How many times has a storm blown through, has life hit a hard season (whether that be tragedy, hardship, or the over-busy schedules), and we break away and attempt to carry on in our own strength? We might bloom for a bit, but it isn’t long before we wither and fade, are at our wit’s end, and say to a friend, “I can’t do this anymore.” We hear this a fair bit in prayer ministry...
Lately I’ve been thinking about how my words and actions could be hurting others and playing into the enemy’s hands without me knowing it or having any awareness of what I’m doing. I’ve been on the receiving end of this, as we all have, knowing it wasn’t meant personally. But it still stings. Certainly the Holy Spirit is prompting me to confess, repent, and seek forgiveness. But I believe He’s also teaching me how I can live on mission as a daughter of the King and co-heir with Christ and take it a step or two further.
Sometimes we speak curses over ourselves and others, and we have had curses spoken over us. I picture curses like words that are splattered on us, much like if you were standing by the street after a rainstorm and a car rushes by, spraying a puddle of muddy water all over you. Some of you know exactly what I am referring to, and others may be less convinced. Let me explain.
Did you know that thankfulness is one of your greatest weapons in spiritual warfare? The Bible is replete with instructions to be thankful in all circumstances. It is stated over and over and over how we are to do everything with prayer and thanksgiving. And there are many reasons for that. It certainly cultivates joy and brings glory and focus to the Lord, but did you know that it also dissolves enemy power?
When it comes to this ministry, one of the things that Colin and I are most grateful for is the Lord's timing in how this has come about and how it is being exposed and shared with others, like yourselves. For almost four years, we were under the radar. No one knew what we were doing. We weren't hiding it, but we also didn't advertise it.
However it came to be that you landed on this website, we are thankful. We would certainly prefer this conversation to be taking place face-to-face in some comfy chairs with a pot of coffee brewing nearby. We'll continue on in this welcome post imagining that.