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The Adversary

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There is no question that there are adversarial forces in place – against all good. The question is, especially as adversities unfold, who is “the” real adversary? Who or what is the prime source of the bad news these days? And how might that lead us to the Good News of our having been redeemed out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into Christ’s heavenly kingdom of light?

Let’s take a deeper look than the spin the news broadcasting outlets try to draw our attention to, whether they are mainstream or alternative. They all need to go to a higher level.

So does the Body of Christ for the most part – in its ideas, awareness, and understandings really need to grasp what makes things tick. To find that out can mean going down some pretty deep rabbit holes. Yet we need to become far better informed and bolder in sharing what we discover, as bizarre as it may seem to our sense of “normalcy” – because we have been too busy playing church rather than understanding our purpose and doing our spiritual warfare.

Here’s an example of what I mean by that: opening the Pandora’s Box of human trafficking, and organ trafficking – especially where children are concerned – can apparently have dire consequences. I know, it’s difficult for most of us to accept that there are people who do horrendous things to kids that most of us do not even want to think about. We push it away; we say, no it cannot be; no human would do that.

How utterly naive and sheltered we are in our little religious niches! Because there are some human beings, yes, who actually do that. What’s even more surprising is who some of those people are.

Unfortunately what went on in the ancient past has never quite died out (Satanic ritual abuse, human sacrifice, general blood letting that appeases demons – fallen angels – passing themselves off as “gods” ), and those who are devotees of these practices are looking for “tolerance” and “inclusivity” and “normalization”, in the culture at large and even in the churches! I think not! It’s time for America to understand this: we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. The quiet decency of Mayberry and the 1950s is no longer.

Scripture tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and that the beginning of wisdom is to hate evil. Time to reckon with the reality that there is a time to love and a time to hate (Ecclesiastes 3:8) – not hating other human beings, but the psychopathic depravity some are ensnared in and capable of, and the fact that it needs to stop once and for all.

When humans are spiritually imprisoned in that space, they are seduced, enthralled, and overcome with the intoxication of evil (spiritual venom) and willingly take up some of the most heinous practices known anywhere. And they are rewarded for it with great wealth and especially power over others. They have given themselves over to evil.

There are things being done to counteract this on a law enforcement level, more than many people realize and at some higher echelons of government. It is being “quietly” addressed. This is hushed in mainstream media. Some of the alternative media has a handle on it; however, they are often censored and /or completely silenced, or made to look like fools for exposing it.

And there have been casualties of late. Everything from censorship to assassination attempts to murder, to keep the truth from coming forward. Need I say more?

The times are “apocalyptic”. What that word means is that we are experiencing “a time of revealing” on a massive, global scale. Might it be time to lay the ax to the root?

Scripture directs, as it always has, that we are not only to have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness, but to even expose them, since it is shameful to even speak of what the disobedient do in secret (Ephesians 5:10-12). This is being done to a degree. Timing could not be better, as it may be that this is the great and terrible day of the Lord, especially for those involved. What’s becoming clear is that exposure to the light of truth makes these workers of darkness scatter like roaches. They know their time is at hand. They either go into stealth mode, or like cornered animals lunge forward aggressively, baring fang and claw.

Yet the strategy against this present darkness is multi faceted and layered.

What this is pointing to is that mankind’s true adversary’s “directing activities” are metaphysical, beyond the physical comprehension, in other words. Human devotees of these dark entities become the channels, the representatives of grotesque agendas of darkness, for which they are rewarded and empowered (on a temporary and temporal basis) on earth, to accomplish the Adversary’s assault on mankind, and further their rebellion against the Lord and His people.

Consequently what we Christians need to realize is – per Ephesians 6 – “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…”

We do well to contemplate and commence with what this implies for us who name the name of Christ, and see to it that we will not have taken that name in vain! We must honor Him, and be of one mind with Him, no matter what happens, realizing the powerful spiritual nature of what we are called to be and to do, in His strength, in such a time as this. It needs to begin with some “truth in the inward parts” on our own behalf – a sincere, deep, Holy Spirit led self assessment followed up with some genuine repentance and turning away from evil and toward the Almighty!

We can begin by praying according to Psalm 60:11,12 – “O give us help against the adversary, For deliverance by man is in vain. Through God we shall do valiantly, And it is He who will tread down our adversaries.”

So be it.

Thoughts On Intercession

Something pretty obvious was brought to my attention this morning during prayer time: when we pray for the lost and deceived – especially interceding for anyone who influences the minds of a lot of people – it’s imperative to remember to pray for ourselves as well to experience our rightful protection under the Blood of Jesus Christ.

We also need to ask for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, guidance, and divine empowerment on a continual basis. We need the finished work of Jesus Christ, yes. But also the power of His ongoing Presence through the Holy Spirit to make it real in our life in order for us to be successful spiritual warriors.

Sometimes it’s the obvious that renders the spiritual warrior vulnerable: we forget to pray for ourselves! It’s a chink in the armor. James reminds us that we often have not because we ask not (James 4:2). He also invites us: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind…” (James 1:5,6)

It became clear to me that I was assuming, not asking. There simply can be no assumptions made, when it comes to spiritual warfare, especially these days. It’s kind of like writing a document on the computer: hit the “save” button often, even if you think you’re OK. You never know…

Lately I kept wondering why I was getting slammed hard with adversity. The oppression was palpable! It seems that I’d overlooked asking for protection and holy wisdom for myself in the process of praying for and providing “spiritual conflict resolution” to others.

Upon self examination, it became clear that these frequent and vigorous “attacks” were not due to weakness or sin, but instead due to the fact that inroads were being made on behalf of the kingdom of God! And that’s clearly not a very popular idea with the “occupational forces” who are being evicted through our prayers.

So when I finished up praying for a particular soul this morning, someone who is very deceived and influences a good many “followers”, for some reason I was reminded to follow that up with prayer for myself and my loved ones. Thanks be to God!

Peter reminds us, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

And also especially in these times, at the culmination of the age, it is essential that spiritual warriors cover their own and one another’s backs at all times in this way: “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ( Thessalonians 5:17,18). Ceaseless rejoicing and gratitude elevate our minds into the heavenly reality where Christ is seated. (See Colossians 3:1)

I hope this will help anyone who may be experiencing being “under” attack, to be able to rise “above” it! Sometimes it’s the simplest answer that we forget or overlook.

Spiritual Snipers and Atheists

A fresh perspective from the Still Small Voice:

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 14:1)

This may seem like a point of worry for you, but seriously, stop worrying about atheists! I need warriors, not worriers. It is actually not possible to not believe in God, for God is Love, and everyone believes in Love – to one degree or another.

So let us begin with a different strategy. Spiritual Warriors know where they stand. They know in Whom they stand! They understand the Mission. They understand the Divine Strategy. Warriors are always ready. They await the word of the Commander.

So here are a few points to consider well.

These unbelieving creatures are stuck with the greater reality that God is Love, whether they acknowledge it or not with their minds which have been bound up in darkness.

What are you to do about it? You must aim the flaming arrows of Divine Love at their hearts in prayer until this Divine Love burns away all the spiritual blindness from them. Do not stop doing this until this work is complete. This is largely spiritual work, the work of My Love. This is not a prayer of begging; it is the prayer of knowing in Whom you stand, who you are, and what you are to be about! It could be called a “prayer of sending”.

Even death cannot stop you with this mission! It will commence now and persist far into the future. Never forget that you are a “spiritual sniper”, for I have set you in high places with a good vantage point – through the death, resurrection, and ascension in and through My Son. Reckon it so and act accordingly in Love!

It is from this vantage point that together as one in the Holy Spirit we take deadly aim with our arrows of flaming Divine Love, which consume everything they target that is set in opposition to the Good that I wish for all to have, which is their birthright as My children – by persistent, gentle, fiery radiance! This prayer is felt within and sent forth from the innermost being, the “heart”.

This work of Love is not accomplished by reasoning with anyone in a state of unreasonableness. Divine unconditional Love alone dismantles unreasonableness, so that a Soul locked up in darkness may begin to be set free to comprehend its Greater Reality – that it abides in Divine Love which is God! Divine unconditional Love alone is equal to the task. No fear. No condemnation. No judging. No arguing or debating. Love alone is the catalyst for this kind of dynamic change!

Therefore be still, know that I Am God, that you are in Me and I am in you through the Holy Spirit. Take aim with the arrows of Love, with fervent intention, all the while remembering this: “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4,5)

Let go of old strategies that no longer work. (And perhaps they never did?) Learn well to wield and aim the arrows of My Love!

Come now, let us be about our Father’s business…

Ready, aim, fire!!!