It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. ~ Proverbs 25:2
How do they destroy the ones who survive the womb? They steal their childhood and kill their dreams…
We are each of us being made the exact same offer Satan tempted Jesus with in Matthew 4:1-11 “You will get the kingship of men and the saviorhood of the world if you will take a ‘shortcut’—put man’s needs first, and he will crown You king; do something extraordinarily wonderful, indicative of Your power, and man will crown You king; compromise with evil, and You will get the kingship of men.” Jesus could have brought the whole thing about suddenly; but He did not. He withstood Satan and took the stupendously long way. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Vision of the Long Way
Satan spoke the same offer to me through the nurse, “My point… just get the vaccine…don’t be afraid. and we can go on to live a happy and relatively carefree existence on God’s green earth. I just feel the need to get the word out that getting the vaccine is not the end of your life, but actually the beginning of a happier one. Just take the shot….it could save your life.”
These past two years have been both curse and blessing. A curse in the division and suffering that has affected every home in America. A blessing in revealing who we are and what we truly believe to one another. Yesterday was a mixed bag for me. I saw in my own family who we have become as a country, a nation of consumers where once was a land of dreamers, adventurers, and explorers. Self-indulgence has placed me-me-me scales over their hearts and minds. Their own needs and wants have created an impenetrable cloud of indifference between them and the bold and courageous stand of our neighbors to the North…and those of us fighting here at home.
My praise team sister prayed a prayer of protection over me at the end of our rehearsal Friday night because she saw me as a brother standing on the front line. It was a welcomed blessing, but I said to them, “We are all on the front line now.”
“New York is Ground Zero for tyranny…tyranny manifest…tyranny applied. This is not about legal remedy. This is about courage.” ~ Law Professor David Clements Truth About the 2020 Election
Imagine the torment in the young 8th grader’s heart and mind that produced the rivers of tears in the self-portrait above. God gave the message to a men’s retreat one year ago, “our children are drowning” in these tears…and one year later the men are still in retreat, reminiscent of, “Consider David in his battle with Goliath. Why was he able to stand against the giant when the army of Israel pulled back in fear?” ~ John Maxwell, Differences That Make A Difference. In Against The Odds, Maxwell writes, “Someone said that only people who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”
Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine.” ~ 1 Samuel 17:37
The enemy has infiltrated EVERY level of our government; local, state, and federal…as well as our churches, it grieves me to say. It wants us locked down, isolated from one another, and living in fear. What is happening in Canada right now has it completely terrified. And, as Professor Clements points out, those of us living here in New York are in the monster’s sites. The real question is will we continue to live as men in retreat…the army of Israel pulling back, OR will we find our spirit of David, turn into the fight, and finally slay this beast?
The Man of La Mancha came to me in a dream this past week, as we in the CLOTH are embarked on a “Classical” quest to save the Dulcineas of our day. Don’t you know that one of my brothers in this quest named his own daughter Dulcinea as a result of seeing the play many years ago. As God put on my heart to write, the only impossible dreams are those we dare not dream. For the sake of our children…for the glory of the king…for the glory of Him!