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By August 10th, 2014Uncategorized13 min read
No matter where you are in the
world, there is a lot of fear in the land at this time. It really doesn’t take
much to know that we are truly in the last days. In my country, in addition to
the already existing insecurity and insurgency, a new enemy – the very deadly
Ebola virus, made its entrance unto the scene a couple of weeks back. The Ebola
virus is not one that can be ascribed to any religious intolerance, ethnic
discriminations, class distinctions, or divergent political affiliations. It is
an enemy that is quite literally no respecter of persons… and its right here in
our space!
People have died, and new cases
are being reported in different regions. What is clear to me however is that
what is happening now is not about the Ebola virus per se. No sis, it’s about a
harvest of souls…. And a dark harvest at that! It’s a dark harvest because
there is the question of just how many of those souls that have gone and will
go, are ready to meet the Lord. Ebola is one more way that the enemy has
released a spirit of fear into the land and into the hearts of believers and
unbelievers alike. And boy is there great fear in the land!
My son was invited by another
friend to go along with him for an open mic talent contest at his church. I had
said this was fine because my son is quite the artist, to the glory of God, and
we do everything we can to support him in this. We went out together, having
agreed I would drop him off at this church to meet up with his friend on my way
out. There wasn’t as much traffic as I had anticipated though and so I asked
him to call to confirm how close his friend was to the church. My reasoning was
that since this wasn’t our home church, I would rather he went with me first to
see my friend first, rather than have him sit alone waiting in unfamiliar
territory. Well guess what? He called and his friend said to him that his
mother had decided he should not attend the event because they were concerned
about the spread of the Ebola virus and so were being careful around going to
public places. Seriously? Would this mean they would not be in church this
Sunday then? Hmmm!
Social media is agog with one Ebola-related
thing or the other. Some people have even found it in themselves to post jokes
about what is a very deadly virus. I personally don’t see anything funny about
a real situation that has the potential to wipe out hundreds of men, women and
children in the space of a few weeks. Then of course, there are the superstitious
opinions and the highly uneducated guesses that end up being broadcast on
social media with such rapidity that makes clear that the senders are cloaked
in fear, and so are unable to make rational judgments about the misinformation
they then broadcast. Between those who are advocating bathing in and drinking
salt water, to those who now refuse handshakes, to those who are avoiding going
out – even to church; all that is manifesting is the spirit of fear pervading
the land.
Yes sis, I hear you ask if we shouldn’t
take extra care in the face of this reality. Surely we should. But, methinks
there is a clear difference between being careful and operating in fear. If we
would but settle down and allow the Spirit of God to minister to us, we would
usually be able to discern when we have crossed the line of carefulness and
entered into the realm of fearfulness. God has said that He has NOT given us a spirit
of fear. And fear is certainly a spirit, sis. It is a spirit from the pit of
hell. Fear is a spirit that can hold you down right where you are seated. Fear works
by taking over your mind so completely that you are literally paralyzed. Fear grips
at your heart, constricting it so much so that you can sometimes hardly breathe.
Fear works to hold you back from doing the thing(s) that God has designed you
to do. Fear holds you back from experiencing the life of abundance which is God’s
design for you and I.
Sis, allowing fear to overtake us
is really you and I saying that we don’t believe in God. Hard word, but oh so
true! Our Father already knew that fear would be one of the enemy’s strategies
to keep His children away from His fullness. He already knew that flesh would
fail us. He is God remember? That is why His word (which He exalted above His
name) tells us to cast our fears on Him. God has said effectively ‘I know that
of your flesh, fear will come; but of your spirit, stand in faith that nothing
is impossible for me, that I am with you and I am mindful of you’.
My daughter’s godfather said to
me about 20years ago, that there were six million ways to die already and so he
couldn’t understand why anyone would be afraid of that one more way – in this
case, Ebola. Think about it with me, sis. There is no guarantee whatsoever that
when we go to bed at night, we will wake up the next morning, even when we went
to bed in absolutely good health. Those great people who lost their lives in
the 9/11 attack got up, had breakfast and were working as usual in their
offices when those planes came flying in. Yet you and I head off to work every
day with a sense of certainly that at the end of the day, we will head home
once again. On those really bad days, we are practically counting the minutes
so we can ‘just leave this place’. What do we know sis? What did any of those
9/11 guys know? Who would have told them they would die at work?
This is a season where many of us are hopping
on one flight or the other for our holidays. Many of us have to take one flight
or the other for that quick meeting, that presentation at our corporate head
office, and so on. Sis, what did those guys on the Malaysian airline know? How
could they have imagined that they would board a plane that would disappear
over the deep sea and till today has not been found? Sis, who could have told
the other guys that their plane would be shot out of the skies… a passenger
plane? In 2014? Who could have told them sis? Who could have told that couple
who went out for a nice romantic dinner that the wife would choke on her meal and
die right there at the restaurant, in front of her husband? And yet, you and I pounce
on our meals everyday like it’s a given that eating does not put us at the risk
of death. Hmmm! Need I go on?
There are a million stories and ways in which
people can and will die sis. Life is great, and we all want to live, but…
death, by whatever means, is a constant. And… the dead are dead! The dead are
not looking back and thinking how horrendously they might have died – in an
accident, through a horrible disease like Ebola, if they were gruesomely murdered…
whatever. NO! The dead are dead. The thinking and analyzing and regretting, etc
are for the living to do. The dead are dead, and are immediately having to face
God the Father in the ultimate accountability for the lives that they lived here
on earth.
Sis, this is the crux of the
matter! We do not need to fear death, for when it comes to us, the only thing
that will matter to us who are then the dead, will be which side of the
eternity divide we are headed for in that instant. So yeah, I pray that Ebola
or whatever other evil disease or situation out there does not come near my
family. Yes, I pray that I will live long enough to see my children’s children.
Yes, I pray that by the time I go, painful as my death would be for them, my
children will be old enough and established enough not to find themselves in
the place of dependency. Yes, I pray that I will not be widowed in the prime of
my life. Yes, I pray that I will never have to bury any one of my children and
grandchildren. I pray all these, yes… but more than anything else, I pray that
should the Lord’s time for me be earlier than I would like, that when I am
called, I will be called into His amazing presence and that I will have the privilege
of resting in His love for all eternity in heaven. This is my greatest heart
Making it heaven is ALL that
counts, sis. So, today I am calling on you and indeed myself to again reexamine
our lives and be sure we are in alignment with God the Father. Today, I am
again calling on anyone who has not yet given their life to Jesus Christ, to do
so today. It is not difficult. It is as simple as this prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I believe in You. I
believe You are the Son of God. I believe You lived and died for ME. I believe
You shed Your Blood on the Cross at Calvary for my sake. Lord, I come to You
fully repentant. Forgive me my sins, My father and my Lord. Wash me clean with
Your Blood. Fill me with Your light and truth. Lord, write my name in Your Book
of Life. Help me! Hold me! Teach me Lord. Help me to live for You. Show me the
way Father. I give you my body, my mind, my will, and my emotions. I give you
all that I am and all that I have and I ask that You turn my life around and
use it for Your glory. I declare today I am born again of the Spirit of the
Living God. I declare that Jesus is Lord over my life, in Jesus name Amen”
For those of us who are already
in Christ, I call on you and I today to cling even more closely to the Cross. I
call on each of us today to do a spiritual exercise and examine and be truthful
to ourselves about what little foxes we have allowed into our vineyards, of
what areas of our lives we have kept from yielding up fully to the Lord. Sis,
each of us must be in ‘Ready’ position all the time. We must! Our lives are a
race to the Cross, to the glorious crown from the King of Kings Himself, to eternal
rest in our beautiful heavenly Father. Today the Lord is assuring us that there
is a reason He has repeatedly told us ‘Fear Not!’ We cannot be so held down by
the fear of death and dying that we lose sight of this. God is on the throne
and if we are in Him, our end is always good. We have no idea when our last day
will be, sis! Indeed, we will never know the how or the when. The Spirit of the
Lord is however reminding us today that the ‘how’ of our dying is irrelevant,
but the ‘when’ is critical. Sis, we cannot afford not to be ready at our ‘when’.
Our ‘when’ is the end of our sojourn on this earth, and in the end, our
readiness is all that counts for eternity, if truth be told.
Today I speak over you and I a
prayer that the Lord will hide this truth deep in our hearts. I speak a prayer
that we will truly know that the Lord in a wall of fire around about us and the
glory that is in the midst of us. I pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we
will align ourselves with the Father; that as we continue to behold Him, He
will conform us daily more and more into His image of glory. I speak a heavenly
blessing over us and declare that none of us will be lost, in Jesus name. I declare
that that we will not die before the time the Lord has appointed for us, in
Jesus name. I declare that regardless of how we eventually die this earthly
death, we will live the eternal life in the bosom of the Lord, in Jesus name. I
hear the Spirit of the Lord call us to be ready sis, and I hear His quiet
steadfast assurance: ‘I will help you, My child’. In Christ we are helped sis. How
glorious is that?

Be blessed sis… for you surely


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