Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. (Song of Solomon 2:15, NIV)
Ever notice how when evil enters the scene it often comes in a group (like the “little foxes” cited above) as well as in different forms?
In other words, at its best (worst, rather) evil usually strikes simultaneously on a number of fronts. Think of the multiple theaters of the world wars of the last century.
I am reminded of both verse and comparison often, lately, when watching the crimes perpetrated by one such group: the rioters destroying inner cities here in the United States as they are permitted to do so by certain “leadership”.
The black-clad urban terrorists, many led by Marxists trained in street warfare, dart and dodge among the looted, inflamed, and defaced businesses–as well as injured and murdered police and bystanders–left in their wake, wreaking what havoc they may under cover of, and out from amid, peaceful protesters who remain after dark.
But I also think of another group: those who come out in broad daylight, faces polished, suits pressed, lipstick applied, wreaking their own kind of havoc by wielding rhetoric and political power instead of the bricks, bats, and IEDs supplied to the night crew.
The day crowd serves to soften up the mental and emotional battleground for their late-night comrades by crafting spin here, propaganda there (aka “wordfare“) so that the populace might confuse riots with rights and recoil from either the insidious mind control, the metastasizing fear, and/or the bricks, bats, and IEDs before the Big Guns, whatever they may be, figurative and/or literal, roll in to begin the final solution.
And it’s not so much the Big Guns that would do most of the thrashing and trashing of their opposition as much as it is the relentless, dart-and-dodge tactics of various kinds of destroyers attempting to wear down the mind and the will of the people until the masses, demoralized and exhausted, give up, hoping they’ll be spared further evil.
Ask anybody who has lived with relentless verbal abuse how it goes.
If they’ve survived.
The theaters of today’s war include not only physical but also mental, emotional, psychological, and above all, spiritual fronts.
So what’s a citizen and/or a believer to do?
There are, of course, resisters and overcomers.
Throughout history there have always been resisters and overcomers–to study and emulate.
So to help answer the above question and for such a time as this I offer both some practical as well as spiritual strategies gleaned from what I’ve been studying and writing about in survival-skills posts tucked away on this site from the last several years to both remind and encourage the reader that anyone can be among the resisters and overcomers.
To keep myself mindful, too.
Because the only thing left, it seems, to baptize the battleground, is first blood.
For the problems, politics, and plans have been identified and labeled by those who have been paying attention.
And prepping of various kinds including immune strengthening have already been underway for what many, both secular and spiritual, believe might well be the next phase of global warfare of a kind that will be both unprecedented and of significant prophetic import.
It seems the next phase is action–both blatant and subtle, frontline and backup.
For starters, here’s a reminder:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV)
And a back up:
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Part 2 coming soon.
For a complete list of entries in the “survival cache” see here.
Image of riot in Minneapolis/St. Paul, summer 2020 from Wikimedia Commons