Why are we being pulled off to the sidelines so many times in our struggle against evil? We are caught in the snare of entertainment, the daily routine of just living, following the latest political battle, and the little projects we create for ourselves to keep busy. Yet the battle rages on … and there we are sitting on the sidelines with our spiritual armor still setting on the shelf. The sons of darkness are destroying the world and there we are acting as an observer. Actually many have become quite comfortable in that position raising the red flag and then the white, sounding the warning and then retreating back into their daily routine. Dear children it’s time to get back into the battle and start engaging the enemy. Stop your complaining and get back into the fight. Not the political fight, as if that had anything to do with it, but the real fight between good and evil – the fight between the sons of light and the sons of darkness. Let me be very clear this is not a physical fight but a spiritual fight with the power that stands behind all the sons of darkness. When we engage the real enemy then we will see physical ramification. We will see kingdoms fall, the captives set free, the blind receive their sight and the kingdom of God advance upon the earth.
So how do we get back into the battle? The first thing we must do is stop denying the power. Unfortunately many have the form of godliness but deny its power through their ungodliness described by the Apostle Paul (See 2 Timothy 3:1-9). Outwardly they have the form of godliness by using all the right terminology, knowing how to quote Scripture, and putting on their best behavior when attending their worship services. They deny the real power. They deny the power of transformation (See 2 Corinthians 5:17). They deny the power of Jesus’ name to heal, raise the dead, and cast out the demon (See Acts 3:16). They deny the power of the cross to rescue the perishing (See I Corinthians 1:17). They deny the power of God to stand “… against the rulers, against the authorities, and the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12b). They deny the power when they are not convinced in their minds that this power is mighty for pulling down strongholds and demolishing arguments (See 2 Corinthians 10:4). They deny the power when they are not convinced that this power is from God and will accomplish its goal in their struggle against evil.
Now let’s be perfectly clear, we are not talking about the frenzied exercise of attempting to demonstrate this power in your meetings or healing services. On the other hand, we are talking about demonstrating this power in our circle of influence or perhaps a better way to put it, as we go or wherever we go, we must demonstrate this power of God. We demonstrate this power in our face to face encounters, in our writings, in our speeches, and in our behavior. We demonstrate this power in our meetings when we come together for love and mutual encouragement. We demonstrate this power in our self sacrifice. We demonstrate this power when we serve others. We demonstrate this power when we help others in their psychological and emotional problems without referring them to the world for help. We demonstrate this power when we pray for healing or touch the individual in the name of Jesus Christ believing that He can bring forth the healing. We demonstrate this power when we share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We demonstrate this power when we put on the full armor of God and wield the sword of the Spirit against God’s enemies. It is on this last point that I have written a third of my new book: “Stand Firm” to help the soldiers of Christ to prepare for the battle that’s currently being waged between the sons of light and the sons of darkness.
In summary, we must completely rely on God’s power. The battle belongs to the Lord. As we put on each piece of armor we soon discover that God’s power is magnified through us by keeping each piece firmly in place. For example, by putting on the belt of truth we demonstrate God’s power by never telling a lie, but only speaking the truth even if our life depends on it. As we put on the breastplate of righteousness we demonstrate God’s power through Christian morality even when we are being viscously and scandalously attacked. When we put on the helmet of salvation we demonstrate God’s power by not allowing the faithless to question the assurance of our salvation, but continuing in our spiritual growth from one degree of glory to another. As we shod our feet with the gospel of peace we demonstrate God’s power by opening the eyes of the blind and rescuing the perishing through our individual proclamation of the gospel. As we pick up the shield of faith we demonstrate God’s power by overcoming the wiles of the devil thus extinguishing the flaming arrows of the evil one. We demonstrate the power of God by striking down the enemy with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, thus proclaiming the whole truth with no mixture of error. Finally, we demonstrate the power of God through all prayer by falling on our knees bringing heaven to bear against all ungodliness. Are you denying the power of God?
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