King Jehoram had a series of wild experiences with Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram (Syria). One time, Ben-Hadad laid siege to Jehoram’s capital city, and it was sustained for so long that people resorted to cannibalism. In the midst of that extremity, God broadcast the sound of a phony army marching against the Arameans. They panicked and fled the camp in the middle of the night, leaving all their supplies of food behind.
The next day, the residents of Samaria had an abundance of food. The previous day a donkey’s head was sold for 80 pieces of silver. The next day, the price of food had dropped so much that eight quarts of fine flour would sell for a shekel. That is one of the most extreme cases of economic deflation on record!
The point is that the problems we have faced for years that are wearing us down to the level of extreme desperation are not necessarily going to end in the way the past few years seem to point to. Even though you are completely out of resources and completely out of energy, God can turn the battle at the last second.
The simplicity with which God can shatter and scatter an army is simply amazing. He manufactured and deployed phony sound. How simple does it get?!
And no matter how obdurate your opponent is, no matter how much force of government or business is coming against you, they are just a flick of the wrist away from being scattered and shattered when God moves.
Today we will war against those seemingly impossible barriers. I know God allows some to stay for reasons we may never understand. Obviously He could have sent the Arameans packing years before. This is not a time to debate the issue of why God allows pain.
I am simply saying that if the impossible pain is there because we have not prayed appropriately, let’s press in today, on behalf of the entire tribe worldwide, not just our own situation. Every time an impossible situation shatters and releases God’s people, there is an increase in the collective spiritual authority of the tribe.
So again, I encourage those of you who are in the best place to war the most intensely over this blessing that you need the least. This is a fulfillment of James 1:27 AV. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
You may not know fatherless children or widows or other powerless, marginalized people in the culture, but I assure you there are many in the Sapphire tribe. Cry out to God for them today.
In fact, I would like to invite you to go public in the comment section about adopting a powerless person today. Ask God to assign you the person and the situation that He knows most matches your authority and your calling. Even though you will not know the name or the story, or what the results are until you visit the archives in heaven, commit in our comments section to pray for that person God assigns you for a specific period of time.
Pure religion is outside the stained glass windows and padded pews. It is where the pain is the highest.
Copyright August 2015 by Arthur Burk
From South Africa