Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
For the past few days I’ve been reading, for the second time, an awesome Christian fiction book about Spiritual Warfare by Frank E. Peretti (This Present Darkness). I first read it as a teenager and it was a real eye opener. As I’ve been reading, it again has opened my eyes, especially regarding things in this day and age.
I’ve noticed many changes over the years and am noticing a few things that I hadn’t realize before. Although I do not know the specifics–the hows or whys–I believe them to be spiritually significant.
Many of God’s people have become complacent–they’re tired and unwilling to change or do better. On the other hand there are those that do seek change. Those who want to do and see better, for themselves, their families, friends, and others around the world, but they don’t know where to start.
I have come to realize that it all beings with us, as individuals. And prayer. Intercession. I have decided that I want, no, need to be an intercessor–for my family, friends, myself, my city, country, and even the world, even though it may appear to be a lost cause. I know it isn’t the will of God for anyone to perish (John 3:16-17), but I also know that not everyone will enter the Kingdom of God. And that’s a very sad realization.
Regarding the changes that I’ve seen, many have been within circumstances and worldly happenings–corrupt government, sin & disease is running rampant, communities in upheaval–and more. But one of the biggest concerns are the changes that I’ve seen in myself and in others that are close to me. Just within the past couple of days I’ve realized that in many ways I have been selfish in regards to my marriage. It’s been about what I want or the way I think things should be, or how I think my husband should act or things he should do. I believe my thoughts and feelings are valid… but what about me? What am I doing to show my husband how much I love him? What am I doing to encourage and lift him up? This world beats him down enough, he needs PEACE here at home from the battlefield abroad. He needs to know that I respect, support, and love him regardless of any flub ups he might make.
I have also noticed, just today in fact, that there are people that I love dearly who have changed in ways I never thought they would. There was a time that whenever they had, watched, or listened to something that was ungodly, secular, or went against the Lord–in any way, shape, or form–it was destroyed, no longer watched, or no longer listened to. But somewhere along the way, some of those things have become OK. For instance, there’s a TV show that is pretty funny in some context, but some of the dialog/language and scenes are unnecessary. We don’t watch it in my home, but some people I love enjoy it. So it raises similar questions that were once asked of me: Would you watch that TV show or Movie, or listen to that song or music if Jesus was in the room? I mean, if we’re born-again and Jesus lives in our hearts, He’s there already, isn’t He?
We need to protect ourselves and our families from anything and everything that the enemy can use against us! If as Christians, we are not in a place where we should be… if we’re not living the way we should be… If we’re not spending time in God’s Word or in prayer, we need to stop and think… What’s stopping us? To be brutally honest we have no excuse! I don’t always spend enough time in prayer, but I read my Bible daily. It’s difficult with young children and a small living space–I have no “prayer closet” so I’m easily interrupted. Again, I don’t have an excuse. I could spend time alone in prayer after hubby leaves for work–I need to get my sleep cycle regulated though.
We need to stop making excuses and start making time to do what we MUST do.
We live in a day and age where the enemy is doing EVERYTHING he can to screw us up–to draw us away from Abba Father. The devil tries (and sometimes succeeds) to keep our minds on things around us, our circumstances–he wants us to lose our focus. We need to remember, Jesus gave us authority over him. We have been given the tools to keep that old devil under our feet!! RESIST & he MUST FLEE! (In Jesus’ name)
We need to be in, what I like to call, “Lion’ or ‘Lioness Mode”.
Have you ever watched an animal show and seen how a lioness hunts? She’s focused in and nothing can distract her. That’s how we should be! ALWAYS!
Is it difficult? Yes! Impossible? NEVER!
All things are possible with God. (Matthew 19:26 paraphrased)
Think about this… If we learned, once and for all, who we are in the Lord, the devil would have a fit! If every God-fearing person on this earth KNEW who they are in Christ… no demon of hell could mess with them–they’d run screaming, and scattering in all directions! We as God’s people need to get off our duffs, out of our comfort zones, get into our armor, and RUN to the battlefield. There are many who have or are nearing the point of dropping their swords and shields, and giving up.
IT’S TIME TO RISE UP, O WARRIORS OF GOD MOST HIGH!
I pray that the Lord would stir your spirit. May He open your spiritual eyes and ears. May you hear and heed His voice above all others. Stop laying in the muck and mire of your circumstances!
It’s time to stand and fight!
It’s time to pick up your sword and shield and RUN to the battle grounds.
Don’t walk…. RUN!!
“If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31b
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God in whom I will trust.’ Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler. And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge. His truth shall be your shield and buckler, you shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him, with long life I will satisfy him, and how him My salvation.” Psalm 91
If you have read this far, I hope this has blessed you. I also highly recommend reading Frank E. Peretti’s books (This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness, and The Prophet). I have read the first two when I was a teenager. They really do open your eyes to see and understand the importance of Spiritual Warfare in our daily lives. (I am not making any money from this, I just think it’s important to know and understand).
From the back cover of the first book: “A fast-moving, riveting thriller, This Present Darkness offers a fascinating glimpse into the unseen world of spiritual warfare—and the power of prayer.”