Fight with Beauty


One of my favorite places to do spiritual warfare is Elise’s Peak pictured above. Chances are if you have visited us in South Africa you have done the hike and you know why. For me it is a place of sheer beauty where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean currents collide.

As I sit on my favorite rock and gaze at the beauty around me I’m pulled away from the pain of plumbing issues, people problems, and the pounding attacks of the enemy in my own mind.

Reflecting back on the dream I had last month and the call to fight against a powerful foe using Revelation 12:11. We have seen a conquering victorious spirit come through His Blood, His Supernatural testimony, and I want to add His Beauty. Read the verse again:

“The conquered him completely through the blood of the Lamb and the powerful word of His testimony. They triumphed because they did not love and cling to their own lives, even when faced with death.”

One of people’s greatest fears-if not the greatest is death. But not these warriors, “They triumphed” even over losing their own lives, because they lived in the Beauty of another world. They saw the Jesus in Revelation, who is not just ultimate power, but also perfect beauty. A Beauty so beyond understanding all of heaven continues to sing new songs of worship to try to capture what is beyond words.

Who beside Jesus was the greatest warrior in the Bible? I would vote David, whom Jesus’ humanity descended from. King David was also a great worshiper. In Psalm 27  this Warrior/Worshiper was fearless because He focused on The Beauty.

“Yahweh is my revelation-light and the source of my salvation. I fear no one! I’ll never turn back and run, for you, Yahweh, surround and protect me. When evil ones come to destroy me, they will be the ones who turn back. My heart will not fear even if an army rises to attack I will not be shaken, even if war is imminent.” (vs. 1-3).

 This sounds like the triumphant ones in Rev. 12:11. Note why David was fearless in battle:

“Here’s the one thing I crave from Yahweh, the one thing I seek above all else: I want to live with Him every moment in His house, beholding the marvelous beauty of Yahweh, filled with awe, delighting in His glory and grace.” (vs. 4).

 It was the “Beauty” of Yahweh, the Beauty that would come to this world through Jesus for all to see, which was the source of his victory. David made it his priority to stay transfixed on the Beauty of the Lord.

The book of Revelation was given to us by the Holy Spirit, encouraging us to turn our focus away from the fears of this world and to the Beautiful One. It is when we focus on Him and His beautiful LOVE that fears vanish and victory follows. We are not even fearful of losing our lives in the battle because we of the eternal beauty awaiting us.

When I’m on Elise’s Peak I encounter the beautiful work of the Creator. That beauty begins to lift my focus heavenward to the Lion and the Lamb on the throne. As my spiritual eyes dwell on the beauty of His love, the dark battle below begins to fade in the light of His spectacular salvation.

So today find a beautiful place and as the old song says:

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely deem in the light of His glory and grace.”

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  1. Valerie Herder
    Valerie Herder says:

    I was just singing that song today! I believe I told you that Mike and I’s bff, Tim, has been diagnosed with several Glibplastoma brain tumors. We have traveled to Mexico and Michigan with them and our kids have grown up together. Please pray from your beautiful spot for us and them. He will be 58 in October.
    Love you guys and so look forward to our eternity together!


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