Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cover Fire (from the SCHS Newsletter)

The other day my son sent me a cryptic text. It said, “Sharing Christ need cover fire”.What do you think that he meant? It was obvious to me as soon as I saw the text. I began to pray.

Cover fire is a military term that I have never looked up, but I have seen many times in movies. :) If I am correct, then it is when one of your fellow soldiers just fires in the general direction of the enemy. The goal is to keep the enemy penned down, hunkered down, or just heads down so that they can not shoot back for a few moments. In this small time frame of rapid firing with no general target in mind, the other members of the team can advance to better and more strategic points, or they can do a quick rescue of an injured soldier, or they can run to different cover. The idea is simple. Dump a bunch of ammunition in the general direction of the bad guys so that we can accomplish our mission.

This can be done when you have a lot of ammunition. If I am sitting in a covered area with a fully automatic weapon and several thousand shells, then I can just raise my gun and start shooting hundreds of bullets off while you advance. But, if I am in a dugout with two bullets left and there are about 25 enemy combatants in various positions and some flanking us, I cannot shoot my last two rounds into a wall. I can’t give you any cover because I am out of ammo.

This is also different from targeted fire. In targeted fire, I do not just dump off hundreds of rounds into a general direction. I choose my target and aim specifically.

Here is the point before the point. The enemy has been successful in convincing us that we have limited ammunition. Therefore we save our prayers for the big, the important, the high stress, the life changing, the life threatening, the huge prayer request. We don’t pray a lot for all kinds of things, instead we shoot a prayer or two to heaven when we know of a specific target that is of tremendous strategic importance. Folks, we have unlimited ammunition, lets just pour it into the enemy! We don’t to be highly trained snipers or special force members, we just have to pull the trigger and hold it down. A child can, and should, do it.

Now wait a minute Joe. This is a newsletter for Christian Home Educators. Aren’t you being a little graphic? Well, the truth is, we are in a war. We are in a war of eternal significance. We are not trying to take a hill, or bring democracy to a different people group, or end a threat to our way of life. Instead “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12)”. We are not employing human strategies to fight a human enemy. Humans are not our enemy, even the ones that we have been told are our enemies. No, you have to “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert (because) your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1Pe 5:8). We are fighting an enemy that seeks to “steal, kill and destroy. (Jn 10:10)”.

And, in one of my favorite movie quotes from Megamind, “here is the dealio”. We have the ability to not only fight, but the promise to win. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, (2Co 10:3-5)

So here is what I need. Denise and I are the keynote speakers at this year’s Sandy Cove Homeschool Week. We need cover fire. We need targeted fire. We need for you to realize that you are not short on ammunition, instead you have the unlimited supply of omnipotence available.

We are sharing Christ, need cover fire. The conference is in a few weeks. We need people to begin to slam the walls of hell with bullets. We need for you to just pray wholesale. Start with what you know, with individuals and circumstances that you are aware of, and then just pray. Pray for the power of God to be with us as we prepare our talks. Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint our studies and direct our minds. Pray for us to abide in Him and to be filled with Him. Pray for the ones that will be at the conference to have ears to hear…not what we say but what God says through us or in spite of us. Pray for families, for marriages, for prodigals, for your generation and for the next. Pray for single moms and struggling finances. Pray for hurting parents and depressed teens. Pray for pray for pray for pray for pray for. That is cover fire.

Please, join us in praying. This is my prayer for you. To be honest, this is God’s prayer for you…it is His Word I am just repeating with all my heart. Let it soak into you and seek to be the answer to it. Also, join me in dropping this prayer bomb into hell as often as you can.

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Eph 3:14-21)”