Time to Fight!

Not all daughters have the benefit of having a relationship with their father as I did.  I am a first born and the first grandchild on my dad’s side. Dad was a strong man.  The Peters are a strong paternal family.  My dad and my uncle both had two girls so that means the Peters name will not be carried on.  That is sad to me.  However, I believe what the Peters family stood for is in me.  Thus, it will go forward!

The Peters family and my dad believed in standing by their word.  If you say you’re going to do something then do it!  Secondly, the Peters are known for helping the people in their sphere of influence.  I’ve seen my dad offer help to his neighbors more than I can count.  It is unknown how many driveways he plowed during the winter in his mountainous community.  If someone needed guidance on a vehicle, home remodel, hunting question, or prayer then he was there.  Dad was a talented man.  He could do just about anything and if he couldn’t then he knew who could.

Dad offered me a listening ear, spiritual direction, and encouragement.  His relationship was a wonderful example of our Heavenly Father.  No, dad wasn’t perfect like God but when it comes to earthly examples, he was my best.

I am thankful for his spiritual direction because that is what drives all I do in my life.  Now many of you may think he was this meek pastoral type. Nope. Definitely not. He loved Jesus, no doubt.  However, he also exemplified the God of the Old Testament – he wasn’t going to take sh*t from anyone.  I cannot tell you how many times in my life I saw him realize someone was messing around on our land.  He would grab his gun (shotgun or rifle – who cares, right?) proceeded to walk outside and state the following, “I know you’re out here.  I can hear you in the leaves.  I’m going to count to 10 and then I’m going to start shooting. So, start running now.”  And, he did as he said!

Many of you may be mortified that I had a dad like this but what I saw, what I know to this day is this.  The count to 10 was grace.  Jesus saying, “I love you, man, now go and be free.”  The shooting at count 11 meant, “I’ve had enough of this sh*t on my property.  God has given me the land and I am to care for it. So, leave!”

This reminds me of Jesus in the Temple in Matthew 21.  Jesus’ triumphal entry was taking place, him on a donkey prior to him clearing out the money changers in the temple.  The prophecy speaks of Jesus being King yet with humility.  Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem and it was in uproar (vs 10).  Then, “Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” (Matthew 21:12)

Jesus rode into Jerusalem with Authority because he was the King and when he saw destruction of his property, he decided force was needed.  Authority is God-given rights to defend and fight for the cause that is yours.  What Authority has God given you that you need to accept or fight for?  Folks, we are in a spiritual war.  It is time to pick up our spiritual weapons and start shooting.  We’ve been counting to 10 for too long.  It is time to fight.  It is time to pray.  It is time to walk in the Authority that is yours.

When Authority is acted upon as a God-given right then we can expect miracles to happen.  The verses immediately following Jesus clearing out the temple state, “The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” (Matthew 21:14)

Join the Army of God and fight!  Meet you there!

 

Lucinda Peters Black, Christ Follower

Lucinda empowers others to walk in Authority of their God-given calling through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dad – B. Murphy Peters, died on October 16, 2018

Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

 

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