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Monday, March 30

We'll FIGHT ... Our Finest Hour!

"You and I best be believing that this fight can, and will, be for 'Our Finest Hour'!" -- KeithAndBrendaLee Shealy

Last week, when I (Keith) was listening to a friend's fears concerning a mass spread of the coronavirus, he asked if I thought we in America run the same risk as in other countries. He also wanted to know, if we are at risk, what would I suggest each of us do to defeat it. I'm not a physician of course but, after I thought about how I could set his mind at ease, I gave him my personal opinion that the deadly effects of the COVID-19 are not nearly as much of a risk to the lives of our citizens, per capita, as to citizens of other countries like China and Italy. He was quick to respond by asking, "Why? Why would this thing be called a worldwide pandemic by those with brilliant medical minds, yet you're able to say that we don't run the same risks in America?"

We've had friends over the years who travelled to many different countries around the world. Several of them had spoken about how much cleaner the United States is compared to every other country they had travelled to for work or vacation. Why do I mention that? Because, when it comes to starving the coronavirus or any other bad viral bacteria, we've got the best conditions and practices right here in the U.S. with our good sanitation, healthy eating habits, and overall hygiene. Just to hear me say that helped our friend feel better. He candidly replied, "You know, as simple and obvious as that point is, I hadn't even thought of that." I also told him that it's times like these that can come to remind us to sterilize our souls, the inward man of the heart, every day. Just as we focus our efforts on keeping our bodies healthy and prepared to maintain us in our life, our spiritual being needs kept as well. We are fighting against all kinds of "germs" that constantly attack our body, soul, and spirit, being in the world. The process of sterilization is crucial to our lives in critical times like these. As we pay special attention to our physical health, we cannot allow fear and misplaced focus to cost us the important attention we must pay to the principle thing of the remaking of our soul.

Just as coronavirus is able to spread in the natural, unclean spirits are able to spread in the spiritual realm, I told our friend. He replied, "I don't get it. What does that mean?" In order to keep my answer short, I explained simply that we fight against "spiritual germs" that are no less deadly than germs in the natural realm, but they are called "unclean spirits" that we identify with. To further explain, a few examples of those "unclean spirits" are fear, intimidation, anger, worry, anxiety, and greed, all of which can be passed to us through the lives of those we are exposed to, much like we know germs and bad bacteria are able to spread in the natural. Through the lives of people who have been exposed to people "infected" with unclean spiritual germs, the unclean spirits are able to spread as well. So you see, it all gets back to staying clean using sterilization, physically and also spiritually!

As soon as our conversation finished, The Lord reminded me, by the wonderful Holy Spirit of course, something I learned earlier in life concerning the process of sterilization in the physical realm. This may help better explain the crucial importance of using cleanliness by sterilization to defeat unclean germs, both in the natural and in the spiritual. I remember the first time when I heard the name of Florence Nightingale. I was a little boy and my dad was working in the medical field developing the designs, production, and sales of new medical devices and equipment. It was through Dad's work that I learned about the remarkable accomplishments of Florence Nightingale, and so much so that her legacy has been imprinted on my mind ever since. During his time in the medical field, Dad accomplished a rather mammoth feat. He designed and took to market thirty-eight new medical devices, each one of them needing a unique and note-worthy product name, slogan, and sales campaign. To me, that was perhaps the most exciting part of the entire development process.

Every time I would see Dad come home with that easily-recognizable smile and spring in his step, I would just drop what I was doing and follow him into his office. One day when I was about ten years old, Dad came home excited about a new product in the trademark process that was just months from being introduced to market. That particular day is when I heard of Florence Nightingale for the first time. In the mid-1960's there was a real need for a more effective way to sterilize medical instruments such as scalpels, needles, and syringes. The product Dad had been developing was a device that would be capable of substantially reducing the transference of germs that were increasingly taking the lives of people in surgical and recovery hospitals. If you know anything of the profound sterilization processes that Florence Nightingale fought to implement, and the fierce resistance and hospital regulations she had to fight, you know just how mightily God used her brilliant discoveries in saving countless lives, both then and to this day. When Dad told me his plan to associate his new sterilization device with Florence Nightingale, referring to her as "the mother of modern-day sterilization", I remember thinking how fitting that was.

Florence Nightingale lived from 1820 to 1910 and is well-known in England as "the mother of nursing." She was just 16 years old when she is known to have said that "hearing the voice of God" it was confirmed in her heart that she was being called to care for the sick. In short, God had given her the wisdom to know that, if she could provide more sanitary conditions on the battle fields, in hospitals, and in homes, she could help to greatly increase the chances of sick or injured patients to survive the deadly diseases that occurred at any uncertain time. As a matter of fact, her first assignment as a military field nurse for the British was to oversee a filthy, disease-riddled, rat-infested military field hospital during a war against the Russians. The lives that she and her nurses saved in the first few months were in the thousands, just by their implementing sanitary work conditions. As a result of her training up new nurses in the crucially-important practice of sterilization, facility cleanliness, and feeding patients nutritious, sanitarily-prepared foods, the mortality rate improved so much and so quickly that Florence received worldwide acclaim and was awarded the highest honors of a number of different nations. Also, she accomplished all of that despite the sad fact that her mother and dad, high society folks, were ashamed of the noble career path she had chosen. Among the many revolutionary ideas of Florence Nightingale and her life's work, she also is the inventor of the pie chart.

As you may well-imagine based on my brief dissertation of Florence Nightingale and her storied life and victories over unsanitary conditions, God used her as a gift to all of us. With that, we would like to share this little poem we've put together, in the fashion and spirit of Sir Winston Churchill's famed rallying cry to the British people during Germany's brutal attacks and bombings over London in World War II. We hope it'll make you smile as you read, "We'll Fight!"

"We'll fight these COVID-germs at every turn, in the inside and outside air, we'll fight'em in bathrooms and kitchens too, we'll fight'em everywhere! We'll fight'em in our houses round, up noses and even our britches. We'll fight'em on steering wheels, on desktops, and in frig's. We'll fight'em on our hands and faces, in nooks, crannies, and ledges. We'll fight'em in their dens and caves in unexpected places. We'll fight'em up, we'll fight'em down, we'll fight'em side to side, we'll fight those germs and devils both... 'til each of'em has died!"

And the greatest gift of all, God-given by way of the cleansing, purifying blood that His Son Jesus Christ shed in His suffering and death on the cross for us all, whosoever will ask Him will be saved. Let's reflect on our Father's promises to each one of us, individually, in Isaiah 54:10-17, "For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith The LORD that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of The LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by Me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of The LORD, and their righteousness is of Me, saith The LORD."

We close with letting you know we are praying for you and all who stop here to read this blog, standing together with believing that this can be "Our Finest Hour". We pray in The Name of Jesus Christ, by His Authority, for God to raise His hedge of protection around you. We will continue to be warring in prayer on your behalf, and will continue praying for you once this unpredictable fight is past.

You and I best be believing that this fight can, and will, be for 'Our Finest Hour'!"

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We, too, can know without a doubt that, if God gave those who have gone before us the strength, the help, and the resolve that they needed to finish their course, just like He did for Florence Nightingale, then He will most certainly do the same for us who ask Him. So we, now, are just as capable to initiate, perform, and finish the missions that He has assigned us to complete, as well as those before us have.

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