Friday, July 6, 2012
Watchers Need to Become Warriors
My book, Spiritual Tsunami: Bible Prophecy and World Events are Converging exhorts Christian believers to become Watchers. What it does not say is that Christians should stay on the sidelines and just watch! Watchers must become active Warriors in these difficult times.
I understand that there is a tendency on the part of born-again Christians to want to simply place trust in the Lord and thereby passively observe world events, silently trusting in God to sort it all out. Isaiah told us that, “. . . those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJ). Note that “wait[ing] on the Lord is an active behavior and not a passive behavior. It has to do with actively centering attention on God’s provision while continuing to walk with Him.
It is good to be aware of what God is doing. We must, however take our place as warriors in the spiritual battle going on in our world today as events move us ever closer to the end times Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24 and 25.
The Lord reminds us that we should be repenting and praying to Him for deliverance from many of the bad things taking place today and in the future. Of course, it is God’s plans that will ultimately succeed in victory over the evil forces plaguing our world right now.
Christians must stand with God as fellow warriors. The apostle Paul instructed believers in the city of Ephesus to:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:10 NIV).
Note that after warning of the forces at work, Paul reminded Christians that the battle is against the “spiritual forces of evil” in heavenly realms and so they should don protective body armor and take up two weapons to counter the efforts of the enemy: spiritual prayer and the word of God. We are to be fellow warriors with the Lord in the battle.
As I have reminded readers before on several occasions, God asks believers to “humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,” so that He might “hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).
Certainly, we must be vigilant watchers, learning and knowing the signs of the end times. Yet we must also prepare ourselves and engage in the acts of spiritual warriors to battle the forces that are working to destroy God’s people and creation.