we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory (Romans 8:17 AMP). Through our union with Christ we too have been claimed by God as his own inheritance. Before we were even born, he gave us our destiny; that we would fulfill the plan of God who always accomplishes every purpose and plan in his heart. – (Ephesians 1:11 TPT).

A sick man's heart


Let’s start by looking at the meaning of the words ‘sick’ and ‘heart’; sick: affected by physical or mental illness. Heart: the central or innermost part of something.


The statement, “A sick man’s heart” implies that what is within the innermost part of us is what can make us unhealthy or healthy! So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life – (Proverbs 4:23 TPT). The Hebrew word levav is the most common word for “heart.” It includes our thoughts, our will, our discernment, and our affections.

Let us consider, Proverbs 4:20-27 (NKJV), which instructs us on our security in wisdom:

20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.


The above verses are instructing us on how to live and bring life to our flesh, our bodies. They instruct us on much, but in keeping with the topic of the heart, they instruct us to keep God’s wisdom in the midst of our heart because wisdom is life and health to the flesh! Specifically, verse 23 reveals, the issues of life come from our heart and we are to ‘keep our heart with all diligence’. To ‘keep’ is, cause to continue in a specified condition, position or course. ‘Diligence’ is, careful and persistent work or effort. So, we are to cause our heart to continue in a specified condition, position or course with careful and persistent work or effort. It is understood than, we have a part to play in the well-being of the heart! The condition of our heart matters. The position we allow our heart to hold matters. The course we allow are heart to travel matters. We are in control and we choose what we are going to cause our heart to believe.


As I shared earlier, the Hebrew word for “heart” is levav, and it includes our thoughts, our will, our discernment, and our affections. Focusing on our thought life, there are a couple of verses I would like to take a look at.


Our first look is at 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (TPT):

3–4 For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. 5 We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. 6 Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience.


As revealed here in these verses, it is very clear our battle is within our mind and we have an active role in bringing every thought captive. What does it say we can do with our spiritual weapons that are energized with divine power? We CAN, Dismantle the defenses behind which people hide, demolish every deceptive fantasy, breakthrough every arrogant attitude, capture every thought and punish any trace of rebellion! Isn’t it interesting that every battle listed is within ourselves, and with this list of weaponry we can stand in victory as soon as we choose complete obedience? All of these battles oppose God and are raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. Whatever is not in harmony with the knowledge of God is sin. We have to know and understand how powerful our beliefs are! Once, God said to me, “What we believe is where we release power!” Once a thought becomes a belief, it then moves from the mind to the heart, and once in the heart, it is empowered and it manifests in our lives. This is HUGE!! – Thought + Belief = Empowerment.


So, reflecting back to the original statement, “A sick man’s heart”, and that our heart is our innermost part. Looking from God’s perspective, being he is the one who made this statement, what we allow into our heart and do to maintain our heart matters. We are accountable, we are in control, and we determine the level of wellness within our – spirit, soul and body!

Passover

As we are in the midst of Passover, the major Jewish spring festival which commemorates the liberation of the Israelite's from Egyptian slavery, we need to reflect on what that means to the believer in Jesus Christ. As Jesus is our Passover Lamb, that has been sacrificed for our sins, we have his perfect blood applied to the doorway of our hearts. We too have been liberated from any form of slavery – "Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set us free—not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past." – (Galatians 5:1 TPT). This is so important to remember each and every day! The blood of the Lamb of God is everything, and if we go back into the bondage of our past, than we are saying the blood is not enough!

Covenant


A covenant is an agreement; a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement; a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action.