The message I mention in this video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/8hDv0VLzix8 (please forward to around the 4 minute mark and watch from there for a few minutes… you’ll get the gist).
The following is a letter I’ve written to all the leadership at our church, however, it is for any and all who are feeling the oppression from the enemy. Feel like throwing in the towel? Please read:
Hey gang, it seems like whenever God is doing something cool, the enemy wants to come in like a flood. Maybe we should be concerned if the enemy WASN’T attacking. However, when bad stuff seems to be happening, many times it can mean that God is moving. The devil hates that, and wants to discourage and distract. Don’t let that happen! Today I SAY THIS TO MYSELF…and I want to encourage each of you (those the Lord has put on my heart and those that are in some form of leadership at The Alpine Chapel): “DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN”.
Remember what God’s Word declares, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17).
Some days get hard. Attacks get hurled our way that we didn’t even see coming. The enemy loves to stir up strife and division, he does his best to heap on insults and kicks us while we’re down. But be assured, whenever you are afflicted, attacked, ridiculed, or abused, God takes notice. He rises up strong on your behalf. Why? Because you and I are His precious children. As believers, we can know, God Himself has the final say over our lives. Not the accuser. His Word reminds us that no weapon or cruel accusation is able to stand over us for long. It will fall away, for His Power rises above all. He brings light straight to darkness, and what is hidden in the dark, He brings out into the light. We are His children and He can’t help but to come to our rescue and defense.
Sometimes it may seem too long in coming. We start to feel forgotten, betrayed, rejected, and afraid. We wonder why we’ve been left on our own. Maybe some have stirred up lies against you. Maybe the enemy seems to be breathing down your back, hot on your trail, trying hard to bring you down. Maybe the obstacles seem too hard to hurdle anymore… and you feel like giving up.
Know that He is close, He sees your pain and is aware of every attack. And He is building greatness and deep perseverance from within. Shake it off gang. Every last bitter, cruel word and fiery dart. Take it to the One who sets you free from the strongholds of darkness, from sin and shame. Leave it at the feet of the One who covers you with His favor and blessing so that your strength is renewed day by day.Listen to His whisper today down deep in your soul. He is with you. You are greatly loved. Be still, He fights for you today.
Dear Lord, I thank you for these leaders at The Alpine Chapel and we thank you for the Power of your Word and your Presence over our lives. We thank you that no weapon formed against us will prosper, for greater are You who is in us, than he who is in the world. We pray that you will cast down every threat and accusation, every abusive word and cruel attack hurled our way. We praise you that nothing is impossible with you, that You are loving and gracious, full of mercy and might. We trust in you alone, to rise up strong on our behalf. Thank you that you are our Defender and Strong Tower, our Refuge and our Strength. Thank you that you fight for us today, and in our weakness, you make us strong.In the Awesome Name of Jesus, Amen.
I love you all… and I remain excited for all God is doing, and YET to do! – Pastor Michael