by Pastor Tim Burt
If you have ever seen pictures of a country or city ravaged by war, it is heart breaking to say the least. Everything is broken and beaten down from the buildings, to the infrastructure, to the people. It leaves a wake of destitute people.
Just because a nation hasn't been hit by a physical war, doesn't mean that it isn’t in the midst of a spiritual war. When there is a spiritual assault on any nation – the first clue that this is happening is that there is spiritual and moral confusion and chaos. Ultimately Satan works behind the scenes to confuse people over whom God is and His plan of good and blessing for mankind. Satan accomplishes spiritual and moral confusion and chaos by creating the illusion and acceptance that there are “many gods and many paths to God.” His strategy is then tolerance and acceptance of all religions accept the one true way to God which is through Jesus Christ. Jesus made it clear that there is only one God and one way to God – through Himself declaring, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
You can see spiritual warfare and it's nothing less than obvious! Christianity is persecuted while false religions are accepted. Satan doesn’t care about other religions because they aren’t real and aren’t a threat to him. To the contrary, the are a part of his strategy in leading people away from God.
When Jesus appeared before those possessed by demonic spirits, the demons trembled and cried out in fear at His presence. That is not recorded in history concerning any leaders of any other religion. Why? They were not sent from God, were not God, and were no threat to Satan’s plan. They are not the ones who are going to one day lock Satan up in the eternal lake of fire! When these demons were confronted by Jesus, they recognized Him as the true Son of God and cried out! Matthew 8:29 (NLT) "They began screaming at Him, Why are you interfering with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before God’s appointed time?” The demons knew exactly who Jesus was! And they knew they have an appointed time to be locked up for good!
God does not want you confused over who He is, who Jesus is, or over you becoming a child of God. He wants and has good plans for you! Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” You can’t fix the entire world but you can influence it for better. You won’t do that until God influences you for the better. Jesus died, arose, and paid the price for you to be forgiven of your sins, become His child, and be blessed to receive all that God has for you. When you finally get hold of that revelation, you will begin to trust Him and His many promises to you. God says He has good plans for you. Satan would like you to think God has abandoned you – that He has left you “high and dry.” That isn’t the truth! Blessing has always been God’s intent for you and for anyone that would come to know and live for Him.
When you've become a child of God, your prayers are heard by God and become powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NLT) says, "...The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
There is only one way for a nation that has been spiritually ravished to be restored to its right place in God. That is by the hand of God through His people praying. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) says, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Psalms 33:12 (NIV) "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He chose for His inheritance."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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