waiting…

It all starts with learning to wait… I need to be prepared of course… I need to be ready… in season and out of season…. I need to put on  “all my armor”… I need to have  all my weapons then…. “having done all”... I need to do the most important thing….  I need  to stand…  to wait.… yes… just wait… the  most impossible  of all things for my natural man to do… nothing… just stand there and do nothing… just wait for the Master to point out who needs their  glass filled  at the table.

But….” that isn’t ME, Lord!”  …. when Philip is ready… then  Philip is ready… then  Philip must act…  Philip has to engage….  Remember?… “Do something Wolff, even if it’s right”…. it is the way we are… we are  do-ers… not  wait-ers...  once again:  my old foreman on the roof used to bust me with this one too… all the time…. “Don’t just do something Wolff… stand there!”

I’ve been doing a lot of research on the battles in the Pacific, during WWII… watching accounts of all the battles… one after the other… and…  always… soldiers saying that the hardest thing  they had to do was…. to wait… even back in my National Guard days, the joke was always to….  “hurry up and wait!”

Every time a soldier follows their orders to do something… they do it…. then they wait… for the next order… for the landing craft to hit the shore… for the chance to dig in… to wait and be ready….  to advance or to be attacked or wait some more… like I said… they all said … it was the single  most difficult thing of all  for them to do…  just wait

Can we wait?

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not even aware…

seems a bit  incongruous…  but….  if folks don’t even realize there is a war going on… then they have no idea that this is what it  really looks like.… on any given Sunday…

and so many people are…  not even aware…

any desire to find out?   just ask Him…..

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the casualties….

My burden though… is not the war… not the battles… my burden comes from  seeing all the casualties… all around me I see the  wounded  and the  dying… it kept me so motivated… trying to get people to see what was happening to them… to get them to see that the deceiver, the liar, the murderer, the evil one didn’t care whether people went off to bible school or the mission field when God really grabbed hold of their hearts… remember… that is what I was told by the man who led me to the Lord… Satan would just as soon  deceive me into Religion  as he would  turn me into a liar and murderer like himself…

I went the Religion route… pastored the perfect church for 10 years… ending up in tears of repentance, asking every person still around in the church for forgiveness…  I had given them another method… instead of  a living relationship…. by pointing them only to Him… having them seek Jesus and Jesus alone… not my system of following Him. It kept them reliant upon my system, my clever words, my doctrines, my ways to follow God… they learned to follow the system… and…  that never works…  my system just created hundreds more casualties instead.

It is so important to get to that place where I see  my helplessness  to give anyone a relationship with Him… to admit that… and know that all I can do is tell my stories and point them to the one..  the only one… who can change their lives forever… by replacing their lives with His very own life…

When we seek Him with all our heart… we shall surely find Him…. best to do that before we become another casualty…

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My plan is to work on  sketching all these wounded and dying soldiers…. we will see how that goes for the old fella’…..

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the sketch…

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a different war….

there is another war going on that lots of folks are not aware of… it is a spiritual battle…. it is very different from the physical wars raging around us… and this spiritual war never stops…  I get to  engage  in the conflict every day….

After putting on His armor and taking up His weapons, I enter the battle…

“I wield all these weapons against the Evil One… in the power of God… on this battlefield, this day….  because our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers and their rules….against the principalities and their principles… against the powers… both sets of powers… the world forces of this darkness, and the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. I am now able to…..not only resist and stand firm…. but continually attack the enemy. My weakness is your strength…any strength I have is simply your strength…”

There is absolutely  nothing physical  to do… just  speak  some words… declare  some truths… proclaim  His victory and His enemy’s defeat…. philip  doing nothing  beyond that is  so offensive  to my natural man…  to my  “self”  that simply must accomplish things… do things … reminds me of what my foreman used to say when I worked as the rookie on the roof… he loved to bust me…  “Do  something Wolff… even if it’s right”

I think that makes Him smile….  I think I’ll steal this picture before trying to sketch Him… 🙂

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ever since…

our world  is at war… ever since  Adam and Eve decided to eat from that Tree of  Knowledge  instead of the Tree of  Life… we humans decide for ourselves what is good and what is evil… what is right and what is wrong… and… ever since  Cain resolved his issue with his brother by  killing him .. that is the way mankind has resolved  our issues… we just  kill each other… when it is country against country or nation against nation… that is what we call  war….

it has been going on since the  beginning  and will continue till the  end.…  we will continue to think we can stop it all by doing what  we think is good  and stopping what we think is evil…  sorry… it just ain’t gonna happen… our plan  is to  stop war… stop people from killing people… but… all one has to do is look at the news each day…  how is that going?

I am so happy I stopped looking at the news… and much more happy that I stopped eating from the  Tree of Knowledge… and choose instead to partake of the fruit of the  Tree of Life...  the answers are there… and only there…  more to follow, of course…

meanwhile… the only things that change are the  uniforms and the weapons

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a world at war….

I sketched the picture I posted last night… one of the most important things the Lord has ever shown me… and it wasn’t that long ago… 🙂  that…  “we have been born into a world at war”…  it will remain that way until He says   “enough is enough”  and accomplishes what He wants to accomplish… which happens to be   “none of my business” …  “it is not given to me to know times and epochs that are in the Father’s hand”…  all I need to do is follow Him and be who I am where I am…  🙂

Lots more to follow in the days ahead…. n.b.  please look at the lead soldier… he has no weapon…

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