First off thanks for the encouraging comments on the last post. Sometimes it all just comes down in a whole, clear, packaged flow and I just get out of the way and relay what I'm seeing/hearing. It didn't end there. There was a resulting supernatural event that followed that post, Lee's reference to it on Facebook and . . . well, I can't really go into specifics but will say that some things happened that left my wife and I saying, "this thing is REAL! Praise God. He answers prayers, He is present and involved personally and in close, intimate ways--no doubt about it!"
And it all relates to another reiteration I want to make and like to do so on a regular basis, having to do with getting through these increasingly hostile, threatening times.
While the dead continue to be appropriately oblivious to much of what is actually going on spiritually all around . . . I know that believers are very well aware that there is a full-out assault on Christianity and the followers of Jesus. I don't think many, or any . . . of us expect it to be subsiding any time soon. It looks to be ramping up and only getting even more direct and tyrannical.
I feel led to recall once again that it will take extra effort to stay strong and focused in the right way, through the onslaught. First thing upon waking, before the worldly thoughts come barging into the mind I am making a concerted purpose to straightaway look to Him. Not in a half-hearted, habitual way; but in a determined, imploring, passionate way. Make the connection. Don't leave until I do. Then, regularly through the day, remember Him. We each should, amidst the texts to friends, loved ones, checking tweets and facebook updates, the wretched news . . . deliberately take time, energy, thought, heart and put it into remembering upon Whom we rely and trust. He must be included as a top priority--not just once a day or, worse yet, once or twice a week. But mindfully, all through the day . . . and night.
And then, of course, upon sleeping, connecting again. Whether "spiritual" feelings are there or not. It is a mental intention first. A change of mind--the place of repentance and of having a contrite, humble, repentant heart.
I'm not assuming you don't already do this. Not being patronizing. Just encouraging myself and anyone to press in all the more. It is so easy to become lax and distracted amidst the bombardment of information and depressing news--nearly all of which, I believe now . . . is supernaturally designed as a live weapon in the spiritual battle raging--meant to distract and especially demoralize.
Which is why it is so important to remember His victory. In reality, the battle is over. He won. We won, in Him and HE is the one who is actually in the "mopping up" phase!
And I find, that when I go extra--when I press in and make effort to call Him, to be close in remembrance and gratitude for His victory . . . and always seeking direction and correction . . . slow to talk, quick to listen . . . reveling in His grace and mercy . . . knowing His love . . . then I find He reciprocates! There is a boost, and encouragement of Spirit Who responds; Who is real, living, engaged in and with us!
We are now in trench warfare, spiritual warfare . . . daily, hour to hour. So too should our attention be directed to our General, our Healer, our field Doctor . . . our Protector and Sustainer.
This thing IS real; and He is really there and responds and strengthens us as the battle rages all around; praise God!:)