By Lyle Rapacki
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]oth of these articles were very much for my benefit as to anyone whom I sent the same. The words contained in these articles were directed at me prior to my being able to share them with another in the hope and prayer that they might resonate in someone else’s heart, someone else’s mind, the child within. So, I earnestly pray the words from my mouth and the meditation from my heart which accompany my attached epistles explodes into a canopy of wonderment and healing; a rainbow of delightful colors of hope and renewed possibilities, and a smile deep within finds its’ way to your lips, and along with this true smile comes praise and thanksgiving to the One who makes all of this possible – the Lord Himself; Jehovah Shammah (The Lord is There, He is always present with and in us – Ezekiel 48:35).
You may initially wonder why someone who is involved with threat assessments and intelligence would even consider sending such writings. Fair question. A storm is coming to this Land named America. This storm is directly from the Lord of lords and King of kings, the Ancient of Days, who has final authority over ALL the nations of the earth! This storm is called; “The Storm of Justice!” It already has begun but has not even come close to the zenith of power it shall have. Our nation was conceived by God, and our Founders understood this factual principle so very well; our nation has walked sorely far away from the covenant principles we established as a Judeo-Christian Nation, and the growing political and social deterioration which has taken hold of America is a stench before El Roi (God oversees all creation and the affairs of people – Genesis 16:13).
Be healed from the wounds of your past. Be healed from the heartache and severe disappointments you bottled deep inside. Be healed from the gross disappointments you carry daily. The monsters in your life will greatly interfere with your ability to stand and weather the storm already unleashed but still gathering momentum and strength. It is imperative you bring your need for healing emotions before the One who can so heal. There is much work to accomplish, many who will cry-out for intervention, for direction, for help! As in the Days of the First Century Church, many will have the clear opportunity to decide whether or not they shall repent and come unto the Lord – or stay the course, even double down and slog ahead hoping they make it through the unrivaled storm raging all about them, as well as inside them. What about you? How will you weather this Storm of Justice already unleashed and on its’ way? I sincerely pray my two attached commentaries touch your heart, and you turn to the Lord Jehovah-Rophe (the Lord heals).
Dr. Lyle —
Monsters in Our Life
Used as part of a teaching to a Men’s Ministry Leadership Team –
December the 29th, 2008
“What monsters are you still wrestling?” What monsters are you still fighting; still afraid of; still keeping your eyes on? I realize your heart is for the Lord, and your ears are tuned to God, but your eyes are on the monsters of your life!
Our older brother Job also fought with monsters in his life…until God stepped in. Let’s look.
Job was a righteous man, a God-loving man; yet when sorrow and trouble overwhelmed him, he sounded like an atheist (Job 9:16-17). He lost everything, his family, his wealth, his goodwill, his standing in the community, his health, his hope! He appeared desperate and broken and forsaken by God. All of Job’s calamities came suddenly, and in the midst of his fierce sorrow Job cursed the day he was born (Job 3:11).
In Job 9-10 you can almost hear the despairing language of a Holy man who could not understand why God was allowing him to suffer. He became so distraught that he even challenged God as to the value of remaining holy and righteous when others receive the same treatment from God; and yet, they have fun and enjoy the pleasures of this world. “So why labor to be upright?” (Job 9:23). Job got to a point that he wondered aloud, “My life is a joke, and God is silent and mocking me in my sorrows. If God is at work in my life, I don’t see it” (Job 9:11).
I believe Job represents the Last-Day Believer who is undergoing great testing and trial. I believe in the days just ahead, many God-fearing, holy believers will go through the same experiences as our brother Job. I am beginning to see wonderful, righteous Christians lose their jobs – or remain out of work for extended periods of time. Some have lost everything. Like Job, they have been stripped bare. Many are on the brink of poverty. Marriages are being tested like never before. Families are experiencing great heartache. Health issues are mounting and with that so are the bills. More and more it seems insanity is the norm.
There is a damnable teaching making the rounds in the Church. It promotes that Christians will be immune to the hour of trouble that is coming upon the earth. There are pastors and ministries that preach “if you only have enough faith brother/sister, you will be spared from the sorrow and trouble others will face.” This is a false teaching!
My Bible says God causes the rain to fall on both the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). Job was holy – yet he suffered! It was the Lord God Almighty who delivered Job out of his affliction. And the same God will deliver us as well, but we will go through the fire. The Bible says, “many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).
Sadly, many Christians have built their house on the sands of ease, and when the storms of trial come, they will be blown down. It’s already beginning. They were never properly taught about the testings’ and trials of the Lord. They believe that, because they’ve sought after God with all their heart, loved Him, served Him, they should be entitled to prosperity and a painless existence. They are being set up!
The real question, therefore, is just how well will we go through our ordeals?
In the middle of Job’s ordeal God appeared to Job to show him how to rise above his troubles. And God did this by making Job look into the face of two awesome monsters – the mighty hippopotamus and the serpent-like crocodile (Job 40:15 and 41:1).
The hippo and crocodile represent the overwhelming, monstrous problems rampaging in Job’s life. The hippo tramples down everything in sight. He is a problem too big to handle. How do you wrestle a hippo? Do you lasso him or bribe him with food? Only the Lord knows how to stop the hippo!
The crocodile represents the demonic teeth the devil flashes at you. He is ferocious! No person can strip him of his armor using mere human strength. Only God can win the battle!
God’s talk with Job about monsters was more than a lecture about the strength and ferociousness of two massive monsters. God was showing Job life’s monsters! Monsters living in Job’s life. God was teaching Job, “If you try to fight these monsters on your own, you will never win!”
A little light suddenly clicked on in Job’s mind. “These monsters – huge, overwhelming, and fearful – are my troubles! I’ll never wrestle them down on my own!” But my God can do everything. God is all-powerful. God has a plan and can do all things (Job 42:1-2). Job realized that God does have a plan behind all suffering. No monster, no man, no situation can change God’s mind or affect His plan for us and this world! God will have His way!
What is your monster? Is it a harmful memory? No income or the fear of no income? Hurtful childhood? A disastrous marriage? Loneliness? Depression? Anger? God is saying to you, “Get your eyes off the monster. You can’t fight him, he’s too big for you. Let me handle the monster. They do My bidding. They all yield to My Word and respond to My Sword.”
You may think the enemy of this world; the enemy of God’s children came into your life and interrupted God’s plan for your life. No! Encourage yourself with these words: My God can do anything. He has not forgotten me. No one can change His plans. No matter how bad things look, God has everything under His control! Get your eyes off of the monsters. Don’t focus on past mistakes.
You may be asking, “Will I ever get out of this fiery trial. Will there be a happy ending – or will my suffering continue until Jesus comes?” Here is God’s answer to you: “You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11).
Our Lord wants to develop an absolute trust in you that He has a plan for your life, and that His eternal purpose cannot be tampered with or thwarted by any demon in hell or any monster that appears in your path.
The monsters in your life may have been neatly locked away in your closet. They may be out of sight from the public, and even from your daily activities. They may be buried very deeply. But they are there! Please bring them to the Lord. Don’t let them hide any longer, and don’t pretend they don’t matter. They DO matter, especially to our Lord who adores you, and waits for the invitation to come in and clean the dark closet of your life where those ugly monsters reside.
Our God is the God of the monsters! Please let Him deliver you from them, and please get on with this for time is quickly running out, and the turmoil of Godly discipline, and even judgment, is about to fall on this world.
A Fellow Bondservant in Christ,
Dr. Lyle –
Lyle’s second article can be found here: Max Lucado and Me – Healing of Emotions