The War on Drugs.
The War on Terror.
Just a few short years ago our nation’s leaders proclaimed “war” on these two issues that have greatly affected our lives.
How is that working for us now?
Now, we have more “home-grown” terror and more states legalizing recreational marijuana than we had in previous decades.
Welcome to 2015.
We are now in a world where recreational marijuana is legal in some states, homosexual marriage is commonly talked about, and gender neutral bathrooms are on the horizon. Then we also have a mass of refugees coming into our country that may or may not be here for political asylum. Do they have an ulterior motive? I have no idea. We also have our police personnel being attacked simply because of the uniform they wear. School shootings are no longer the shocking news stories they used to be at one time. Violence is on the rise, whether guns are involved or not.
So what are we going to do about it?
We could pass more gun control laws. We could arrest the criminals! We could get a conceal and carry permit so we can protect ourselves and our family! (depending on laws in your state)
Regardless of where you stand on the gun issue, that just isn’t the answer. When we don’t know what to do, where do we turn? As Christians, we turn to the Word. What does the Word say?
In 2 Corinthians 10 we read:
“3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
We do not war after the flesh. We cannot “pull down strongholds” with carnal weapons.
So how do we win the war? WE Christians need to cast down OUR imaginations, and bring into captivity EVERY thought to the obedience of Christ. By finding the mind of Christ, we “win the war” within ourselves. This is where it starts. We need to win the war against our own flesh before we can do anything else. In Galatians 5: 19-24 we can see what the works of the flesh are, followed by the fruits of the Spirit. Verse 25 tells us “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.“
Once we have the mind of Christ, what next?
Put on our armor. In Ephesians 6:10-18 We find what our armour is, and how we prepare ourselves for battle. In verse 12 we read,” For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Then in verse 18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” So….we prepare ourselves through prayer and fasting, reading our Bibles, and…pray for the saints? Like, pray for saints we don’t know? Great idea! If you live in the South, as I do, it is easy to become accustomed to seeing like-minded believers in your area. But there are towns and cities in our nation that do not have an Apostolic church. My husband worked in a town that had mosques but no Apostolic church in a 100 mile radius. This is what Home Missions is about. Our home missionaries need financial support, but they most definitely need our prayers! Our Foreign Missionaries need our prayers, too, but our Home Missionaries are the laborers in the field right here.
These are the people that are on the frontlines.
So this is what this stay-at-home homeschool mama is going to do. There are a lot of things I “can’t” do, but one thing I can do is pray. Not only for those in other countries reaching for the lost, but for those laboring in this field. Pastors all over North America. I am going to pray for two states, daily. I am going to pray for revival in every community in that state.
I can also fast.
I can teach a Bible Study.
I can be a laborer in the field of harvest.
Revival is how we will win this war.
Will you join me?