Continued from “THIS IS WAR”…
In the mid 1930’s, there was a British politician named Winston Churchill who was going up and down England trying to warn his countrymen about the grave dangers Adolf Hitler (and his Nazi regime) posed to Europe and the world.
Most of the people and politicians who (understandably) preferred peace rather than war, derided Churchill as a “political buffoon” that was just trying to make a name for himself in the political arena.
No one was actually “listening” to him.
However, when Britain was forced to declare war against Germany on September 1, 1939 after the Nazis invaded Poland (and Neville Chamberlain’s disastrous “Peace In Our Day” speech failed), who did the British choose to “save” them?
None other than the “buffoon” … Winston Churchill!
In his memoirs, Churchill described his initial feelings about being appointed Prime Minister during the ensuing and growing crisis:
“I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial… I thought I knew a good deal about it all, I was sure I should not fail.”
Oh, that the Body of Christ today would have such an awareness of their DESTINY in the Lord! For, we are indeed in a battle being waged both in the natural realm and the spiritual realm.
For those who feel “unprepared” for this undertaking, the scripture exhorts (not in any condemning manner):
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:15-17)
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:18-19)
For too many decades, the modern-day church (especially in America) has presumed upon their wealth, entertainment and free-living ways as a justification to just practice a Sunday-Go-To-Church spirituality. But it has left many Christians weak and susceptible to the on-going corruption by false prophets and teachers (i.e. wolves in sheep’s clothing) whose only interest is to prey upon the “wealth” of those sheep and “fleece” them, not only financially, but also spiritually.
“…knowing … that it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed … let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” (Romans 13:11-12)
There’s still time … but the Body of Christ must act quickly to seek the Lord’s face in order to receive the “grace with power” needed to battle our greatest enemy, Satan!
As we do, the “heat of the battle” is going to increase. Christians are going to be “called upon” to stand up for their faith in Christ in the midst of persecutions, trials and afflictions thrust upon them by an unbelieving world that hates Christ and refuses to “receive the love of the truth”!
“… let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober … For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.” (1 Thessalonians 5:7, 9-10)
In so doing, we will be prepared and armed to be “faithful witnesses” of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:14-17)
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18)
Or, as Winston Churchill put it:
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