War



Just to be clear, we are at war. We are fighting the forces of evil, princes, principalities, Satan, and the angels, who are called demons, that fell from heaven with him.  There isn’t a no-man’s land between these two forces.  There is only the Front and behind the Front.  You must choose where you are in the battles and skirmishes in this war.  Before you choose, count the cost.
 
Soldiers suffer wounds, PTSD, emotional stress, shell shock, and loss of fellow soldiers. Jesus told us “if they persecuted me they will persecute you also.” If things are quiet, peaceful, and no one is taking notice of what you’re doing, perhaps you are too far from the front lines. We must engage in the fight against evil. It does not go away of itself.  In fact, it tends to grow.  It is not enough to be against evil in words only.
 
Right up front, let’s get one thing straight.  I am not talking about shooting people, throwing bombs, and shedding blood on the ground in the usual sense of warfare.  Our rules of engagement come from our great general, Jesus Christ.  “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Co 10:3-4)  We are to love with a powerful love.  We are to pray, yes even for those enemies who are doing evil. 
 
So be brave, be bold, be proud of who you are because of the glory of God not because of anything that you do.  We must all engage.
 
The Fronts
 
Abortion is now the leading cause of death around the world.  In 2019 it was c.43,000,000 with cancer coming in second at 8.3 million.  There have been 1,300,000,000 abortions since 1980.  That’s 1.3 billion.  If you are not safe in your mother’s womb, where will you ever be safe.  Enigmatically, there are people waiting up to five years to adopt children they want and spending up to $50,000 to do so.
 
Homelessness is worse in the summer.  The shelters are closed.  Many of these folks need psychological counseling but there is not a unified effort to help them in most cities.
 
Adultery/fornication is one of the leading causes of separation from God.  The concept of living with a partner is against the laws of virtually every religion.  Encourage unmarried celibacy.  Encourage marriage for those in love.  Sex is a commitment not a sampling.
 
Slavery is more highly populated now than ever in the history of the world.  Estimates put it at over 40 million with 4 million in the forced, sex-trade category.  Prostitution is not included in these figures where drugs and threats are used to control the slaves. 
 
Suicide is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 25.
 
What to do
 
First, pray that God will guide you to the front of His choosing for you.  Do not wait months or years.  Just go.  Then devote as much of your time, energy, money, and other resources as you can to your mission.  You can’t solve all the problems, but you can help solve one.  Lies include being too poor, too old, too young, and too busy to help.  Stop sinning, for this is the enemy’s way of taking you out of the fight. 
 

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