PREPARING FOR SPIRITUAL BATTLE, PART 2
Let our praises remind all the darkness of how great and how mighty our God is For the battle belongs to the Lord, and no one else. We are standing in holy defiance. We're declaring aloud in the silence That the battle belongs to the Lord, and no one else. ("Marching On" Rend Collective)
PARALLELS BETWEEN PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL WAR
Francis Frangipane’s This Day We Fight: Breaking the Bondage of a Passive Spirit provides important teaching on spiritual warfare. You may recognize the title as taken from a particularly powerful speech of King Aragorn at the Black Gate in the film The Return of the King:
I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!
At the time when Frangipane was writing, his focus was the threat of global jihad (which continues to grow in tandem with other threats in a way that has been referred to as “the red-green alliance.” We euphemistically referred this threat as the war on terror.
In Chapter 4, “The War Mode,” Frangipane addresses global jihad as “physical and spiritual war.” But what is taking place in our nation today, the war on Christians and other conservatives that have been labelled domestic terrorists, is also physical and spiritual war. And the war on America that is being waged by actual domestic terrorists is also both physical and spiritual war. Frangipane says:
We are at a war on a global scale, and physical war always calls Christians to spiritual war. This aggressive stance is governed by love for people, but it is fearless and uncompromising against the powers of darkness.
Who do we see being “fearless and uncompromising against the powers of darkness” such as those that planned the Night of Rage and other evil in the SCOTUS issue? At present the fearless and uncompromising ones are mostly young pro-life activists, some pro-life ministries and prophetic leaders, and worship leaders and worshippers who realize that worship is a weapon.
But it’s time for the whole Body of Christ to join in ceaseless, intentional, declarative prayer.
If we understand the importance of government functioning in the way God created it to function, we will understand the importance of strategic and targeted prayer for the government and for we who are in the Church as our own very important role as the Ecclesia. The Body of Christ was given the instructions by the Lord to “occupy until He comes,” (Luke 19: 13).
Part 3 of this series will explore the cowardly stances that churches must renounce in order to fulfill God’s purposes and wage spiritual warfare in the power of the Holy Spirit.
You can find Part 1 here: Time to Take Your Prayers to the Next Level! – Katartismos Global (kgiglobal.org)
(Quotations from This Day We Fight: Breaking the Bondage of a Passive Spirit, Francis Frangipane, 2005, Chosen Books, Grand Rapids.)