Thursday, August 6, 2020 -
Ever since I’ve been in prison, when someone gives me a Scripture reference, I mark the passage in my Bible along with the name of the person and the date. I love it when people give me Scripture references they think apply to me or assure me of His promises.
This morning my wife, Kathie, sent me Isaiah 41:10-13, which says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely, I will help you. Surely, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish. You will seek those who quarrel with you but will not find them. Those who war with you will be as nothing, and non-existent. For I am the Lord your God who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”
This is amazing for several reasons. First, when I went to mark my Bible with the date and Kathie’s name, I noticed she had given me these very same verses almost one year ago on August 10, 2019! Is that merely coincidental, or is the Lord really trying to get my attention with these verses?
Another amazing thing is how this fits with what the Lord revealed to me yesterday about the church living in fear, rather than trusting the Lord for protection and victory.
What’s more, the assurance of these words for me is truly remarkable. I have no reason to be anxious or fearful. I know already how God has given me strength and upheld me during these dark times and especially during this prison sentence. But He also promises victory, that my enemies will be defeated and shamed. I pray for these enemies every day, specifically for their salvation, as Jesus tells us to do in Matthew 5:43-44. They include the prosecutors and others in the “deep state” who indicted me, Lisa Miller, and Ken Miller when none of us broke any laws. It includes those in Barack Obama’s White House and Department of Justice who targeted me as a vendetta for my work with conservative groups. It includes Janet Jenkins, the plaintiff in the unwarranted civil suit against me and others, and her army of Southern Poverty Law Center attorneys aiding her. It includes the criminal lawyers who defended me in my trial but hid the fact there is a caveat in the statute under which I was convicted stating no law was broken if I and Lisa Miller believed Isabella was being abused by Janet Jenkins.
Often I ask God why do I have to wait so long, as the days and months drag so slowly by in this prison cell. How long does it take for there to be justice? Yet God promises here in these verses to just leave it up to Him. I don’t wish that all of these people perish. But I do pray for their salvation and for victory and justice.