Freedom Lost in Canada

Have you heard the call to intercede from Trinity Western University for the court hearing in the next few days? This watershed case will determine if Christian schools will have the right to educate professionals, and it begins with a law program.  It reflects the spiritual temperature of the nation and the brink of which we teeter.

Freedom in Canada has been consistently chiseled away and it can be argued that it is already illegal to hold certain Christian values publicly, or speak freely on conviction.

As always, there is spiritual and mental blindness covering the culture distorting reality.  The enemy is the master of deception, and is still pretty good at it after all these centuries.

I too call you to pray, fast, intercede. Gather as a small group and engage in warfare in the spiritual realm as Paul speaks of in 2 Corinthians 10, saying the weapons we have are supernaturally powerful to destroy strongholds, and arguments and lofty things raised against the knowledge of Christ.

Those of us not directly involved have a stake in this battle and its not fought in human understanding. We have been given authority to disarm the spiritual forces that are behind both the veil of blindness, and the arguments and lofty ideas that have been raised up against the truth.

At the same time, we have been called to count the cost of being a disciple of the “Lamb who was slain”.

Because if the Son of God sets you free, you are free indeed, even when your freedom is stripped away.

Am we willing to radically obey the call of Jesus to lay down our life for the Kingdom, pick up our cross and follow Him, regardless of whether it is legal or not?

You see, so many are already shackled by fear so much that this ruling will not change anything in their lives or walk with Jesus. Fear is a much stronger oppressor than government or regulations or even persecution because it will silence us when nothing else can.

So I pray for freedom for our nation.  I pray for freedom for the people of God for courage to share the hope and love we have without fear, regardless of rulings! I pray God pours out His mercy in response to the prayers of Canadians to preserve protection freedom, legal and spiritual.

I pray fervently that we, the Bride of Christ realize the battle is largely fought on our knees in private and in love and reconciliation in public.  May we never use the gospel as a cudgel to beat people with, tearing down what Jesus died to raise up.

Are you free? Do you feel fear creep into your belly when you are faced with the thought of sharing what Jesus has done for you or loving radically outside your comfort zone?

May you live with the faith and courage of Paul who said “to live is Christ, to die is gain.”

Please be praying with me for true freedom in every way!

Build Your Road Straight

I have been thinking about the name of this blog. “Building Straight Roads.” Perhaps you have been curious about it.  Perhaps not.

Hebrews 12:12 talks about building straight roads, and I love what it says in the NLT:

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.  Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall, but become strong. 

What we do with our individual life reverberates around us and down the generations. How we respond to hardship and suffering will create either chaos to wade through, or a straight path for those who follow.

I ask myself: What kind of road builder are you Katie?

Take this angle.  What if God is looking for a generation of David’s mighty men (and women) in the spirit today to build roads in the wilderness that lead the next generation to healing? (Check out 1 Chron 11 and Isaiah 62:10-12)

Listen to David’s song of victory in Psalm 18;

Who is God except the Lord?  Who but our God is a solid rock? God arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.  

He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.  He trains my hands for battle; He strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow. 

In Central Asia, there are snow leopards in the mountains.  The ibex who live in those same mountains know that although the easiest living is in the valley, it is the mountains that offer protection because they have been equipped to run on the precarious crags that seem impossible to tread.

We are not redeemed to simply to live in the lush valleys of life. It is in the easy paths the “roaring lion” can attack us from behind.  When we were born again, we were called into a road building program with the Holy Spirit as our instructor where we learn to build highways through the mountains so those who follow can forge father with their own roads than we do.

We are not reborn with hands that are strong, we are trained to build well through experience with the right instructor. If we enter struggle in the power of the flesh, we may make it through, but will leave no road to follow.  If we live in the power of the Holy Spirit, He instructs us how to build straight paths that allow those who are wounded and broken to follow behind us, leading them to healing.

It is no good to bemoan how the culture and next generation are degrading if we are not willing to build straight roads for them to walk on by radically living our own lives in power, showing what LIFE and BLESSING  look like!

What kind of road are you building right now in the hardest areas of your life?

Have you had a good sit down chat with the Holy Spirit and the Word lately to get roadbuilding advice?

If You’re Gonna Do It…

Do it right!

I am studying an Old Testament story that has influenced how I think about the presence of God. I have seen how some people seem to just shine with the presence of Jesus.  I have long asked for God’s presence and glory to increasingly be made manifest in my life.

God is ever present – omnipresent if you want the big word, and He promises to never leave or forsake us.  But it seems His presence rests on some in greater measure than others, and I want to understand why.

In Israel’s early days, the Lord was displeased with the hypocrisy of those who ministered in His house and double minded worship of His people.  As a result, the Philistines began to oppress them. As Israel neared defeat, some genius had the idea to bring the Ark of God to the battle front.

But rather than winning them the victory, Israel was decimated and the Ark of God was captured by their enemies.  God brought plagues on the Philistines until they sent it back to the border of Israel where it blessed the house where it rested.

Sadly, it was years before the Ark of the Presence was brought back to Jerusalem by David.  But the man after God’s own heart learned a powerful lesson about obedience and God’s presence.

Bringing the Ark back on an ox cart, a man touched it when it began to tip, and was instantly killed by the glory of God.  David, grieved, went about learning how God said His Presence must be carried.  On the shoulders of His priests.

I have often taken the presence of God for granted, and rather than pressing in to find out what God actually wants in my life, I do what I think is “the good Christian thing”.

God doesn’t want sacrifice, He wants obedience from relationship, and it may not look reasonable or makes sense to our human minds, but it creates a place where the presence of God can rest.

You see, the presence and glory of God doesn’t rest on things.  Not on programs or church services, or even good works.  It rests on us.  Jesus re-established us as a Kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:6), a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). We are to carry the presence of God in our lives.

In the wilderness God told Israel:

Now, if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure…And you will be my kingdom of priests, a holy nation.

Unfortunately, Israel didn’t want to know God – they wanted a liaison so they needn’t get close to the awesome glory of God, so God ordained priests as go betweens.

Sometimes I wonder if we miss out on the relationship God longs for, relying on our pastor or our church to be a liaison, rather than intimately knowing and obeying God Himself.  The deeper we know him, the more of His presence and glory we carry into the world.

So, NO MORE OX CARTS!