Consider: What are We Doing? – Herb Otter, Jr.
It is said history repeats itself. Well, sorta…. Events and periods of time occur that are unique so they are given a name so we can tell one from the other. However, although different, there are patterns that are repeated over and over again. It generally is good versus evil, good guy versus bad guy.
As I write, we are truly in a unique period of time. So much is happening to us, to our area, to our country and to our world. Any period of time can be defined that way; but it appears that at this moment we are facing some of the biggest issues we have ever faced. In a historical as well as biblical sense, this is a major time of GOOD vs EVIL.
During an earlier time, the world faced a threat of world domination by Japanese as well as German empires. Most of us were not around and only know there was a war in the mid-20th century. However, at the time experts agreed that the allies, as the good guys were called, could not win the war against the greatest armies of that period. For a time, America was unprotected after Pearl Harbor; Australia considered moving its relatively small population to the south in order to protect them from the expected Japanese assault; Britain barely survived an invasion from Germany. Germany and Japan were printing money in English for the expected takeover of the USA. Could it have happened regardless of the formidable outback, the huge determined American continent and the British nerve? Maybe.
Even if they couldn’t beat us many believe – which even was reflected in slogans of the time – that to win the war or at least stop the tyranny it would take until the late 1940s or even beyond. That’s almost a decade. As it happened, from Pearl Harbor until the German surrender was less than 3 and a half years. We didn’t have a lot to begin with and it that relatively short period of time defeated one of the greatest fighting forces ever assembled, with Japan surrendering soon thereafter.
In 1776, we were at war as a new nation against the mightiest of empires known to man. We definitely at that time had no chance of winning ….. but we did.
In 1989 the Berlin wall came down without a shot fired. Talk about impossible.
Christians… believers… all know that Good is stronger than evil. But many times evil wins.
What happened that was different in the above. People of prayer, and especially those who believe what GOD has promised. And the Bible has thousands of promises.
In the revolutionary war, the clergy lead the charge of freedom; Washington himself was continually on his knees and the new leaders put their lives on the line betting a country could be formed based on the LOVE OF GOD. It proved true.
In world war II, the churches were more prominent than they are currently and people knew the dangers. They prayed. There were no ships… a man prayed .. ships were built quickly. Patton prayed, and the weather was with him to win a battle. People prayed, and the biggest and riskiest invasion of France was successful.
People from many countries prayed, and the walls of Germany were torn down by regular people.
In the natural; in logical thinking none of this was possible. So prayers of many were provided, but not just wishing prayers. Jesus said for us… not HIM… to speak to the mountain. Don’t talk about the mountain, don’t negotiate with the mountain. Command the mountain to go. We personally can’t pick up that mountain, but if it’s in our way… whatever that “mountain” is… it must go if we have the FAITH OF GOD and accept that authority.
That means what we see or what we reason to be is not the truth. The truth is our desired outcome. We speak to the mountain – and we do not let the mountain speak to us and tell us what is to be!
The early Americans wanted freedom only GOD could provide. Extended war and failure was not an option for the events of the 40’s. Tyranny under the Iron Curtain was not GOD’S best.
The mountains moved.
The world currently is in crisis. It’s historical, and it’s biblical. Many people are praying. As before, we are to move the mountains. We are not obligated to repeat what experts tell us. We are told to follow this sequence or expect this or that. They tell us hope is way off. WE DO DOT PRAY WHAT WE SEE OR HEAR. We pray what we want to happen … period. God’s way is better than ours. There is no compromise; we don’t negotiate. Like Jesus, we don’t negotiate with evil – ever! We believe and set the process up for the impossible surprises of GOD. We bind the evil; we curse the disease; we pray for heaven to come down to earth. We don’t need a flowchart; we want to move things out and bring in the good in the eternal NOW of GOD.
Don’t be like Pharaoh who when asked when to get rid of the Frogs, he said tomorrow. What’s wrong with today?
Guest Contributor: Herb Otter, Jr.