Words hold power……Scripture teaches us that over and over.
Mr. Obama spoke from Turkey this morning. I listened carefully, not only to what he said but at the overall tone, quality, strength and conviction in his words.
I heard his words drone on, sounding vacuous and vague, without power, direction and clarity. My ears are tuned into the Holy Spirit to hear. Isn’t that exactly what Jesus tells us to do?
He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Matthew 11:15 NKJVS)
It is our responsibility to listen and hear what the Spirit is saying. There is always a sound within a sound. At least that is how I hear it.
Mr. Obama spoke yet there was no power in his words, no leadership, no strength, no direction……just droning on and on. Irrelevant words, weak and without conviction. In effect, He said nothing at all.
I have been praying all weekend about what is going on. I will contribute my small part in a few blog posts that I will write.
Isis is like a monstrous evil with one massive head, many limbs reaching out. The head directs the flow of the limbs. Unless the head is cut, the limbs, when cut, just seem to grow back. If the head is attacked and cut off, since the head is based on an evil ideology, someone else will just take the place, someone filled with passion to kill and push an evil agenda. Evil anti-christ ideology just infuses those waiting in line to push the radical Islamist agenda.
Spiritual warfare is rising in the world to an extent that we can no longer deny it, go around it, or even post hashtags and social media posts and then walk away one week later and forget about it. That seems to be the extent of involvement – short sound bytes, here today and gone tomorrow. But, this is not going away.
War is here whether we like it or not. As Christians languish in introspection in the midst of fear, we are in a war. As many are paralyzed, turning away from reality because they can’t wrap their brain around this type of evil, we are still in a war. It is a massive war in the spiritual realm that can only be fought in Christ with spiritual weapons and it is the responsibility to fight this battle in prayer, resting in our identity in Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
This battle is being played out in the natural realm throughout the world, including within this country at some point. Of that I am sure. Natural solutions will be applied to combat this evil. They must be. That seems inevitable and we can’t avoid it or pretend that it doesn’t exist or that it will go away.
I was mentored in spiritual warfare years ago. Prayer meetings that shouted and yelled, pacing and crying out, and all the while I actually knew very little of my own authority and identity in Christ. I look back and see these were often times of presumption and immaturity. Times are now different for many of us. We are wiser and more mature in many ways. The war is on and it is time to awaken the church to stand in position in Christ Jesus.
What did we expect? Has our version of American Christianity diluted truth to the point where we can’t conceive of actually suffering for Christ, dying for Christ? Is our focus on a gospel lacking in power and authority, wordy, culturally relevant but lacking power? That simply won’t cut it any more. It is not a time to fear. It is a time to stand in Christ. And that involves warfare – for our nation, our cities, our family, our neighborhoods…….
I was born for such a time as this and if you are reading this, so are you. Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18) while the enemy roars around us seeking whom he may devour and kill (1 Peter 5:8) . It is not either or, it is both.
There is so much to say here to equip the saints to walk in power and authority that is ours in Christ. He did not say it would be easy but he did say he would never leave or forsake us.