Friday, November 23, 2012

The battle is the Lords!


For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.  (2 Cor. 10:4-5)

Yesterday I saw spiritual blindness.  A young man apparently bound in the chains of Satan.  This 14 year old was easily distracted.  He had fanciful tales of ghosts.  Claiming to see spirits of the netherworld regularly.  Claiming to feel negative or positive energy from people or from rooms.  Oh! He was VERY spiritually minded, but just not at all Biblically minded. 

At the first I let other Christian brothers and a sister speak with him...but as I listened in I heard more and more concerning things from this young man.  We were showing him how spiritual battles are fought, from Ephesians 6:10-18.  We also showed him that some of the very things he claimed to be doing in reference to the spirits he saw were outright condemned verbatim in the law of Moses. He was clearly surprised and very confused at this.  He had thought he was doing well in these matters... 

The point of my relating this story is to share a great concern I had for this young man and for many people today.  I heard him say certain things that were to me, huge red flags.  "So when I see these unholy spirits” he said, “ I ask God for power to overcome them?"  My response was to tell him that is exactly the wrong thing to do.  No! We do not treat God like our genie in the bottle, or a good luck charm that we hold up to ward off the devil.  He is not to be conjured up, to be used by someone claiming against Him with magic words.

Another time, because we were extremely focused on the words of Scripture he began to say, "So I pray the words of God against them and..." I cried out , "NO!  You call on God's Word, not 'words of God' as though these were the words of power or magic.  We do not in our own strength stand.  It is only as we clothe ourselves in Christ that we are protected.  Don't call on His words, call on Christ!  ‘It is not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit’ says the Lord.’”  (Zech. 4:6)

At least one other time it was clear that this young man was not thinking rightly about spiritual matters.  I am convinced that he needs Christ.  Two different times he used deflection techniques on one of us speaking to him.  Trying to convince us that he felt the presence of evil in our children or in their room.  But I was not dissuaded.  Praise God that I trust Him.  My family may be in the throes of evil - but we trust Christ, and in that we stand.

Interesting thoughts have been stirred up in me.  The chief of which is how sorcery is being subtly taught to our young people.  Games like "Magic" (the card game), or Dungeons and Dragons, and many, many, video games do this.  They do this not by teaching certain spells or procedure to the kids... but rather by teaching them that power can be had by this or that procedure.  Witchcraft is the worldview of power through manipulation.  It is taught everywhere, even sad to say in the Christian marketplace...

I know that I have written this before - but it is apt as an example here.  For us to use our power in numbers to boycott this or that group is patently wrong!  (See my post here: http://mysoapbox2.blogspot.com/2012/06/boycott-battles.html)  And I am becoming convinced that it is satanic, in that it teaches such an unholy worldview.

I finished my counsel with this young man by taking him to a very familiar story, but a not so familiar passage - I Samuel 17:45-47.  It is the passage concerning David & Goliath.  The particular verses here show us in just what power and strength David killed Goliath.  Here we have a spiritual battle not simply cloaked in the language of battle, but on the very physical battlefield itself.  And though David used a small stone and slung it with the strength of the physical arm God gave to him, it is plainly shown where David's strength was to be found:

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

Oh Lord! – May you give us discernment in this age of evil.

 Amen

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