This post is dedicated to Murphy Toerner: Who first taught me battle concepts in Kingdom Thinking.
I am not a battle kind of girl, I turn my head away from the blood shed in movies until I hear the “soft/sweet music” transition in and then I peek through opened fingers to see if it is safe to come out.
One of the quotes I’m learning to live by is . . .
“Be kinder than necessary because everyone is in some kind of battle.”
(Author unknown, if you know who it is, please inform me!)
It seems God believes me battle ready because here I am battling for life. I was reminded of this concept again this week with my girls as I bandaged their scrapes from life and touched them with healing prayer. I thought of the insight God gave me one day while I was serving at church for a woman’s ministry function.
Everything slowed down in my perceptions and I heard God say, “Don’t you see their woundings?” “But God, they are all smiling, laughing and seem quite happy being busy,” I said. God shook His head and said, “Ah ~ it is not as it seems. Some of them are bleeding profusely from an argument, some of them are tending minor scratches from terse facial expressions and a few of them have had spiritual surgery under my Hand. If you could see the blood of their life woundings, would you respond differently to them?” “Well of course,” I said confidently, (that’s obvious, right?),” I’d go right to them and ask what happened and offer to bandage their woundings! I would express comfort and love with touch. I would not let them stand in front of me dripping blood!”
“The blood shed is wide spread and right in front of your eyes,” said the Lord. “Bandage the wounded.” “Be a stretcher bearer for those who can no longer stand.” “Be the healing hand for those recovering from the sword of my Truth on their life.” God proclaimed with great emotion and continued with rising passion. . .”The heat of battle is meant to sear hearts for Kingdom Victories.” “So get in there and stop peering through trembling hands.” “There is work to be done.” I thought, God you do have a way of cutting right to the point! Not thinking, He could hear my thoughts, He then said, “Yes, your word puns are cute and He winked at me through the computer keys.”
His demeanor sombered. . . “Swords have been drawn. . .pick up your shield. . .you are going to have to do more than just write about it” (He looked right at me or should I say, He looked right through me.)
On my knees, with the “sword of the Spirit in my hands.” twe
Ephesians 6:17, 2 Samuel 22:36