It happened again on Saturday.
What you may ask?
My three strikes policy.
Huh? Three strikes policy?
Whenever I’m struck three times by a common theme or thread within a short period of time I ask the Lord for some interpretation.
On Saturday as I scanned my Facebook feed our Lynn made a comment about being under enemy attack. You may have read that update. I prayed immediately for Lynn and saw an image of Lynn dressed all in white wielding a mighty sword and being surrounded by angels who were similarly armed.
Within a matter of minutes I read Revelation 19: 11-16 which describes Jesus riding on a white horse as He sets off on His final quest to bring His kingdom to earth. Do read the passage, as it’s full of incredible imagery.
At this point I was questioning whether it was Lynn I pictured or Jesus.
And then I read Psalm 68: 17-18 (NIV)
“The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.
When you ascended on high, you took many captives; you received gifts from people, even from the rebellious—that you, Lord God, might dwell there.”
Once again, we see Jesus as a victorious leader of armies.
Okay, okay, Lord. I get it. What’s on your heart?
And I sensed simply the words: “I’m fighting for you.”
I had been asking Him for the past few days what message He’d like me to write for we SUMites. Some ideas were brewing but then I got a strong sense that this was for us.
Jesus is fighting for us.
We’ve come off a month celebrating this wonderful ministry and family led by our two pastors (ordained and all! Yes!) Lynn and Dineen. It’s been very special sharing in each other’s messages of how this family has so helped us all grow, irrespective of how long we might have been a part of it.
Last week I was reminded of my “different” situation to the members of my men’s group. We’d heard a panel discussion on married relationships where being aligned in purpose was put out there as being critical to a fruitful marriage.
And immediately I sensed the thrust of the enemy saying well Ian that’s a bit of a problem for you, isn’t it now?
I gave it a second’s thought and then swatted it away. Yes, yes, we have our challenges when it comes to not being aligned with spiritual purpose but as we’ve discussed many times before that doesn’t mean our marriages can’t bear fruit. Far from it.
And it’s because we have Jesus fighting for us. And for our spouses and our marriages. Believe that deep in your heart.
The power of worship
The warfare theme continued into Sunday as our pastor preached on “Speaking the Word of God into our Relationships.” The armor of God in Ephesians 6: 10-18 got a good overview. Fascinating that I’ve rarely looked at the second half of v18: “… be alert and always keep on praying for the Lord’s people.”
That’s us. And we’re doing it! How fantastic is this month of praying for each other’s spouses. I can’t wait to hear how God answers our prayers.
If things are particularly tough at the moment may I encourage you to worship. Worship isn’t simply singing a song, but as my prayer pastor said the other day, it’s the pursuit of Jesus Christ.
Worship Him. Spend time in His presence. Read His Word. Praise His Mighty Name.
And keep on worshipping.
And remember, Jesus is always fighting for our marriages and us.
Grace and peace, my dear friends.