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The Shot heard around….

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In the Spring of 1775 Boston,Ma was under martial law. The port was closed to commerce and British General Gage was the military governor of Massachusetts.  Tensions between the British and the Colonists quietly boiled until April of 1775 when General Gage was ordered to take definitive action to quell the growing political rebellion. He chose to seize the provincial stores and munitions in Concord. He figured that there could be no fight, if the colonials had nothing to fight with.

On the evening of April 18, 1775 Paul Revere and his companions made their infamous rides to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams in Lexington. 

The British expedition departed for Lexington from Charlestown  at 2 A.M. on the morning of April 19th.

The Minutemen turned out and planned for the British arrival. Approximately seventy minutemen were on and around the Lexington Common as approximately seven hundred Redcoats marched up to them. The British commanders had ordered their men not to fire, but someone did fire what would become known as “the shot heard around the world”.  When the skirmish was over, the bodies of eight Minutemen; fathers, sons and husbands laid breathless on the ground. The American Revolution had begun.

The British did march on to  Concord, however, the Colonists did regroup and forced the British out of the town.Good has battled evil all throughout time.  Just like the battle that took place in Lexington; in the Bible we read of another battle that took place.
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In the book of Second Kings Chapter 6 we find Elisha camped with his servant in the city of Dothan.  Syria was warring with Israel at the time and the Prophet Elisha was providing divinely inspired information about the Syrian army to aid the King of Israel.  Because of this, the King of Syria sent his army to capture Elisha so that the king could pursue Israel unencumbered.
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One morning Elisha’s servant awoke to find the Syrian army surrounding the city in which they were staying.  The servant was understandably quite concerned and so he immediately summoned Elisha.  What was Elisha’s response?

Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
2 Kings 6:16
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And then Elisha prayed;
Yahweh, I pray thee, open his (the servants) eyes, that he may see. And Yahweh opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of (heavenly) horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
2 Kings 6:17

There was a heavenly host of God’s army surrounding and protecting the city and specifically Elisha from the enemy!!  But only those with eyes to see knew that Yahweh was protecting them.  Imagine what the other city occupants thought!

Elisha prayed blindness upon the approaching army, lead them away from the city and eventually allowed them to return home.
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As in the story about Elisha; do you think there was a “heavenly host” fighting with those men at Lexington?  How else could approximately 70 farmers, butchers, bakers and candle stick makers stand up to approximately 700 of the Kings well trained army?
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Friend just like Elisha prayed for the eyes of his servant to be enlightened;  did you know that  you can pray for wisdom and knowledge to face the challenges that you have in your life ?  Listen to the Apostle Paul’s prayer in the book of Ephesians:

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Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God (deity) of our Lord (supreme being) Yeshua (Jesus)   the Messiah (Christ), the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints
Eph 1:15-18
Now reread it this way out loud.  As you read aloud this time consider a challenge in your life that you need spiritual eyes to see better. 
17 I pray that the God of my Lord Yeshua (Jesus)   the Messiah (Christ), the Father of glory, may give to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him:  18 That the eyes of my understanding will be enlightened; that I may know what is the hope of my calling, and the riches of the glory of His inheritance to me     Eph 1:17-18
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Friend be encouraged today.  What an exciting time to be alive.  Do you realize that Yahweh, the Creator of the universe created YOU to be here on earth today as a vital part of His people?  In such a time as this He createdyou to fulfill history!  It is no accident, no chance of happenstance that you were born in this day and time.  He placed you here as a special part of Hisbody to fulfill your purpose in Him.
As you walk out His plans and purposes for your life, trust in the sovereignty of Yahweh as He calls His heavenly host to help you in your time of need.  As Elisha told his servant: “Fear Not”!
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I may not know what your specific calling is but I do know that you are called to pray and take action  just like Elisha and the Minutemen did.  I know that you are called to walk out the mission that has been reserved just for you in these last days.  I know there is a part of the plan that only you are destined to fulfill.
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Thank you for doing your part to restore righteousness in America and throughout the world.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matt 6:33

I’ll see you out in the field,

Parson Rayphe

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