Sunday, May 18, 2008

No weapon..............


We may not all be familiar with the man in the above picture but he is Bono from the group U2.
I am actually not a fan but I have become aware in the last year or so that Bono claims to be a believer. He has become very much involved in social issues that need to be addressed.....such as the war on aids in Africa.
I just wanted to share a story I heard and tie it in to where I am right now.
As I was watching a sermon this morning on t.v the pastor shared a story that touched my heart-there have been a few things that spoke to me this morning but here is one of them.

As the story started Bono, spoke of a threat against his life that was given in a note before a big concert. The note said that if Bono and the band sang a certain song and in particular the second verse of that song that at that point the person would shoot Bono in the head.
He would never know where it was coming from-but it would happen.
The band discussed if they should cancel the concert or perhaps have it and just not sing the song or the second verse of the song.
After much discussion they decided not to cancel the concert and
to go ahead and sing the whole song.
The time in the concert came to sing the song and Bono began to question their decision.
The song began and he and the band sang the first verse but by the time he got to the second verse the fear really began to sweep over him. He thought what if there really is someone in the rafters or maybe they are right on the front row.
So as he started to sing he just closed his eyes.
He sang the song and as it ended he opened his eyes to view the crowd.
But when he opened his eyes it was not the crowd he saw
but the back of the head of one of the band members
who had stepped out in front of him while he sang.

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Did that hit you the way it hit me?
Right now I feel I am about to sing the second verse.
Instead of a shooters note-I have been hearing the voice of my enemy.
he has been telling me that if we step out and follow God....God is going to let me fall flat on my face and we will be destroyed and fail.
Fear is trying to overtake my emotions.
The decision has already been made to follow God and go. But now the roof over our head is getting ready to be gone and the resources to move forward have not materialized yet.
Overwhelmed I close my eyes and throw satans lies to the wind and continue to proclaim the faithfulness of my God even when my emotions threaten to overwhelm me.
I will sing His song of faithfulness.
He has promised to never leave me or forsake me.
And one day soon the end of the song will come
and I will open my eyes to see that He has been standing right in front of me.
Because........ He promised that He would go before me and be my front guard.
My God is faithful to fight off all the enemies threats both real and imagined.
No weapon formed against me will prosper!

Is this cool or what!?
We serve a merciful God!
Wait till you hear the next thing that happened this morning.
But you'll have to wait till tomorrow for that......got some more boxes to pack.
Love ya!

Deuteronomy 32:10
" He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye."
Thanks Leslie ;)

17 comments:

Nise' said...

Beautiful...He is standing right in front of us. I was reading from Psalm 55 this week and was struck by what is "distracting me or has me distraught" (vs 2) so much so that I lost my focus and had begun to believe the lies? Vs 22 tells us to cast our burdens on the Lord and He will sustain us. What a mighty God we serve. Can't wait to find out what happened next! Keep on packing!

Deb said...

He goes before you to make your path straight:) One day at a time my friend:)
hugs
Deb

CrownLaidDown said...

There is going to be something solid to stand upon, as you step out in faith--that solid Rock is Christ.

Makes me think of the Indiana Jones movie, where he had to step out from the egde to find there was ground to walk upon.

Singing a song of faithfulness with you, my dear friend.
Love,
holly

Halfmoon Girl said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome reminder of our awesome, awesome, awesome God! Happy packing.

Denise said...

This really blessed my heart sis, thank you. I love you.

luvmy4sons said...

Awesome! So awesome! I got chills as I read it! Big hugs to you sister. And just so you know...I picked out the verse for this Sunday's post around Wednesday of this week...He answers before we call. Amen?

MelanieJoy said...

What an amazing picture this is of Him in our life. Go before, protecting us....
Can't wait to hear...the rest of the story...
Love you~

Michelle V said...

Sharon, what a beautiful post and what a picture of Christ going before there and being our rock to stand on! Amen!

Michelle

Pastor Lisa said...

That was awesome. You're still in my prayers and thank you for praying us home safely!

Mary said...

Sharon,

Go forth in faith, my Sister, for God will keep His promise and go before you as your front guard. Keep your eyes on Him. The enemy will try to sway your faith. Cast satan behind you and go forth with God.

Love you and are praying for you and your family.

Love and Blessings,
Mary

Sandi said...

When the fear builds try to remember God has already touched this object or path for me. Praying for you dear.

Denise said...

2Sa 22:3

The God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.


In Him we live and move and have our being..... It is hits us it has had to come through Him......

Forever moving forward, headed to the mark of the high calling....... Watching Him as He leads.

You have great faith.... the enemy is so afraid of you..........

mandy said...

wow.....

freetofly said...

WOW! How powerful an illustration, if a man will do that, God wil do & has done so much more! But, this just helps make it so tangible!

I will be remembering this for a long time!

Oh, and speaking of the faith for this huge step you are taking, we watched the Indian Jones and the Last Crusade Saturday night, and I was struck by the scene where Indy is trying to get to the Holy Grail, and there are all these booby traps, and there is a cliff and a HUGE cavern to cross to get to it, and there is NO visible bridge to walk on, He had to BY FAITH step out, and then the bridge appeared...I know it is just a movie, not real life, but, it just really clenched my heart...and I remembered it when I read your post!

God bless you & I KNOW He will meet you there in NC!

love,
Maria

Vicki said...

This really *is* a powerful illustration, and one that I needed to read just now. Wow. I love it. Great is His faithfulness!

mama meji said...

That is so beautiful and poignant. I am familiar with Bono being a band member of U2 and the worthy causes he has participated in... but your illustration of our faith to God being a lifesaver is just awesome. Totally awesome. I'm praying for you and your family.

Alisun said...

You have encouraged me very much today with this and Oh my that story was goose bumped filled.