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Three interesting stories out of the COVID-19 pandemic


With most of the world still in lock down over the COVID-19 pandemic I decided to share three interesting stories that have merged out of this world crisis.

God healed me after Mike Pence prayed for me

The first involves a man from Georgia, who in an interview with CNN, claimed that prayers, and particularly the prayers of US Vice President Mike Pence, healed him of COVID-19.

Clay Bentley told CNN he went to the hospital with flu-like symptoms but was sent home later that day when tests revealed no signs of the flu.

That night things started getting worse for Bentley. Over the next few days, his lungs started filling with fluid making it increasingly difficult for him to breathe. When his condition worsened, Bentley returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with COVID-19. But by this time, he was in serious trouble because it was almost impossible for him to breath, which is why there is such a demand for ventilators.

But suddenly and almost miraculously he started improving. He told CNN that Mike Pence had called and said he was praying for Bentley, and he believes the prayers of VP Pence and other Christians is what resulted in his miraculous turnaround.

Bentley also gave some timely advice telling CNN:

“But I will say that I heard the voice of God inside me. He tells me ‘no, you’re getting better.’ If you listen to those fear stories they cause pandemonium.”

Is God sending a message?

The second story involves a poll of Americans conducted by the Joshua Fund, to find out what people are thinking spiritually about COVID-19. Joshua Fund was founded by best-selling author Joel Rosenberg.

The poll conducted by McLaughlin and Associates revealed:

  • 44% of Americans believe the virus is a wake-up call for America to turn back to God.
  • 29% believe it is a sign that we have entered the end times.
  • 40% of Christians along with 22% of non Christians believes this crisis has increased their interest in God.

God spoke to me audibly as I struggled to breathe

When Mark McClurg, 40, pastor of Aards Elim Church, a Pentecostal Church in Newtownards, Northern Ireland came down with COVID-19, he ended up in the intensive care ward of the local hospital because he was experiencing difficulty breathing. McClurg told BCC that he likened his condition to trying to breathe under water.

The medical staff told his wife, Claire, that her husband was in very serious condition.

In an interview with Premier News, McClurg said as the medical staff were working on him with the ventilator, he cried out to God for help, and He heard God speak to him in an audible voice:

“son, you are more than a conqueror.”

And as he fought through the night just trying to breathe, he understood this verse from Romans in a new light:

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Romans 8:37 ESV

He told Premier:

“I didn’t realized that that night that more than a conqueror meant there was more than one battle.”

The next day as he battled just to breath and the nurses were by his side urging him on, “Mark, breathe, breathe deeply,” he felt Jesus come into his room and hold his hand as he struggled for air.

Mark pulled through, and he believes that God has called him to unite believers to pray and a verse from Chronicles has become his rally cry:

14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV

Now many who use this verse suggest that God is calling a country to repentance. In fact, it is not.

It starts off with “if my people.” This verse is for those who believe.

If God’s people will seek the Lord, pray and turn from their wicked ways , then God will hear, forgive their sins and heal the land.

In other words, if believers turn to God and pray, they can save their nation.

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