It's time for a change. If you have been a long-time reader of this blog, perhaps you have noticed that I have been struggling in my writing lately. My spiritually discerning husband sure did. And I am grateful that he made me see that I was striving too hard to stay a part of "this world". Let me try to explain.
I could see where I had come since beginning this blog in December of 2011. I had moved from a "prepper" mindset, into relating my Biblical perspective of world events, and was beginning to share that God was showing me we are engaged in spiritual warfare. Somehow, I let the Enemy whisper his lies and convince me that "enough was enough" on that subject. And I felt that perhaps I was supposed to back off from sharing this inspired knowledge. But when I did that, I knew that I was weary of what the world was showing me; "all politics all the time", so to speak, along with the various social breakdowns that make for news headlines. And it is no accident that I used the word "strive" in that first paragraph to describe my writing, because here is what it means in a Biblical context: To strive means to specifically struggle (fight) over words; to wrangle about empty and trifling matters.
I knew I wasn't happy in what I was saying, and I was dissatisfied at the end of my efforts. And it took my husband reminding me that I needed to stop and listen to what the Lord wanted me to say, instead of striving with the world's empty voice. After all, this was the initial purpose of my blog way back in 2011. So I am announcing that I am making a change; I will no longer run from what my spirit wants to say. I will no longer listen to the lies of Satan telling me that people are tired of reading about spiritual warfare. I am listening to what the Holy Spirit is telling me because, honestly, all that other nonsense is what the rest of the world wants to hear. I know that what I have to say appeals to a very small segment of the population, but I can no longer shy away from declaring what I am being shown. I've skirted around this position, and it's time to make a commitment.
Perhaps the most important knowledge I can share with you today is the realization that we were born into a spiritual war zone, and we can choose whether we want to win or lose. There is no neutral ground! Now, that's not what the secular world will tell you. In fact, they've spent a lot of media time, classroom time, and tax dollars trying to convince us that the world's problems are because we are not tolerant of views, beliefs, or behaviors that differ from our own; that we are bigoted, narrow-minded, prejudiced, discriminating, and suffer from any number of hyphenated "phobias". If we would just be more sensitive to the differences between us, then there would be more peace in the world.
Of course, that "tolerance" does not rely on any moral standard by which we are to judge its value or benefit to society. Therefore, all standards are acceptable and we create a huge "neutral" ground wherein anything and everything is acceptable. But, you see, that neutral ground only exists in our man-made belief system. There are spiritual realms that have authority over this earthly domain, and in the realm that directly controls us there are only two authorities ... Good and Evil. They are at war with each other, and we only have two outcomes available when interacting with them; we either win or we lose. There is no third neutral authority or outcome; no choice called "uncommitted".
We all have a choice to make as to which side we are on. The unbelievers of the world have made their choice, whether they see it or not. Ever since the "shining one" appeared in the Garden of Eden to tempt Adam and Eve, mankind must make a choice as to whom he will follow and obey. Satan, who was the Deceiver with Divine Knowledge, convinced them to give over their authority to him.
Remember, that in Genesis, mankind was made in the image of God and was given dominion over the earth. The word dominion means “rule or power over.” God has sovereign power over His creation, but delegated the authority to rule His created world to mankind. But we handed over that authority for a chance at eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. If man had entrusted God to be the Keeper of that Knowledge, we could have lived eternally in peace with Him. But when we relinquished that authority, we instituted the battle that has raged since that very moment; the battle between the authority who champions Evil, and the Authority who is Good. And we cannot remain neutral.
And because we have to choose, there will be consequences for the choice we make. Those who choose the side of Good can expect opposition from the forces of Evil in the spiritual realm, because we threaten their dominion, or rule or power, over the masses on this earth who have not yet chosen. Sadly, the world -- and many Christians -- do not know or admit that this battle wages on. But it so clear to me! And that's why I want to press forward to do what I feel called to do; to write what it means to live in this spiritual war zone; what it looks like to the unseeing world, and how it affects our everyday lives. I want to wage war in the heavenly realms the way God's Word teaches me and to reveal the deceptions that are keeping others from making the right choice.
So, I hope you will join me in this new direction. If it's not where your head and your heart are now, then I understand. But I hope you will check in from time to time. Because you just might receive a word of knowledge or encouragement to help you make that crucial choice.
1 Timothy 1:18 “This charge I entrust to you, (insert your name), my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare…”