I’m one thing of a battle buff. Ever for the reason that invention of the airplane, air energy has made the distinction between victory and defeat in battle.
Living proof: Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The primary pictures fired got here from swarms of our warplanes concentrating on sign jamming enemy communications and blasting Iraq’s command and management programs to smithereens. Iraq was on its knees very quickly.
One warfare professional wrote: “Traditionally, the simplest methodology of gaining air superiority is the destruction of enemy plane on the bottom and the destruction of the means and infrastructure by which an opponent might mount air operations. An instance is Operation Focus through which the outnumbered Israeli Air Force dealt a crippling blow to the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian air forces and airfields at first of the Six-Day War, attaining Israeli air supremacy.”
Within the area of recent navy battle, digital counter measures (ECM) are routinely employed to jam enemy communications, rendering them successfully ineffective.
Suppose there have been related strategies being employed in opposition to you and me within the religious realm, proper underneath our noses? Enter Christianity’s strongest, decisive and, sadly, most uncared for weapon.
“The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog on the market! The world doesn’t battle honest. However we don’t dwell or battle our battles that approach — by no means have and by no means will. The instruments of our commerce … are for demolishing that whole massively corrupt tradition. We use our highly effective God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down limitations erected in opposition to the reality of God, becoming each free thought and emotion and impulse into the construction of life formed by Christ. Our instruments are prepared at hand for clearing the bottom of each obstruction and constructing lives of obedience into maturity.”
In case you are a born-again Christian, you’ve gotten a goal in your again — you’re at battle and the bullets are actual.
“Your wrestle will not be in opposition to flesh and blood, however in opposition to the rulers, in opposition to the powers, in opposition to the world forces of this darkness, in opposition to the religious forces of wickedness within the heavenly locations,” in line with Ephesians 6:12.
And the commander in chief of those darkish forces is a malevolent character that Ephesians 2:1-3 describes as “the prince of the ability of the air, of the spirit that’s now working within the sons of disobedience.” His handiest approach is to squeeze good information out of man’s thoughts by consuming its “bandwidth” with so many distractions that nothing else can get in.
These distractions don’t must be significantly unhealthy (or good for that matter), simply compelling sufficient to carry the topic’s consideration. That is Devil’s type of religious sign jamming.
The one handiest countermeasure is effectual prayer.
Prayerless Life Is a Powerless Life
There’s a livid, ongoing satanic assault aimed on the target-rich religious lives of distracted and preoccupied trendy women and men for management of their minds. The weapons employed are concepts, values and rules that wreak as a lot devastation inwardly as bombs and bullets do outwardly.
Certainly one of our strongest weapons to “extinguish all of the flaming arrows of the evil one” is precision focused prayer propelled by steadfast religion.
In Revelation 5:7-9, we get a glimpse into the “Struggle Room” of Heaven to see what actually “carries the day” in God’s realm:
“And He got here and took the guide out of the fitting hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the guide, the 4 residing creatures and the 24 elders fell down earlier than the Lamb, every one holding a harp and golden bowls filled with incense, that are the prayers of the saints. They usually sang a brand new tune, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the guide and to interrupt its seals; for You had been slain and bought for God with Your blood males from each tribe and tongue and folks and nation.’”
And in Revelation 8:3-5:
“One other angel got here and stood on the altar, holding a golden censer; and far incense was given to him, in order that he would possibly add it to the prayers of all of the saints on the golden altar which was earlier than the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up earlier than God out of the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer and crammed it with the fireplace of the altar and threw it to the earth; and there adopted peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.”
How About You?
Do you continue to assume prayer is non-compulsory in your life?
— D.C. Collier is a Bible instructor, discipleship mentor and author centered on Christian apologetics. A mechanical engineer and Web entrepreneur, he’s the writer of My Origin, My Destiny, a guide centered on Christianity’s fundamental “worth proposition.” Click here for more information, or contact him at [email protected]. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his personal.