Friday, June 11, 2010

The Ultimate Conflict

Spiritual warfare has never been at the present level, at least in my lifetime. This is not an ordinary struggle, but a march to the final conflict before the kingdom of Christ fills the earth.
While the entire earth is the scene, the nation of Israel and the saints of our Lord are the targets. Since we do not know the day of the Rapture, we must not give up the cultural war in our nations. What is occurring in America is nothing less than moral suicide. America is quickly turning against the Truth, even within the confines of the Church. Sound doctrine has given way to doctrine of demons. Itching ears have replaced hungry hearts. As a result, America is becoming destitute and lost.
There are battles occurring in our nation on different levels, but the only one that ultimately matters is spiritual. We must enlist everyone possible to start battling through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the Restrainer and angels move in His wake. If we will be about the Father's business, empowered by the Spirit, the Kingdom of Heaven will continue to advance through the winning of souls at an ever-increasing pace.
The Apostle Paul said it this way, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12). You must know that this fight is spiritual, which is clear from this statement. Because of this fact, our weapons must match and exceed the enemy’s weapons. Our Creator warned us often against thinking we can win in the flesh. Paul continued to discuss our enemy by giving instruction in warfare, “Therefore, put on the whole armour of God so that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13).
The apostle then lays out our weapons. We must be girded with the infallible Word of God. The breastplate must be a righteousness that He has provided. He even says that we wear special footwear, which is provided in the Gospel message. Then, we hold forth a shield that can be moved in all directions and it is the “shield of faith.” That is our trust in His covenant of protection. Our sword that dashes the spirit world into pieces is the “Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” But, all of this is loaded into the human vessel or magazine by “praying in the Holy Spirit.” No wonder our empty prayer life leaves us in spiritual ruins.
Our church world keeps denying that God’s Holy Spirit is still supernaturally active in the saints. As a Pentecostal, I know better and would have shipwrecked long ago without the added measure of the Holy Spirit that comes through supernatural baptism. The apostle wrote, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:18).
Satan and the spirits of Antichrist are unleashing a barrage of evil powers and confusion. The human flesh is a prime place for Satan to sow seeds of doubt and roots of bitterness. Every believer must put on “the whole armour of God.” Keep the shield of faith at hand to quench the fiery darts. Above all live a life hidden in the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit. If we are yielded to Him, He will storm the gates of Hell in our praying, and we will then fulfill the commands of Christ until the trumpet blast splits the air.

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