If you are not a Christian, don’t bother reading this. It won’t make any sense to you. If you are a Christian, I pray it makes more sense than anything you’ve seen on the news.
We are walking out some extremely dark times in our history, and I am not just talking about a virus. Yes, the virus is rough. Tragically people are dying from it (although no where near as many as those whose death certificates say they died of it). I am speaking to those whose spiritual eyes are attuned to seeing the battlefield we are standing on. It is though the enemy has been unleashed (although those of us who see the war, will also hopefully remember that the enemy is never fully unleashed, and God still reigns supremely over all). Still, it appears that way. Just as it did with Job.
First, it was a virus running rampant over the globe. And somehow in a few short months, we are having people kidnapped from their own homes and taken to who-knows-where, indoctrinating others to snitch on each other so they can “contact trace” people to know who needs kidnapped. Oh, and the “freedom of the press” is being narrowed down into the mass media as our only source of “truth”. Meanwhile, they hail a vaccine as the “savior”, despite the fact that the person who is pushing it is not a medical professional, has a track record about as stained as any man I know, and has publicly acclaimed his agenda to depopulate the world, citing vaccines, health care, and reproductive health as viable options for doing so. Don’t believe me? Watch his 2010 Ted Talk.
I’m not making this up. 2 days ago, we watched a video of a sweet couple being bullied and removed from their home, against their will, by about 5 armed and vested Police Officers. They were told they were being taken to the hospital for testing. They were told that they must leave their phone at home, or give it over, because they were not allowed to video tape their time in the cop car. We watched it 2 days ago. Maybe 3, at the most. Last night, my husband couldn’t find the video. It was gone. He typed the exact same words into the search engine, and voila… magic, it had disappeared!
There is a real enemy, and he is on the prowl. There are some ugly, wretched, nasty, foul, despicable things going on around here. But bringing it back to Job, remember that the remedy for his suffering was not to get out of his circumstances, but to get an enlarged glimpse of the Holy One!
Now, I have fought warfare. I have chased demons out of my own house. Don’t believe me? Ask my family. Or ask someone else who has the battle scar markings of a spiritual warrior. Pay attention and you will find us. There’s a fire in our eyes, and purpose in our steps. We know our time here is short and significant. We are bound for a different Country. Our hearts are set on the highway to Zion, but along the way, they burn that others may catch a glimpse of His Majesty and join us on the journey.
It’s hard for those of us who have seen the war, to be complacent in a time like this. It’s hard for us to just ride out the wave, because we know that people are dying without Jesus, without hope, and are being indoctrinated into the belief that they can evade death if they just stay locked up in their homes, isolate themselves, wear a mask, and spray themselves down with hand-sanitizer ever 3 minutes. They are being told that a vaccine will save them from this horrible thing we call mortality. People are being crippled with fear.
The truth is, mortality is mercy for the Christian. It means we aren’t stuck in bodies that fight against us, in a world that suffocates us with it’s vices, and we will soon get to see the most lovely Face that’s ever been.
When I look around and see this invisible war, I remember King Jehoshaphat, sending the musicians out on the battlefield ahead of the army, when he was fighting against Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir… 3 nations who had set themselves in Ambush against Judah (2 Chronicles 20:20-22). This is exactly what I felt led to do, when I became aware of the demonic presences in my house… to cleanse the space with praise to the Most High.
I say this, because I think this is exactly what we ought to be doing right now. For as much evil as it rooting itself in the world around us, the way to eradicate evil is to exalt the name of Christ! When I walked through my house, night after night, saying how magnificent Jesus is, out loud, the demons fled. They couldn’t handle it. When Jehoshaphat sought victory over 3 nations, “he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, ‘Give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness is everlasting.’ When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so they were routed.” And then those 3 nations turned on each other.
It is easy for those of us who know the King’s victory, to still be swept up into all this mayhem, and forget that it is the Lord who wins battles. What we need is the same thing Job needed, and every other person and nation since the beginning of time… a loftier view of God. How better to acquire one than by praising His name?
So, folks? I’d love to hear it. Comment, if you will. Tell me something you admire about the Lord. Tell me how you see His kindness in these trials. Tell me what His word teaches about His power and might. Here is mine…
The Lord is mighty in battle! He is a warrior and the King who sits enthroned forever on the praises of His people! Out of His throne come rivers of living water, that quench the thirst of anyone who drinks from them! He delights in His creation, as wayward as we are! He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble! He is a fortress, a shield about us! He delivers us from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence! He is worthy of all praise! He is so holy and magnificent that the angels and saints in heaven never get tired of singing it! He is gracious and merciful, compassionate and kind… yet He defends the weak and oppressed with a mighty force! He is our rescue! He is our Champion! There is no one like our God, whose beauty is so incomprehensible that to see His face in our temporal bodies would send us straight to the grave… yet, He promises heaven to those who trust in Him, that we may behold Him in His full glory! He gives His Spirit to us as a guide and companion! His creativity is broadcast in every leaf and snowflake, and cascades down every mountain! He is near! He honestly does cause all things, ALL THINGS to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose! He is all glory and goodness! Amen!
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