[anzac] "WILLING to DIE?"

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 10:11:31 -0500
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"PAYING the ULTIMATE PRICE"
-by Kerry Denten
[ www.kerrydenten.com ]

I would like to share a vision I had when I came across the story 
of Veronica Guerin.

Veronica Guerin was an Irish journalist who was brutally murdered 
in 1996 at the culmination of an investigative report into organised 
drug running and crime operations in Ireland.

The twelve months after Veronica Guerin's death saw a series of 
remarkable changes in Ireland. One week after her death, the Irish 
government ratified a constitutional change allowing the freezing 
and seizure of illicitly gained assets resulting from crime. Over 
the twelve months following Mrs Guerin's death, there was an 
astounding galvanising of the people of Dublin that resulted in 
almost all of the drug dealers in that city being driven out by 
ordinary people while the main drug bosses were driven under-
ground and their operations were significantly hampered. Almost 
all of the people involved in Mrs Guerin's death were apprehended 
and brought to justice while having their assets seized... and 
overall, there was a 15% drop in crime nationwide.

I was left deeply pondering why it always seems to be that one 
person has to pay such a high price for so many others to find a 
way through to a new experience of life. How many times across 
history have we seen this happen? One person makes the sacrifice 
and it seem to be the catalyst that triggers sweeping change for 
countless men and women.

I was moved to tears as I considered the pain being experienced 
by any individual in their quest to fulfill the thing that burns in their
heart. I was overtaken by the pain and confusion that the individual's 
loved ones are left with in the wake of them paying the highest 
price of all for the sake of their quest.

I was left asking the Lord why that is. Why does an individual have 
to pay such a high price?

As I was pondering this concept, the Lord overtook me with a vision 
of what's really going on behind the scenes ....

Suddenly I saw a small company of angels assigned to stand very 
close protective guard over the person chosen to pay such a price. 
These angels are commanded by the Lord to pay any price to 
protect their charge. The one they are protecting must arrive at the 
moment where the ultimate price can be paid .. for the good of all 
those who are to benefit from their sacrifice.

In my vision I became aware of an increasing clamour as the angels 
war to defend their charge with all vehemence to ensure he or she 
makes it through to the end. The enemy is not deterred. He knows 
what it will look like if he loses to God's intent through this individual. 
The enemy presses in harder, looking for weak spots. The angelic 
company close ranks to ensure that their charge makes it through. 
The enemy pushes harder. The clash of weaponry in the Spirit is 
deafening .. the roar of the Heavenly host intensifies as they spur 
on the Lord's chosen one ... "don't give up, you must make it to 
the end" they cry .. and suddenly, the timing is right... both history 
and destiny collide in a moment .. the Lord's goal is achieved and 
at the same moment, a gun shot .. the price has been paid .. all 
of heaven gasps .. the great cloud of witnesses holds their breath .. 
"how will the people respond to the price that's been paid for 
them?" .. "will it all be worth this individual's training?" .. "will the
people run with the opportunity that's been given to them?" .. "will 
the Lord's orchestration of their life be worth it?

For therein lies the truth of the matter .. even though the angelic 
company was "defending" their charge, the fact is, they were meant 
to ensure that at just the right moment, the price was indeed paid 
by that individual .. even their life. This is why the Scripture says 
that "costly is death of His saints", because much has been invested 
into bringing them to the point where they would demonstrate their 
love for others by being willing to lay down their lives in the fulfilment 
of a plan much bigger than themselves .. but at any moment they
may choose to say, "it's all too hard, I can't go on, I'm outta here!"

Along the journey, they may not have understood what it was that 
was driving them. Oh, they could try to explain it as a passion for 
justice, a determination to make a difference, a commitment to 
changing the status quo .. but what even they may not have known 
is that it was God who had invested Himself into them all along, in 
the hope that they would make it to the end in order to see the
goal achieved, the battle won.

.. and here's the most shocking thing for me about this whole experience ..

God will ensure that the price is paid one way or the other and, if 
He can't find a believer to follow Him, He will find an unbeliever who 
He can trust to at least see out the task to the end.

Perhaps next time you are confused by your circumstances and 
yet feeling driven to pursue your goal come what may, you might 
stop and consider whether you too have been chosen for one of 
those moments when history and destiny might collide for the 
good of many who will come after you. If so, pay the price. We are with you!

~Kerry Denten.