I remember several years ago, waking up in the middle of the night. Suddenly, I was led to pray for my grandfather. There was no audible voice, but the message was clear.
I had no detail on why I was supposed to pray, but when I did, I felt peaceful and had a strong impression that the prayers were important and were accomplishing something. I prayed with my understanding as well as with my spirit. After awhile, I relaxed and fell back to sleep.
The next day, I received word that my grandfather had suffered a heart attack. He was stable and ultimately recovered and lived for many more years. When I learned that the attack occurred around the time I was awakened in the night, I was amazed and thankful. I praised God for working to help my grandfather and began to learn about the importance and power of our prayers.
If you look at my book cover, you will see a butterfly divided into two parts, representing good and evil.
The idea was inspired by a beautiful photo taken by a friend. With her permission, we posted it on our personal homepage.
During the production process of my book, my cover designer asked for our ideas on how the cover should look. My wife pointed out that she thought we should try to show the contrast between the beauty and goodness of God and the evil of the devil. She offered the butterfly photo as an illustration of God’s beauty.
What do you see when you look at the cover? Does it communicate to you? I’d love to hear your comments.
My short book trailer video is also based on the butterfly from the book cover. It is very brief so there isn’t much time to communicate the message. Once again, I would enjoy hearing your comments on its effectiveness.
Last week, I enjoyed some time away from work. My wife and I spent time together and also enjoyed visiting with some dear friends. We encouraged one another to persevere. At times, the evil in the world seems overwhelming. Even God’s people are divided and confused. Some believe that God is in control of everything, so they just need to sit back and enjoy the show. Others are discouraged because they believe they need to partner with God to bring his will to earth, but they fail to see how their small contribution can make any significant difference.
In our discussions, I told my friends that I believed I had a message of hope to teach through my book. When we become children of God, we are transformed. We become supernatural people. In an earlier post, I shared that the significant issues in life originate from the spiritual realm. For this reason, we need spiritual power in order to succeed in life. David didn’t defeat the giant because he hit him with a stone. He defeated him because he was backed by almighty God!
As I read and listen to the news, I am often frustrated and even angry as I observe evil men and women gaining more and more power on earth. Many Christians believe that God’s judgment is bringing this evil upon us. Really? My bible says that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all! In Ephesians chapter five we are told that we are supposed to expose the works of darkness. This doesn’t mean we sit back and take our punishment. Jesus took everything we deserve upon himself. Too often we are deceived into believing that God is doing terrible things when it is actually coming from evil forces. If we can be tricked to stay out of the fight, evil simply continues to increase.
In my book, I systematically show you how and why we are in our current situation. But I also give you some practical information on how to become a child of God and begin to function in the supernatural world. We must learn to recognize and oppose evil and we must do it with supernatural power!
The news is filled with injustice, violations of privacy, lies, abuse of power in government and more. No matter what anyone tells you: if an action, initiative or law seeks to steal, kill or destroy our health, wealth or freedom, then it is based in evil. These are the criteria which Jesus set forth in the bible in John 10:10.
My mission is not to list the specific current events which are good or evil. Instead, I am giving you the means by which you can think for yourself, using godly standards to categorize things accordingly. Then, it becomes a matter of promoting that which is good and opposing that which is evil.
As we celebrate another year as a nation, I am thankful for the men and women who have sacrificed so much to secure and preserve our freedom. It is easy to take our quality of life for granted. Instead, we should pray earnestly for God’s hand of blessing to remain upon us. Our prayers accomplish amazing things. As workers together with God, we can literally change the course of our nation.
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
This verse, taken from the Old Testament, gives us some insight on the power of our prayers. If you read the verses preceding this one, you see a glimpse of the evil which was taking place in the city. Yet, God, by his proclamation, shows us that the fervent prayer of just one person could have saved even this land which was filled with corruption. Now that Jesus Christ has come and paid for our salvation, how much more can we accomplish when we partner with God through prayer?
There is a great deal of corruption in our nation. We are surrounded with moral decay, spiritual weakness, economic termoil and greed in government and business. Nevertheless, we need men and women who are willing to stand with and for God in prayer, knowing that as we remain steadfast, our God will bless us.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.