Double for All Your Trouble!
By: Susan Deborah Schiller
We are each a house, even a temple, for our King. Some of us have been so aligned with a spirit of religion that we've needed to be remodeled, to be fit houses for the King. And so, there is first a demolition process.
The following scene is from a dream, in which I heard a house talking. I discovered my Words are a battering ram – a force of both demolition and remodeling – and in this dream my soul was restored, even in the presence of my enemies.
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My enemy speaks in a language of threats and accusations:
"Who dares tread upon my doorstep? You fool, to enter my house your very soul will be snatched from the roots of your ancestors to your very last descendent. Right down to your very cells, your very DNA will cease to be no more. I will pound you, shred you, and make you my own ally in your demise.
Unloved child, you will slowly bleed to death, from the inside out. And everyone will point at you and say to each their friend, "She is to blame."
Your own friends and family are weapons at my disposal. Beware, child, your very soul is required of you."
I replied, "I am the Lord's battering ram. I may seem lowly and insignificant to you. I am dressed as a mere child, as you say. My Master's DNA runs through my veins, and nothing, not even death, shall separate me from His love. For I am His and He is mine.
I am His beloved child. And as such, I am the Lord's battering ram."
The house shuddered, but then rallied with another volley of threats. "No one has ever challenged me and lived to see the day. Who are you, so rejected and despised, to cross my threshold? You're obviously weak and fragile – easy prey."
I am weak, I cannot deny it. I may get weaker still. But in my weakness is my greatest strength, for I must rely solely on Him. Greater is He that is within me than the darkness inside of you.
I am His beloved child, His battering ram."
The house that once seemed so frightening, so intimidating and threatening, began to tremble. Once more, it gathered its forces and put out the greatest threat it could muster, disguised as an invitation.
"Do come in, child. Be my guest and I will teach you everything I know. You will be favored with recognition, showered with praise, and everyone in the kingdom will bow in your presence. Nothing shall be withheld from your grasp. What's mine is yours and what's yours will be mine. A partnership, you see?"
I am His beloved child. I am meek, and you see me as one who doesn't own anything. I am poor, and you see me as penniless. I am hungry and thirsty, and you see me as needy. I am despised, rejected, and persecuted among my own people, and you think that I would serve you to gain favor and popularity?
I am BLESSED, you see, even in my poverty. I am BLESSED, even in my shame. I am BLESSED, with the favor of my King. I am His battering ram.
The ground seemed to quake and the great house moaned and groaned. "Oh, I am undone. I see I am defeated, for you are no longer a poor child. I see the King in you and I am through. I am sorry for the pain I put you through. I will restore to you all that was lost and give you double for your trouble."
In the blink of an eye the house crumbled and fell to pieces. In its place stood a stately mansion by a lake.
I make peace by establishing covenants, turning enemies into friends. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
I want to share with you a great teacher, Graham Cooke, who teaches on learning patience, persistence, and perseverance, and how our enemies can help us to overcome.
Our God makes His home in us. The house is shaped by our dreams.
The fruit of the spirit is more powerful than the gifts of the spirit. Who we are becoming is the antidote to what the enemy is doing.
What does God want to teach you? Who does God want to be, in this time, for you? Your enemies are employed to help you become the person who can shape those dreams into reality. Once you become that person, those enemies are fired! They disappear and are gone for good!
What the enemy means for ill, God turns around for good!
PS This story is based on Jesus' signature speech, the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5. I woke up with it today… about BEING meek, hungry and thirsty for righteousness, a peacemaker, merciful, etc.
With all my love,
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