We Must Be Obedient During Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual warfare is real…very, very real and we are not only observing an intense battle for the soul of American culture at this moment, you and I are actively participating as well. However, this battle is far different from any observed prior to what is going on in the political arena of American history.
This war has been raging since the moment Eve submitted to Satan’s temptation in the Garden of Eden by taking a bite of that piece of fruit; whatever it was. Satan has tempted every person at every level of possibility available to him and he has won many battles, but he lost the war on that cross outside the wall of Jerusalem many centuries ago. However, the battles will continue with some being more intense than others.
The political skirmish we now are engaged in is particularly important to world history and perhaps has ‘End-time’ importance as well. I know the ‘end-time prophets’ have been actively portraying their wares and they may be absolutely correct in saying the next event is the Rapture of the Church and, or the Tribulation. No one knows this for sure. However, the obvious truth is the spiritual battle for the soul of America’s culture and the souls of humankind. What I have found interesting is the international interest and observers AND the participants; Donald J. Trump and Joe Biden. We are watching this on television in real time.
Another point of intrigue is the fact that the Lawyers on Trump’s Legal Team have been quoting the Name of God and pointing to the Bible, but I have not seen that coming from Joe Biden side of the aisle. I may have missed something, have I?
Please read Romans chapter 6 to discover what Paul instructs here, “So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Paul includes but 2 places of occupancy available to everyone who has lived, lives or will live: eternal life or eternal death. Before eternity is fixed for you or me the battles of spiritual warfare will be waged, and we are actively involved, always.
In Ephesians 6:10-18 Paul informs us concerning Spiritual Warfare;
“Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. For this reason,
- take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand.
- Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness,
- by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace,
- and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
- And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).
- With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and petitions for all the saints.”
Whether we admit to it or not, every person alive is a participant in these ongoing spiritual battles. Just as Jesus was personally confronted by Satan, so are you and I…each and every day. To the Devil’s chagrin everyone who is born-again by grace and through faith in Jesus Christ this fallen angel is defeated by the Risen Christ. There is one major difference: Jesus and Satan were face to face in the desert, but you and I are confronted by the minions of Satan, his demonic forces. The reason for this is simple. Satan is a created being bound by time and space as you and I are, and he is not omnipresent as is Jesus Christ. He is unable to be present everywhere at the same moment as is God. Therefore, he sends his demons to confront us with his instructions in hand. But, they are losers as they tempt us just as their Patron Saint is defeated already.
Returning to our present reality we find Satan attacking the forces of righteousness in this political and spiritual arena. Personally, I believe Mr. Trump will win this battle only because of the presence of the Holy Spirit. This too, I believe is applicable to the situation we are presently involved,
“Then the angel of the Lord exhorted Joshua solemnly: “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, ‘If you follow my ways and keep my requirements, you will be able to preside over my temple and attend to my courtyards, and I will allow you to come and go among these others who are standing by you. Listen now, Joshua the high priest, both you and your colleagues who are sitting before you, all of you are a symbol that I am about to introduce my servant, the Branch. As for the stone I have set before Joshua—on the one stone there are seven eyes. I am about to engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, ‘to the effect that I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day. In that day,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, ‘everyone will invite his friend to fellowship under his vine and under his fig tree.’” Zechariah 3:6-10. (I wish to encourage you to read the entirety of Zechariah for the context.}
However, I believe these words to be applicable for but one reason: we must be obedient to the Lord God of Heaven to “invite his friend to fellowship under his vine and under his fig tree.” The Righteous of God must adhere to His divine call or He will not bless.
Jesus is Lord.