Cliff broke in quietly. “You have something here that’s precious in His Sight. God’s given you opportunity to show to this city and to this nation God’ True Love, the opposite of social terrorism. You are doing it with Passion. Bless you all. There’s more…”
Cliff stopped to phrase his thinking. “God has literally dumped a city of wounded souls directly into your laps. Now He’s given you this charge, ‘Do not be afraid. More will strike this nation. Be prepared. God has begun His Revival. I’ll never forget those words. An’ then…, I AM with you.’
Now He’s given you the financial resources, the direction, and His Power to Overcome the evil one…, to go ahead with your plan. I’m going to do my best to send you people from churches in this district and beyond, people well grounded in His Word, able to teach these new believers His Truth right from scripture.” He gestured to them with his words. “I want them to catch what you have; to learn it, to feel it with their own hearts so they can take it back home with them. Together we can grow this Fire of Passion for Christ.”
Ted looked down, feeling his shakes wanting to start again. He hesitated, leaning closer to Rita, feeling her warmth of love, not wanting to break the moment. “I’m being careful here, thinkin’ ’bout what all of you’ve said ’bout Passion for Christ and His Power. For me it’s ’bout faith. God stretched my faith this weekend and more just a moment ago. Think for a minute what might’ve happened without His Hand. We’d probably be blown to pieces and our ministry here done.”
Ted reflected a moment on the dark hillside beside the church. “We’re fighting people and powers I know little ’bout. Who was behind the attacks Saturday night? And now another warning to be strong, and resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Someone with that kind of power and resources to pull that off will likely try again and again.”
Herb shook from the memory and picked up Diane’ hand for comfort. “I know who it is Ted. Let me read it to you. Here it is in Ephesians 6: 10-17.” Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Cliff added. “And there’s also that verse in II Timothy 1:7. For God has not given us a Spirit of timidity, but of power, and love, and sound judgment. So you’re right Ted. It is ’bout faith. Faith that God is able to deliver us from the power of Satan, to protect us from the people you’re talking ‘bout.” I don’t know if we’ll ever know who set up the attacks. I know there are several agencies trying to find out. Let’s focus instead on what Elise is tryin’ to say. Let’s pray for one another for Protection, for Faith, and Power in His Name.”
Together fervent prayer poured out, forming a bond with His Love flowing from one to another, forging a Shield of Faith in His Name.
Mr. Brodine Emerson III was just plain mad. How did my plans go wrong? Not only did that horrid church survive, but those Christians, how I loathe that word, they somehow survived. My people are caught which might lead to me, or expose the Grand Scheme. I’ll have Harrison in Chicago cover some of that. I’ll have to be careful when going head to head with that group of Christians. Wonder…, how the old man will fare.
He turned to spit and swore in violent reaction to the thoughts, then opened to his staff. “What people are these that can defy me? This calls for a new plan. Something that’ll take careful planning and precise timing.” That’s my specialty, taught to me by the old man. My teams burnt those churches in Tennessee years ago. Most were so terrible easy to do, not locked or guarded, just held by their so called faith, humph, what a joke. Now I need to deal with something genuine, not like the others, with a form of protection from me. I’ve not seen a shield of faith like this since ancient days, hmmm. How can this be? Remember, my legions, remember the walls of Jericho and the gates of Ai. Gather together for this fight is of greater proportion than I first thought.
I need to focus on the big push to foul the world economic order, to deliver chaos as part of the Grand Scheme to rid the world of Christians and Jews alike. There’s restlessness there, just behind that push. I think time is growing short.