We encountered an incident wherein religious people, friendly and all, counseled us to reconsider an undertaking we knew was the Lord’s leading. We were learning that Satan’s servants are ever there, with Bible under arm, God’s praises on their lips, prepared to do battle “with love.” The strange thing is that while I recall the Lord giving me what to say to these people, I do not recall what those words were, so occupied I was with learning another lesson.
Satan came to my house one evening;
He tried to cast a doubt into my mind.
With his mouth he blessed the Lord
And with his face he flashed a smile;
Satan came to my house one evening.
At the time I didn’t know it was the devil.
He often comes in the guise of a good man.
But I knew there was a battle
And strong resistance from his vessel
And the Father gave me words to speak to him.
Repeat 1st verse.
The Lord has given us commandment
To trust in Him, with all our hearts,
To shun the works and the words and ways of man.
And if we’re true to His commandment
Then peace will follow and victory too
And men will have no power to make us stray away from Him.
Repeat 2nd verse
Dauphin, MB; before Israel, 1979
It seemed we were saying farewell to all things of our past, not just human friends or acquaintances. It also seemed I was prophesying a parting in the future but which would come to an end, never to happen again.
This song came for Caren Lampitoc, whom Paul met in Philadelphia. How different we discovered the Christian walk to be in comparison to what we had expected or were led to believe it would be! It was lonely, painful of soul, friendless, fraught with enemies on all sides and the greatest enemy was on the inside. How we had to do battle with unbelief, with our carnal desires, ambitions, hopes, dreams, with the lusts of the flesh...lusting mostly for social security, belonging, importance, usefulness. All must be surrendered or lost; there really is no choice in the matter when the call of God is upon one. He that keeps his life loses it and if he loses it for the Lord's sake, it is still lost, if only for a time, even if replaced with more and better somewhere down the road. The main thing is that one must trust God in it all and let it happen. One must learn and accept that God is in charge of all things, working all for good.
Music on The Path of Truth - Songs 1