We have an enemy that wants to stop the advancement of God’s kingdom, and the enemy will attempt to do that in any way that he can. He is after God’s leaders, but he also will come against the team that supports a leader. We need to be spiritually aware and fight the enemy when he tries to come against our families, our team, our congregation, etc.
To accomplish what God calls us to do, God wants us to recognize who we are in Him, what we can do in Him, and what we have in Him. As we grow spiritually, we have to let go of who we used to be, what we used to have, and what we used to do. We need to embrace a new way of thinking and a new way of acting. We still face conflicts, temptations, emotions, but we don’t handle them the same way that we used to.
Recently I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about the transition Jerry and I are in and what we still need to accomplish for the church plant. I felt fear rising in my heart. I knew I needed to get out of bed and confront the fear. I got up and began to speak scripture out loud in the darkness of the night. I quoted Psalm 34:10 over and over “Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” I looked past my emotions and stirred up my heart. I prayed to God and I declared His Word for me personally, “I seek You, Lord, and I will not lack any good thing.”
The Holy Spirit joined me in prayer and God gave me what I needed to hear. He reminded me of the time the Syrian army had surrounded Israel. Early in the morning when Elisha’s servant saw the army, he was afraid and went to Elisha and said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” In II Kings 6:14-17, Elisha prayed that God would open the eyes of his servant so that the servant would be able to see into the spirit. The Lord opened the eyes of the servant and the servant saw the army of God all around Elisha. When the servant saw God’s army, his fear left him.
God showed me how important it is that as a wife, as an assistant, that I grab ahold of spiritual vision. It isn’t just about hearing vision from my husband, because he does share it. It isn’t just about having vision from God, because He does share it. It’s about me being spiritually minded in a world that is constantly giving me a natural perspective. It’s about me recognizing what isn’t from my Father God, and standing up to confront it in the authority of my Savior Jesus Christ. We all have to do it. Without being mindful of the spiritual side of life, the enemy can use a lack of spiritual vision to cause fear, confusion, division, or other destructive issues. If Elisha’s servant did not have spiritual vision, he would have continued in fear, which would not be helpful to Elisha. As a wife and a co-pastor, if I do not recognize spiritual matters and choose to walk in the spirit, the enemy could get in to cause trouble, not only for my husband, the pastor, but for the plan that God has to reach more people through the church God has called us to plant and care for.
When I pursued God in the spirit, His presence filled the room. He reminded me of the vision for the church plant. I began to pray out His will for the church. Peace flooded my heart and pushed out the fear. I went back to bed, singing the song “God I Look to You” with the words, “Give me vision, You know just what to do.” I slept well and woke up refreshed in the strength that God had given me. Praise God!