In December of 1941, President Roosevelt stood before the U.S. Congress one day after the day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and he called it a day that will live in infamy. The President declared that, in reality, America was already at war. His purpose for going before Congress was that he needed a declaration of war to make it official.
I am certainly not the President of this nation, or any other nation, but I do have a declaration to make. You and I are at war. In fact, we are engaged right now in the Mother of All Battles. This is a war which cannot be compared with any other war in history. This war can be either the cause of your greatest joy as a Christian, or your deepest sorrow. The war that I am talking about is the spiritual law that you became a part of the day you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Years ago, when I was in the military, one of the things that they taught us in basic training was the essence of digging and staying in a foxhole when you were under attack. In this war, there are no bunkers or foxholes that you can crawl into that will shield you from the effects of the battle between the forces of God and the forces of evil. It is impossible for you to avoid this conflict.
One of the saddest parts of this battle is that most Christians don't know that they are at war. Others can see the results of the battle of their lives because they have become casualties of spiritual warfare. Some are discouraged, depressed, downtrodden, and defeated; others are marital family casualties. Divorce, conflict, and abuse are some of the battle scars these believers bare. Still others have been morally wounded in the battle. They cannot control their passions, or they make poor moral choices. For some Christians, the wounds have been inflicted in their finances. It's not just a matter of how they use their credit cards, they are losing the financial battle because they are losing the spiritual battle and they cannot see the connection between the two. It is sad. As a pastor, I have preached this over and over again. I see people losing the battle in the physical realm because they have lost the battle in the spiritual realm. They are clueless. The list goes on and on, but I think that you get the idea.
We are all at war, and since there is so much at stake both here in the present and in our future, we better find out what spiritual warfare is all about and how to fight the good fight of faith successfully. That is what I want to help you to do in some of the blogs that are to follow.
Pastor Earl Goings shares his thoughts on everyday concerns.
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