Many people from all over the globe watched the U.S. State of the Union Tuesday evening. What was the Speaker of the House trying to convey by tearing up the Presidential Speech? Did you notice that approximately half of the Congress was angry at American success and U.S. victory? We are seeing people in positions of responsibility and power act like spoiled teenagers but only a few understand why.
Many of our citizens gave up any hope of national pride and unity long ago. What is happening is nothing short of a “cold civil war” raging among Americans within our own borders.
Because of all this disunity, uncertainty, disappointment and the sensation of some kind of war raging in the hearts of many of our citizens, a number of people talk to me about how anxious they are to get to Heaven. Some are so eager to get to Heaven that they become of little earthly benefit. On one hand I can totally understand how believers yearn for the wonders of Heaven… because I do too. As Paul said in Philippians 1:21-22 “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor…”
When the time comes that God has set for one of His children to finish their race… and He releases them from their earthly assignments, this is a wonderful and precious thing. For when we die as a follower of Jesus, we enter into Christ’s presence and Heaven with all its glories. But in the meantime we are in a battle zone and God has instructed us to use His authority to expand His kingdom and produce kingdom fruit.
It is true that Heaven is an awesome place. And this world is getting spiritually darker and more depressing for many. For the believer, Heaven is our home. The song says it well. “This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through…” But it goes on to state another truth. “…my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.” It is while we are on earth that we store up treasures in Heaven. In fact, it is only on earth that we can store up eternal treasures. We must not diminish our God-given opportunity during our life now!
It is also important to consider all that Jesus taught His followers. In Luke 19:13 He said, “And He called His ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, ‘Occupy till I come.'” Those that follow Jesus are instructed to occupy until He returns. The word “occupy” in this context is really a military term. It means to hold possession of, or take control. When military men conquer troops or territory, it is considered and called occupation. If we pull out early, evil takes over, as it will after the rapture.
In order for the current day Church to “occupy” until Jesus comes, and do this effectively, most of us will need to change our attitudes. It’s not about just impatiently waiting for Jesus to return or waiting until we die. We must not see ourselves as people who struggle in a world that’s gone berserk, but as victors who possess the keys of God’s Kingdom. We are His—we are taking our sacred place in the remnant Church to continue God’s assignment until He determines it is complete.
Remember Jesus said, “Whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven. Whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” We are not to simply endure. We are to establish God’s kingdom wherever we go and act on God’s behalf in every situation.
Ephesians 6:13-17 tells us, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…”
Jesus has already won the victory. He took authority over sin and death when He rose from the grave. Satan was defeated at Calvary. Friends, we need to change our attitudes. We are not on the defensive. Instead we are aggressors on the offense – fighting with weapons that are not natural to this world. In other words, our weapons are things like: love, patience, prayer and faith. We should stay on the offense knowing that we’re not fighting a battle of flesh and blood. Our battle is a spiritual one—fought with superior spiritual weapons.
If anyone ought to be on the defensive, it should be Satan and his cohorts. I am fully aware that we, as believers, are the remnant. Our group is smaller in number. But let’s not forget about Gideon’s army. Gideon had a fraction of the size of the army he opposed, but with God they won an incredible victory for future generations to learn from. With God – you and I are winning the war.
You may at times feel like a weakling in your own strength. But if you put on God’s armor properly, Satan may not even know that it is you inside. All he will see and hear is the authority of Jesus. With skill and practice you can look and act much like Jesus did when He walked this earth. The enemy will look at you (wrapped inside God’s armor) – and you will appear to have the power and strength of the Lord Jesus Himself. Jesus said, “These things you will do and greater things because I go to My Father.” John 14:12.
Brothers and sisters, we are in the last days. The days are growing more evil every year as the enemy prepares the way for the Antichrist to appear. Do not neglect putting on His armor each day. And don’t just put it on. Keep it on. Wear all of it. Keep in mind that it is His armor. Use that armor to keep evil away from you and your family and your business through your prayers of faith.
Go on the offense. Act like Jesus did when He was in the boat and the disciples were worried about the wind and the waves (natural circumstances). Jesus did not plead for God to save Him… He spoke directly to the storm when He said, “Be still.” Why not use that same confidence when you pray for your personal protection? Use that same prayer of faith to keep evil away from your finances, your health and personal affairs. Go on the offense.
If you’ve given your heart and life to Jesus, as I and millions of others have, then we are the Body of Christ in the earth. We are called to be light and salt in this world for as long as possible. Dear brothers and sisters, I strongly encourage you to occupy faithfully until Jesus returns or until He calls you Home.
Remember, with God nothing is impossible.
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