- Lorie Hedgepeth
"Put on The Whole Armour of God..."
It is obvious that America is in turmoil. There is cultural conflict… but, it doesn’t stop there. There is a political war… but, it’s more than that. From state to state, there is a horrific battle between conservatives and liberals… but, this battle goes beyond even that. Paul said that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Behind the scenes… behind the seen battle is an unseen enemy from another world that is at work. The smartest and most influential people in this country can’t seem to stop the chaos. Satan’s goal is to distract, deceive, discourage, and defeat God’s Kingdom Purpose through His Church on this earth.
The devil is not some imaginary adversary: “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” (I Peter 5:8). Jesus referred to Satan as a “thief” that comes to kill, steal, and destroy. People, regardless of how vocal or violent they may be, are not our enemy.
This intense spiritual battle we are in, cannot be fought with rocks, guns, tasers, microphones, tweets, and posts. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty, through God, to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:4-5). Paul said the weapons of our warfare are mighty. Without exception, love always wins and truth always triumphs.
Jesus told Peter, “Satan hath desired you, that he may sift you as wheat”. Perhaps that which Jesus said to Peter is how you feel, - that the devil himself is sifting you---attacking every area of your life. Satan has come against churches and families and especially those who are spiritual leaders. Jesus told Peter, “But, I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not”. The strength of our faith is not determined by the level of our feelings. Hear me today, you are not in this alone - there is One who is praying for you. Jesus Himself “ever liveth to make intercession for us”. Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us…”. May the Holy Spirit stir, quicken, and strengthen you to press on, for the Captain of your salvation stands at your side!