2 Kings 6:15-17 “And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
Can you imagine what Elisha’s servant went through that day?
From an overwhelming sense of fear because the enemy’s armies totally surrounded the city, to seeing the host of God more in number than the enemy must have been amazing! We lose heart so easily when our eyes see only defeat and failure when God asks us to see the victory by faith.
We do not well when we make decisions based upon the fear, the worry, and the doubt and not on the promises of God.
We see the person who seems our adversary is the problem when God tells us:
Ephesians 6:12 “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.”
Our problem is not with the person we face, it is with the evil influence that plague both of us. When I have contention between another person, my mind goes to:
Proverbs 13:10 “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”
You may say, “Absolutely, it is their pride causing the problem!” when in fact, it the pride of both that causes the contention. For if I had no pride, I’d have no problem. Contention is avoided because their pride does not collide with mine.
But this battle we face is on an even grander scale.
A number of years ago, I read “This Present Darkness” by Frank Peretti. Though fictional in it’s telling, he brings the angelic realm into our reality as an interweaving and synergy of existence; a cause and effect.
It brought prayer front and center as the all-important reason we fail. I cannot see the events of what I do at face value anymore. I see that there are worldly influences but now I see more clearly, the demonic realm and their influence; the angelic realm working to accomplish the will of the Father, and the battle that rages around me for the souls of men.
I see the bondage that grips a person because they give in to sin and it makes them its slave.
Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
I see the deception of those that accept less than God’s will for their life only to be sidelined by mediocrity, laziness, amusement and pleasure.
I see some that try to establish their self-worth by tearing down others.
I deal with those in bondage to addictions: anger, depression, over-eating, drugs, alcohol, immorality, pornography, sarcasm, gambling, gossip, and much more, that cripples us from living the victorious Christian life that was given to us at salvation.
The bible tells us that there is a spirit of fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Numbers 5:14 “And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:”
Along that line, there are demons that specialize in particular sins that plague us. A spirit of drunkenness, of anger, of sadness, of worry, of doubt and of fear. Spirits of each sin that we commit. Some have testified to hear voices. Voices that speak to our minds.
The remedy to discerning those voices is to find out who is doing the speaking. We must use God’s filter:
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things arehonest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
So, how do we figure it out? How do we know who is doing the talking?
1 John 4:1-3 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
Dear reader, today we are seeing such an increase in the violence and evil done in the world. Partly due to the ease and access of information, but also because the devil knows his time is short. But more importantly and more specific is our response to all this.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
If this be true – and it is; then we must take action.
Pray specifically against the spirits that plague us and those we love. Against the spirit of rebellion, false doctrine, and apathy. Against those things that keep us from a vibrant, loving intimate relationship witht eh God of Heaven.
He did not save us to sit around and wait until either our death or the rapture; He designed for us a life that would reveal Himself through us to others and testify daily that He is real and alive!
Put on your armour! Be ready!