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Asymetrical Warfare

January 14, 2007

Ephesians 6:12  “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.”

To many, it’s just another verse taken from the King James bible that “nobody can understand” because of the old English wordings.  (At least this is the arguement)  As for christians, however, it should focus our attention on where the real battle lies.  The battle that goes on continuously in the spiritual realm.  The realm where decisions of eternal significance are made every hour of evrey day.

I really wonder if any of us, including myself, have any idea as to the scope of the spiritual battle that’s raging all around us.  We all think that we have a pretty good handle on things.  (I include myself as I’m like everyone else; a sinner, saved by grace who strives to be more Christlike each day)We know all of the right verses, we know the intregal elements of our faith and we know the joy unspeakable that comes with having a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.  Yet it seems as though many of us are spiritually sleepwalking through life while Satan is engaged in an all-out assault on humanity. 

A little while ago, I was pondering as though it were eons from now and we were all in eternity.  An almost undescribable scene as all of the saints who had endured the trials and this world were gathered on that distant shore.  Many had lived very modest lives on earth; having little in the way of physical trappings and yet kept the faith of Jesus despite all that came their way.  Some had been killed as the words that they uttered cut like a knife; revealing truth when a lie was preferred.  Some went into eternity before ever seeing the light of day.  Yet there they were; there we all were from every walk of life, from every tribe under the sun, from every nation that ever was called a nation.  Such moments exist beyond the range of earthly syllables. 

I then came out here, and read through a few posts from different venues and a different scene came into view.  I saw many souls crying out for something “real” to cling to.  Many disillusioned by hypocracy and inconsistancy.  Many who seem to be on the verge of throwing in the towel and resigning themselves to  wandering around in the dark.  I saw Satan; walking about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Whispering into the ears of men and bidding them to join him on a literal “road to perdition.”  His words are enticing, and his arguements are often convincing to one who doesn’t know the Lord or who has been following from afar.  He offers forbidden fruit that’s easy on the eyes and “to be desired to make one wise.” Yet the end is always the same.  Pain, depression, heartache, and ultimately, death. 

Every single soul is priceless; every single person upon the face of the earth is precious and is made in the image of God.  Satan is attacking this image with a fervor never before seen.  We must, like never before, stand in the gap for these folks who are being led down a slippery slope.  To pray without ceasing for those who are taken captive by him at his will.  As I was reading tonight, I began to realize just how negligent I’ve been in praying for those who are still outside the household of faith.  We need to, not only pray for them, but to be a light and to help them in any way that we can.  There’s an old song that says “You’re the only Jesus some may ever see.”  We all must take this ever so seriously and take heed that we don’t fall into a slumber. 

There are folks whose posts I’ve read tonight that are on my prayer list to stay.  This is to be taken seriously as it’s in the prayer closet where real victories are won; victories for the souls of men.  It’s in the presence of the Lord Jesus where strongholds crumble and mountains are cast into the sea.  Even if I only know a screen name, God knows each one of them.  He knows their pain, he knows what they have need of, and he knows exactly how to remedy each individual situation.  He still opens blinded eyes and he still mends broken hearts.  There’s still room at the cross for anyone who desires eternal life.  John 3:16 is still true.

I’ve been meaning to do a post that would talk about the subject of spiritual warfare.  It’s a lot more involved than what it seems.  When you stand in the gap for another, you stay in the gap; praying for that individual at every opportunity.  When an eternal soul of another is at stake, you take it with the utmost of sobriety.  In the blogroll there’s a link to Aline Baxley.  If you have ever wondered about the power of fervent prayer, just read her testimony.  Prayer is something that all of us take way too lightly and Aline is alive today because some folks knew how to pray and conduct spiritual warfare.  I’m not talking necesarily about being artificially loud or naming and claiming.  It’s serious fervent heartfelt love as you bring this person before the throne.  Sometimes it can be loud; sometimes it can be painful.  But if it’s from the heart it’ll be heard on high. 

This is going to sound completely nutty perhaps, but I’ll mention it anyways.  I’ve noticed that sometimes when you’re praying for another that you may “know of” but not know personally, that you seem to find yourself praying almost for a specific need that you weren’t informed of.  When you pour your heart out for another, it’s almost as though you are in tune with their situation.  At times, you can almost “feel” a release when a stronghold comes down.  I can’t even begin to explain it and perhaps I shouldn’t even try.  (The NSA should enjoy it though)

To stand in the gap for those who don’t know Jesus, regardless of how contrary they might be.  To love them regardless of how unloveable they may seem.  This can’t be done in the natural.  It takes the love of Christ in you to really “love your neighbor as yourself.”  And when you love your neighbor as yourself, you’ll be concerned for them and will spend time in prayer for them.  Even if your neighbor is a “lewd fellow of a baser sort.”  I know that this sounds very elementary, but it’s never been more needful. 

We are looking into the face of the most perilous time in the earths history.  If you honestly look about you, it’s undeniable.  The chips are here, the logiastical hurdles to the mark of the beast have been cleared and only a “cause” is needed.  It’s never been more needful that we get in close to the Lord Jesus Christ who has promised to be with us always.  It’s never been more urgent to strive all the more diligently to reach the lost before the door of grace closes.  This age “will” end at its appointed time.  I need to close this up, but I pray that we would all be diligent about the things that really matter.   I’ve probably repeated myself a few times as this post is longer than I would have expected and I’ve only used one bible verse.  Here’s one more in closing.

II Corinthians 10:4  “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)”

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6 comments

  1. Whenever I have a need in my life, I find someone who has the same need and pray for them to also receive what I’m asking for. “As you give so will you receive.” It is a divine principle that works. In our mercy we shall receive mercy.

    Lucifer cannot touch God, so he destroys what God loves: His creation.

    I founded an NFL forum in April of 2005, just on a whim. It can be found on my link list. We now have over 1,300 members. I have met many in person and on the phone. Each of those people are in different stages of belief and unbelief. In my blindness I didn’t see why God had led me to the internet; to be “salt and light.” Last night one of the member’s wives miscarried. He was heartbroken. I was able to intercede in my own feeble way.

    The point is that we need to open our eyes and ears to the suffering around us, to the warfare that is being waged mostly unnoticed to the human eye. Thanks for the reminder my brother!


  2. ‘This is going to sound completely nutty perhaps, but I’ll mention it anyways. I’ve noticed that sometimes when you’re praying for another that you may “know of” but not know personally, that you seem to find yourself praying almost for a specific need that you weren’t informed of. When you pour your heart out for another, it’s almost as though you are in tune with their situation. At times, you can almost “feel” a release when a stronghold comes down. I can’t even begin to explain it and perhaps I shouldn’t even try. (The NSA should enjoy it though)’

    i totally understand what you mean. and it’s beautiful knowing that we’re in tune with the Holy Spirit and know where God’s heart is for the person. we do not have the spiritual eyes to see which areas of the person’s life satan has captured but God can. thanks for this post! it is a good reminder.


  3. This is another good post and so very relevant and true. I am most always pleased to come to your site and read what the Lord has placed upon your heart. Thank you for blogging and making the Lord available through you in this venue. It is a blessing to say the least!

    There is always so very much more going on in and around us and our lives in the spirit. We can become more aware of these things and most certainly we can become in the Lord much more aavailable to him. We have a tendency to sell ourselves, prayer and most spiritual realities short. It is very much an area in which we must all grow, by the mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus!

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!


  4. I really appreciate everyone here as you have all been a real blessing in my life; sharing on your posts and in your comments thoughts about the Ancient of Days. I’m not always good at showing gratitude but I’m really greatful. I used to just come out here and post but not really be connected with anyone. It’s so much more awesome now that I’ve met other like minded folks; even though were seperated by an intricate system of electronic signals. It reminds me of the all night free-form bible studies that we had when I was in the navy. Nothing formal; just sitting at a table in mess hall discussing the things of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
    I really like Malachi 3-16-17 which reads “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of rememberance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and them that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.”


  5. Timbob I am so blessed by the things you share, and can only say AMEN!

    Spiritual warfare is very much on our minds as we have been in quite the battle lately. So often we run to the Lord for strength when we are already under attack and then, when the enemy has retreated, we let up in our pursuit of Jesus in whom our life is hid and our strength found…
    We need to be always ready, in the spirit, our lives hid in Christ Jesus!
    when we get overcome by the cares of life anddrift a little; then the enemy sneaks around the corner…

    May we be found in Him, our Lord and Saviour every day, be in His word, in worship and prayer, walking in the spirit, sword in hand, resting and yet aware.
    Bless you!


  6. Thanks for your reflections once again. This is an important topic.

    In Jesus,
    Maria in the UK
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk



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