"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ---John 14:6
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
So You Don't Know How To Fight?
"And let us not grow weary in doing good for in due season we will reap if we do not give up... I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." .." --- Galations 6:9, 2 Timothy 4:7
Last Friday? For the first time in nearly 3 months I sat at 'my' 1950's Formica table at our local cafe.
Wow. With a coffee and raspberry scone I pretended to read my book while dream-gazing out the huge windows to the river, trees, flowers and the many-storied hotel across the street. How incredible, this return to a partial normalcy. (Amy is allowed to open her shop just 2 days per week.)
Yet knowing that I helped fight to keep this tiny, independent cafe open--oh, how wonderful that felt, as well.
During those virus months whenever Amy offered take-out? I bought baked goods. Always handed over extra money. Spoke words of encouragement. Hope.
Whenever something you love is threatened, you fight for its survival! If your heart still cares, that is. And in this post I'll make two very controversial statements, this being the first--
Lately I've wondered how many Christians actually love our Country and appreciate their freedoms. How many are awake to what we're losing?
I'm curious because I spy so few fighting for truth, speaking aloud (while we still can), pushing back the darkness. Yet many just silently watching our country burn, being destroyed and run by mobs--and our personal freedoms vanishing.
Yes, I'm also hearing this: "I don't know how to fight! Or what to do or say or where to go or ---." And I'll confess: it's horribly hard not to roll my eyes. This sounds way too much like all the 50, 60 and 70-year-olds I've heard say, "I can't figure out my gifts or callings. God skipped over me when He handed them out. I don't know why I'm here. I don't have specific help to give"
But now? Let's move on to courage and decisiveness and a preparedness-for-battle spirit! For, if not when our Country is being destroyed, taken over, then when?
Here, below, are some ideas, ways to fight so that when God later asks us, "What did you do during that huge, historic opportunity to overcome evil and show My power?" we won't have to whine, "Uhm, I had no clue what to do, so I stayed home, hid actually, but I did pray and hoped it would all go away."
How about let's be 'bold as a lion' as God says we're to be and step out and ---
Use our online platforms to:
Expose evil and lies masquerading as truth,
Share powerful Bible verses,
Encourage folks battling on the front lines (even if they seem famous, we all grow weary and need uplifting words),
Warn, teach, instruct in all things practical.
Keep-up with what's happening so we know how to pray and what to warn against,
Share inspiring words, videos, books which encouraged our own hearts,
Vocally stand-up for heroes who are being maligned,
Discuss what's happening, break out of fear and silence,
Blog, share the words God asked us to, ones He gave us to speak.
Use our money to:
Support businesses which support families and keep our town running smoothly,
Bless people, families struggling,
Buy groceries for neighbors, others,
Donate to public food pantries,
Boycott businesses which push agendas contrary to your beliefs,
Support the front-line fighters.
Use our hands, eyes, mouths and feet to:
Smile at the weary (tho' it's hard when we're wrapped-up in a stupid, useless mask),
Write emails or letters to our local government,
Wave to neighbors who're probably having a rough time,
Prepare our family in all physical, mental and financial ways. Learn survival skills,
March peaceably for what we believe,
Do a prayer walk around our neighborhoods,
Give our children hope,
Grow a Victory Garden. Share our bounty.
Thank police officers for keeping us safe,
Read the histories of socialist countries (and learn what not to do),
Start a prayer group in our home.
We can repent for our own sins, receive forgiveness and then do better.
Is this all? Of course not. I'm just one blogger, and these are only a few ideas God gave me.
No one is meant to do it all. No one is called to speak out against every single evil, donate to every worthy cause, battle against every thing gone badly. God places specific burdens upon specific people so that everything will, in turn, be covered.
Individually, we'll only be held responsible for what God specifically asked us to do.
But uh-oh. Already people tell me they're battle-weary. Tired of fighting and are just gonna wait it out. But, I say, this is only the start! And that brings me to that second controversial statement:
Every Christian had the opportunity for battle preparation. God knew what lay ahead and daily we had the choice to obey Him right up into that preparedness of a strong heart.
Basically, we are left without excuses.
If we were in the Word, we were warned. In the spirit, we were led, made ready for what we knew not. But in the flesh, we dilly-dallied and are now found wanting.
But in our merciful God? We can find a second chance, at least while we still have breath, and may we make the most of that before it's too late.
For only those who fought will someday receive a reward for the battle victories won or those sought, but lost, but not through hiding. Through godly, consistent obedience we win either way.
And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.—Matthew 24:12-13
"The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate." ---Proverbs 8:13
Someone battling on the front lines? Glenn Beck. Personally, I see the spirit of Elijah all over him in this video--
Dennis Prager is another front line fighter who I respect so very much. Here is his latest article--
America's Jews and Christians Are Failing The Test of Their Lives
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15