“The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (NIV)
“The thief ‘shepherd’ has no other agenda but to steal, kill and he couldn’t care less if he ‘lost some sheep.’ I have come with the sole purpose for you to have life in its most complete form.” (Mirror)
“A thief has only one thing in mind – he wants to steal, slaughter and to destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect – life in its fullness until you overflow!” (TPT)
Though the earth be shaken, “There is a river whose streams delight the city of God, the Holy Place, where the Most High dwells. (Ps. 46:4) God has established a safe haven for us to experience safety, rest, refreshing, and refuge: The River of God.
The constraint of God is vastly different from the restrictions of man. God is jealous for us! I admonish you in this season to avoid foolish arguments and anger that does NOT achieve the righteousness of God. (Jam 1:20) God is holding us tightly in this hour to help us maintain heavenly perspectives. Do not resent his bridle. “Look at the birds of the air. They do not toil for provision, nor are they worried about tomorrow. They are wind driven.” (Matt. 6:26) What a glorious picture of what our life should look like - life, freedom, and simplicity! They know the direction of the wind. They listen and hear a low frequency sound coming from an approaching storm a day in advance and take refuge.
We are like the birds of the air. The river is symbolic of Holy Spirit. The wind is symbolic of Holy Spirit. What refuge and peace! Evangelism is to simply invite people into the river. The wind is a picture of navigation, discernment, direction, and atmosphere. Simply stay close!
During unusual times of confusion, we ARE the peacemakers. We ascend and stay positioned. Jump on in! When you hear the heavens sound, be wind driven. What glorious provision and refuge. I would admonish you my partners and friends to re-evaluate your thought life, daily activities and who you allow to speak into your life. Sean Hannity (I really do like him) nor Dr. Fauci lead me nor speak into my world. God’s written and revelatory word have the final say!
Rise above the storm! Grace, peace, hope, and love,