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Children in Battle

Posted Nov 28 2010 8:31pm
Tonight my husband and I were in battle. Not with each other and our 'weapons' were not what you would consider to be something powerful and strong.
Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.When you work with families who are travelling across oceans to bring home children that people in those children's country consider to have no value, you tend to hear and read a lot of blogs about despair and hopelessness. They almost all end with "Gotcha Days" and tears of joy seeing their child/ren being taken out of that lie and into the truth where they flourish. 

Just tonight I saw a blog with a little girl that compared to her photo from last year, you can barely tell they are the same child. That is what love can do...
1 Corinthians 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

I've been convicted of my words regarding the church. I make no secret of the fact that as I was growing up I was never taught about the plight of these children. Orphans are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible but surely not from the pulpit. I have felt that the church is failing these children and have missed the point of goodness, the book of James, Proverbs, so many other Scriptures. 
But I shouldn't be giving up on them. I shouldn't be tweeting every other night about how many lives the minister's suit could have bought. It is true that we measure things with a new currency, the currency of these children's lives... but...
I am tearing down Christ's church when I say those things. Even if they are missing a BIG part of Christ's message when He was here, they are still teaching the other parts of the Bible that God felt were important enough to say. What is more, if my words are read by someone who is NOT as sure in their faith as I am, they may give up on church. 
I could be leading future men and women of God who will do something about the orphans and how they are discarded because they love the Lord, away from the Cross. I may be leading them away from God's 500+ mentions of the fatherless. I may be leading them away from the change they could effect for the children in these countries. I could be condemning future children to this same fate who otherwise may have been spared.
Careless words...26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1.26,27
It is interesting to me that James knew to put verse 26 before the words about orphans... 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? James 3.10,11Matthew 12v36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken. On the heals of this epiphany from the Lord, I went back to work and one line of a children's song came into my head... 'yes, Jesus loves me'. As soon as I 'heard' that line of the song in my mind I was in tears. I asked the Mr. if he thought a kids' song could be spiritual warfare and he said yes. So, I asked if he'd sing it with me... we had to think for a minute just what the song was and as we started to sing it, I got to one line in the song and instantly knew why it was put in my head...
Jesus loves me  this I knowfor the Bible tells me soLittle ones to Him belongif they are weak, then He is strongyes Jesus loves meyes Jesus loves meyes Jesus loves methe Bible tells me so
As soon as we got to the line about little ones to Him belong I literally sobbed and couldn't sing. The Mr. carried on with the song as I wept over the little ones that belong to Him. All these years I got lost in the part of this song that says Jesus loves me and never realised that it wasn't just talking about the children in my church... okay, I was probably five years old so I will not be to hard on myself but I'm no longer five. I know now why this song was our spiritual warfare song tonight.
These children are weak... they are frail and dying. But God is strong. He is bringing families to these kids. I have to believe that the church will be awakened to their plight and will start to help those willing to go and bring them home... they will start to go into these countries and teach them that the bruised reed is not discarded... 
One thing you may already have noticed about the kids on the Reece's Rainbow site... they speak for themselves. Yes, we must be a voice for them, but when you see their faces, their eyes, their tiny little features and their innocence and vulnerability, it speaks to you. It changes you. It is through their weakness that God is strong... 
So will you join me tonight in a song? 

*I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Miss Lillian, the child I'm a Christmas Warrior for (her chipin and button are at the top right of my blog). She needs a family and if you can spare anything, time, money, your prayers, on her behalf it would be wonderful. She is precious... she needs a Mummy to brush her hair and hold her when she cries and a Daddy to fiercely protect her...
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