We are kicking off October (seriously, it’s OCTOBER!?!?!?) with a guest post by a sister in Philly named Floshea Harrigan. I have known “Shea” for four years and am so grateful that our paths have crossed. She is a true blessing to the Body of Christ. Enjoy.
When you listen to someone you love explain an injustice that was done/is being done to them, a typical response is to immediately have a defense mode to protect, fight for them, fight against whoever did it. You fight to get your rights back. You fight for your justice. Then you realize you have no power, no control. Now you get even angrier and infuriated because you really can’t do anything to get your justice back and whatever you try to do usually drains you and your resources. So what do you do?
As I felt the anxiety rising in me, listening firsthand to an injustice suffered, I started to feel the sense of losing control emotionally. Before I gave in to the anxiety, by grace, I asked the Lord “What is your purpose is this? You may not have caused this injustice, but you allowed it?”
Knowing that He allowed it calmed me down a notch. Then I started to think about how my loved one, whom the injustice was done to, was feeling. I felt his sorrow and lack of power in the situation.
Then, the Lord shifted my perspective and what I was feeling to align with Him. He reminded me how He was wrongly accused and persecuted far worse than any, and the Father allowed it and had purpose in it. He reminded me of the sorrow He felt. He reminded me of how His family, His believers, His followers will participate with Him, while in this Earth, with those same emotions and experiences. Then he reminded me how He rose from the dead and brought eternal life. How He gave us Himself to live life through and for us. How He already conquered what I think needs to be fought for. He already has the victory.
“Okay Lord, so then what? My loved one still has to walk through this unjust pain and all the practical mess that comes with it.”
He reminded me that I’m from a different world–a different kingdom. I am a citizen from heaven. It’s not about what I have to literally/practically walk through but about my state of heart…about my loved one’s state of heart…about the state of heart of all my family involved. Will we let uncontrollable emotion and injustice harden our hearts?
“But Lord, what my loved one is experiencing is reality. It’s truth in our cold world.”
“You are not of this world. You do not fight with flesh and blood enemies. This is a spiritual matter. This is a matter of the heart.”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 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 6:10-12
Jesus Christ is the true Lord of this Earth. He desires to have a people, His church, who express that truth to the world. A people who are willing to live life from heavenly places here on Earth. We express that truth by standing firm, inwardly and outwardly, on who we are in Him and who He is when we are going through trial. We stand firm and fixed on our position as citizens in His kingdom. We keep our minds fixed on His perspective and our hearts aligned with His heart, His peace, His love, His mercy, His forgiveness. We express that truth by not choosing to give in to our self-life and emotions (even when we feel like we have a right too) in order to guard our hearts from being hardened and used as a foothold for the enemy. That’s what the enemy is after. To find any ground in us to whisper lies, bring bondage, blur our vision. In the face of injustice/trial, we have to violently and desparately seek to keep our eyes fixed in the heavens and not on the ground.
Crooked cops are not our enemies. Perverted men and women are not our enemies. The world’s system is not our enemy. Discrimination is not our enemy. Hate crime is not our enemy. Senseless war is not our enemy. The driving force behind these things is our enemy, Satan. He has no power or authority, just tricks of deception.
The truth is, and true reality is, that we can stare injustice or any challenging circumstance in the face and not be moved in our hearts because “there is a life that’s living on the Earth today, the Life is Christ in all His own. He’s alive in spirit, He’s the life in us, we’re in the life, we’re on the throne. We’re on the earth, but we know our life’s not here. We’re in Christ; we’re not below. We’re alive to God and not to men. We’re on the earth, but on the throne.”
And nothing can change that.