I cannot fathom it’s been 17 weeks of sheltering in place. It seems like I will blink, and we will be at a year, where America is a place of civil unrest and civil war. No, the world will not return to life as it was. I watch the world around me, the people, and I see the struggle. The devil has set a sneaky subversive and still aggressive sneaky form of hate and fear ripping across the land.
I admit, I feel tired today. I think I should charge the government back fees for the playgrounds I cannot attend. My health club owes me money for services we cannot obtain.
The things that steal my energy are the spiritual warfare issues that exist, even in my own home, plus things which are just natural and normal… like the disobedience of my children, my own struggle with self-control, the blessings of children scrambling onto my lap that make it hard to type, repetitious spills that make me stop and clean something I just finished cleaning already, eating sugar, interrupted thoughts because four or five people talk at the same time to me… It is hard to teach to short attention spans, competition and tattling among siblings, and different developmental needs which compete for my attention.
Yet, here stands the truth: Jesus, Your blood has totally justified us in Your sight. Your name is Faithful and True, and You call us Your redeemed, and Your beloved. Minister to us this week, speak over our identities and Your Bride. Help us be clothed in robes of pure white, in acts of righteousness. We live in the center of the river of life, which is crystal clear, and flows both from You, Abba, and also Your Son Jesus Christ. On both sides of us is the Tree of Life, and from it, we bear fruit in every season, every month. The washing of Your Word cleanses us daily, and we submit to the streams of healing in Your Spirit. And Lord, also, we take the leaves from the Tree which are for healing. We claim healing over our own identities, our own marriages, our relationships towards ourselves, our spouses, our children, our extended family members and our friends. We declare the Peace of God which surpasses understanding and guards our hearts and our minds over ourselves and our homes. The battle in the mind ends now. You stand in victory and You have won the battle, Lord. You have already delivered us from any evil and no weapon formed against us can prosper. Great is Your remnant. We are Your Remnant, Your chosen few. We persist. We continue to stand and fight. This victory belongs to You alone. Amen.
When I realize the truth, I am all better. I have sequestered myself in my room for a recharge. Then we are going up the mountain to praise God. He deserves our affection, our time, and our love. We will seek Him first. This is how we fight our battles.