Weeping with Our Nation

weeping

I awoke Monday morning, October 2,to the tragic news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. My heart is heavy as I think of the many grieving such a heart-rending and senseless loss of life. Clearly, the enemy is warring against the image of God. I was instantly reminded of the Lord’s words to Noah in Genesis 9:6, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.”

The image of God is a sacred thing. As human beings, we have the great honor and privilege of bearing this beautiful image. We at Outpost Ministries and TCJHOP are committed to standing for the glory of God’s image by standing for the truth of men and women.

We know that in the latter days sin and demonic activity will increase. How much more then should we be vigilant in our stand for the glory of God’s image in men and women. Beloved, no other created thing holds such a high esteem. We have the capacity for relationship with the uncreated God in a personal, intimate relationship. Such a prize is worth the fight.

We are weeping with those who are weeping in Las Vegas and around the nation. We are reminded to fix our eyes on Jesus, the One from whom our help comes. We have renewed our commitment to pray and fast for our city, state and nation. We pray in the spirit of Joel 2, God’s strategy for navigating times such as these:

“Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and

with mourning.”
So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the 
Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
Who knows if He will turn and relent,
And leave a blessing behind Him
. . .” (Joel 2:12-14).

Subscribe to our newsletter!

 

Declaring “Very Good”

gender neutral signRecently, I led of team of eight people from Outpost to Minot, ND to present our newly assembled Distinctions Conference. The conference trains people in an understanding of God’s image and how to stand for the truth of biblical gender in our culture. It was a huge success!

In prepping for the conference, I was struck by the weightiness of the prophetic word we as a ministry have been called to carry. AND I was struck by the weightiness of the spiritual warfare standing against this word. Friends, it was intense.

The enemy is systematically attempting to erase the image of God from the face of our society. Genesis is clear that the image of God is revealed on the earth as male and female. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness . . .” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:26-27). The gender binary is essential for us to know and experience the image of God.

One major retailer’s decision to eliminate “boys” and “girls” signs from its toys and bedding departments makes a bold statement: gender acknowledgement is passé.

Now I admit, there is nothing wrong with little girls playing with stereotypically boys toys and vice versa. However, the larger issue remains: God’s image is being systematically removed from our culture. There are no boys toys, no girls toys, no boys bathrooms and no girls bathrooms. Ultimately, according to the world’s progression, there are no boys and no girls. No boys and girls, no image of God on the earth. This should alarm us as believers.

Without the image of God present to us visibly and experientially, mass confusion ensues. The image of God is worth fighting for and declaring as “very good”!