There is a battle ...

May 6, 2020
South Carolina
Ephesians 6:11-13, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) 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. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

When warnings go unheeded and when clear signs are ignored the results can at times be catastrophic. December 7, 1941 is a date that President Franklin Roosevelt said “will live in infamy.” The attack by the Japanese was a sudden one, but it should not have come as a complete surprise for there were many warnings and clear signs that the nation of Japan was about to become hostile toward our nation. A warning unheeded can lead to hard lessons and to tragedy.

There is a battle being waged in our nation and in nations across the earth and it is clear to those with eyes to see. We are at war with an enemy that is of the spiritual realm so the senses that we use to see and understand within the physical and natural realms will not help us. Through repentance and baptism we can be armed with the in-dwelling spirit of God, and it is by his spirit that we can see and understand the warnings and the clear signs in the world around us.

To see and hear with the spirit is a sword and a shield to go with the armor of righteousness. It is hard to defeat an enemy unseen or unheard, and while our enemy is of the spirit their plans and their devises are easily seen if we use the power within. Blindness and a deaf ear will lead to our being surprised when attacks come. The attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor was a sudden and unprovoked attack but it should not be deemed a "surprise" attack for there were warning signs that something was amiss. Most of our battles are small but small defeats still weaken and small victories give strength and power. We live in a time of confusion and unrest and the dark clouds gather so we need to use the power of spiritual sight.
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