“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Beautiful!! While riding along our downtown road, my wife spots this absolutely breathtaking image. In true “technology fashion”, she pulls out her cellphone to quickly capture this moment before it is lost forever.
To some, you simply see a courthouse and rainbow – yes, the factual aspects of the image. To others, you see God’s promise beautifully arcing over a prominent building in a quaint town. To me, however, I not only see but hear, “This is your confirmation to the vision I have already shown you!” Yes, just weeks ago, the Holy Spirit pierced my heart to plan a community gathering around the courthouse for prayer, worship, and fellowship.
I am fully aware that there is a spiritual battle around you personally, your home, your neighborhood, your community, and your town. Satan’s best work is found in division! My dear friends, why is there nearly a church on every corner in our lovely town? Is it because we are spiritually sound here in DeRidder, Louisiana? Is it because every church is filled to capacity, and we must build more churches to meet the demand?
Then…Why is our town still divided? Why are our churches half-full? [Think about it.]
I’m concerned that our biggest problem is that we have confused tradition with truth!
My prayer is that we break the mold. We refuse to be slow to respond! Enough is enough my dear community! I have no authority over any territorial spirits. However, as a community, acting as one body in Christ, we collectively have power when we stand united!
I cannot deny that the Spirit spoke this challenge over me. I cannot deny that I was given a vision around the courthouse, and I cannot deny that days later God providentially placed me at the right spot at just the right time to witness His promise firsthand. As my wife took this picture, I couldn’t help but also see the opening in the sky directly above the courthouse. If the rainbow wasn’t enough, I was awestruck when God’s presence broke through the darkness surrounding our community.
So, I prayed!
“Thank you Lord for confirmations! You are a good, good Father. I am just a weak vessel and unworthy of such a blessing. I accept your calling as a servant of the King. I will send forth messengers as you called out to me. We will gather in complete unity, claiming Jesus Christ as our town’s cornerstone. I have seen a dark veil over our town for such a long time; yet you remind me that just a spark of your perfect light shatters darkness. The dark veil runs from your presence! Your people will represent you because your Son lives in us. I ask for forgiveness for our community. We are sorry for failing to see the needs of others over ourselves. We are sorry for allowing division among your people. We claim the protective blood covering granted by your Son Jesus Christ. We pray in Jesus name, Amen.”
Question: Who will gather with me?