I am currently on vacation in Florence (Tuscany) Italy at the moment. A friend and I couldn’t imagine not doing anything today and since we didn’t have a church to attend today, we decided to go to our favorite mountain top and have our own service. It was spectacular to say the least. It was amazing to cry out to Him while looking down at the country.
Psalm 65:6 (KJV): ” 6Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power.”
I had an interesting experience in Milan, Italy–right before I left for Florence. I was tired when I landed in Italy and so my friend and I decided to take a taxi to our hotel in Milan. As we approached the hotel we saw women standing in front of their cars just lounging and talking. As we passed the women the taxi driver stated, “You are staying in the prostitute district. Keep your doors locked and eyes open at all times.” My eyes nearly fell out of my head when I heard that we were staying in a prostitution district. While I wasn’t too concerned about the prostitutes, I thought about the men who typically become involved with these women. The taxi driver mentioned us being cautious a few more times, making me more concerned. Then at one point my friend and I said, “Well we were going to be careful anyway. It probably isn’t that big of a deal.”
Until…we got into the hotel.
The first thing the receptionist did was asked for us to fill out a police report. I was confused about what was going on because the hotel was pretty expensive and had great reviews. We felt tricked and nervous about having to fill out a police report before even paying the remainder of the payment for the room. It was after 1 am and we had nowhere else to go so we gathered our things and went up the steps into our room. We were supposed to stay there until about noon the next day but we already knew that our schedule needed to change. I will admit, we were terrified– trying to stay close in the room, not touching anything if we didn’t have to. We refused to sit on the beds and certainly didn’t plan to shower there. The uneasiness in the room was strong enough to grab the attention of even the most skeptical non-believer. It was time to pray.
1 Peter 3:8 (KJV): ” 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”
We began praying for our protection and peace within and around us. I soon found myself beginning to pray for the women and men who are indulging in these sinful acts. I began praying for their salvation and that Satan’s hold would be broken in their lives. That caught me by a surprise because I began praying for myself and ended up praying for them. This shows me that the Lord was taking over because my flesh only thinks of itself but He is selfless and thinks of others. My friend and I spent the rest of the night listening to Gospel and reading Scripture. I was hoping to make a breakthrough as a vessel to help any captive souls willing to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. I wanted the Spirit of God to dwell in that place, disturbing all wickedness taking over. I was praying that the blood of Jesus would prevail for all of those who wish to know Him.
On our special mountain top I thought about that experience in Milan, how His blood prevails universally. I have prayed many prayers in America and Denmark but I never imagined to pray that same prayer in Italy. My friend and I encouraged each other to trample over fear and rejoice in His power. At one point I said, ” Well, God can save anyone! Even a prostitute. I mean, if He can change a hardcore atheist.. it isn’t over unless He says it is over.” Then my friend responded, ” Yep, Look at Mary Magdalene.”
Psalm 95:4 (KJV): “In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.”
After reading the resurrection passage this afternoon I rejoiced while thinking of His blood offering redemption to each and every one of us. While we may need to be in a certain state to get the new Apple product first or be in a specific country to have the best tasting water– His blood has no boundaries.
Psalm 36:6 (KJV): “Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.”
I looked to my left and saw some random things piled together and I thought,”Why is this ugly stuff in the center of this beautiful view?” But similarly, we can always question why ugly sin rests in His beautiful temples. The picture below was small compared to the rest of the scenery but it was “ugly” enough to constantly catch my attention. That is our sin.
It is refreshing to have His blood purge all filth from us–one moment at a time.
Amos 9:13 (KJV): “13Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.”
Even when we try to hide our sins. Yep, those secret sins–He sees those too. Don’t be too ashamed to admit and confess. Thank Him for searching your heart and discovering all that is deeply rooted and dormant.
Follow the path that He has already paved for you. His blood has already conquered death, conquered sin, conquered disease, conquered generational curses–conquered all wickedness in high places. He went before us because He had the heart and mind to be obedient to the Father and do what none of us could do.
Hold tight Body of Christ! He has shed His precious blood so that we may have life, so that we may have redemption. I loved being able to feel His presence and His forgiveness all of the away on the hills of Italy. The blood isn’t only for me but also for you. I spoke with my Mother today as she told me how she enjoyed her first time in church, after maybe 5 years. Towards the end of the conversation my Mom began to compare her walk with others, using them as a guide. My only suggestion is that she look for God to lead her, not man. It is always vital for us to meet Christ before we meet the Christian. The same thing He does for one vessel He can do for another.
Romans 2:11 (KJV): ” 11For there is no respect of persons with God.”
We cannot forget that His blood prevails universally!