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Anyone who knows me knows that I am all in when there is a need for spiritual warfare. Whether it be to attack a stronghold, deliverance, healing, or something else. If there is a need, I don’t hesitate to contend for the faith.
However, one of the greatest errors that some sincere Christians are led to commit in these days is focusing on evil.
For example; recently there has been quite the flap over Chick-fil-A because they are straying from their Christian roots and customer base.
To express their discontent toward Chick-Fil-A, well-meaning Christians joined together to sign a petition and over 115,500 people have signed it.
It’s a noble cause but the unfortunate reality is that it will not change one thing. There are two basic reasons for this:
- Chick-fil-A doesn’t care. Do you really think that Chick-Fil-A didn’t consider the backlash they would receive for changing their longstanding, well-known Christian stance? Of course, they did. If Chick-Fil-A cared they never would have changed course. They have had a change in management and the new management does not share the level of commitment to Christian values that the previous management had. Pretty simple. A petition isn’t going to change that: Prayer could, but a petition most assuredly will not.
- As of this writing, the petition has been up on the internet for just a couple of days shy of a month. In almost 30 days they have garnered slightly more than 115,500 names.
When I first heard about the petition this is what I said about it: Do you really think that Chick-Fil-A gives a rip about the relatively piddly few Christians that sign that petition? Do you think that they have the slightest concern about the microscopic number that will actually follow through with some sort of boycott of their stores?
If so, I have a bridge to sell you….. Unless God intervenes (which He very well could), naturally speaking, Chick-Fil-A is going to be exponentially better off financially because of the decisions they are making. From their perspective, to even waste a minute on any concerns that a “handful” of Christians might have would be nonsensical for them.
- I am not saying that they are right in what they are doing: They are not. Neither am I saying that I support the related changes they are making: I don’t.
- I am simply saying that for them, from their perspective, it’s a numbers game. Their actions indicate that profit is their priority. They don’t care about making a few people unhappy in exchange for drastically increasing their customer base.
To them, the bottom line is that their bottom line is going to grow exponentially because of their changes. They know that within a year or so (probably even within just a few weeks), all of this will blow over. All but a very few Christians will drift back into their stores, and they will attract hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of new customers. Their customer base will sore above what they had before. For them, it is a financial windfall.
The point of this article.
As I said, when there is a need, I don’t hesitate to go on the offensive against the forces of evil.
However, when you allow yourself to become distracted, you disconnect from what matters most.
Sure, sometimes there is a need for a direct assault: But the best way to fight evil is to get on the God Train. The best way to fight evil is to synchronize with God and partner with Him and HIS plan. The only way to accomplish this is to have the kind of relationship with Him that makes doing so a viable option.
By praising God in the midst of our battles, it expresses to God, and sends a message to the adversary, that we love and trust God more than we are concerned about the ranting of the adversary.
King Jehoshaphat was surrounded
In the Bible, King Jehoshaphat was king of Judah. In 2 Chronicles 20 the armies of three different countries were surrounding him to defeat Judah..
Understandably, King Jehosaphat was afraid. Accordingly, the King declared a time of fasting and prayer to seek Yahweh’s guidance (vv 3-4).
Jehoshaphat’s prayer is recorded in verses 5-13. After he finished praying, God sent the answer to the king’s prayer through Jahaziel.
Then the Spirit of Yahweh came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.
And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says Yahweh to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle.
Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of Yahweh, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for Yahweh is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:14-18)
In this case, had the King simply made a plan, and went with it, Judah probably would have been slaughtered.
God knows what is best. He has a strategy waiting for you to follow. He WANTS to lead you to victory. The best route to victory is ALWAYS subduing our own ideas and going with God’s plan.Parson Rayphe
It is folly to think that you are going to defeat the devil by way of human strength, signing a petition, or other approaches that are outside of God’s plan.
The best way to approach nefarious activity is to partner with God and then do your best to follow His plan as closely as you know how. Recruit assistance when you’re not sure how to proceed.
As the days progress there will be more and more distractions. I encourage you to stay focused on God and HIS plan for victory.
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