Summary: Brothers & Sisters there needs to be a battle cry going forth from all the churches in the world today. And it must originate in the hearts of the Pastors, and it must be sounded aloud from the pulpits across this land! We must prepare the battle station
~Prepare for War~
(New King James Version)
14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?”
17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”
19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”
And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”
29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
I want you to listen to this sound.
Insert:"Audio sound of a Battle Ships call to Battle Stations"
That is the sound of a “call to battle stations” aboard a Navel Battle Ship. Its sound is haunting, and it strikes fear and emotion in the heart of anyone who hears it. It’s purpose is to alert the crew that the time for battle has arrived and they are to immediately man their prepared battle station for the ensuing war.
Brothers & Sisters there needs to be a battle cry going forth from all the churches in the world today. And it must originate in the hearts of the Pastors, and it must be sounded aloud from the pulpits across this land! We must prepare the battle stations for the ensuing war! However I am afraid we are falling asleep on our watch. And instead of Sounding the battle cry, we are preaching and teaching a social gospel, a feel good gospel, and an itchy ear gospel. Listen my friends, time is short and our days are numbered. Sin is ever increasing, what was unheard of 50 years ago is common place and the norm in today’s society, lawlessness and idolatry abound. Character and ethics are a thing of the past and have been replaced with materialism and Post Modernism, where today’s generation believes that there are no absolute truths and you are to get what belongs to you at any cost and by any means. No I am sorry to say that as “The Church” we have not sounded the call to battle stations but we have retreated to a safe place. My friends God can’t stand safe places, He abhors safe places, listen to the words of John the Revelator in Revelation 3
13He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
We have been the Laodicean church for far too long! We need to sound the alarm, man the battle stations, and
PREPARE FOR WAR! For too long we have been in retreat. We need to start living out what is says in Proverbs 28:1
The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.