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April 01, 2010

Keep your dukes up

This week last year I wrote a post called Put Up Your Dukes.  This post is the sequel to that.  Next year I guess it will be a trilogy because its something very important to me (before reading any further you may want to refresh yourself on last year's post).

In our country, much of the population celebrates Easter and Christmas.  And somewhere buried under the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus is the tradition of going to church whether or not they are regular church goers.  Our hope, as the body of Christ, is that many of these people who come seeking to fulfill a tradition will leave filled with life in Christ.

I believe with all my heart that the enemy does not want that to happen.  He can and will do whatever he can to hinder you from inviting your friends/family who are far from Christ.  If he has to bring sickness, disagreement, or distraction he will.  He is out to attack whoever and whatever he needs to. 

1 Peter 5:8 says "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."

It is not a coincidence that the sickest I have personally been in the last two years happened the weeks prior to our Easter services.  Last year I had strep throat (haven't had that since childhood), and this week I spent Monday and Tuesday with a stomach virus (haven't thrown up since high school until Monday).  Don't worry, I'm better today and ready to fight back.

I have been praying for our staff families by name.  I have been praying for my pastor's wives friends all over the country, by name.  I have been praying for all of those people who will attend church for the first time since Dec 24th, that the Lord would soften their hearts.  Praying for each of our church members as they invite those close to them.  I'm not taking it lightly because I know God has a huge work to do in Charlotte and all over our nation this Sunday.

You can join me in praying for your pastor to be filled with the Spirit this week.  Pray that he would hear directly from God about what to preach on Sunday.  And pray for your pastor's family, and your church staff.  Pray for their health, safety, and family unity.  Pray for those you are inviting that nothing would hinder or distract them from attending church this Sunday.  Be alert.


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Holly, this post was right on target. I too have been fighting a stomach virus this week along with one of my daughters. I have noticied a huge change in my attitude and not for the good. You know something is truly at stake this weekend, so we are defiantely under attack. Praying right with ya sister. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!

How true this is! My husband has been a pastor for 16 years and for years he was so sick he was hospitalized on halloween. Coincidence? I think not. I definitely have felt my attitude switch at times during weekends like this one or sometimes just on Saturday night in general. Thank you for the reminder to be alert and aware and fight the good fight!

Awesome post, Holly! Your comment on my blog yesterday encouraged me and Andy so much. Thank you for your prayers and the reminder to FIGHT for our King!

It's so true.
I (pastor's wife) have been sick all week. So excited to be on our local news last night--but was running a fever, very little voice. My people prayed me through.
It's a battle we fight, and the enemy steps it up this week to try to match our strategies. But we know Who wins. Love being on the winning side!
Thanks for blogging, Holly!

Holly I have been praying for you guys! Elevation is making an impact that is truly unbelievable:) I have to remind myself often that the very same power that raised Christ from the dead is living within me! I am praying that thousands of people see God for who He truly is this weekend! Thanks for your passion! I promise its contagious:)

Our dukes are up with yours. :)

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