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A Spiritual Battle - Friday, April 6th, 2007

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12

Yesterday afternoon I was discussing with a reporter from the Dallas Morning News how I felt that it is very important to celebrate the good things in life. Therefore, without a doubt, I wanted to praise Him for how He was blessing us with REALITY! The tent was going up. Hooray! Yet, little did I know as I celebrated that afternoon, what lied ahead. And by the end of the day, I was having FLASHBACKS from Friday, February 23rd. Allow me to explain. From the beginning, yesterday was off to a full start. The TENT was scheduled to arrive. Finally, all the planning and preparation was coming to a head. Our 9,000 square foot tent was to be pitched and placed for all to see and visit. It was rather surreal. It wasn’t that long ago (January 9th, 2007 to be exact) that I visited the neighboring college to see if I could get their permission for the land. And now, here we are calling upon the Lord for revival on 4005 Gaston Avenue, Dallas, TX in less than a week away. I just want to celebrate. What a blessing it is to see the tent!

As I watched the hard-working individuals put the tent up for the upcoming 40-day tent revival, every aspect was coming together nicely. It was all flowing quite well. In fact, my wife Laura brought over a picnic for all who were at the tent site She and our two kids (Maya and Nadia), along with my brother and his family (from Indiana), and my sister and two of her kids sat on the grass rejoicing in this joyous day with food and fellowship. We even had pleasant surprise as two other individuals joined us for lunch. As we were finishing up, the mobile advertising truck approached the land. The 10’x22’ truck looked great! We were able to see the largest advertisement for the Dallas Revival ever made. What a good day!

Then as the tent continued to go up, I was able to solidify our advertisements in the newspaper for this coming weekend. It was a good relief knowing that the Lord was opening up various doors for us to promote the tent revival. And aside from the newspaper, the billboard were also booked and scheduled. I feel as if much has been lifted from my shoulders. The details were coming into place. In fact a photographer came from the Morning News to take some pictures of the tent going up.

Once the tent was up, I wanted to go out and celebrate. Therefore, all the adults and the spouses from my family went out for some pizza and a movie. But before we went to eat, I got a phone call from a committee member who explained that he won’t be around this weekend. You see, this friend told me his sister’s father-in-law just passed away from cancer. They would be flying out shortly. Please be praying for their family. Then after the pizza and movie, I got another phone call explaining our volunteer coordinator’s wife had recently gone into emergency surgery. It was quite serious, as they were concerned for the possibility of internal bleeding. It appears she has been stabilized, but is currently being held for observation. Please pray for her.

As soon as I received this last phone call, I thought of our last celebration on Friday, February 23rd. Our committee had recently gotten together for pizza to rejoice in how the planning was coming along for the revival (the website and video had “roughly” been completed that day). But no later than five hours, my wife and I had to take Maya into the ER because her health had declined rapidly that night (it was a result of her disease – LCH). She was okay, but not until after some intense prayers and plenty of antibiotics.

All this “difficult stuff” makes me sit back and think of the magnitude of this coming tent-revival. We are attempting to gather the body of Christ in Dallas and have them call upon the Lord. We are asking the individuals to turn back to their first love in Jesus Christ. But Satan wants nothing to do with this tent revival. He doesn’t want any of this to happen, especially a TENT going up near downtown Dallas. Therefore, he will attempt to thwart our plans. He will attempt to bring in situations where we think life is too bleak to go on. But we mustn’t give up. We mustn’t quit. For when we throw in the towel, Satan has won. But when we keep the spiritual battle mindset, we will know that the victory has already been won by Jesus Christ. We will know what we are up against. The Apostle Paul said to the church at Ephesus, when he wrote, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Life is a difficult battle because we can’t see what or who we are up against. Yet, because we are “strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might,” we are able to “put on the full armor of God, so that (we) will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Therefore, “with all prayer and petition,” will you please join me in “pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints…” including the committee members of the 40-day tent revival? Thank-you. The name of Jesus Christ must continue to be proclaimed here in the city of Dallas.
- klm

" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan