I decided it would be interesting [and I hoped beneficial] to take a look back at the very first blog post I wrote on December 5, 2011. I wanted to see if there was an inkling that I would grow and mature in my faith, and if I recognized that God had a plan in place when He prompted me to begin the blog.
I wrote then, as I do now, to encourage people to walk in power and not fear; to strengthen their faith in times of dread and panic. At that time, I was focused on the confusion and calamity I saw occurring in my beloved home country, the United States. Now, nearly 9 years later, many of those issues have not only escalated, but the whole world seems to be on a fast track to destruction.
At the time, I wrote, "[My husband and I] felt heavenly promptings to re-evaluate everything in our lives....to
prepare for economic hard times and radical changes in our society.
And it scared me! But instead of giving in to the
suffocating fear, I made a choice to face it. I would not give up that
easily in all I believed in!" I went on to share the new knowledge I was gathering: learning what derivatives were; knowing all about the Federal Reserve and Central European Banks; learning how
to bake bread from wheat I ground myself; starting to dehydrate food, and
knowing how to properly handle a firearm." As you can see, I was pretty much focused on what I could see happening in the world, and was proud of my identification as an American.
But, there it was -- one little sentence that would make the difference in the path I would take... "I now read my Bible every day, not just on Sundays." That might seem an innocuous statement, but without taking that step, my life and my purpose would be very different today. You see, even though my line of sight was expanding to see the world from a Biblical perspective, I had no real knowledge of what God's ultimate purpose in all this chaos could be. I was rock solid in knowing that Jesus Christ was my Savior, but where was I to go from there? I certainly knew my church's doctrine, but as I began to read the Bible for myself, that line of sight went from being a straight line to what I was hearing from the pulpit to an ever-expanding vision of what God wanted me to know. And it often conflicted with what I had been taught.
I began seeing national and world events from a Biblical worldview, and I began to come into the fullness of my being: body, soul and spirit. Through my study, the Lord activated my spirit to receive greater revelation of who He was and why He came to earth. And with that, came the knowledge of who I was created to be! And it wasn't in some safe, respectable, and sizable position in the world.
It was in 2014 that I wrote a blog based on a conversation that my husband, Mark, and I had about how hard it is for most people to face their fears. We agreed that the times in which we were living were causing everyone
to be confronted by their fears, whether they wanted to or not. [If anything, those fears are even more pronounced today]. And
then he gave me this picture that is even more relevant today: "Everyone is being moved on a chess board to where God wants them.
He is moving us out of our comfortable, safe systems to where we're an
outlier, and we don't have any support system BUT God."
In 2014, I wrote, "In case you aren't familiar with the term outlier, it means "a
person (or thing) situated away, or detached from, the main body or
system." And it is a term that we Americans do not easily embrace. We
are comfortable being a part of the system, where we can hide our
insecurities and worries in the midst of the group dynamics. That is
especially true of American Christians."
My how things have changed since then! We have been isolated from that system of group dynamics, and now are forced to face our fears alone. And it's not just fears surrounding American economics, but we now have a pandemic controlling our lives, along with hints at coming famine and war. The veil is being pulled back to reveal all the machinations of the Enemy to destroy mankind -- from the duplicity in our own government to man-made viruses unleashed to infect the world population.
But, I'm not writing this post to bring discouragement or more fear. Instead, I want to further enlighten you regarding Mark's chess analogy. I was astounded when I researched the rules and objectives of the game
of Chess. There are two parts of the Chess-playing process: 1)
setting and achieving long-term positioning advantages during the game,
and 2) tactics, which concentrate on immediate maneuvers. Another way
to look at it is Chess strategy is concerned with evaluation of Chess positions and with setting up goals and long-term plans for the future play.
That is exactly what God is doing in His "Plan for the Ages."
His goal in sending Christ, who is represented by the King piece, was to re-establish Heaven's dominion over the earth; first through Jesus as the Son of God, and then to see that authority transferred to us, His children (represented as the Pawns on the chess board). God ultimately evaluates and moves
the other pieces on the board in accordance with achieving that goal. His goal has never changed since He made man in His image ... we were to safeguard earth as a colony of the Kingdom of Heaven; to reflect the nature and culture of our true Homeland.
And, yes, we are the Pawns in this analogous game of chess, the weakest and least mobile of all the pieces on
the board. Throughout the game, it is the Pawns that are most easily
captured and removed from the game. But I found it extremely insightful
to find, written within the "Strategy and Tactics" portion of the
official Chess instructions, this tidbit of wisdom: At the end of the game, when most of the pieces are gone, Kings typically take a more active part in the struggle, and Pawn promotion is often decisive in determining the outcome.
What is "Pawn Promotion"? In short, it is the advancement or elevation
of a Pawn to a prominent position that has an effect on the endgame.
And it usually happens at the point in the Chess match when there are
very few pieces left on the board. Now, I don't know how many pieces God has left on the board of this Cosmic Chess Match with the devil, but I guarantee you that He wants to promote you to play a part in the final victory -- that you don't have to be captured by the Enemy's subterfuge or removed from the game. In fact, I believe we are seeing King Jesus taking a more active part in our struggles, and I also believe that you were created to play a decisive role in this endgame between Good and Evil.
Which brings me to where we find ourselves today. God is moving us where He wants us, as true ambassadors of His Kingdom on earth. And I absolutely believe that He is
moving us into positions of spiritual power to effect the results in this spiritual battle for the world. And as we find ourselves removed from our comfortable systems,
we may feel as though we are the lone "Pawn" on the board. Jesus promised us that following Him would be risky and costly; often a lonely journey. But remember
that God has placed you there and He is taking a more active part in
your life. He is "promoting" you to become a part of His system.
Is it scary to find yourself being moved into a new
position? You bet it is! But you have two choices. You can either
retreat into the cocoon of your safe system (whether it be your national identity, your church,
your family, or the recesses of your mind) and fail to take advantage of
the opportunity; OR you can accept your "promotion" and take it
one step at a time and let God lead you towards new heights that will
That's where my journey has taken me .... from someone who [in 2011] was intent on maintaining my security in the world system while I began a pursuit of more of God; to someone [in 2020] who has found so much more in God's Kingdom system, which is restful, secure and trustworthy. I have been moved out of the world system, and I was promoted from a Pawn to a Daughter of the King!
So, my goal in writing this blog has not changed since its inception -- I am still all about emboldening you to overcome your fears in the world, whatever they may be. But, I can now offer you more than hope and encouragement -- I can assure you that you have a purpose for advancing God's endgame of defeating Satan's kingdom of darkness and re-establishing His Kingdom on earth. And what an honor it is to be examined and found worthy of advancing the game!
Psalm 143:10 I just want to obey all you ask of me. So teach me, Lord, for You are my God. Your gracious Spirit is all I need, so lead me on good paths that are pleasing to You, my one and only God!