Spiritual Warfare in 2020

This is the PERFECT VISUAL of SPIRITUAL WARFARE!

Spiritual warfare is both a war in the heavenlies and a physical everyday experience. It has very real human casualties because Satan uses physical forces to wage war against believers. The scripture teaches us that those who give themselves over to the satanic evil that is here on earth are flesh and bone just like you and me. They are as much filled with the evil as we are redeemed by the blood of Christ and clothed in his righteousness which is only through His sacrifice. When you make the decision to embrace evil you become evil. It’s one of the first lessons we learn in Scripture.


Genesis 4:7 (KJV) If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.


That was God Himself warning Cain that sin was at the door to his heart through his mind and about to overtake him. It was his choice to listen. Yet Cain chose to give himself to that evil and jealousy made him kill his brother. It brought death.

Spiritual Warfare is fought through prayer, worship and God’s word by flesh and blood believers. Prayer as spiritual warfare is throughout scripture. Using God’s Word which does not come back void, is exactly the weapon Jesus showed us in the wilderness by answering Satan with the Scripture as it was written. Since Satan is a legalist and knows scripture, Jesus, humbled himself for our sake and became fully man, yet was still fully God, was confined by the law at that time. So if Satan could have had Jesus even break one tiny part of the law, then Jesus would not have been the spotless lamb and never qualified as the blameless sacrifice in our place. Jesus LOVED US so much that He REFUSED to allow the sin of selfish desire to overtake him and defeated Satan with the power of God’s word. It still has the same power!


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Now that Christ died for our sins and has made a way of redemption for us, Satan is powerless against us if we are clothed in Jesus righteousness! The power of his blood is greater than the fallen angel who must bow to God’s authority as a created being and NOT equal with God but His underling. He will NEVER be as powerful as God. Don’t make that mistake. The only weapons that Satan can use against us are in the earthly realm whether spiritual or physical because he has a limited domain. He attacks our minds with thoughts, gets us to turn to lust, anger, sin, murder, all forms of EVIL, he attacks our earthly bodies with disease, our world with natural disasters, and has men do evil in his name to destroy the beauty of what God intended for us to live in as perfection. He wanders the earth, going to and fro, seeking whom he may devour. Using people who are weak and blind to do his dirty work. Should we be afraid, NO! God makes us a promise.

No weapon formed against us will prosper!”


Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)  No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.


So, while some may see the verse and the title of “Spiritual Warfare” and think they don’t go together, but I beg to differ. I believe this is a COMPLETELY accurate representation of God’s word and Spiritual Warfare. The Armour of God is a complete representation of the weapons of our warfare. We are to be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.and we have the ability to confront both Satan on a spiritual level through the Holy Spirit who lives within us, and physical threats that seek to destroy our families, our nation, our government, the nation of Israel, defend the weak and those who cannot defend themselves, victims of violence, rape, abuse, human trafficking, poverty, the hungry, mentally ill, physically sick, disabled, the homeless, like defeating ISIS and terrorists who are killing Christians and others and even the everyday battles we fight at our businesses, work, home, school, etc. Most of all the SPREAD THE GOSPEL!

He gave us the armor to FIGHT BACK!!


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We are called to be PEACEMAKERS not PEACEKEEPERS


We have never been called to be “peacekeepers“, we have been called to be “peacemakers“. There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE. Peacekeepers tolerate all forms of evil to “keep the peace”. Peacemakers stand up and make those who perpetuate evil on others in the name of tolerance accountable for their actions. Freedom is not free. Tolerance of one groups needs by obliterating another’s is the fundamental flaw of our society today. We have begun to delineate our value of humanity based on whether you think like we do. This is evil to the core. It is the deepest kind of evil that exists and history is repeating itself right now. We have a generation who has never known the effects of the holocaust and the lessons of “never again” and have chosen to thumb their collective nose at all things holy and just.


Peacemakers will NEVER sacrifice truth on the altar of public opinion.


If we as believers let ourselves believe that “God’s love” for others means that we tolerate evil and celebrate sin, then we are being the biggest hypocrites in the history of mankind. For us to truly love others means that we will speak truth and be willing to not only fight with all we have, spiritually through prayer, worship, praise and God’s word, but also physically with the “sword” or whatever weapon of warfare we are blessed with to defend our nation and others. Whether a pen and paper, our own or collective voices, tactical military weapons or the guns used by law enforcement & law abiding citizens for personal defense. Our HIGHEST honor to all those who serve in uniform and sacrifice for the safety of others. Please know that we profoundly thank you for your service!

I humbly pray that this helps your understanding and blesses your walk with Christ.

Is God’s Love Alive in Me?

This Christmas as we consider what God’s greatest gift, what does it mean in your life? Can others see His love working in your relationships?  Consider the following, what would you do if your spouse was burned beyond recognition, would your love overcome their disfigurement?

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Old Man Of Sorrow (On the Threshold of Eternity) by Vincent Van Gogh

 

I was privileged to hear the following narrative that has been shared by others including renowned author, Max Lucado, and I now share it with you. It  recounts a story, Dr. Maxwell Maltz originally shared in his book: You Changed My Life: Stories of Real People with Remarkable Hearts.

There was a man who found himself in the horrific situation of  unsuccessfully attempting s to save his parents from a burning house. As He battled the fire he encountered intense heat and engulfing flames which almost took his own life. He ultimately escaped but his face was badly burned causing permanent disfigurement.  

He was overcome by disappointment and guilt. He interpreted his loss and condition as punishment from God for his own failures. He shut himself away, isolated himself in one room, refusing to allow anyone, including his wife, to see him.

His wife was heartbroken and in her distress she sought help from Dr. Maltz, who was a highly regarded plastic surgeon. When she had explained the situation, the surgeon was deeply touched at her plight and that of her beloved husband. He comforted her with a remarkable statement, “I can restore his face” he said.

She knew the doctor’s intentions were genuine, but was still not convinced and explained further. Her husband had refused any and all attempts or offers of help in the past and she was absolutely sure he would refuse the doctor’s help also.  

Perplexed Dr. Maltz asked, “Then why are you here…why the visit?”

She responded with solemn and unmistakable clarity, “I want you to disfigure my face so I can be like him! If I can share in his pain, then maybe he will let me back into his life.”

Appalled and shocked, Dr. Maltz absolutely refused her request.

But he could not help but be stirred by the woman’s deep devotion for her husband and the extraordinary love that motivated such an appeal. He decided that he would go and attempt to speak with her husband.

Knocking on the man’s bedroom door, he announced, “I’m a plastic surgeon, and I want you to know that I can restore your face.”

No response or acknowledgement followed.

Dr. Maltz call to him again and begged him to “please come out”.

Again no answer.

The doctor knew he couldn’t leave without this man knowing what a rare and wondrous love awaited him on the other side of that locked door.  So he leaned against it as he told this broken and wounded soul of his wife’s visit to his office along with her inquiry. “She wants me to disfigure her face,” he said, “to make her face like yours in the hope that you will let her back into your life. That’s how much she loves you.”

The air was silent as he waited breathlessly, but after a long pause Dr. Maltz began to leave. Then he heard a slight noise and watched as the door knob turn ever so slowly.

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As tears ran down my cheeks all I could see was God’s own son, the glory of heaven, humbling himself to become an embryo, a single cell, a lump of “tissue” and according to some, not even human. But instead the God of the universe revered the miracle of conception and birth so highly, that He sent His son, to be born of a virgin, an earthly mother, a teenager, a girl who was the town “scandal” to walk the journey from the cradle to the cross.

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us

And there, on Golgotha, covered in the disfigurement of my sin, the repulsive, putrid, death of my own filth and failures, hung a holy God, who said, “My child, I love you so much, that I have chosen the disfigurement of your sin, I will carry you shame, guilt and punishment, I will die so you don’t have to. When you can see that I paid your debt, then maybe you will accept my sacrifice the free gift of grace and allow me into your life.”

I pray that this Christmas, when we celebrate the amazing birth of our Savior, you will embrace Jesus as the one who was born in Bethlehem for you. Clothed in the radiant beauty of His Holiness sin’s disfigurement is gone and you are whole.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”

Merry Christmas and God bless you.
Anne