July 8, 2020: CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Do you have a favorite commercial slogan? There are lots of famous, catchy slogans, phrases and one liners that have stuck in my mind over the years, like “Where’s the BEEF?” or “Show me the money!” However, one in particular seems to reverberate in my head whenever I watch the news lately. Every time I turn on the television, someone is screaming or fighting, blaming, demanding, accusing, denying or destroying someone or something. Everyone wants to be heard. Every voice, every action seems to be screaming “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”

Listen to ME!

It’s bad enough that covid 19 set the world on it’s head; sending all of us into isolation and forcing businesses to close.

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It only took one week of being by myself; binge watching old TV shows, web surfing, compulsive Amazon buying, frig raiding, cleaning out my closets and rearranging all my furniture, before my brain went on a spin cycle of fear, frustration, anger and anxiety.

My brain on a spin cycle.

Then, when all the screaming, fighting, killing and destruction exploded across every screen, through every media, through cities and countries around the world, I found myself weeping uncontrollably; watching helplessly as America imploded.

My America.

This was worse than the virus. My reality, my world, was turned upside down and inside out. I didn’t recognize any of it anymore.

The world I know and love is upside down.

One morning, while in the depths of prayer and looking for encouragement in my daily devotionals and scripture, God led me to verse after verse of encouragement and truth. I know God is in the midst of all this mess, but I needed to hear his voice to reassure me.

His Word.

He led me to the story of Elijah, who was told to stand on a mountain and wait for the Lord to pass by.

Go out and stand on the mountain, for the Lord is about to pass.

1 Kings 19: The Lord Appears to Elijah

And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

10He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

11The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

Elijah found God in a WHISPER, so I immersed myself in God’s Word and covered myself in His whispers and there I found peace, courage and strength.

God’s Holy Word comes as a whisper.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I believe that Satan has reared his ugly head and is determined to destroy everything in his path. He knows that his time is short and he’s pulling out all the stops.

Time is running out.

He is using man’s darkest fears, frustration and explosive anger to send a tsunami of hatred across the face of the earth.

A tsunami of hatred is washing over the world.

Satan is the father of lies and deception. He is the great destroyer and a master thief. He is trying to steal, kill and destroy our faith, our peace, our families, our country and our world.

Satan has reared his ugly head and is here to lie and destroy.

He has unleashed a windstorm of destruction, violence, lies and deceit in an attempt to obliterate all of the decency, brotherhood, love and kindness within mankind.

Satan has stirred up a windstorm of lies and destruction.

He has grabbed the four corners of the world and has shaken it with such force as to destroy hope and the very foundation of humanity.

Satan has shaken us to our core.

He has ignited a blaze of hatred, anger, blame and shame in an attempt to not only destroy our homes, businesses and the world’s economy, but to destroy the very core of who we are and what we believe in. He is using everything and everyone that he can to rip our country, our communities and our families apart.

Satan has ignited a blaze of hatred and anger throughout the world.

My dear brothers and sisters, BE NOT AFRAID! WE ARE NOT ALONE! Cling to the hand of Jesus as He leads us through this storm. He is the Way, the truth and the light in this great darkness that has descended upon this land and upon our minds and hearts.

Jesus is the Light in this great Darkness that has overcome us.

We need to trust in God’s promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. Be still and know that He is God and HE IS IN CONTROL. We need to fill our minds and hearts with His voice, His Word, His Peace, His WHISPER..

Find PEACE in His Word.

He is bigger and stronger than anything Satan can throw at us. The battle has already been fought. Christ died. Christ is risen. Satan has no hold on you. Jesus WON! Satan LOST and he’s a sore looser.

Christ already WON!

As Christians, we need to stand strong; shoulder to shoulder, remembering that Faith, anchored in God’s Word, can withstand anything. His Word is a firm foundation; a rock that can not be moved or shaken.

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My friends, there is a great SPIRITUAL BATTLE going on right now. Can you hear it? Can you see it? You are standing shoulder to shoulder with a Heavenly army.

Angels are fighting for you in a great Spiritual Battle; Good against Evil.

In Ephesians 6:10-18 it says: 10 Finally, be strong in the LORD and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Put on the FULL ARMOR OF GOD.

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Put on the breastplate of righteousness

14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

The shield of faith can extinguish the fiery arrows of Satan.

16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Put on the helmet of salvation and use the sword of the spirit.

17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the LORD’s people.

Pray for God’s people and the world.

So stay in God’s Word. “JUST DO IT”! Every word is “GOOD TO THE LAST DROP”. It’s the “BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS”. His Word is the “QUICKER PICKER UPPER” when you feel lonely, sad or confused. Know that He will never leave you. “YOUR’E IN GOOD HANDS“.

You are God’s child. Hold on.
Stay in God’s Word. Relax and Listen for Him to whisper to your soul.

No matter what the world, your circumstances or the media tells you, BELIEVE OUTSIDE THE BOX they are trying to cram you into. Keep God’s Word and truth close and “DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT“.

Be the whisper of God’s peace and hope and love to the world.

Be God’s Whisper of PEACE AND HOPE AND LOVE above all the noise. “IMAGINE” what a difference we can make if each of us shows kindness to just one person.

One simple act of kindness, like reading to a friend, can make a world of difference in someone’s life.

Be “LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR” even to strangers. When you give a smile, open a door, make a call, read to someone, make a meal and share it or show any act of kindness, ask the person to PASS IT ON.

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By doing one simple act of kindness, God’s love “KEEPS GOING AND GOING” and if they pass it on to others, God’s love will have a ripple effect on the world.. It may even turn into a tsunami, a whirlwind, a fire storm of God’s love and hope. It might even change the world.

A tiny act of kindness can make a difference.

Don’t worry about what’s going to happen next. “BE WHAT’S NEXT“. Nothing is impossible thru Christ Jesus. The word “IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING“. Your’e not alone in this battle. God “CARED ENOUGH TO SEND THE VERY BEST” when He sent His Holy Spirit to help you.

Come Holy Spirit!

Be strong. Be not afraid. Speak boldly to the world of God’s love and mercy. “THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE” for God’s Love.

Be still. God Has our back.

Get on your knees and pray for God to place His mighty hand upon the earth. The time is coming soon when the world will stand in awe before the God who created the Universe and together we will hear Him say ENOUGH! Be STILL! and hear Him WHISPER, “Can you hear ME now“!

From my heart to yours, Victoria.

Thanks to Wendy’s, Verizon, Nike, Maxwell House, Wheaties, Allstate, Bounty, Adidas, Hallmark, American Express, Microsoft, Samsung, Porsche, Energizer Batteries and State Farm plus the movie Jerry Maguire for all their wonderful slogans and one liners used in this Blog.

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