War of Peace

War of Peace

By: Susan Deborah Schiller

If you're like me, this past year may have been one of the toughest years of your life. Do you feel like you've been holding on by your fingernails and they're bleeding, or worse, have you fallen into the abyss of despair?

Not everyone understands us. We are volunteers assigned to duty in uncharted territory. We are all about peace, but this is war – it's a war of remaining still, being at rest, and not growing weary in waiting. Our weapons are a bit weird, by some people's standards.

Our war is in the heavenlies against principalities and powers that are far bigger than us. Our only defense is remaining invisible – hidden in the glory of God, surrounded by His wall of fire. (Zechariah 2:5 "For I, 'declares the Lord, 'will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.'")

God seems to be saying to me to "remain in place" – to stand firm. And he reminded me of a dream…

From my dream journal, December 22, 2009:

My team has penetrated deep into enemy territory. We are peacemakers and this is not an ordinary mission, but one that is downright intense, dangerous, and our odds of survival are getting lower every day. The key to complete victory is remaining invisible because we are literally under intense fire, in the midst of the enemy's camp.

Our presence would have gone undetected if some of our own team had not grown weary of this isolated post. You see, in order to remain invisible we must stand guard, each on her own rug. Standing on our rugs guaranteed invisibility. To leave one's rug meant you became visible to enemy eyes and left you utterly defenseless. Invisiblity was our own defense.

Once the enemy saw some of our team members manifesting right in their midst they realized there must be more of us. They gathered forces to begin dislodging us from our rugs. They thrust solid objects like logs into the airspace above our rugs. Each time they invaded our airspace our forms would become transparently visible. The enemy began teaming together to force the rest of us off our rugs.

Some team members willingly left the rugs and joined the enemy, while others were coerced. In horror, I watched a little boy on the rug beside me get up and leave, going to the enemy. My heart broke and I wanted to reach out and pull him back, but then I would have become like the enemy trying to manipulate and control, to get what I felt was right.

So I stayed on my rug, but because so many of the team were joining the enemy's forces it strengthened the enemy greatly. It became harder and harder to stand at my post.

My own thoughts combined with the voices of other people are like those missiles invading my mental space, seeking to dislodge me from my position of standing in peace.

Many of God's peacemakers are in this same position right now, standing in uncharted territory, deep behind enemy lines. We are listening, learning, and studying the enemy's plans. This is our mission, because the intelligence we are gathering is acutely missing in the Church, and without this knowledge, God's people are perishing!

This is a Day when people are calling evil good, and good evil. I have been guilty of that and worse – these are days when so much is twisted and distorted. 

To stand, in peace, means knowing God's promises and choosing Love every single moment of the day. Those who are trying to dislodge us are real… but choosing love makes us invisible. To choose Love means we're trusting God's promises.

Just maybe you're on this mission, too… and it's because you were found trustworthy. You prayed some dangerous prayers about seeing as God sees, going wherever He wants you to go, and giving your all – even to the point of losing your reputation. If you're on this team, let's keep standing and holding on. Let's encourage the ones with weak knees and fluttering hearts. This war of peace needs us to remain at peace, by choosing Love.

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With all my love,

Sue

Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate to freedom and fullness. 

Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.

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Susan Schiller December 22, 2015 at 6:07 am

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS: 

Let go of your insecurities and fear of lack.  If you will do this, I will lead you into a new phase of prosperity that you have not imagined.  This will be beyond the natural realm and will take you into spiritual provision, which will bring peace and delight, says the Lord.  Psalm 50:10-12 For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine.  If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness.

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