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Yes, here we are at the campground listening to the birds chirping every morning, as well as sipping coffee, taking walks along the nature trail, and above all, learning so much about our Sword from Lisa Bevere. No doubt each woman has their own special chapter that might have ministered to them the most. For me, it was Chapter 10, our current chapter. So, let’s head on down to the bonfire to see what my 4 girlfriends have to say about it.
“We can’t see the whole picture NOW (the earthbound temporal realm). Because there is more than what meets the eye, “we need the sword of light and discernment” to see what our eyes are missing in the Big Picture. (Lisa)
If we do not recognize the Light, the darkness will overtake us and the ones we love. Paul’s letter to Timothy described the last days as:
- love only themselves and their money
- be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful
- consider nothing sacred
- be unloving and unforgiving
- will slander others and have no self-control
- be cruel and hate what is good
- betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God
- act religious, but will reject the power that could make them godly (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
These are not issues brought about by circumstances of where you live, but about where your HEART is. Just as Lisa said:
- The Word of God is the lamp that lights our paths while it judges our actions as surely as it discerns our hearts. Without the light of God’s Word, we would all be running around in the dark, afraid of what we cannot see.
- Without the insight of God’s Word, it is easy to mistake an enemy for a friend and someone’s past for their future, because the shadow realm distorts our perspective. But when the light is brought to a situation, you see what is actually before you.
Satan uses his schemes, plots, and tactics to divide us from God and each other. Lisa presents three methods of countering Satan’s attacks.
1. Love - - Biblical love teaches us what true love really is in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and Mark 12:31.
- “Hate lives in the dark; love lives in the light.” (Lisa)
2. Power – - Satan attempts to make us think we are not worthy or good enough by using our past sins against us. Remember: “We are descendants of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession” (1 Peter 2:9).
- Our #1 assignment is to be an ambassador for Christ and to let His will be done in our lives.
- “You are his prized possession, redeemed to proclaim all that He did when He called you out of a life of darkness to live forever in the glory of His light. That’s the power of your testimony.” (Lisa)
3. Sound Mind – - Our thoughts can breed a multitude of negative thoughts. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is” (Romans 12:2).
- “The Word of God has the power to renew your mind and change it from unsound to sound.” (Lisa)
We are a society that almost automatically labels those around us; we label ourselves just as much. Often times these labels focus on our negative characteristics, what we or others may see wrong on the outside, or on our brokenness. But there is more beyond those labels.
Lisa says: “Discernment is about knowing what is really going on, so that heroic daughters can turn what others see as a disadvantage into an advantage. The discerning warrior will know how to turn evil around for good.”
God gifted us with discernment so that we could see the good and the bad, so that we could help encourage the good and help us see ourselves and those around us for what He created us to be.
As the much loved scripture says: ”And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
The following words from Lisa are ones that stuck out the most to me:
- Discernment and true intercession have the power to release restrained captives into their destiny.
- Throughout His earthly walk, Jesus discerned the work of the Evil One, then interceded by bringing light, truth, and healing into the darkened days of earth.
- Discernment realizes when others are blind and then intercedes based on their ignorance rather than on their actions. The cross ended our separation from God, but his intercession didn’t stop there; Jesus not only rose from the grave; he ascended into heaven and is interceding for us. (Romans. 8:33-34)
(Diane’s testimony sums up ‘Discernment and Prayer’ beautifully)
- I was once held captive, restrained by Satan’s slithering grasp. I was so blinded by the darkness my life was quickly becoming.
- I cried painful tears every single day. Every time I cried, I wished someone would see me crying, and then maybe someone would pray for me; I had no strength or words to pray for myself.
- Then I came across this passage: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (Romans 8:26-27)
- I then realized that God saw every tear that fell from my eyes, not only did He catch them in His hands, but He also prayed each one away. In those teary moments, God’s spirit interceded for me. He was the One I was wishing for all along to pray for me – -I just didn’t know it at the time.
- Because of the dark we find God’s light.
- Because we have found God’s light, we are able to help others find God’s light.
After Diane spoke, Praise and Worship began. This is usually the time I reflect on what my friends have just spoken about. As I said, this chapter really touched my heart. To be honest, I have never considered myself an intercessor. Oh, I talk to God all day but, sometimes I have this vision of intercession as being on your knees hours at a time. But, Lisa listed other ways we intercede: speak up for another as an advocate, speak into a conflict that needs resolution, stand up for the downtrodden and silenced.
Oh yes – -I am an intercessor! I get great pleasure doing that!! I walked back to the cabin in the moonlight and felt the presence of the Lord all around me.
Father God, how we thank You for Your Sword of Light. May we become a discerning daughter, and ready to be a vessel to set free those who are being held captive by the enemy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.