‘Shock and awe’ is a tactic based on the use of overwhelming power and spectacular displays of force to paralyze the enemy’s perception of the battlefield and destroy their will to fight. ( Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade )

I believe this coming year we will experience some ‘shock and awe’ warfare that will turn the enemy to flight as we see the Lord outmaneuvering him through us. At first you may think he is wearing you down and you are ready to give up the fight, but the opposite is true: Through our weakness we are being made strong, trusting in our God who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus. ( 2 Corinthians 2:4 ) What seems to shock us and bring defeat will backfire against him as we focus on the God of the angel armies. With Christ in us is we have a built in shock absorber to subdue any hit or wound, and to witness the ‘awe’ of God in our darkest night, as we shine like stars in the heavens, brighter in gross darkness.

The Lord asked me recently, “Bill, are you enjoying life?” I said, “Am I supposed to? What about all the trials, warfare and chaos I am facing?” He said, “Yes! Don’t waste them, enjoy every bit of them, for that’s where you will find Me. I’m turning them into something sweet. Most of all, enjoy Me in them.”

Life More Abundantly

I think I have figured out what ‘life more abundantly’ means. It’s when you finally feel like you’re on a roll and you’re shocked to discover it’s actually the world’s largest roller coaster, with nothing to hold on to, but Jesus. Sometimes you get to scream. But when that wild ride ends, you get back in line, because you want to make sure you didn’t like it, for there was a feeling of ‘awe’ between the screams. I believe many of us have forgotten to enjoy life, despite what comes our way.

Everyone I know is fighting major battles. Welcome to the war that Jesus won for us. Let’s celebrate His victory and ours too.

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (KJV)

Bill Yount