After seeing some uncommon fruit that followed an extraordinary, albeit unsettling week on Facebook, I woke up this morning with a remarkable word from the Lord.
My skin is white, a condition I rarely think about, unless I’m lathering it with sunscreen to step into one of these long, hot, Texas, summer days.
Maybe, that’s because I grew up on the North side of Houston, in an area that was not trendy enough to be designated as a ward of the city.
Our next-door neighbor, second parents, and two people dearest to my heart, were legal immigrants from south of the border who shunned those who entered our country illegally.
My parents were ministers who loved both.
I grew up watching my dad, my brother, and my husband work with both, become friends with both, help illegals work through the system, pray for miracles as some sought citizenship and weep for the loss of fellowship when one was denied.
Today, my sister and her husband pastor a large church in the same area; a congregation that is almost entirely made up of both legal and illegal brothers and sisters in Christ. They minister to every conceivable situation that arises from this issue. They have seen God move mountains, work miracles, and continue to be God to those who remain as well as to those who must go back to the country of their birth.
In this country, and for those who live along its boundaries, border issues did not become issues of color until politicians decided that color was synonymous with power.
Today, we are being told to open our borders because that is what love would do. Therefore, God is on trial. We have been asked the question, “What Would Jesus Do?”
Before He made man, God looked down at the earth and found it in a state of darkness. It was formless, void, and chaotic. All its boundaries had been compromised.
There is no coincidence why all the evils, injustices, and ravages of sin come together in this one place, drawn, like a magnet, by supernatural forces.
Because foundations and boundaries cannot be separated lest the structure fall.
Psalm 11:3, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
From the beginning, God established boundaries to form the foundations whereby the sons of God could “subdue the earth.” In other words, He pushed back the encroachment of chaos by forming a foundation that was defined, confirmed, and settled by boundaries.
And God spoke to chaos and commanded that it would not cross the boundary. Lawfully and specifically, He defined the borders so that confusion, anarchy, deficiency, and absence would know where the line had been drawn.
He separated light from darkness, Genesis 1:4.
Job 26:10, “He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters at the boundary of light and darkness.”
He separated the waters in the heavens from the waters in the sea, Genesis 1:6.
Psalm 104:9, “You set a boundary that they may not pass over, so that they will not return to cover the earth.”
Job 38:9-11, “When I made a cloud its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and I placed boundaries on it and set a bolt and doors, and I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; and here shall your proud waves stop.”
He separated the waters in the sea from the dry ground, Genesis 1:9.
Proverbs 8:29, “When He set for the sea its boundary so that the water would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth.”
Jeremiah 5:22, “Do you not fear Me?’ declares the Lord, ‘Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, an eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail. Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.”
Just as there were boundaries for the Kingdom of Heaven, in the same way, the first thing God did was establish boundaries on the earth.
Sin will never enter heaven’s gates. Evil will never climb over its borders. Chaos will never overcome the Prince of peace.
And so, it was that God gave man a foundation designated by boundaries that would define our home because all the nuances and problems that evil would present could not begin to be addressed until our foundation was firm, secure, and strong.
Which is why, there are boundaries for nature.
Boundaries for governments.
And boundaries for men.
These boundaries have nothing to do with the “enlightenment” of the times we live in. They exist, as they always have, to protect the sons of God in a sin-cursed world where Satan seeks to devour and destroy all who cross boundaries.
To bring chaos back.
In December of 2004, we saw the devastation and power of destruction that can happen when one of these boundaries are crossed, even briefly. The loss of life in the Thailand Tsunami was mind-boggling. There wasn’t a single heart that didn’t break for the plight of the souls that suffered.
Scripture has been used a great deal, lately, on both sides of this issue, but outside of its boundaries, scripture, too, is meaningless.
Because God is a God of boundaries.
Proverbs 22:28, “Do not remove the ancient boundary which your fathers have set.”
The boundaries of nations are established by God.
Isaiah 26:15, “You have increased the nation, O Lord, You have increased the nation. You are glorified. You have extended all the borders of the land.”
Acts 17:26, “And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.”
Satan understands boundaries, which is why he continuously tries to tear them down. It is the only legal way that he can steal, kill, and destroy.
Job 24:2, “Some remove the landmarks. They seize and devour flocks.”
When we take the act of removing boundaries lightly, we participate with evil.
Hosea 5:10, “The princes of Judah have become like those who move a boundary; on them I will pour out My wrath like water.”
At the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015, pastor and prophet Rick Joyner presented a word of warning that came from several prophetic dream encounters. These warnings can be understood more clearly today than they were on the day he first shared them. (YouTube: Rick Joyner; Morning Star Ministries, September 9, 2014 and February 3, 2015.)
In these dreams, a spirit of evil had broken through our boundaries and the same blight and destruction that the innocent citizens south of the border were fleeing was rushing in, like a flood of devastation, over state lines.
The safety and provision of this nation had been sold for political gain.
Wars are fought on many different frontiers, today. Cyber war. War on Terror. Desert warfare. Special Ops. War against poverty. War against Christians… etc. But we cannot be a light to the nations, a comfort to the distressed, or food for the hungry, if we are physically at war, attempting to survive our own demise.
In his second dream, he walked amongst the camps, where he was invisible, at first. What he witnessed was an intense spirit of terror, hatred, and privilege rolling over the ranchers near the border; an escalation of things they have experienced in recent years. Brutal murders were taking place and yet, so much famine followed this group that they had been reduced to cannibalism and great fear had invaded their own ranks.
As he walked, he realized that he represented the believers in our nation. It was the attitudes of the heart and the behavior of Christians that would determine the outcome of this crisis.
Eventually, the Lord allowed the evil spirit that was controlling the gangs to see Rick and attempt to entice him into joining the horde. When Rick refused to let his heart be turned by bigotry or narrow-minded preconceptions or political partisanship and intolerance or spiritual animus, he heard the sound of marching feet approaching from behind and turned to see the army of the Lord coming to destroy those who were intent on destruction.
I want to make sure the reader hears what is being said. This is not a discussion about racism. It’s not about people who hate people who don’t look like them. It’s not about people who worship Trump or love his policies, his tweets, or who refuse to deal with things he may have said or done in the past. It’s not about people who don’t love people who come across our borders looking for a better life.
There is evil on both sides of the border. Hate. Anarchy. Until Christ returns, it will remain so, but there is also grace and love in abundance.
Our border guards, the majority of whom are of Mexican descent, are asking why we are allowing their names to be slandered by a media that is comparing them to Nazi’s and falsely accusing them of running Labor camps. These are men and women who not only face life and death situations daily but provide food and clothing from their own cupboards to meet needs and help illegals who are caught in impossible situations… a cup of cold water.
Until we walk side by side with them, we must avoid becoming part of the inflammation of the masses by a politicized media.
Make no mistake: this is a spiritual issue; a war for the future of our nation. A war over boundaries. A war between good and evil; chaos and peace.
God has been challenged. The God Who gives His ministering servants the sword to avenge evil, to enforce borders; the same God Who takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
Ezekiel 18:23, “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?”
What we are talking about is the ultimate act of Love for the innocent people who have struggled with the evil that has violated their borders, crossed their boundaries, eroded their foundations, and devastated their futures. We are talking about laying down our life and the ease with which the enemy can manipulate the emotions of our flesh.
My parents were right to love both legal and illegal immigrants. My neighbors were right to hate the evil that mocks boundaries and avoids consequences.
God desires that we remain a nation that can help the innocent rebuild their borders; be a Light in their darkness. A people who can offer aide. Food. Clothing. Shelter. Protection. Salvation.
But first, we must protect the boundaries of our nation so that our nation can be the provision they need.
To do that, hard choices must be made. The borders must be protected from evil and such is the mandate of governments, because the same evil that has blighted their land seeks to blight ours; to put out the last beacon of Light.
To reduce the planet to chaos once again.
Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Finally, let me say that there is such a thing as an “unrighteous law” or “border” and there are unrighteous situations that happen at our borders because we are all flawed and human. We get things wrong. We make mistakes. We create bad law. And the bad law we create opens the door to the invasion of evil where the Accuser of the Brethren can use difficult situations to blame, to justify greater evil, and to tear down boundaries.
Abortion laws are the best example I can give of an unrighteous law and the invasion of evil that follows. So, what is a believer to do when faced with an ungodly law that has become a part of the foundation of a nation?
He is to lay down his life, John 15:13.
In 1989, God asked me to cross the boundary of the laws concerning abortion in our nation. Here I stood, being asked to obey God rather than man’s law and yet, the same God had also said, “be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established,” Romans 13:1.
There are those who live in the extremes of scripture, using them to justify their opinions. The Bible calls those people the “untaught” or “unstable.” “People who distort even the scriptures to their own destruction,” 2 Peter 3:16.
The fact is that God never contradicts Himself.
For me, there was no dilemma. How to obey was clear. I crossed the boundary. Disobeyed the law and accepted the consequences that followed. In other words, I honored both. I respected the law by yielding to its consequences when I violated it. The result was a story of supernatural proportions. I was in my early 30’s and had never, before, experienced the glorious nature of God as I did through that one act of laying down my life.
So, what can a believer do for such a time as this?
1. Lay down your life for your brother at the border – Love God and refuse to fear man. Don’t become a part of the spirit of cannibalism that is blaming, pointing the finger, accusing, and condemning those who don’t agree with your “side.” Don’t make this about you. Don’t “feel good” because you allowed politicians and media to manipulate your emotions. Weep for those who are caught in the battle and pray for a solution to their crisis. Become an answer to their need, but don’t force the foundations to be destroyed by allowing a hard case to make a bad law. Give God an opportunity to arise.
2. Pray – Call a prayer meeting in your home, at your church, or in someone else’s home. Refuse division.
3. Pray for our president – Whether you voted for him or not, follow the advice that Christians are called to follow under every leader. Pray for him. Ask God to give him wisdom and refuse to be part of a political spirit of hatred, division, finger pointing, and opinionating. Watch your words because the power of our agreement brings heaven to bear and ministering spirits are sent to accomplish what we speak. I’m not saying don’t disagree, but as I have shared, disagree with honor and respect. There is no fear, no hatred, and no accusation in perfect Love.
4. Trust God – The same God who cares for you cares for the people south of the border and it is He Who sets every boundary in place. Some of us are born in luxury. Some are born in poverty. Some are born in freedom and some are born in bondage, but God has a plan for every individual soul. Not only does He set boundaries in place, but He decides the location of our birth because He has a purpose and a plan for our life.
My prayer is that wherever you are, you will trust God, especially in the darkness. Only then, can He be the Light of the world.
May Jesus Christ remain high and lifted up; the Founding Father of the United States of America.
Lord of All who come through her boundaries.