The world is not what it seems. In the U.S., we wake each morning to find the same ole’ battles underway. Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs. conservative, country vs. country, product vs. product, sports team vs. sports team, gay vs. straight, criminal vs. victim, successful vs. not-so-much, media vs. media, and scores of other “conflicts”. Our day is rife with them, the media is dominated by them – we can’t escape them.
We busy our minds with battles that seem immensely significant, but we scarcely notice the battle that rages around us that is truly, eternally consequential. Even though all of us witness its effects, and many of us have been wounded in various degrees from the conflict – we remain somehow blinded to our real and diabolical enemy.
While most of us would acknowledge a conflict between good and evil, we stop at the cultural notion of good and evil being influences – and not what they really are……Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him Rev. 12:7-9 (Read the entire chapter for a better understanding).
The Bible very clearly tells us that we live on a planet inhabited by beings whose entire existence is focused on “leading people astray” (away from God), and who have great power to influence the thoughts/actions of men.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. Eph. 6:12 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 Cor.10:4-5 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. 2 Tim.2:24-26
There are many other scriptures that expound in great detail that we actually live in a world of war. Real, tangible powers of darkness, beings, angels relentlessly prey upon the citizens of our world. We cannot be content to bury our spiritual heads in the sand or cover our eyes & ears and pretend they aren’t real or aren’t truly a significant threat.
Mental and physical illness and disfunction, obsessions, compulsions, phobias, violence, rage, addictions, perversions, hatred, torment – and many other of our world’s great ills are primarily attributable to the presence and power of our mortal enemy and his minions.
It is time for God people to become reacquainted with our role in this cosmic theater of battle. One of the primary reasons Jesus came to earth in the first place was to “destroy the works of the evil one”. 1 John 3:8
Jesus gave each of us the authority of His name, the authority of His shed blood, the power of the Word of God, and the word of our own testimony as weapons to use against this evil, as well as His impenetrable armor to wear during the battles. He has also already defeated our enemy and disarmed him. (see 2 Cor. 10, Eph. 6, Luke 10, Col.2, Eph. 1).
But, no weapon is effective if you don’t use it. We need to stop allowing ourselves (and our families) to be tormented or harassed by this defeated army. It is time to suit up, grab our sword (Bible), and leap into the battle. As heads of our households, we are responsible and accountable to wage war against our family’s true enemy.
For His kingdom !!
P.S. If you want more help or resources to know better how to fight and win the battles you are facing – please get in touch with me. I am privileged to help in any way.