Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 17, 2018

Thought for the Week July 22, 2018

I haven’t written in two weeks since I was on vacation enjoying time with my daughter and her family while they were in town. We had a great time but we were going, going, going every day. Thanks to Pastor Doug for his insights from nature the last two weeks.

I want to share with you an email I received near the end of June. This was sent by a lady who has ties with Christian Chapel that go way back and was in town one week earlier in June at our service. She shared this:

“I wanted to share with you a vision that I had during the service so that you can discern whether or not it’s meant to be encouragement for anyone in your church body. As I was praying during the worship service, I saw a flask like one would see in a science lab. It was perfectly circular (I looked it up and the name is a ‘florence flask’), and it was filled with black liquid. It was apparent that the liquid represented a strategic and formulated fear. Then light shone on the flask, and when that happened, it immediately shattered, spilling everything. The event revealed that the glass was extremely thin and had no strength when exposed to light. Also, the contents inside, though ominous looking, proved to be nothing harmful.

“I sensed the interpretation was that there is a very strategic, well thought-out and intimidating fear tactic taking place in the spirit-realm, but once truth/the Word of God/exposure is brought forth, the almost-sophisticated fear will be shown for what it really is—a weak, non threatening facade.”

I received the email, as I said, near the end of June. I read it and sort of filed it for future reference. Well, since that time several very rare incidents have occurred and, a few people in the church have experienced incidents that seem to be definite attacks from the enemy. Each incident would cause fear but taken together, it almost seems like a strategic attack has been launched against our church body and against members of that body.

So I decided that it was important to let you know what the Lord showed us in advance. Yes, some of the things you may be experiencing right now look ominous and fearful, but Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (I John 4:4), and We are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37), and I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you (Luke 10:19), and No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD. (Isaiah 54:17).

Are you getting the idea that what the vision said is true? In light of the truth of God’s Word this “almost sophisticated fear will be shown for what it really is—a weak, non-threatening façade.” The enemy tries to scare us by roaring like a lion, Peter says, but he is a toothless foe. Jesus has defeated him. You have the authority to stand on his head and render him powerless.

If you have recently experienced any kind of attack against you, your family, marriage, relationships, ministry, finances, job, health, or whatever, trust in what the Lord tells you, not the fearful situations the enemy stacks up in front of you. Jesus will get you through. Give Him honor, trust, and obedience. Let His grace overshadow you and allow that same grace to guide your relationships with others and the enemy will lose out. We are more than conquerors!

Pastor Doug reminded me of something that also may be in play here. Quite often, when the enemy senses that God is about to do something big, he tries to ramp up his activity to sidetrack or hinder God’s move. Now we know that Satan doesn’t know the future but he can see when God is moving and God’s people are responding which can be the precursor to great things. I say that to encourage you to see any attack of the enemy as the opportunity to look up and get ready for a move of God. I’m ready, are you? Just a thought.

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