I’m glad you’ve found your way to this post in particular. There’s a simple but profound message that I must deliver and one that can be appreciated by everyone regardless of spiritual belief and practice.
If I could liken it to anything, it’d be like the radio or television sounding out that universal blaring alarm that signals a PSA. Typically followed by, “This is just a test, in the case of an actual emergency…” You know the one.
April 7th, 2017 is the day I laid my life down unto the Lord and its become like a birthday to me. I bring it up because its just passed and the Holy Spirit was forcibly vocal that evening and I will never relinquish that Word from my soul. The Word I preached to the young lady who was there with me that night:
“There’s a war being fought over your mind and how you use it.”
Yes. And with sincere severity I must tell you, its a war that is fought quite vigorously. Day-in, day-out, from moment to moment and at all times Hell is awake. Now I don’t aim to worry the Church but to open a sleepy-eye. The Lord of Heaven’s armies is for us, but our neglect and ignorance is of tactical advantage against us.
God is the Vine the believer is admonished to abide in (John 15) and outside of Him, we are spiritually fruitless. He is our sustenance and our thriving. To keep the gaze of our souls focused on Christ is the universal ministry of the church. It is this “Remaining in His love & words” (John 15) that allows us to bear fruit, to breach Heaven with prayer and effectively be the church.
If you can disconnect a Christian, you’ve successfully incapacitated a member of the Body of Christ. And so again.. There is a war being fought over your mind and how you use it.
Our stresses, our fears, our prides & vanities, our busyness, our innate desires to satisfy flesh and ego, the obstructions to prayer/bible study; all of these things are but guerrilla warfare. Just like we have screen-time/usage records on our phones, we have thought space, and let me tell you, that’s the most costly real-estate there is.
Paul spits these bars in his epistle to the Ephesians about how “although it may seem like we combat with things seen, really our wrestling is with spiritual wickedness in high places” (a paraphrase of Ephesians 6). Such wrestling is further detailed in Daniel when an angel visits him and tells of spiritual conflict (Daniel 10). Elisha revealing the presence of a heavenly host to his servant is another Old Testament episode of note (2 Kings 6:17).
What’s important for us today is to well:
- worry not Heaven had an immediate response to Daniel’s devotion, Elisha was surrounded by a ready army and the believer is always welcome to equip the gifts of God like armor (detailed in Ephesians 6)
- & participate. see John 15.
Our participation is not with swords and fists, I think that’s been covered (Hallelujah). Like John the Baptist, I believe a part of what we’re called to do is to “make straight the way of the Lord.” We know that John baptized Jesus but he also essentially opened the avenue of Christ’s ministerial work in the nation by proclaiming Jesus was the chosen One of God and pointing the people toward Him.
See John never once boasted of himself, just like we shouldn’t. Because if we counted on our own glory, .. well there are so many holes in that hot air-balloon Hell would have a field day. But if we direct the attention to Christ, if we acknowledge Him and give Him honor in every aspect of our lives; we usher the sponsorship of Heaven (Proverbs 3:6)
When we take our minds off of Christ, and I find as humans this is inevitable, after a while it’s easy to forget His words, promises, character, fidelity, His statutes, and His love. And its these things, the goodness of God, that brings people to repentance (Romans 2:4)
See Hell cannot undo the work of Christ, Hell cannot undo our salvation, but the Needless God has accounted us into His plan by making us conformed to the Life of Christ which is a Life that expressed the Love & Truth of God. If Hell can stop us from abiding in the Vine and bearing the fruits that are cultivated thereby, the Church is crippled.
Our thought-space is price-less real estate that God paid for in precious blood. To stay rooted in God’s Love properly enthrones Him in our lives/souls. This is not only precious for our sake, but for the world around us. We are called to be His Light, shining forth what He is pouring into us (His goodness). We overflow not to have abundance, but that no one at our perimeter should lack, to be beacons of hope in this world.
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
– 2 Corinthians 8
Spend a devoted time just letting the mind rest on God. Giving Him this avenue for influence in our lives will cultivate availability, willingness and obedience.
Though we bless Him in one moment, we question Him in the next just like John the Baptist did when he sent two of his people to confirm Jesus was the Christ. Doubt crept into the heart that once proclaimed, “Behold ! the Lamb of God.” John who Jesus claimed was greater than anyone born had a moment of weak faith too, don’t be dismayed.
John, assaulted in spirit, sends two of his disciples to Jesus Himself who returns them both witnesses to reaffirm John in his faith. Like John, let’s seek Jesus to reignite us when the lamp is low.
This enables us to hold fast the faith in the Beloved Son and disallows the sensory from betraying the confidence of our hearts in Christ.
This is faith; it is also war.