Wednesday, February, 24th, 2010
by Andy Frank
Hey everyone….so just checked into our hotel about an hour ago here in Delhi. It’s currently just shy of 3am as I write this. I’m keeping it short….need to get some sleep.
Flights over here were interesting. Love how God puts people in our path to encourage us at the right time along the journey. On my first flight that left PHX Tuesday morning and went to Minneapolis I ended up having some guy ask if he could switch seats with me so he could sit by his wife. I, of course, made the switch. Ended up sitting next to a lady and her husband who were Christ followers. She is a teacher for Bible Study Fellowship and we ended up talking the whole flight about what God was doing in our lives. She was completely intrigued by the ministry and strategy of CCV, first to be intentional about reaching men, second about our strategy to reach the entire city of PHX through neighborhood ministry. Just a really uplifting and encouraging time for all 3 of us.
Got to Minneapolis and had a 3.5 hr layover. Turned on my iPhone and was bombarded with Facebook updates concerning a negative comment that a gal that Jobey and I know made on my FB page about my trip to India. Well, a ton of friends jumped on the bandwagon and went to bat. Pretty cool to see friends get your back like that and stand up for Jesus and most importantly ministry and mission to the poor and needy. Which by the way is the group of poeple that Jesus talked about more than anyone when it comes to serving others.
Eventually made it to Amsterdam for a 4.5 hour layover. Got to take a nap and also finish a book that I started on the first flight. Was feeling really great about things and was encouraged….Lord knows I was gonna need it. I got on the plane from Amsterdam to New Delhi and ended up bumping up to a roomier seat with no one sitting next to me. Cool, I thought….sleep and read. Perfect. THEN….
About an hour into the flight this middle aged Indian guy sitting across from me decides to come sit by me to gain a little more leg room since there were no rows in front of me. Dude, talked and talked and talked and drank, and laughed, and drank, and talked, and then starting talking really vulgar. Probably one of the most perverted guys I’ve ever heard open his mouth in front of me. Of course, those of you who know me well know that I have no problem being honest about my feelings. So, I told him….”Sir, I think you’re probably the most perverted dude I’ve ever met.” He got a huge laugh outta that one. Guy just went on and on, saying inappropriate things about the flight attendants, taking shots at the USA, Christianity, etc, etc… Just really surprised me especially since I had told him about what I do and what I was doing in India. Then it really struck me….
Those of us who carry the name of Jesus, also carry with us a huge bulls eye that the enemy, Satan, is taking aim at. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” That passage hit me and I got really fired up. We are truly fighting a war out there. Each day we are going to battle, like it or not. Some will come out victorious, some will lose. However, we have to make the choice each day as we go into this battle on whether or not we are going to put on the armor so that we can be victorious.. Ephesians 6 goes on to say….
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
The enemy was using this dude to try and discourage, frustrate, take me off of focus and redirect my thinking. The battle rages on for all of us day after day. How are we going to respond as God’s warriors? Sure, I got frustrated at this guy and spoke my mind for a moment. Then it hit me, pray for him, pray for myself that I would not let these types of things distract from the “main thing”. He eventually shut up, and then disappeared for a couple of hours. Didn’t come back until right before we landed. Just long enough though for me to let him know that Christ can make a difference in his life.
For me, the take away from this day….man, be encouraged when the enemy tries to come against you and get you distracted off of what you’re doing for God. It just means that you’re a threat to him and his schemes. On the other hand, if you never face any opposition, maybe you should look at your life and ask yourself if you’re living dangerously for God. I’d much rather be perceived as a threat to the enemy than a pushover. I have a long way to go in this…but man, THIS IS WHERE THE ADVENTURE IS!!!!!
Oh yeah, I’m not gonna keep this short. Haha! Gotta get some sleep, 3:30am here now.
BE A DIFFERENCE MAKER TODAY!!!