Tuesday, November 24, 2009

BUTTING IN...

The Lord has blessed me to write my book, "I Remember Joseph"...it details my life's journey from disbelief and misunderstanding of the Lord's plan for my life, to what I know now as real "grace" and real faith in Him. I have a very sure belief in Him and even greater understanding of what He has placed me here on this earth to accomplish for His glory.

As I was growing up I was taught basic things about life. I knew what things were right (according to mom and dad) and what things were wrong or just simply unacceptable (by their standard) but nothing beyond their expectations for me.

I knew I was different than all my siblings, not just because I was the youngest of the 7. I had a strong impression in my spirit that I was supposed to be doing something extremely important. I just didn't know what it was. I always felt as though my life and experiences would impact many, but I thought it would be through writing funny stories (which I was good at), or just correcting grammar (which my siblings will tell you, I was good at too). I wasn't popular for it, but I was good at it still...

While these things made me unpopular amongst family and friends, I believe now that the Lord was preparing me to be the bold, unrelenting, warrior that He created me to be. I am supposed to be the one who speaks out against those things that do not glorify Him. This comes with a greater price than enduring the teasing and glares I was subjected to by those who didn't appreciate my butting in where they felt I did not belong. At least they were family (blood relatives) and friends...

Fortunately for me, I realize that butting in (as long as my motives are to shine the light in the darkness), is exactly what I'm called to do. I am called to butt in to the realm of the spirit where the enemy lies, where he takes captive those men, women and children of God who do not know their purpose is to wreak havoc upon the kingdom of darkness. It's time for us to butt in and stop allowing the enemy's access to us. We just sit back and watch him do his part and talk flippantly about how we're going to pray about it, or against it, or for him/her who is being attacked, but most often we retire to our beds and say some quick little blurb of a prayer just before we fall asleep and the enemy is sitting back saying, "Is that all you got? Little prayer, and little power???" We say he's under our feet but he's saying, "I still have the power to trip you up!" Why does he have that access to us? He has that access because we do not yet realize the power and authority we possess. The world has become more wicked and the obstacles are far more grand that they once were, so most of us are cowering in our homes, saying less, doing less, but still expecting MORE! The enemy is telling us to Butt Out! But if I may encourage one who is reading this today just as I frustrated my siblings and others around me with my constant corrections and butting in, we are to frustrate the enemy's camp in a far greater way. We've wasting far too much time with butting out! It is time for BUTTING IN...

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