I really do miss the carefree days of the Shire. The last twelve years have been hard. Life has always known it’s trouble, but trouble took a serious turn for the worst…or so it would seem, this past week. I watched two men I know respond to it in each his own way. NY Republican Assemblyman Colin Schmitt showed up at 4am Wednesday January 6th to deliver a message to 90 of his constituents as we boarded two buses bound for DC to support our President. His message was a warning about a new draconian bill that would give Governor Cuomo the power to round people up and send them to medical detention camps. By the early evening of that same day, Colin was attacked and viciously maligned for “supporting radical domestic terrorists on their way to storm the capital”. He responded by holding a press conference the next day surrounded by more than a dozen of those of us who were on the bus to show how absurd and out of touch with reality the attack was. He stood on principal and fought for us. Later in the same week, Orange County Republican Executive Steve Neuhaus stood in front of a microphone alongside NY Democrat Congressman Sean Maloney calling for President Trump’s head on the proverbial political platter.
Two men, both Republican, both Conservative, both military. One stood, and one took a knee. I am praying, and I would ask you to pray alongside me that our County Executive took a knee in the fashion of King Leonidas as he feigned surrender giving the men behind him the advantage of surprise and his own body as the platform for attack in the last battle of his life. Learning of the apparent betrayal in a phone call from a friend this past Tuesday triggered a very dark moment for me because I received a text from another very well DC-connected friend within minutes of the phone call saying that President Trump had surrendered. What I did not realize at the time was that his text was sent on a gut feel from hearing Trump refer to the “next administration” in his Alamo speech. I asked my colleagues and close friends to give me space as I took the following day for my own mental health to pray and fast, and to be with Him…Here is the invite to Prayer & Fast Wednesday that went out the same day… ALSO He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” ~ Mark 4:21-23
As shocking as the events of this past week have been, greater is the shock and heartbreak of watching people you love choose to side with a lie over truth. A very important question is this; have they made their choice because they actually believe the lie, or because they know it’s a lie and fear the pain of their associating with the truth? We must be patient with the former, bring the truth of this historic moment to them with love in the context of His word. As for the latter, may God have mercy on their souls.
Please join us for Pray & Fast Wednesday tomorrow, with prayerful focus on Mark 4:21-41
The New Demon Controlling America ~ Perry Stone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRkdgwn78UE&feature=youtu.be
The following Wednesday morning God provided refreshing witness in the heart and soul of a new friend whose message dovetailed perfectly with Maxwell’s daily devotion…the Why and Who we fight for…
Yesterday was a pivotal day in my walk. The disinformation frenzy and a local betrayal of political trust was perfectly seasoned with refreshing wisdom from a wonderful soul in young Katie late yesterday afternoon, and reinforced in today’s Maxwell, “What Makes Followers Love to Serve?”
In this hour of hours, is it not water but truth that is the precious liquid from the Bethlehem well? To Katie’s point, how easy it is to thirst for ourselves rather than pouring it out to Him. On this Prayer & Fast Wednesday I would like to do just that. If you are not familiar with Beacon of Light, we run a pregnancy consulting center for young women facing unplanned pregnancy, known as My Choice, and housing for same women in need known as Faith House.
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Interestingly, it was this message that went out to many that triggered a call from a friend I hadn’t heard from in a while. He was calling in the hopes that my pivotal day and refreshing wisdom would alter what he experienced as my “hurting” a friend by using his words (anonymously) in this space. I don’t know how else to say this, but I have to be very clear here. If I walked up to you for no apparent reason and threw a glass of ice-water in your face, you’d be mad as hell…unless of course you realized that you were sitting in the middle of a house on fire, and I did it to wake you up. Well guess what, that is exactly what many of us are still sleeping through. Sometimes, as the song goes, you have to be cruel to be kind.
Welcome to the Matrix where truth exists as an obtuse shadow to satisfy the want of the observer. Action is predicated on perceived and anticipated outcome rather than principles and moral values. You are in the Matrix if you’ve…
- Watched the Big Tech Oligarchs silence a sitting President and his supporters…
- Watched the same people who not only remained silent during torching, looting, and violence in 2020, but incited every bit of it, and now accuse Trump of inciting a riot, and his supporters of insurrection on January 6…
- Watched as our civil liberties are ripped away over a virus with a less than 1% fatality rate, that was clearly a biological weapon attack by the very same Communist Chinese that bought and now own the Democrat Party, Hollywood, and Media Elites.
…and still believe that a man who spent 47 years enriching himself and his family on the backs of the American People, who campaigned in his basement, who struggles to complete a gaff-free sentence, somehow beat the hardest working President in U.S. history.
Let’s go to the source of Truth…
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. ~ Ephesians 5:11-17
What is being forced to wear a face mask as healthy people, the surrender of our Constitutional Rights, our freedom of speech, our right of assembly, and our religious liberty, if not taking part in the unfruitful works of darkness? I got into this discussion with a brother last Sunday. He actually admonished me for my refusal to take part in the unfruitful works by wearing what I’ve come to think of as a face diaper. He rationalized his compliance with, perpetuating of, and thus further enabling the unfruitful works out of being respectful and considerate of the business-owners. NEWS FLASH: If we’ve deluded ourselves into thinking that enabling evil is somehow the will of the Lord, we are the problem. We’ve chosen the Matrix…out of FEAR.
The other thing I’ve noticed about people in the Matrix is how they all seem to see themselves as mere observers of the events that shape their lives. If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard the words “we can only hope” from Matrixville. There are two wonderful shepherds I go to daily for strength and encouragement for what is about to go down. Scott Kesterson’s Bards of War Riders on the Storm, and Dutch Sheets, Give Him 15. I urge you to do the same. Dutch focused on the Navy Seal Creed as part of yesterday’s message, The Committed, adding “That heart in the church would change the world.” He is right as rain brothers and sisters…right as rain! Know what you should DO.
The Navy Seal Creed
In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life. I am that man. My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident, I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day. My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own. I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond. We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders, I will take charge, lead my teammates, and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations. I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight. We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me – my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete. We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.
Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.