Yesterday, I shared a Facebook post with my views about preaching. I don't like preaching. I'm at a stage in my spiritual walk where I would rather people be transparent. To share their true story with me, instead of beating me over the head with a Bible.
I relate much more to a personal approach, rather than a legalistic religious rant. This is my opinion. It doesn't mean that I am right and it doesn't mean that I am wrong. People can accept my opinion or scroll on by. They can agree to disagree.
There need not be a debate, nor conflict over this trivial matter. Yet, several people blew it out of proportion. They felt the need to question me, debate me, and judge me. To publicly humiliate me. To verbally belittle and attack me; a woman of faith.
One woman who I had thought was my Christian friend wrote a malicious comment. I had to stop reading it...the words cut like a knife. It was so vengeful, I was stung by her venom of hate.
Facebook has turned into a battlefield. And what we don't see with our eyes is the enemy working hard to manipulate people to be in conflict, especially Christians who are at war with one another.
Satan is applauding. He aims to ruin your testimony. He desires to trample on God's children in order to give Christianity a bad name. How on earth do believers think they can successfully win others to Christ when they're a poor example of love, grace, and compassion?
Believers repeatedly fall into the wicked scheme. Am I the only one to see this? Dear Christians, please wake up from your slumber. Time is short. The Bible warns us, "The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed." (Romans 13:11 NIV)
Underneath all of this deliberate ugliness and hate is a mean spirit. It truly is not about my belief on preaching. Or teaching. Or storytelling. It goes far, far deeper into the spiritual realm.
It demonstrates how active and real Satan is. How he cleverly fools people, including seasoned believers. And as long as the enemy has the wool pulled over our eyes to be blind, this will continually escalate.
Do you know that God breaks our heart for what breaks His heart? My heart hurts so badly. While my spirit is bruised over this venomous backstabbing on Facebook, it is not crushed. For my faith is strong enough to run to my Abba Daddy who wraps me in His tender arms.
This morning, as I cried out to the Lord with a heavy heart, I prayed, "Jesus, I'm desperate for You. Please show me red cardinals today. Give me a glimpse of Your love."
For those who aren't aware, for two years God has creatively used red cardinals to speak to me. He's given me miraculous signs to reveal that He is near. He showers me with His unconditional love.
Within minutes of saying that prayer, I logged onto my computer. The very first email that I opened up to read had two red cardinals sitting on a branch. Instantly, it was confirmation that Jesus knows my burden weighing me down. He understands the rejection. He knows my pain.
In the midst of my sorrow, He gives me a double portion of His infinite love. He gently reminds me that He is always faithful. That no matter how cruel others can be, He will never leave me, nor forsake me.
He is for me. He is for you.
Today, I pray your eyes are wide opened to see what's happening in the spiritual realm. May you boldly take a stand for your faith, despite the persecution that comes your way, including from other Christians.
And if your heart is aching because others have deeply hurt you, I pray God powerfully shows you how much you are valued and cherished. May you receive a double portion of His love.
"Today I declare that I will restore double to you." Zechariah 9:12 (HCSB)