This is War

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.  (1 John 4:4 NLT)

For the past few months I’ve felt a leading that I need to be in full battle rattle, a term we used in the Army when we had to get all of our combat gear on and be prepared for battle, but since I’m a civilian now, this call to arms is for spiritual warfare.  As a matter of fact, I’ve been referring to our homeschool Bible studies, as ‘Weapons Training’.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.(Hebrews 4:12 NLT)

While looking for a new book to read the other night, I was reading reviews on Corrie ten Boom’s Marching Orders for the End Battle and it was actually the negative review that made me decide I needed to read this book.  The reviewer had said that they didn’t believe in spiritual warfare because that gave too much focus on the enemy.  I’m not sure if it’s my military background, but I immediately thought, and who would ever go into battle not knowing who and what they needed to fight the enemy!?!

Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.  But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]  (1 Peter 5:8-9 AMP)

The atmosphere around Believer’s has changed dramatically in the past few years, I’ve heard it said that if you’re not under a spiritual attack, then you need to check your temperature.  Those that are advancing the Kingdom of God will come under attack from the enemy, but those who are lukewarm are not waging war against the gates of hell and they are no real threat.

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.  You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.  (Revelation 3:15-17 NIV)

Today in America, we have to remember that the prince of this world has veiled the eyes of those who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior (2 Cor 4:4), their hearts are hardened and against God.  We need to pray for the lost: that their eyes would be opened, a laborer would come across their path (or better yet, that we would be a laborer for the lost) and that their hearts would repent and turn to God.  We have been called to be the salt and light and what better time to shine God’s light, then in this present darkness!  Today will you join me in standing against the enemy and praying bold prayers that God would use us to further His Kingdom?  Pray this prayer from Ephesians 6:10-19 NLT

I pray that I would be strong in the Lord and in your mighty power, God.  That each day, I would put on all of God’s armor so that I will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, I pray that I would put on every piece of God’s armor so I will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.  And after the battle I will still be standing firm.  I will stand my ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, I will put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that I will be fully prepared.  In addition to all of these, I will hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. I will put on your gift of salvation as my helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

I will pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. I will stay alert and be persistent in my prayers for all believers everywhere.

And I will pray for me, too – I ask you, God, to give me the right words so I can boldly explain your Good News of the Gospel for all people, everywhere.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen

this is war