20 September 2021
Praying before going to sleep, I asked Father God, “What’s going on in the world now, Lord?” His answer was fairly long.
Two types of supernatural warfare are going on, he said. The enemy is stepping up his attempts to destroy God’s most precious creation, mankind.
As a multitude of images rolled through my inner vision, the Holy Spirit repeated at intervals, “Guess who wins?”
So what should we be doing about all this, I asked him? Jesus is your model, your example, he said. Ask Him what he wants prayed, pray that. Use your delegated authority: Ask Him what he wants commanded, declared and decreed; command, declare and decree that. If you aren’t sure, pray the Word until you are sure. Stay alert. Listen for His voice. Pray, command / decree / declare, praise, worship, and thank Him. Repeat.
The conversation continued… One type of spiritual attack negatively, insidiously affects the spirits / minds / emotions / beliefs / attitudes / characters / will of human beings around the globe, leading to destructive behavior.
The weapon? Words. Suggestions, accusations, lies purporting to be facts. Words spoken by others, in person or in the media — or whispered in your ear by evil spirits, disguised as your own thoughts.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21)
The result? Exaggerated negative effects on the personality. Some negative characteristics are present simply by being born with a sin nature, into a sinful world. But they are becoming increasingly noticeable these days.
- hunger for power is mankind’s initial and probably greatest temptation since the Garden of Eden. This is how Satan tempted Adam and Eve, how he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. You can be like God! he said. You can have it all! (see Genesis 3:5, Luke 4:7)
- greed, double-dealing, deception, deceit
- false beliefs, false worship, self-delusion
- pride, arrogance, “holier-than-thou”
- selfishness, self-centeredness
- impatience, short-temper, tantrums
- resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness
- anger, rage, revenge
- distractedness, doubt, misgivings, mistrust
- fear, anxiety, worry, paranoia
- depression, hopelessness, despair
Even without being supernaturally escalated, those can and do result in distrust and disunity, the breakup of families, friendships, communities, businesses small and large, governmental bodies from school boards to legislatures. Disagreements escalate to arguments, fights, plans, plots, conspiracies, power-grabbing and power-protecting behavior.
Some lead to murder. Others result in suicide.
Occurring with greater frequency and intensity in every sphere of human activity are supernatural attacks on the economy, social media, government, justice system, politics, judiciary, religion, the military, law enforcement, primary and secondary education, publishing, entertainment, communication, medicine, research, manufacturing, agribusiness, construction, small businesses, and many large corporations, including big oil. A special target seems to be families.
Conflicts have been springing up between nations, prejudices between ethnic groups, cultures, ages, and genders at an increasing frequency in recent months and years.
Even in Christian circles this type of spiritual warfare is escalating.
Churches can be split because the true – demonic – source of internal conflict goes unidentified and unaddressed. Non-profit organizations. Charities. Missionary groups. Ministries. Entire denominations.
The other type of supernatural attack disastrously affects our habitat.
Our natural world of mountains, oceans, flat-lands, skies, space, and everywhere in between is under attack also, causing the loss of human life on a small or massive scale. “Accidental” breakdowns of national and international power grids, plus satellite communication systems could be included here.
- earthquakes, earth cracks / fissures, massive mud slides, sink holes
- hurricanes, tornadoes, sand storms, straight line storms
- ocean warming, volcano eruptions, floods, tsunamis
- wildfires, crop failures including timber land, poverty, famine
- infrastructure collapses of dams, high rise buildings, highways, bridges
- supernatural weather, rain, hail, ice, extreme cold or extreme heat
- disease, natural or man-made, pestilence
- solar storms causing space-based communication and navigation disturbances
There are so many areas of supernatural conflict on and around planet earth! You can probably think of some not included in these lists.
But God’s army, his supernatural angelic warriors have joined this global battle against the enemy’s forces. Great turmoil in the spirit world is being felt by many believers these days; we are being called to prayer, continual, consistent, persevering prayer. Intercession.
As a multitude of images rolled through my inner vision during this long conversation, the Holy Spirit repeated to me at intervals,
“Guess who wins?”
Collateral damage is a problem in any war and this one is no different. Many “innocent people” are caught up in this global conflict; many will die. If they have not committed their lives to Christ, they will be lost forever. Some may be our own friends and relatives.
So, what should we do, what can we do about all this?
Intercessors are co-laborers with Christ. Jesus is the primary prayer warrior. He plainly said that he only did and said what his Father did and said. Filled with the Holy Spirit, he made good use of all the spiritual gifts. (Discerning of spirits is an excellent one for us to covet!)
He was constantly watchful, alert, on guard, and listening for Father’s voice. So must we be. He is our model, our example, our leader, manager, guide, instructor, all of that.
Ask Him what he wants prayed; pray that.
Use your delegated authority. Ask Him what he wants commanded, declared and decreed; command, declare and decree that.
If you aren’t sure, pray in the Spirit. Pray the Word until you are sure. God’s word, his promises, his declarations are your own weapons of defense and offense. Read, study, meditate, memorize scripture.
Above all, stay alert. Listen for God’s voice. Pray, command / decree / declare, praise, worship, and thank Him. Repeat.