Spiritual Warfare! It is real. It is ugly. It can be very intense. It has causalities and requires that we love those Satan entices to attack and/or kill us. Remember, Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy God’s work and God’s people. These words are not a figure of speech, but literal.
When we, as disciples of Jesus, advance God’s Kingdom, we walk straight into a real war that is spiritually driven, not man made. It is the most important war a believer can enlist in because it is the war where we seek to proclaim the one single message that reconciles people to God.
Death. It is final. Many avoid talking about it because they fear it. It is in the news on a daily basis. A lot of people do everything they can to delay its arrival. But, inevitably death will arrive at each of our doorsteps. It will come knocking and there is nothing you or I can do about it.
This week, my sister-n-law Eunice passed away. It was unexpected and a total shock to the whole family. She has had health challenges over the past few years (stroke included) but none that we thought would take her life this past week. In fact, my family and I were on the road driving to visit Eunice and my father/mother-n-law for a few weeks when we got word of her sudden critical state and ultimate passing. What made this ever more difficult is that we were only one hour from arriving to see her and my parents-in-laws. Even my wife’s brother and his wife were in the air traveling to visit them/us for the next week as well. Yet, our planned time as a family took the one turn we would all love to reverse but cannot.
The picture above is not a picture I will soon forget. Let's face it. It's troubling to look at. His name is Alan Kurdi. He was 3 years old when his little body washed ashore in Turkey. His family was fleeing the war in Syria so they could have a life that you and I equally desire. Yet, in the process of fleeing, little Alan drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.
I keep his picture visible on my desktop because he reminds me of the millions of displaced souls around the world who are fleeing or attempting to flee their homelands due to extreme difficulties. They desire to get to a safer land where they can live a proper life. For reasons only God can explain, my family and I are not one of the millions of displaced peoples around the world.
Nik Ripken, author of Insanity of God, was our guest on Missions Talk yesterday. He said something very intriguing that immediately caught my attention because I have never heard anyone say this before nor have I thought it. Nik said: