Sunday, August 21, 2016

Let's Go Down to the River and Pray


These past weeks, and even months for some, have been an exercise in exhibiting the fruits of the spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness and faithfulness. In case you might have forgotten, these come from Galatians 5:22.

The Sacred Spirit Camp is not a hippie camp filled with people just looking for attention, or who don’t have anything better to do. It is a warrior camp unlike anything God himself has seen on this green Earth in ages. It is a revival of faith and spirituality. Not the “new-agey it’s cool to be Native American” spirituality. I’m talking about the kind of spirituality that has risen up through generations upon generations of a people. It is a beautiful thing.

The one thing that I know as a truth in life is God has never said or promised that life will be easy, for anyone. In fact, we were told straight up, there will be trials and tribulations in life. He told us this for the pure and simple reason that someday, one day, maybe even today, we will need an unwavering faith to get us through. He even gave us the keys to standing steadfast in our faith:

Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

If you’ve ever wondered what this might look like, you needn’t look any further than our own backyard, in the Southwest corner of the state of North Dakota where an army of God is gathered to engage in the fight of their life.
And, do not deceive yourself. The enemy is at the door with his weapons of spiritual warfare at the ready.  Lies, deceit, discouragement, disappointment, division, pride, envy, lust for forbidden things, and itching ears – the desire to hear things that appeal to us. These are all readily being used as we speak.

Today is not just a fight for the Missouri river water. It is a fight for the Living Water of God. Native Americans refer to God as Creator, but do Christians also not refer to God as Creator of the Heavens and the Earth? If we only choose to open our spiritual eyes, ears and hearts we will see the spirit of God moving through this nothing less than miraculous event. Perhaps, just perhaps, many people will see this and come to know that God is very real. God is not Dead, nor doth He sleep. He’s wide awake and on the move. He has a vested interest in this: His people and His creation.