We Are About Comfort... and Conquest

This conference is not solely about comfort; it is also about conquest

If you think a conference about God and disability is going to be mostly about comforting those who are hurting, you are only seeing half of the potential. It is certainly about providing hope from God’s word. And it is also about fighting a war:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Who will the cosmic powers hate more than those God has called indispensible (1 Corinthians 12:22)? Who are they most likely to seek out to destroy, marginalize, and discount but those God uses to shame the wise and the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27)? 

Those evil spiritual forces have been very successful in the United States against people with disabilities. Consider, for instance, abortion and eugenics. And then there's the limited opportunities for employment and housing and education. And the college professors who think children born with disabilities are better off dead.

We say, “no more.” 

Yes, we need God to provide us soft hearts, open to serving and being served by those who live with disabilities.

But we must also prepare to fight against the brazen enemy of our souls:

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (Ephesians 6:16–18)

There is no better place to start than learning what God says in his word. Join us on November 8 for a conference about God and disability, as we learn how to serve, and how to fight, with hope, strength, and confidence that God’s purposes in disability are glorious, and for our good.

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John Knight is Director of Donor Partnerships at Desiring God. He is married to Dianne and together they parent their four children: Paul, Hannah, Daniel, and Johnny. Paul lives with multiple disabilities including blindness, autism, cognitive impairments, and a seizure disorder. John blogs on issues of disability, the Bible, and the church at The Works of God.