Welcome to the Plates of WHOA!
Or as in Ice Age, the Plates of Woe. Either way you say it still works in today’s world.For those of you who don’t recognize this picture above, it’s from the movie Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Our friends and Manny the Mammoth have to travel across the Plates of Woe to find their friend Sid. These are a flat series of massive flat rocks propped over dead trees, the Plates of Woe formed a vast field of flat terrain that was prone to become unstable easily. The Plates of Woe stretched on for a short space of land leading to the Lava Falls. When things get shaky Ellie and Manny were then attacked by a dinosaur called a Guanlong. Small in size, Guanlong were pack hunters that worked together to bring down larger animals. Fitted with sharp teeth and claws, a small crest, a number of rattling quills atop the head and along the spine, powerful tail and speed, Guanlong proved a formidable predator towards other dinosaurs or creatures they met.
Did you know that seven is the number for spiritual perfection in the Bible?
It is also the number for perfect spiritual misery on the negative side too. The devil has seven plates of woe he tries to place you on. When you meet them, you feel as though the ground is shaking, you see an enemy and there is a vertical drop on either side. Let’s look at what they are here listed in Romans 8.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Romans 8:35
Wow! That seems like a lot of woe and WHOA! What do they mean?
- Tribulation – mental pressure.
- Distress – your enemy try to crowd you back.
- Persecution – they follow you around speaking ill of you just to irritate you.
- Famine – This is listed as the time after the return of Christ and means when you’ve spent all your credit and you still have nothing. (Refer to the condition of the prodigal son)
- Nakedness – means not much money to buy clothes and TV’s. Just can’t seem to get ahead or catch a break.
- Peril – this is a source of agitation endeavoring to introduce fear into your walk. Paul used this word 8 times in 2 Cor. 11:26 “In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers,in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen,in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;”. These are all the same Greek word.
- Sword – this is more of a hunting knife than a sword. Metaphorically it is meant to cut you apart with their words.
Notice that it starts with MENTAL PRESSURE.
The devil will always spin the plate of your mind first, then it crashes into distress. Distress can be overwhelming situations that try to corner you and convince you to give up believing in God. If you are already under mental pressure this is an easy move for the devil. The next few steps are like, in my opinion, the slippery slope to the terrible crash at the bottom. Do any of these lead you to the freedom and liberty of God in Christ in You? Not hardly.
That verse, verse 35, is a description of what occurs to all believers including the Old Testament believer. It describes the challenges that arise for all of us, the next verse even takes us back to the Old Testament with “As it is written,”
“As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” vs. 36
We all faced the same plates of woe but in the Old Testament they had no personal defense and were like sheep led to the slaughter. Why? Holy Spirit was upon them, upon the condition that they never went down these paths. It was shaky, horrifying and caused no end of frustration that could separate them from God. BUT, now we have verse 37 which yank us back into the present spiritual condition.
“Nay (no way), in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” vs. 37-39
The difference between being a sheep led to slaughter and being more than a conqueror is the love of God through Christ Jesus Our Lord. We are done being victims and slaves to the circumstances and spiritual influences around us. We can rise up even in the midst of the valley of woe! Our first goal, renewing the mind. When the mental pressure arrives, we renew our minds to the Word of God. Then when the devil puts plates of woe in our path we can stop and change our direction. We don’t have to fall into his snares. Go back seven verses in Romans 8 and read this encouragement. The ideal is not to get on the first plate but even if we do we still have this verse.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” vs. 31
God, the maker of the universe is there to help you, He never accuses you, that’s what the Devil does. The Devil has the nick name of the Great Accuser. God doesn’t condemn us. Go back to the first verse of this chapter.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” vs. 1
We are super conquerors, over comers and champions. We are built to succeed in every way, but we also must be wise to the woes of the devil. He will try to stack the odds against you and create fear. Expect it, but don’t accept it. We are born to love God, we are born-again to serve Him. And today is the perfect day to win.
God Bless You Today!