To describe the past few weeks as ‘a funk’ would be a serious understatement. Nothing has been clicking. There have been frequent periods of ‘intense fellowship’ (aka fighting) in our home. Miscommunication with others. Stress. Hurt feelings. Misunderstanding. Ugliness. Yucky. Blah.
What do you think is the cause of this? Who do you think wants there to be a wedge between a husband and a wife, between friends, between co-laborers in Christ?? Who do you think takes words, spoken or written, and wickedly twists them around and distorts them before they reach the intended recipient? Who plants irrational thoughts or creates paranoia?
I can tell you, in the past few days, it has become BLATANTLY OBVIOUS why we have been facing these kinds of struggles, darkness or ‘funk’! God has recently impressed upon our hearts to take THREE faith risks (TBA at a later time). Anytime God is leading you to commit to do something or surrender something to Him, the little snake comes along and tries to thwart the plans, and after the decision tries to dislodge the seed that has been planted. “The thief has come to STEAL and DESTROY” John 10:10, but JESUS “has come that (we) they may have life and have it in abundance.”
The more steps you take towards a sanctified life and/or towards obeying God’s calling on your life, the more you are willing to do for kingdom growth or steps you are willing to take to simply be in God’s will, the more resistance you will face. Press on, baby – ‘cuz if you’re in a wilderness, a MOVE of God is right around the corner!! Francis Frangipane says, “There is something about the time just prior to a move of God that causes many to wonder if the Lord is for them or against them.” I truly believe we are on the brink of a MOVE OF GOD in my home, in my church and in my community!!
Continuing on, Francis explains that this little wilderness season (funk) “has not been a time of punishment, but a season of preparation and of learning obedience.”
Kevin reminded us Sunday that our God is UNSTOPPABLE!! See Mt. 16:18, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.”
When we are in this funky wilderness, we need to open our eyes to the fact of WHO we are battling! “We must learn to war against the illusions and strife, the fears and jealousies that are sent from hell to divide us. If Jesus is eternally praying for our oneness, then we must recognize that Satan is continually fighting against it. The devil knows that when we become one with Christ and, through Him, one with each other, it is only a matter of time before this Jesus-built church will destroy the empire of hell!” F. Frangipane.
This is a battle that MUST be fought head on… on our knees! Let the power of the heavenlies tackle the powers of darkness. We already have the victory in Christ – we’ve already won the battle. Believe it. Claim it. Live it.
“Let’s go out and show the world who this Unstoppable God is!” – Kevin Grubinski