When you arrive in Sydney, Australia only to turn on the telly and see what looks like the beginning of an apocalypse movie—watching footage from Dallas, Texas as Ebola victims are plastered all over the world news—you take a long, deep breath when you think about the fact that you just flew out of Dallas, Texas with your family.
And you have a moment to choose….will my heart be anchored in the peace that passes all of my understanding….or will I join the majority of the world that watches in fear.
When Moses woke me up last night at 3:30 am from glorious jet lag, I pulled him into bed between me and Lucas and cuddled him close, beginning to ask Jesus what He thought about this whole Ebola situation. And even though all of us are shocked at this outbreak that's got the world glued to their television sets, Jesus isn't shocked at all.
In fact, he's quite confident in the midst of it all.
He was confident that Ebola was defeated with the rest of the infirmities and diseases when He went to the cross. He was confident that the life of God inside of us is greater that what comes at us in this fallen world. And the more I prayed, the more I saw His stoic face held firm with confident assurance. And the more I saw, the more I heard His voice of peace reminding me of who He is, and who I am in Him.
This year has been the year from hell, but it's been surprisingly peaceful because of the heaven that's rising up inside of me. I'm learning that without intimacy, without the voice of the Counselor, without a friendship with the Comforter…..I am nothing. Without my relationship with this beautiful God, I move into fear, into anxiety, stress, and control. Without my heart intentionally engaging this beautiful God—hearing His whispers and feeling His kisses on my skin—I feel like a tree blown and tossed by the wind.
I have a news flash for you that you might not like: the world is never going to become the perfect, happy, shiny place without pain, disease, terrorism, crime, and tragedy that we want it to be…..until Jesus comes again. But it doesn't mean I'm ever going to stop trying to make it that way. Until Jesus returns, there will be wars and rumors of wars, diseases and infirmities, hardships and difficulties. Until that glorious day, plagues will come against a natural world to kill us, steal from us, and destroy us.
Which is why, until that day comes, I will fight with every breath to do what my Jesus did and release heaven to earth.
Jesus went around healing the sick, cleansing the leper, raising the dead, and driving out demons—displaying the perfect will of the Father. (Matthew 10:8) And then, this beautiful Jesus put the keys into my hands as a believer and commissioned me to do the same. He even made the radical promise that I'm going to do even GREATER things than He did—and He did some pretty crazy miracles. (John 14:12)
So today, as Ebola and fear attempt to creep their way into the bodies, hearts, and minds of millions around the world, I'm sitting peacefully inside the intimacy that Jesus makes available to me. And as I align my heart with heavens perspective, coming into agreement with the confidence of Jesus and the victory where He's seated….I begin to strategize with heaven instead of agreeing with fear.
Jesus and I are talking about what it would look like for me to lay my hands on someone with Ebola, watching the light of heaven inside of me to be so strong, that it kicks out the hell that comes against their body. I'm imagining it, seeing it, and believing for it. Me and Jesus are chatting about what it would look like for the church to rise up as the answer to this problem with the confidence and purpose of the kingdom, instead of cowering in fear. We're praying for the victim's family as they grieve, and the nurse in Atlanta—believing and declaring miraculous healing. We're dreaming about a world where the kingdom of heaven is established for the world to see—and for the hurting to be healed as a result of Father's love for them.
Ebola isn't our enemy, people. The kingdom of darkness is our enemy. And when we realize what side that we're on, and who lives inside of us, and that we're citizens of the kingdom of heaven—with access to EVERYTHING that Jesus offers—
We will anchor our hearts in the peace that passes all understanding. And when that happens church, we'll be so ready to see our God get the glory in this situation, that we dream of rising up and running towards the problem with the power of heaven alive inside of us.
Take a moment and ask heaven how THEY see this Ebola virus. Ask them if they're worried. Ask them if they have the solution.
Ask them if YOU are the solution.