REFLECTIONS #131: WAR HAS BEEN DECLARED!



BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE ARE AT WAR


We’ve always been in a war, but, sad to say, many Christians have not truly believed that spiritual warfare exists. For some reason, though the Bible clearly teaches otherwise, they are under the illusion that satan doesn’t operate in the earth today. They don’t believe demons are constantly looking for ways to divert them from their calling in Christ. Jesus says otherwise in His prayer for us shortly before His arrest and crucifixion.


I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. ~ John 17:14-16


Why do you suppose Jesus was asking the Father to keep us from the evil one? Because He knew the evil one would be after us just as he was after Jesus! Satan tried to prevent His birth by exterminating the Jews, tried to kill him as a baby, tempted and tested Him, and incited the religious leaders and civil government against Him. He tried to seduce Him into disobeying God and when He wouldn’t, he inspired men to lie about Him, slander him, falsely accuse Him, and, finally, to murder Him. Satan hated Jesus and still does, and my friends, if you belong to Jesus, he hates you, too. He actually hates all of mankind because God loves them; but if you are a Christian, you are a special target of his hatred. And not only does satan hate you, the world hates you, because you are not of this world, as Jesus was not of this world. In the United States we are beginning to see just how much those in the world hate Christians now that political leaders have given them cover to express their hatred.


THE CHURCH BECAME PACIFIST


Over hundreds of years, most in the Church became pacifists in this spiritual war. They chose not to engage at all. Like ostriches with their heads stuck in the ground, they preferred not to see what was going on around them. It became “weird” to talk about spiritual warfare, the devil, demons, and angels, even in churches professing to be pentecostal.


Revivals and awakenings came and restored truth to the Church periodically and righteousness was restored in nations; but then the revivals and awakenings died out, and slowly, and then with acceleration, the darkness came back worse than before.


When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that man is worse than the first.’ ~ Luke 11:24-26


The Church had become comfortable and lazy again, and let the fire die down to a few warm coals. People were not taught to stay alert. They were not taught that the devil is patient and waits for his next opportunity to infiltrate and insinuate himself into people’s lives, the culture, and even the Church.


Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8


People were not taught the importance of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, walking in the Spirit, praying in the Spirit, staying consecrated to God, being a living sacrifice to Him, and taking up their Cross. Being a Christian came to be about living a joyful prosperous life rather than laying that life down on the altar for the sake of Christ. In short, the Church that wasn’t asleep was an immature, spoiled Church. A Pacifist Church plays into the hands of the devil.

God let this cycle play out in the Old Testament with the Jews, and He has let it play out in the New Testament with the Christians until things get so depraved He has to step in and intervene in response to the prayers of His remnant.


A CALL TO ARMS


God has heard His remnant, and the Church in America is awakening to the stark reality that lies before us. We are facing the very real possibility of losing our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to peaceable assembly, freedom to defend ourselves against man and government, and freedom, period. Never has the spiritual warfare in America been more intense than it is right now. And it will continue to be so, whatever happens politically tomorrow or in the next few weeks.


This is SPIRITUAL warfare, first and foremost.


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. ~ Ephesians 6:12


While the saints have had their heads in the sand, witches and warlocks and friends and allies of satan have been actively fighting against Christ and against us.


GOD HAS TWO QUESTIONS FOR US TODAY


The first is, Do you KNOW you are in a battle for the soul of this nation? If you don’t think we are, I implore you to get in the Word and seek the Lord for revelation.


The second question God has for us today is, if we have not already done so, Will you join the battle? Will you take up your sword like Eleazar and vow to fight until the Lord gives the victory? Will you fast, as led? Will you pray, as led? Will you be ACTIVE in bringing the will of God to the earth?


Even though this is spiritual warfare, it will still take mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical strength to fight the battle. The devil plays dirty. That is not meant to frighten you! Jesus has already defeated satan and He has given us, the children of God, His authority over satan and all the demons! Nevertheless, it is called a battle for a reason. There is fighting involved. Those Christians who do not choose to fight are already prisoners of war, though they don’t realize it, and they will not escape the consequences of this war. We need to pray for their deliverance and that their eyes will be opened. You cannot make peace with the devil. Even those who have sold their souls to him will find he hates them simply because God created them and loves them. If you identify as a child of God, you are the devil’s enemy, whether you take up arms or not; he has declared all-out war against you because you belong to Christ.


It is time to answer the call to arms. I really hate that I always have to add this though Christians already understand it: we are talking about taking up our spiritual weapons, not physical weapons! Unlike Antifa, Marxists, and radical progressives, Christians have no desire to set things on fire, bash heads, or break windows. That is not the way of Jesus, and we are followers of Jesus and His way!

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, ~ 2 Corinthians 10:4-5


Next time we will talk about how to become effective spiritual warriors to enforce the victory Jesus has already won.


· Please continue to pray for and decree God’s will to be done in this nation and the rest of the world, on earth as it is in Heaven. We do not need or want violence from ANY group tomorrow.

· Pray that any plans for violence will be discovered and stopped before those plan can be put into action. Pray that those planning such violence will be exposed.

· Bind the work of the witches and warlocks that are protecting and hiding those who are working destroy this nation.


God bless you all; may our LORD be exalted in our nation!


Love, Hugs, and Blessings,

Syandra

His will, His way, whatever the cost!




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