Prepare For War
Proclaim among the nations: "Prepare for war!" Wake up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Joel 3:9
In case you haven't noticed there is a war raging outside the confines of the local churches: drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, gay marriage, abortion and if that's not bad enough we now have Ebola and ISIS to contend with. The powers of darkness have been loosed to rob, kill and destroy by the millions with no apparent restraint from the body of Christ.
When our mis-guided leaders in America rushed headlong and half-cocked into Iraq with bad intel they stirred up a hornet's nest of terrorists in the name of save the oil and subsequently defiled the Muslim "holy land" that has become a thirteen year long conflict costing thousands of lives and billions of dollars. After all the blood spilled and money wasted America once again led by misguided leadership pulled out and left Iraq to fend for itself and gave it back into the enemies hands!
We as the body of Christ have done the same thing and we would do well to observe America's mistakes because we are giving all the ground once obtained from the powers of darkness back into the hands of the devil! We are losing the war that has been given to us to win in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The world is being ravished as we sit in our cathedrals of complacency, sipping our Starbucks coffee and learning so much, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth or even lifting a hand to war with the enemies of our soul!
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. II Corinthians 10:3,4
WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN AUTHORITY
"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19
The homosexuals came out of the closet, fifty million babies were murdered on our watch, thousands of our children have been addicted to drugs, school shootings have become a nationwide dilemma and violence has escalated beyond the imagination; not to mention terror on every side, Ebola, Enterovirus D-68, (thought to be contracted from illegals) unimaginable sickness and the continuing spread of sexually transmitted diseases and cancer! Why? The main reason for all of this mayhem is the lack of, or in most cases: the absence of the fear of God!
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ has literally shut down the preaching of the gospel, the only power to convict the sinner that he is lost and in danger of damnation in eternal fire! Jesus gave us authority to trample underfoot the enemies of God and to defeat the devil with the divine weapons of war, but the western church has refused to fight, instead they sit in a fog of sermon-induced complacency while the world goes to Hell! Judgement will be merciless to those who refuse to follow the Lord in obedience but instead bury their God given talents in the ground!
According to the book of Romans, the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and the earth is filled with wickedness of all kinds deserving of the righteous judgment of a holy and deeply offended God who will bring about a destruction in which the world has never seen and is already beginning to experience in these last days. America is suffering corruption from the inside out with wicked men with an agenda for selfish ambition and greed who exploit the people and rob them of their money and their livelihood and because of the example set by the present day church of the all about me crowd, unconcerned for the things of God, it will continue to decompose as a corpse rotting in the sun.
But in accordance with your hardness and your unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath in the day of wrath (the day of the Lord) and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who "will render to each one according to his deeds" eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness-indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish on every soul of man who does evil. Romans 2:5-9
STAND AND FIGHT!
You therefore must endure (share) hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who enlisted him as a soldier. II Timothy 2:3,4
The warfare that we are to engage in is the good fight of faith in which all believers shall be involved in. We as soldiers in the army of God are to be about the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom, and making disciples of all nations, snatching them out of the devil's hands and equipping the new born saints in the work and warfare of the kingdom!
A war is being fought around the world for the souls of men and the life of God's people who have laid down their lives to be about their Father's business and some have been killed for their faith, the ultimate sacrifice in serving the Lord Jesus. We have wasted much of our time in the last few decades playing religious games and enjoying our God-given prosperity, building fleshly kingdoms and squandering the wealth given for the furtherance of God's kingdom by spending it upon ourselves and because of this the church of the Lord Jesus Christ has become a laughing stock to the world, just ask an unbeliever what he thinks of the church and you will be appalled at his answer!
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is not a place to go, it is a Person to be, the very Person and expression of Jesus in the earth with the same mission and God-given mandate that was given to our Lord to save the lost at any cost and to make them into exact replicas of the Lord and to equip them to go out into all the world and do the same! Are you not tired and bored with man-centered religion and dry and dusty assemblies absent of Holy Spirit anointing and power? Then arise take up the weapons of war and fight for the souls of men sinking into the pits of Hell without Christ and snatch them out of the fire! I will warn you that it will cost you everything and maybe even your own life! Are you ready?
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom. Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come (and now is) when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. II Timothy 3:1-4
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin