Summary: There is a battle raging in the spiritual realm and Paul tells us, in our text, to prepare for the battle. Stormie Omartian “The Prayer That Changes Everything, The hidden power of praising God”
“Battle ready Series” 2Chronicles 20: 21
There is a battle raging in the spiritual realm. It’s taking place all around you, whether you are a believer or not yet a believer in Jesus Christ. [Explain]
Paul tells us, in our text, to prepare for the battle so I want us to begin a series that we will call “Battle Ready.” My goal is for you/me to see what God expects from us as we, answer 2 questions. Are we ready for the battle and are we even willing to stand and face the enemy?
Flip to [Eph 6:12 NKJV] “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places].”
He is saying our battle is not with the person who doesn’t believe like we do or those who ridicule us and belittle us for believing in Jesus Christ or even for questioning His reality… Our battle is not with an out of control government, judicial system or society…our battle is not even physical. Our battle is spiritual warfare.
There are a multitude of belief systems, in the world today, that will tell you the Bible is nothing more than a fantasy book…a book of fairy tales and myths. They want you to believe that Jesus is just one of many ways to get to this place, we as Christians, call heaven. For some it’s simply called Euphoria.
Stormie Omartian, in her book titled; “The Prayer That Changes Everything, The hidden power of praising God” says this: “The most ridiculous thing I ever experienced in my life happened before I became a believer, when I was involved in that New Age religion.”
Let me give you just a tidbit of the New Age belief. They teach that evil does not exist. Evil only exist in the mind so if you can eliminate evil from your mind there will be no evil in your life. In other words, JUST STOP THINKING THOSE EVIL THOUGHTS. Look at your crystal hanging from your mirror and be happy.
If there is evil happening in someone’s life, New Ager’s will explain it like this; “They must have had evil in their minds, thereby attracting evil to themselves.”
WAIT A MINUTE!!! That is a circular argument. You cannot say there is no evil and say that they had evil in their minds and that’s why evil is happening to them…
Stormie goes on to say; “When I received the Lord and learned that I had a real enemy, it was such an enormous relief…Suddenly everything made sense…
The enemy had me right he wanted me. I couldn’t see him. I didn’t recognize him. I didn’t believe he even existed. So he was free to do whatever he wanted in my life because I couldn’t identify him.”
The Word of God clearly tells us in, [1Pe 5:8-9 NKJV] “8 Be sober, be vigilant;[keep a clear mind…stay focused] because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” [brackets added]