We've passed the one year mark of our time in Virginia. Truth be told, it has been challenging. I expect struggles when a family relocates, but the some of the ones here have been both unexpected and from disappointing sources and/or participants. So with that in mind the adjustments accordingly have taken time and due process. I'm pleased to note that we're getting out of the proverbial woods concerning said adjustments, and I personally am breathing easier. There is no question that God Himself has truly been pastoring us, carrying us at times and diligently leading us in the other times. So I'm grateful, thankful to know experientially that He is not just Lord of mountaintops - but of every valley, (1 Kings chapter 20).
On the redemptive side of our process this year, I am seeing the nature of the unseen battle with real clarity. We have discovered gaps personally, seeing the Lord address things in our family in these months. And, further, to have seen strongholds and issues surface within the corporate Church this year has been informative and of great potential help for the road ahead. Its helpful because the Lord wants to lay some tracks for spiritual breakthrough in the region, and the biggest obstacles are in the Body of Christ (which is not unusual). This perception is key to pursuing spiritual vibrancy and attaining an overcoming spirit. So pray for me... for open doors and favor as I intend to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Its been a time in the wilderness, of temptation and weakness. A qualifying through identifying with and joining ourselves to the struggles of the local Church this past year. But there's ground to be taken and a harvest to gather.
8 Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.” 9
And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you
do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.” 10 Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice.
Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this
thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show
me which of us is for the king of Israel?”
12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”
13 So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him.”
And it was told him, saying, “Surely he is in Dothan.”
14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 15
And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there
was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his
servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17
And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may
see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And
behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings chapter 6)