We are under attack.
I’m not a pastor. I haven’t been trained on how to teach the word of God. I am a Christian fashion blogger and while I’ve always been open about my beliefs I don’t ever really talk about the tough stuff – the confrontational stuff. I avoid conflict at all costs (particularly on the blog and social media where it is so easy to offend or be misinterpreted).
But I can keep silent no longer. And pre-warning this isn’t going to be a pretty post – it’s going to be dark and heavy – and I’ll probably have a lot of people who won’t like it but it might just be the most important post I’ve ever written. Know that it’s written in compassion.
I say it again… WE ARE UNDER ATTACK.
Over and over again on Facebook I read: “Why is this happening?” “What is this world coming to?” “How do we stop this?”
I’m gonna be real with you and I say it with love and respect… Wake up people.
We’ve already been told THIS would happen. We’ve been fully warned. We’ve already been told what to do. It’s ALL in the Bible. Satan is waging war against us.
The shootings. The hate. The mass murders. The terrorism. The racism. It is ALL him. As John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.”
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – Peter 5:8
The BOTTOM LINE ISSUE is…he is undergoing spiritual warfare on our minds. I know it sounds dramatic but our minds are a battleground.
Orlando. Baton Rouge. Dallas. Sandy Hook. ALL of this is Satan’s influence and actions. And, unfortunately, the Bible tells us it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5
So what do we do?
- The first thing we need to do is turn to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. HE is our refuge. When Satan attacks your mind – turn him away. Satan is able to take root in unbelievers and then proceeds to attack us externally. Spread the Word to others so he is moved from the root of our society.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” – Psalm 18:2
2. Pray and keep praying.
3. Teach our children the ways of God. That we LOVE REGARDLESS OF COLOR, RACE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AGE, GENDER… I could continue but this one is simple. JUST LOVE. The way of God is NOT VIOLENCE. NOT REVENGE.
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink….” – Romans 12:19-20
4. Do not give up hope. There is soo much GOOD in this world. It’s not as readily covered in the news or talked about on social media but it’s there. BE PART OF THAT GOOD. ADD TO THAT GOOD. PROMOTE THAT GOOD.
Can you do me a favor? Take a quick moment today and listen to Francesca Battistelli’s “If We’re Honest” (CLICK HERE). The chorus says:
Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine
‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy’s waiting on the other side
If we’re honest.
We are all broken. I am broken. BUT I know that through HIM we can be repaired.
We are a NATION divided. We are a WORLD divided. HUMANITY itself is divided. WE ARE SHATTERED. But LOVE heals. And at the end of this world…mercy awaits us.
sTORIbook readers – I truly wish I had never had to write this post. In fact, Satan has filled my heart with fear over this post. The fear of being judged or misconstrued. Of someone twisting my words in to negativity. Or of me not being able to communicate the message that my soul longs to speak.
Please give me patience and grace as I try to find the words. Please know my heart.
I don’t want my children to live in fear. To be surrounded by a world of violence. I don’t want to keep reading about someone else gunned down or another terrorist bombing. I don’t want to have to explain this to my sons one day.
I’m not a preacher but this is my sermon. I humbly kneel before you. I’ve been driven to my knees. Know this is written in love, hope and frankly desperation for US ALL TO WAKE UP! I want us all to see the light in this dark place that we have found ourselves.