Posted by: Michael | March 23, 2012

The War Against The Saints

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”.

Revelation 12:17

Did you know that there is a war going on that some Christians, and most of the world knows nothing about?  This war is being fought in the spiritual realm now.  And guess what you are in it whether you want to be or not.  The battle is for your very soul.  It’s now a matter of whose side you’re on.  This passage of scripture answered a lot of questions for me.  The one thing I often wondered about was why do God’s people seem to suffer so much compared to the world?  The dragon mentioned here is satan.  In the earlier verses he tries to eat the child she was about to give birth to, but God snatched Him away to heaven.  Then he went after the woman in a final attempt to kill her.   He opened his mouth and a great flood of water came out that was meant to overtake the woman and carry her away.  But the earth opened up to help her, and swallowed the water.  The word then says that the dragon became extremely angry.  Having been unable to get the child or the woman he then turned his attention toward those who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  In other words the saints of God.

The enemy has been waging war against God’s people for a very long time.  Did you notice that he is going after those that keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus?  It’s clear he’s not going after lukewarm Christians.  He has set his sights on those who are obeying God, and have made the Lord Jesus the master of their lives.  He is making war against those who have made up their minds to follow Christ no matter what the cost.  He is not concerned with the Christian who comes to church on Sunday, then lives like the world the rest of the week.  His plan is to destroy the faith and testimony of those of us who would rather have Jesus than anything this world has to offer.

You see these are the saints that are worshiping God day and night in spirit and in truth.  They are the ones that know how to use the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.  He is after the prayer warriors, the intercessors, the faithful, those that take God at his word and will trust Him no matter what.  If you have accepted Christ and then went back to business as usual, continuing in your presumptuous sins believing that they are covered he is not concerned about you.  Though you should be very concerned.  The enemy knows the power of the prayers of the saints because God hears our petitions.  Our Father has said on more than one occasion, “call upon me and I will answer”.  Our foe knows the Bible better than we do.  Why do you think He is able to us it against us so effectively?  He will twist the words, distorts their meaning, bring confusion, he will make the truth seem like a lie, given the opportunity he will try to make you doubt God’s word altogether.  Do you know the Bible for yourself?  Is your spirit quickened when you hear an inaccuracy?  Do you know when something said or done is unscriptural?  In order for this to happen you have to  be immersed in God’s word.  The Holy Spirit will bring all things to your remembrance, but the word has to be in you first!

God has given us everything we need to fight in this battle.  He has told us to put on the whole armor of God.  The helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, our loins gird about with truth, our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the sword of the spirit which is the word of God, and the shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one.  Did you notice that nothing was provided for our backside?  That’s because He wants us to take on the battle, face the enemy knowing that we are already conquerors in Christ Jesus, He will not let you fail!  Personally, I believe that if you get one of the enemy’s darts in your backside you deserve it. I know I have gotten a couple myself! What did I learn from this?  God does not want you running away.  He wants us to face the enemy and FIGHT the good fight of faith!  God has given us power over all the power of the enemy and NOTHING shall by any means hurt us.  This is His promise!

He has promised to defend, help, provide, encourage, and embolden us to do what He wants done in our lives.  Are you being oppressed of the enemy?  Are doing your best to do what God would want, and it seems like everything is going against you?  Does it seem like at times that the whole world is against you?  If you have you ever had these feelings, you are right the entire world system is against you.  The Bible says that if you were of the world the it would love you because you would be one of its own.  But if you are a child of God you are hated of this world.  Jesus said, “If the world hates you, remember it hated me first”.  But remember what Jesus said, “In the world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world”.

What Jesus is saying is that all power in heaven and earth is His.  He defeated the enemy over 2000 years ago. In Colossians 2:15 it says, “and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly triumphing over them in it”.  Luke 10:19 says, “Behold I give unto you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and nothing shall by any means hurt you”.  James 2:19 says, “Thou believest that there is one God; the devils also believe and tremble”.  What kind of battle are  you facing today?  Is it sickness, marital problems, financial woes, spiritual battles, a family crisis, or lack of employment?  Stand on the promises of God to provide for you and your family.  He is more than able to do all that He promised.

What is the enemy trying to steal from you?  Whatever it is rise up clothed with the whole armor of God and fight against his attacks!   He can’t win unless you let him.  He has already been defeated.  Jesus has already done it!  Now it’s your time to refuse to let satan steal what God has blessed you with.  Jesus has given you the power to rebuke and bind the enemy in His mighty name!  Use it!  He has given you the power in His name to be victorious no matter what the situation may be.  We are commanded to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  On our own we don’t have what it takes to defeat the enemy, but God has provided for us everything we need.

And He is right there with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.  He never said you wouldn’t be battered or bruised.  He never promised that you wouldn’t get knocked down, but He did say that He will uphold you with the right hand of His righteousness and help you!  Doubtful? Read Isaiah 41:10 and then get back to me.

I know that some of you have been in one battle or another for a long time.  I realize that you are tired, weary, and may be afraid of what is coming around the next corner.  You’re not looking forward to tomorrow.  Rest assured God knows, and He will not put more on you than you can bear.  The key is to trust God no matter what.

As Pastor Charley Stanley reminds us, “fight all your battles on your knees and you’ll win every time”.  For those of my brothers and sisters who have gone AWOL (absent without leave) you are playing into the enemy’s hands.  He is accusing you before God of being a coward, he is pointing out your lack of trust, and your faithlessness.  I believe that we have all been the subject of those accusations at one time or another.  But it’s not too late to repent of this sin, and come back to God.  Because believe it or not you have chosen a side.  If it’s the wrong one you will regret the decision that you have made to the detriment of your eternal soul.

Don’t be one of those that Jesus turns to and says, “depart from me I never knew you”.  There is still time…

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Responses

  1. AMEN MICHAEL.

    This article is so profound. It could not have been said any better. Yes, the enemy is busy, but he is a defeated foe. He has already lost the battle.Jesus set the captives free over 2k years ago. We are victorious, more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. No weapon formed against us shall proper and any tongue that should rise up against us in judgment, God will condemn.

    Continue to let God use to speak His Word with power and authority as you have done in this article. To God be the glory!

    AMEN! LET THE DEVIL TAKE THAT!!
    DEBRA

  2. Hi Michael.

    Just checking. I pray all is well. Hoping and praying that you are still on the battlefield for the Lord. I pray your strengthinthe Lord and I continue to pray for your church brother.

    Remember, your enemy is always defeated. You are victorious, more than a conqueror.

    God bless and do tell the Lord thank you.

    Debra

  3. Excellent message, Michael! I found myself taking in the truth of each word you wrote. There is nothing that we face in our lives that was not known by our God long before we were born. Long before the devil knew you, God had a plan to take you through each battle you would face. When we put on the armor of God, we are acknowledging that he is our power. I can live and not fear the future because my purpose and plan are set in stone. Nothing is going to stop God from bringing me to the path he has set for me. I am his!

    Thank you for reminding me of all that I knew but needed to hear again. You are annointed, dear brother, and you will be blessed for your obedience to the call.

  4. Hello Michael.

    Checking in on ya. Pray all is well.

    God bless and I love ya my brother.

    Debra


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