No Turning Back – War, Whether We Want It Or Not

6068181763_0cee4d7523_zWords hold power……Scripture teaches us that over and over.

Mr. Obama spoke from Turkey this morning. I listened carefully, not only to what he said but at the overall tone, quality, strength and conviction in his words.

I heard his words drone on, sounding vacuous and vague, without power, direction and clarity. My ears are tuned into the Holy Spirit to hear. Isn’t that exactly what Jesus tells us to do?

He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Matthew 11:15 NKJVS)

It is our responsibility to listen and hear what the Spirit is saying. There is always a sound within a sound. At least that is how I hear it.

Mr. Obama spoke yet there was no power in his words, no leadership, no strength, no direction……just droning on and on. Irrelevant words, weak and without conviction. In effect, He said nothing at all.

I have been praying all weekend about what is going on. I will contribute my small part in a few blog posts that I will write.

Isis is like a monstrous evil with one massive head, many limbs reaching out. The head directs the flow of the limbs. Unless the head is cut, the limbs, when cut, just seem to grow back. If the head is attacked and cut off, since the head is based on an evil ideology, someone else will just take the place, someone filled with passion to kill and push an evil agenda. Evil anti-christ ideology just infuses those waiting in line to push the radical Islamist agenda.

Spiritual warfare is rising in the world to an extent that we can no longer deny it, go around it, or even post hashtags and social media posts and then walk away one week later and forget about it. That seems to be the extent of involvement – short sound bytes, here today and gone tomorrow. But, this is not going away.

War is here whether we like it or not. As Christians languish in introspection in the midst of fear, we are in a war. As many are paralyzed, turning away from reality because they can’t wrap their brain around this type of evil, we are still in a war. It is a massive war in the spiritual realm that can only be fought in Christ with spiritual weapons and it is the responsibility to fight this battle in prayer, resting in our identity in Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

This battle is being played out in the natural realm throughout the world, including within this country at some point. Of that I am sure. Natural solutions will be applied to combat this evil. They must be. That seems inevitable and we can’t avoid it or pretend that it doesn’t exist or that it will go away.

I was mentored in spiritual warfare years ago. Prayer meetings that shouted and yelled, pacing and crying out, and all the while I actually knew very little of my own authority and identity in Christ. I look back and see these were often times of presumption and immaturity. Times are now different for many of us. We are wiser and more mature in many ways. The war is on and it is time to awaken the church to stand in position in Christ Jesus.

What did we expect? Has our version of American Christianity diluted truth to the point where we can’t conceive of actually suffering for Christ, dying for Christ? Is our focus on a gospel lacking in power and authority, wordy, culturally relevant but lacking power? That simply won’t cut it any more. It is not a time to fear. It is a time to stand in Christ. And that involves warfare – for our nation, our cities, our family, our neighborhoods…….

I was born for such a time as this and if you are reading this, so are you. Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18) while the enemy roars around us seeking whom he may devour and kill (1 Peter 5:8) . It is not either or, it is both.

There is so much to say here to equip the saints to walk in power and authority that is ours in Christ. He did not say it would be easy but he did say he would never leave or forsake us.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra
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To All The Cave Dwellers: Come into the light!

stop-scaring-meAre you a cave dweller? This is a place that many may find themselves in at this time. In caves, one adjusts to a level of comfort, whatever that may individually be, isolated from reality. To many, a cave is better than confronting the fear of what is ‘out there’. One can find solace in the safety of a cave. One can be isolated from the reality of the world, which exists in increasing fear. The light in a cave varies from pitch-black to shadows laced with illusion and imagery. In this place, one can even create their own reality. In any case, a cave is not a pleasant place to be for it evades the light of life. And, life comes with fear. That’s life.

One can live forever in a cave, isolated and alone, even when surrounded by people. One can live bound by fear, go through the motions, and yet, not really live even in the midst of their life. One can learn to see through shadows, avoiding pain and living in internal sorrow. There are self-imposed caves that people live in and these people are all around us on a daily basis. One retreats there to avoid the pain of a chaotic world, its confusion, and its uncertainty. It seems safe.

Fear abounds in caves where voices of accusation cry out. This voice consistently tries to contradict the voice of light and love, which is outside in the light trying to get you to see there is a better way. The voice of fear is powerful and its sheer purpose is destruction of your life. As I said, you live but your life is really only existing. You are not really living.

The darkest of voices accuses in the midst of the cave. The sound bounces off the walls with such a strong reverberating echo that the one who is imprisoned in the cave will repeat over time what the echo is saying.

The dark voice sounds forth: “YOU CAN’T”. This sound crashes against the walls of the cave, resounding with such fury that it penetrates the ears of the cave dweller. It echoes: “YOU CAN’T. YOU CAN’T. YoU Can’t. YOU can’t. You Can’t. you can’t. you can’t”…as it fades away.

The sound penetrates the ear of the one listening. The cave dwellers repeat this empowering sound to themselves each and every day. “YOU CAN’T. YOU CAN’T. YoU Can’t. YOU can’t. You Can’t. you can’t. you can’t………….”

It is a discordant and destructive sound that demands attention. This fear embeds itself in many lives and many don’t know how to get out. The voice continues.

“It’s not possible.”
“Give up.”
“It won’t work.”
“There is NO way out.”
“You’re stupid.”
“You’re worthless.”
“You’ll die.”

Even in the midst of great fear, to the cave dweller, the alternative is unacceptable. They won’t walk into the light. The light itself seems fearful. Having to confront pain and fear is not easy. It’s easier to stay in the cave than confront the illusion of fear. And it is just an illusion. Staying in the cave, lives are framed within the reality of fear. Lives are lived this way. I see it in people all around me. One always opts out of something one does not want to confront fear in any measure – drugs, alcohol, violence, abuse, pills…………There is a better way.

breaking chainsBe brave! Be courageous! There is nowhere to hide. The world is changing, chaotically and drastically. There is safety in the midst of it all – only in Christ. You can’t hide out. Fear seeps through the cracks and crevices of our lives.

What to do? This is for all those cave dwellers out there who are stuck in the darkness or living in the shadows, captured by fears of all kinds. You only need to come out into the light of Christ. Fear will increase in the world. This is indeed a given fact. It is only in the reality of Christ’s love that we find perfect peace to live in the midst of fear. God has NOT given us over to fear. In Christ, love conquered fear.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 John 4:18-19
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.

Jesus is clear. There is NO FEAR in love. Perfect love (in the person of Christ) conquered fear and death. This is truth. We do not live in torment or the shadows of fear and confusion. Perfect love is victorious in Christ. Fear is an illusion, a strong one but an illusion nonetheless. There is reality in Christ Jesus.

Fear originates in death, a fear of death, the voice of death, the sound of death. Behind fear’s sound is the reality of death. Christ has conquered death on the cross so death and fear has lost its power. Death is no longer a motivator, a controller, or a manipulator in this life for as Christians, we are eternal, here and now. When Christ died, we died and we now walk and live in union in Christ. We die physically but cross over into life. That is good news.

Perhaps the last enemy to be conquered in our lives in Christ is death and its fears. Perfect love casts out fear.

Look around. There is fear everywhere and behind it is the sound of death. Whether it be Ebola, ISIS, the enterovirus attacking children, the economy, border wars, rape, crime, abuse, violence……………..death fuels fear. Yet, that is what we hear constantly through media, news outlets, and television.

The greatest thing to fear is fear itself. Theodore Roosevelt

Fear is a spirit. Christ’s death and resurrection conquered fear and death.

In Christ.
Not religion.

In Christ.
Not psychology.

In Christ.
Not self-motivation.

In Christ.
Not introspection.
In the person of Christ.

As a Christian, He lives in me. I am in union with Him. My reality. I have nothing to fear.

That does not mean that fear does not try to control and manipulate my life every chance that it gets. Each and every day fear tries to get me to retreat to the cave. It does not work. I don’t retreat because perfect love casts out fear. I won’t stop living amidst the fear and confusion of this world. Fear will not manipulate me to hide out and cringe over what may happen. There is freedom in Christ and this is supernatural reality right in the midst of fear.

Love is strong, courageous, and brave. It conquers fear and brings me life. He makes me brave to face each day in Him. The world takes its best shot. I may falter. I may fall. I may stay down for a bit. Yet, despite it all, perfect love casts out fear. In His light, there is life.

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “ I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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