28 May

Step into the fray of this present darkness

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Satan and his demons are very powerful and active. We live in a multidimensional world.

There is more to this life than what is seen. The life we live is not a game. We aren’t playing around. This is serious warfare. We must live with a sense of urgency and gravity. 

We are at war. Everyday is a battle. The enemy is real and seeks to devour, defeat and destroy us.

We are on the front lines of the battlefield. The enemy is a schemer and isn’t messing around. We are to gear up and put on “the whole armor of God, that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:8)

Fight the good fight, finish the race. Keep the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

Notice it says fight not play, finish not quit.

It says keep the faith. Do not lose heart.

We are not called to sit on the sideline. 

We are not commissioned to watch passively as the wolf runs wild among the sheep. 

No, we are called to fight. To finish and to win. 

We are called to be warriors. Soldiers of God. Knights in the Lord’s army. 

We are called to be people of valor, dignity and honor. 

Our commander is anything but apathetic. He is a force to be reckoned with. 

May those who oppose him feel the weight of his presence and may we be found among those who take a stand with our leader as the enemy stands down!

We are called to fight not flight, dignity not debauchery, purity not perversion, virtue not vulgarity, decency not deceit, accountability not atrocity, peace not pain, family not freaks, facts not fantasy, compassion not collusion, deliberation not deception, liberation not loathfulness, hope not hate, faith not fear, and love not lies.

The stakes are to high and the battle to fierce to lay low, hide out and wait for the danger to pass us by. We are called to lock arms, step into the fray and lead the way to a better way of life. 

 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. (John 10:10-13)

In a fight between a sheep and a wolf the sheep doesn’t stand a chance, unless there is a shepherd. We must trust the Good Shepherd is tending his sheep and remember, he is on our side!

“Stay alert. This is hazardous work I’m assigning you. You’re going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don’t call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove.”

“Don’t be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. Don’t be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they’ve done you—and me—a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.”

“When people realize it is the living God you are presenting and not some idol that makes them feel good, they are going to turn on you, even people in your own family. There is a great irony here: proclaiming so much love, experiencing so much hate! But don’t quit. Don’t cave in. It is all well worth it in the end. It is not success you are after in such times but survival. Be survivors! Before you’ve run out of options, the Son of Man will have arrived.”‭‭ (Matthew‬ ‭10:16-23‬ ‭MSG)

“Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now.”

“Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.” ‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭10:26-28‬ ‭MSG‬‬)