Last night during worship, I was praying for my friend Harmony Dust, who was sharing a part of her story that she’s – in a few ways – still living. “What joy, What joy for those whose hope is in the name of the Lord. What peace, what peace for those whose confidence is him alone.”
I praised God for her life, thinking of the tragedy she has endured, and more than survived, overcome. My husband added this morning that Harmony has only increased in the midst of what she has overcome. We are in awe of God in her and through her. We financially partner every month with her non-profit, Treasures, because we believe in her, in the incredible leadership team partnering with her to bring justice to the women and men in the sex industry.
This is front line battle – whenever we make a commitment to wage war against hell, the devil gets pretty upset. But thankfully, we serve a God who makes the demons tremble. He sends us out not in our own strength, but by His Spirit and even though in this life, we have trouble, Jesus brings us peace because He has overcome this world. He is our light and our salvation, because of this, whom shall we fear? He is the stronghold of our lives, of whom shall we be afraid?
When we take up His cause, He battles on our behalf, and we have watched Him do that faithfully in the life of Harmony as she has continued to lean on and trust in God. I imagine when her feet hit the floor in the morning, hell trembles.
What are you doing these days that shakes the gates of hell? What battles are you fighting? If you’re tired, don’t quit. Endure. And as my hero Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”