We are at War!
July 1, 2019
The kingdom of Satan has unleashed a coordinated assault against spiritual leaders. We know the church (bride of Christ) is under assault from the devil. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 ESV).
Hell’s ambassadors are on the prowl. The church is their target. The devil wants to destroy the church because she is the bride of Christ and he hates the church because he hates the Bridegroom.
If the church is the target—its leaders are the BULL’S EYE! Every pastor and pastor’s family are being targeted. Look around and see the assault against pastors and their families. We are at war! There have been causalities.
Ephesians 6:11 reminds us to remember who you are fighting. You’re not fighting flesh and blood, the people hurting you, their sting—you are not fighting them. You are fighting rulers and authorities and cosmic powers over this present darkness. You are fighting the forces of evil in heavenly places.
We are at war and we need to wear the weapons of war. We have been given armor—the defensive and offensive weaponry to win in this war. Let me challenge you to step into the arena of intercession and begin to use the weapons that God offers to place into your hands to reverse what the devil is trying to do.
Since there is an all-out assault from the enemy against spiritual leaders. Satan knows what we must be reminded of today: “I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered” (Mark 14:27, NKJV). For that reason, I believe unless we learn to provide our spiritual leaders with a protective shield of prayer, our churches and ministries will never fully change the culture we have been assigned to impact for the Gospel.
The Apostle Paul said, “Brothers, pray for us” (1 Thessalonians 5:25 ESV). One of the greatest gifts a church can give their pastor—their leaders—is PRAYER.
“It is at a fearful expense that ministers are ever allowed to enter the pulpit without being preceded, accompanied, and followed by the earnest prayers of the churches. It is no marvel that the pulpit is so powerless, and ministers so often disheartened when there are so few to hold up their hands.... When the churches cease to pray for ministers, ministers will no longer be a blessing to the churches” (Gardiner Spring,1785–1873).
The Apostle Paul said, “...that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand...” (Ephesians 6:13-14, ESV). Stand where you been stood!