Over the past two weeks, Roxanne had to be transferred to the delivery room 4 times due to bleeding and questionable baby heartbeat readings.
Sometimes, her bleeding comes in the middle of the night.
I have been woken up twice and rushed down.
Thankfully, all of these were false alarm.Our baby will be 29 weeks tomorrow and till now, she is fine and kicking in Roxanne’s womb.
The Lord has reassured us that our baby will be well and she will come in His perfect timing:
“Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.” – Ecclesiastes 11:5
If the Lord decides her to be born tomorrow at 29 weeks, she will be fine. If the Lord decides her to be born later, she will be fine too. He’s the One who knits her and makes her, and He will ensure that He does it wonderfully (Psalm 139:14).
An interesting experience a friend shared when she visited recently. She works in a school and was convicted that she needs to bring up concerns of female students getting slipshod in their dressing. Basically, they were wearing PT shorts whenever they can, even during formal school time as the school was not particular about attire. She felt that she should bring this up and prayed for confirmation. Immediately, a colleague sent an SMS to her lamenting about the shorts the school girls were getting used to wearing.
But just as she prepares to do so, her child fell ill the very same day. She had to take urgent leave for a couple of days. Following that, she fell ill herself. There were unexpected happenings on her home front. All in all, she was delayed in her approaching her head, but all these happenings made her all the more convinced and convicted that she must voice out.
Thankfully, she did. She did not let the intimidation of the evil one get into her. Right after she shared, immediate plans were made to address the concerns.
Spiritual warfare is definitely something we can relate to in this period. However, with us persevering through each hurdle and continuing in the work of the Lord, the devil’s bite grow weaker each time.
Roxanne’s bleeding stopped within 15min the last time she bled and she did not have to go to the delivery ward. We are into the 4th day since she bled and coming to a week since she went to the labour ward.
Nevertheless, yesterday, Roxanne ran a slight fever at 37.9 in the afternoon. Fever is not welcomed especially during pregnancy. But thankfully, she was recovering well by midnight. Today, her fever has retreated totally and she was in good spirits!
The best defense in spiritual warfare is offense. The devil knows this full well and tries all ways and means to stop His Church from advancing. But “the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel 11:32(KJV)
The Church Jesus called is not self absorbed, passive spectators, pew fillers, apathetic hearers or cowardly observers. The Church Jesus called is strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9); not a matter of talk but of power (1 Cor 4:20), is full of deeds that accompanies her faith (James 2:14-26), embraces full discipleship by surrendering everything else (Luke 14:26-33), exuberates compassion and love according to the image that she is created in (Gen 1:27; 1 John 4:16; Mat 22:36-40), responds to needs and crisis (Luke 10:25-37; Eze 16:49), willing to lose her life for Him but will find it instead (Mat 16:25).
At the same time, God warns that there will be a church which Jesus will spit out (Rev 3:16), and say. “Away from me, I do not now you. (Mat 7:23)” She will be separated from the rest as goats instead of sheep (Mat 25:31-46), and she will be thrown out because she has lost her saltiness by denying discipleship and the Lord (Luke 14:33-35).
“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.“ (Esther 4:13,14) These were the warnings Mordecai remarked to Esther before she surrendered it all and made her famous words, “If I perish, I perish. (v16)”
God told us not to fear those who kill the body but fear Him who’s able to destroy both the body and soul (Mat 10:28). Difficulty is no excuse for disobedience. God has given us His word to assure us and help us overcome. We know that we need not fear spiritual warfare but we must be alert and engage it diligently with prayer.
God has called the Church to be active, moving, going where needs are and filling gaps where is required. The Church has to represent God holistically by guiding a nation towards righteousness. This includes societal mores, norms, morals, ethics, sense of justice, laws etc. We have a responsibility to speak out, when something is wrong or corrupted against truth.
The last verse in the book of Esther makes it clear: “Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.”
In a world where lies perpetuate and shape the society, truth, justice and righteousness must not be hidden or held back. It can only be right and good when we speak up for the good of the society, but no doubt, to do so intelligently and with love. Otherwise, we and our children may be lost to the stronghold of lies and corruption forever.