The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Situational Awareness

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But the LORD said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water. And the LORD said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water. Then the LORD said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.” So the people took provisions and their trumpets in their hands. And he sent away all the rest of Israel, every man to his tent, and retained those three hundred men. Now the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.        ~ Judges 7:4-8

It’s impossible for me to overstate the timely importance of today’s message. I probably would not have come across the story of Gideon’s 300 had I not heard Craig “Sawman” Sawyer of Veterans4ChildRescue utter the words “situational awareness” in a very powerful talk I attended last Saturday. And for the second week in a row now it was my Oath Keeper brother and good Friend in Christ John who gleaned from my experience, this week’s Prayer & Fast Wednesday focus on Gideon and Judges 7. God wanted men who were alert, who had their eyes wide open to reality, you might say. God wanted the men with Gideon to be the very best, the watchful, the careful, and the aware who kept their eyes open. And it was these 300 men who were outfitted with trumpets, and provisions. These provisions were probably the pitchers or pots that they later broke later on in the story.Jesus Christ is forming another Gideon’s army. ~ Richard T. Ritenbaugh, Gideon’s 300

The other amazing thing I learned from Craig is how he and his team, who have been hunting child predators since his own daughter was kidnapped, beaten, and raped in 2017, realized early on the evil they were up against in a battle-space of powers and principalities, and began devoting as much time to their prayer and worship as they did to their regular tactical training…just as we did this summer. Our own realization formed the very impetus for our Prayer & Fast Wednesdays…

…which brings us to the real nugget of wisdom in Judges 7, God wants us situationally aware in both the physical and spiritual dimensions. I love the FB postings my friends put up of their greatest treasure…their beautiful grandchildren. We welcomed young Ryan James Galvin into the world this week. It would break my heart if any of them were to suffer what Craig Sawyer and his family suffered and endured. But the truth is that our world is growing darker, and we have a news media that intentionally suppresses the truth about child trafficking. I was disgusted to hear about the political resistance, abuse, and threats Craig, his team, and their families are exposed to for doing the work they do. Think about that in the context of Lebron James bowing to Chinese tyranny and oppression this past week. Welcome to the devil’s playground…where it is ALL about the money.

What struck me most profoundly in the story of Gideon is how powerfully it overlays the times we are presently living in. The same Medianites that savaged and plundered the people of Israel, roughly 1,200 years before Christ, are savaging and plundering the entire world today. They are a much bigger army, a more ruthless army, a better concealed army, and a very well financed one to boot…much of it drained from us in the form of fees and taxes. The modern day Medianite is better known to us as the Globalist…the Hydra with many heads.

Modern man, gripped by the vice of effeminacy, is Gideon “cowering in the winepress” before God gives him His purpose…a transition we so desperately need in this hour. Once that fear is tried—meaning, once that fear of men, and all those other things is tried, and we overcome it—out of it, as we see in the life of Gideon, comes mighty deeds of faith. As Paul says here, “out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.”

My REAL Warwick friend Joyce said it perfectly the other day, “We are fighting for the soul of America.” Yes, just as my friend Dike is fighting for the soul of his Nigeria, as Tommy Robinson and Katie Hopkins are fighting for the soul of their UK, as the people of Hong Kong are courageously fighting for the soul of their Hong Kong. We are so situationally unaware, we don’t realize that the same beast Kaepernick and Lebron James bow down to is the very same beast controlling thought and expression on our college campuses, flooding our streets with Fentanyl, pushing Climate-Change and Gun-Control, storming our libraries with Drag Queen Story Hours, and emasculating our boys. Clearly, the last thing the Globalist wants is for a young boy to grow “reverent to God” and “morally straight” through his cowboy stage into the fully initiated and finished warrior stage.

There is a very interesting military acronym born out of the need for situational awareness. OODA (Observe, Orient, Direct, Act). Something very interesting occurred in California last week that removed the critical Observe and Orient capability of more than a million residents. They turned off their power (Observe), and decided to no longer support HAM operators (Orient). How many of us are aware of anything other than what MSM has reported to us? How many of us are aware of how all these dots connect to the madness of those attempting to overthrow our duly elected President, and what happens when they fail? I have another new acronym for you. CCF (Concentric Circle of Friends). If all infrastructure and services were to go down in your area for two weeks, what’s your plan? Put another way…when the supply chain to your area is severed, what will be the plan of the hordes of addicts, sexual deviants, and immoral people inclined to violence? Perhaps developing your CCF before stuff goes down would be a very wise thing to do?

Finally, I have two situational awareness stories with happy endings to share, one present and one past. Recently, someone I love dearly gave me the book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. I noticed something very, very subtle early on in the reading of her daily messages. I realized an almost invisible thread connecting the days. It was the encouragement of passivity…nothing for me to do, no action required…God has this. My situational awareness led me to Tim Challies’ Review.

My past story occurred when I was a six-year-old living somewhere on Long Island. In an inexplicable rush to the cowboy stage, I boarded a school bus I wasn’t supposed to board, which dropped me off in the middle of an area more urban than suburban. It might as well have been nowhere to me. LOST (no cell phone). All I remember is that an FBI agent named Frank “Bucky” Illig found me and brought me home to my frantic parents. The memory wore off…haven’t thought about it since…until Craig Sawyer mentioned situational awareness in connection to LOST children. I found the man who very well have saved my life this week!  Meet Frank “Bucky” Illig

Until we have been disciplined properly by means of spiritual confusion we shall always want to bank on God’s miracles and refuse to do the moral thing ourselves…When we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, we have to learn to obey God in every detail, then the shroudings will be lifted, the shadows will disappear, the strangeness will go, and we shall begin to understand the friendship and fatherhood and the faithfulness of God with regard to our lives. ~ Oswald Chambers, Toward Fuller Communion

Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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2 Responses to The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Situational Awareness

  1. Arminé Jones says:

    Chip – Powerful message here about our world growing darker. You’re spot on about “situational awareness” and how we all must pay attention. And you last paragraph really shook me up. What a story.

    • Chip Murray says:

      So thankful you were situationally aware where and when you needed to be the other day my dear. Please consider applying for a conceal-carry permit if you are able to where you live…a good range pepper spray at very least.

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