Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous.
Be strong. And do everything with love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NLT)
Every now and then you experience something that you can only makes sense of after the fact. Yesterday I visited the home described by one of its occupants as possessed of demons and filled with ghosts, so much so that she was no longer able to reside there and provide child care services, preferring to leave immediately. It is important to note that I did not visit this home in any spiritual capacity. On its face, it might sound a little nuts, but as my beloved reminded me, if we believe in the presence of the Holy Spirit, we must also believe in spirits that mean to bless and those meant to curse. It’s just that we don’t really talk much about that anymore.
One of the things I find interesting about this experience is that I had no concern, no fear about entering this home, covered as I was by a fool’s faith. I liken it to being in generally good physical condition. It's not like I could run a marathon tomorrow, but I'm healthy, even spiritually.
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Before you get offended, I’m proud to be a fool in this case. I didn't worry. I had absolutely NO spirit of fear. I was covered by the Blood, covered by the regular daily prayers of those who love me, and those whom I love; it was all good. In case you’re wondering, I felt no sense of being ill at ease while I was in the home, neither while I was traveling there nor as I returned back to my family. My Father, as always, had my back (front, sides, above, beneath, etc.) And for the record, nothing came with me.
I am thankful for my ordinary, daily, not-in-need-of-an-emergency-boost faith. I did what was required and kept it moving. Thinking later, Thank God that I'd already sewn Paul's lesson to the Corinthinan church deep into the fabric of my heart. As Matthew Henry explains it in commentary,
He [Paul] advises them to stand fast in the faith, to keep their ground, adhere to the revelation of God, and not give it up for the wisdom of the world, nor suffer it to be corrupted by it—stand for the faith of the gospel…
I was most proud considering yesterday, that I felt no need for extraordinary measures. There are times when I feel a meeting or an interaction will be contentious and I pray for God’s Peace to rest upon me. There are times when I am weary and certain that my fuse will be shorter than necessary when I ask God to send Job’s patience. Some days I just ask to be hidden in His Presence, most days really. Yesterday, I was good.
So, for the friends, family, and loved ones who laugh at my FB status today,
Good morning. All ghosts and demons have been accounted for. Feel free to go about your day. (the things that happen in my world...)
know that I am grateful for the prayers, blessings, and coverings you lay over me regularly, occasionally, and randomly. Those abundant blessings contribute to my fool’s faith, thank God.
Now, feel free to go about your day…