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No Weapon Formed Against Me Shall Prosper
As many of you know, we lost a friend, leader and brother, Brandon Lewis on Saturday.
I did not know Brandon as well as I would have liked. What I did know about him, and most importantly, what others said about him, made me wish that I had gotten that opportunity.
For that reason, I may not the best person to sermonize his life, but I do think I have a perspective that helped me realize his impact to those that did know and love him. Why? Because there are two things that we shared, beyond our names, that I know connected us – our love of God and our desire to help people.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength
and love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31)
I believe there are two ways to love on people – to plant and to pour into their lives.
1. Planting is a “seed” of instruction or inspiration. A word spoken “in season” (Proverbs 15:23) which allows the process of Seed-Time-Harvest to bring change to someone’s life. That is a process that takes time but is how a testimony, a word of knowledge or an encouraging gesture transforms another life.
2. Pouring is “oil” that eases the friction of life. In the Bible, oil represents the Anointing – the burden removing, yoke destroying power of God (Isaiah 10:27). It requires the person who pours to give deeply – to sacrifice. When someone pours into your life it instantly changes how you feel about your situation – burdens removed…yokes destroyed.
Looking back, I now realize that Brandon was planting and pouring out the best of his gifts to help people.
Two weeks ago, I got to listen to Brandon on the weekly OLA conference call. Ashamedly, I had missed a few of the calls (life gets crazy) but this time I was locked in. He began to talk about fear – and it hit me between the eyes. In 20 minutes, he reminded me to get beyond myself, out of my comfort zone and to trust God and my God-given abilities to achieve BIG things.
That word took root in my mind and I wanted to be more, do more and serve more. I immediately filled up my whiteboard with all the ideas I had “fear” about and committed to giving it all I had.
Brandon had planted a seed.
I quickly texted him and thanked him for his words of encouragement and he sent me back even more encouragement. So glad I did.
Then I read his blog (read here) and realized he had been through so much and was willing to share despite the vulnerability – transparency with no fear or reservation. There is no doubt that he was pouring his spirit out in each word…the anointing.
He was pouring his oil to remove burdens and destroy yokes in the lives of people who were facing similar challenges – trying to instill a new hope for a better future. He was a living testimony to the power of repentance (to change) and the power of God’s goodness, mercy and faithfulness.
Brandon was on a mission to plant. To pour.
I was thinking on all of this as I went for my Saturday run, having just heard the news. I have to tell you, it hit me hard. Having lost my mother in 2001 and my father two years ago, the sting of loss is still fresh. The mixture of the shock of the news and memories of my parents resurrected powerful feelings. Those of you that have ever lost someone know what I am talking about.
Then I began to think of his new wife, Dana, just back from their honeymoon. I thought of him as a father. I thought of him as a business leader. I thought of those that loved him and who were in great pain.
The tears began to flow as I ran.
I was running to my favorite gospel singer, Fred Hammond. Just about the time I was going to call it quits, he began to sing “No Weapon” (YouTube Video) and I was immediately comforted and gained a second wind. Continued to run in new strength.
As the tears began to subside, I remembered that Jesus said, “I go so that the comforter can come and abide in you”. John 14:16-18
In that moment, I felt the spirit of my mother, my father and Brandon Lewis singing the words to the Fred Hammond song…
“No weapon formed against me, shall prosper…it won’t work.”
Grief is the price we pay for loving - that is the way God built us and designed us. Our humanity compliments our divinity. It creates the living Christian experience.
I am not ashamed to admit I am crying as I type this, but I am reminded that death is not final.
The spirit of Brandon Lewis will continue to dwell within us to provide comfort. When we focus on the good things he planted and poured into our lives, then the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:13) will remind us that in spite of how it feels today, that God in in control and…
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