Recognizing the War

Dan Lenington on September 1, 2015

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War is always in the news. If it's not an official war, there is still constant fighting in places around our world. Thankfully, in America we haven't faced a real war or its effects on the home front for many years. However, we are in the middle of a spiritual war right now. Perhaps, we might think of the persecution and killing of Christians over seas as the obvious battlefield of this war, but this war is not primarily fought for the preservation of physical life. Instead, Paul tells us that "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. Therefore, this battle is not against a physical enemy and in fact those hunting down Christians are actually casualties themselves in this spiritual war. The war is against Satan and the rest of the fallen angels called demons. Their strategy is to deceive mankind into living for pleasure in rebellion against God. Satan is called the father of lies in John 8:44. Their goal is to hurt God by subverting and enslaving His creation in their rebellion and desire for autonomy. In fact, this is the where the battle lines are drawn especially in our culture. Over the last century, the Christian consensus has been steadily eroded to make way for the idea that man should be free to make his own choices in every area of life. While this may sound nice, it inevitably leads to chaos and eventually tyranny. The battle is for the souls of people in our culture who think that things and pleasure will bring satisfaction when only a relationship with their creator can. More importantly, they must realize that the desire to rule your own life is rebellion against God. Each must repent and submit to God by faith and accept Jesus Christ His Son as the one and only sacrifice for sin. We cannot fight this war with demonstrations or by hurling insults. First, we most go to God in prayer for the soul of our nation. We must humble ourselves, turn from our wicked ways, and pray (2 Chron. 7:14). We cannot seek to rule ourselves while we are asking God to remove this same deception from the minds of others. Will you enter the "War room" and do battle for the hearts of your family, your friends, and the world?