February 17, 2015

I’ve been thinking and praying about some sermons about spiritual warfare, and also (as it happened) listening to the book of Daniel at the same time.  I believe that not only are we involved in spiritual warfare individually, but also as a nation.  What I am going to write is 20% political and 80% spiritual in its content.  The current news headlines about the economy and bailouts are a diversion and smoke screen to cover the real threat to the spiritual welfare of this country.

We are under a two-way attack: an attack on the sanctity of life and an oppression of the human spirit.  Both of these attacks are direct attacks on the sovereignty and will of God.

The attack on the sanctity of life is twofold.  One is the change in the government’s in stem cell research.  They are allowing for the “farming” of embryos for the purpose of research.  This means scientists can develop embryos in labs for the sole purpose of research.  The second is lifting the ban off late term and partial abortions.  Just reading and thinking about how heinous this is makes me nauseous.  How could anyone even perform these types of extermination?  How callous must their soul be to do this?

Life is the most precious part of God’s Creation.  Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”  And in Psalm 139:14-16, “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…My frame was hot hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained to me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”

The most revealing verse is Genesis 2:7, “Then God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.”  God gave Adam the very first intake of breath.  It could be argued the God continues to provide every human their first breath of life since we alive according to and by His Will.  Nothing in this world or universe happens without the Will of the Triune God causing it to happen.  If God provided man with our very first breath after creating him, who are we to decide who lives or dies?

The second attack is the oppression of the spirit of man.  The spirit of a human gives them their vibrancy and ability to be creative.  The infuse of increased taxes, bureaucracy and entitlement programs either crush the spirit into despair, or dulls them to snuff out their creativity.  Pharaoh and the Egyptians enslaved Israel and oppressed them brutally by giving them impossible tasks to perform, and punishing them when they didn’t reach their goals.  For four hundred years the nation of Israel was enslaved.  The mindset they attained from that period was so they would rather continue in slavery than face the uncertainties of the wilderness.  This they would rather have despite having a very visible presence of God in their midst.

I believe it is time for the church to start fasting and offer supplication to God on behalf of the church and our country.  Daniel is an incredible example of someone entrenched in spiritual warfare.  He fasted and prayed for God to provide him understanding of his revelation.  Gabriel arrived at the end of the 21 days.  He told Daniel he was sent to tell Daniel the message on the first day but he had fight his way through the kings of Persia before he could bring the message.  We ought to be this persistent in prayer in regards to ourselves, our pastor, our church, and our nation, and that God will manifest Himself.  God considers our prayers of supplication a burning of fragrant incense on the altar.

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