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Killing the Chiripiorca


From the Editor, Angel Chavez


I took my wife to her appointment with her primary care doctor in Tradition. A personal visit was required, they told us.


The problem was that they made us wait about 45 minutes in that little room after the nurse took my wife’s vitals.


By the time we left her office, with another appointment at hand for the following year, something was not right. My wife was feeling weak, like catching a cold. Surprisingly, I was feeling symptoms too.


By next morning, my wife was feeling better, but I couldn’t even speak a word and I couldn’t even pass my own saliva. When I tried it, it was like my saliva became a piece of metal scratching my throat. So painful. I was given amoxicillin for 10 days.


The next day, my wife was feeling bad again, she was also given antibiotics for 10 days. Now we both are fine, but when family and friends called us, I did not know what to say, except that “I think we caught the Chiripiorca. I meant the cold, but family and friends panicked thinking we had caught COVID-19.


“Chiripiorca” was a word used by a Mexican comedian to say he caught a cold, and it sounded funny. That is why I used it.


KILLING THE CHIRIPIORCA IS OUR DUTY. And any kind of sickness and disease for that matter. It is expected of us. Whatever we do not destroy, it gets bigger, stronger, and passes to our next generation.


That is why we must fight back. It is our duty. We are required to live by faith not by sight…

IN FIGHTING BACK, one especially important thing is that we must never place our own experience and failures above God’s Absolute Truth. God remains Absolute, Almighty, All-knowing, Omnipresent. His unchangeable love for us remains perfect, and His Word remains absolute and true. We must never diminish God’s qualities to justify our own experience. We must never, never try to replace God’s principles and come up with our own explanations to justify our fears, pride or failures.


I say all of the above to say that God’s absolute best for all His kids is: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John That is Spiritual Health, Emotional Health and Physical Health. All in one: All in Christ Jesus our Redeemer! “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by those stripes you were healed.” 1Peter 2:24


THE PURPOSE OF JESUS SUFFERING THE 39 STRIPES IN HIS BODY, IT WAS FOR OUR OWN BENEFIT AND HEALING. BUT WE MUST LEARN TO FIGHT BACK WITH HIS WORD. AND IT IS NOT THAT EASY ESPECAILLY WHEN WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE PAIN. BUT TRUTH IS TRUTH. WE MUST ESTABLISH TRUTH WHATEVER IT TAKES.

ONLY THE TRUTH THAT WE UNDERSTAND AND FIGHT FOR-WILL SET US FREE! AND IT WILL GLORIFY GOD. “THE FIGHT IS FIGHTING”. LETS ANALYSE IT, THERE ARE SO MANY EXAMPLES WE CAN LEARN FROM.


A CERTAIN WOMAN: “Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.


For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”


But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?”


And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:25-32.


THIS CERTAIN WOMAN BECAME A DAUGHTER BY HER FAITH. WAS SHE OPERATING UNDER EXTREME PAIN AND WEAKNESS? I THINK SHE WAS. DID SHE FIGHT THE CROWD DESPITE HER CONDITION?


YES, SHE DID. WHY WAS JESUS WAS SO CURIOUS ABOUT THIS SUCCESFULL FIGHT OF FAITH?


BECAUSE JESUS WANTED TO ELEVATE THIS “CERTAIN WOMAN” INTO A DAUGHTER STATUS AND ESTABLISH HER SUCCESS FOREVER.


“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1Peter 5:10,11.


This certain woman, because of her successful fight of faith, was not a certain woman anymore, but became a DAUGHTER who got perfected, established, and strengthened by Jesus Himself.


BECOME A DAUGHTER OR SON, LETS PRAY: Lord, I do believe that Jesus of Nazareth took my place in the Cross. Lord, I am sorry for all my sins against you and against my own life, please forgive me. I believe Jesus was raised on the third day for my justification. Jesus, I receive you as my Lord and Savior. Your Holy blood cleanses me right now and God gives me a new heart and eternal life. Now my name is written in the book of life, guaranteed by the following written law:


“That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” Romans 10:9-10.

If you made this prayer, email me at: icarepublications@gmail.com I would love to share your joy and send you material for balanced growth in the grace of the Lord. Also, send this letter to anyone you know as a testimony of your faith.

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