Yes, and so much more. The beginning of a war is recorded in Gen. 3:14-15 where God cursed the serpent and said to the woman that her offspring would bruise the serpent's head. That war continues to this day, with the battle lines drawn between the kingdom of darkness and the glorious kingdom of Light --- "the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" Rev. 11:15. When you read those powerful words, faith surges, and you know we have the victory; but our unbelieving minds can do strange things. On one hand, we shout 'Yes!' but then we immediately postpone the victory to some 'nether-nether' time. The days are such that we can no longer vacillate between 'Yes!' and 'nether-nether' time. The church must manifest her oneness with Christ showing the world the overcoming, conquering, glorious servant-king to this dying world as it thrashes about in its final death throes.
It is a legitimate question to ask, how can the 'Sunday church' and many who call themselves Christian, suddenly be so pregnant with the Christ that we demonstrate -- the overcoming, conquering, glorious servant-king to this dying world -- could we ever have the power to change the world?
We all remember that Mary, when told that she would conceive, though she was a virgin, asked a similar question, “How can this be...?" The answer is the same today as it was in Nazareth millennia ago. The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will over shadow you ......Lk. 1:35. God birthed the Savior out of an unknown, insignificant, young person (in the world's eyes) and today He is just as capable through the empowering of the Holy Spirit to display the Christ in all His fullness through His pregnant church; even if she is overlooked and considered irrelevant in many places.
For some years the Holy Spirit has been tutoring the church into a lifestyle where we are not following religion but are in love with our Lord! And now we have arrived at this crucial juncture on God's timetable and a people are ready for these days of trial and they understand that the power to overcome is found in the presence of the Lord. Jesus prayed one principle requirement for our readiness-- " that they may all be one just as you Father are in me, and I in you, so that they may also be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me" Jn. 17:21. In these days the call sounds forth from the Spirit, manifest Jesus in His fullness to this dying world! By faith we are returning to God's original design, mankind made in God's own image, manifesting His Life and doing the works of Jesus.
The Mighty Conqueror overcame the devil and all his hoards as He went to the cross as God's sacrificial Lamb. The Love of God was revealed in God's Lamb, He prevailed through meekness that no power in hell could withstand. The enemy was stripped of his authority as the serpent’s head was bruised! What an incredible way to win a war. Our warrior-Head has showed us the way. Love never fails! Are wars won by power? Yes, the Power of God; His love that never fails! But for us to love like that we have to die like that, and perhaps even suffer for the Gospel.
The apostle Peter said, -- To this you have been called, Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (1 Pet. 2:21, 4:13. ESV.)
It is possible in the coming days some of us will have reason to share Christ's sufferings in unimaginable ways, but today embrace life with its trials and small sufferings and let each situation be your teacher. We will learn to love like Jesus and be conformed to His death and so receive life and even more life!
Yes, we are provided with all the necessary weapons for war. Superior intelligence and superior leadership. The all wise-God is our warrior Head leading us out with all His authority and said, I will never leave you nor forsake you! What more can we ask?
By faith in His promises and obedience to His guidance we are equipped for whatever the coming days should bring. Equipped personally as we abide in Him; and as we corporately come together. Look a mighty army is standing up! As in the days of old, when Israel was likened to a valley of dry bones, today the dry bones of the church are coming together; flesh is appearing upon bodies and they stand up. Church! it's time to open up your lungs and breath in the very breath of God!
Nothing can stop what our Lord is doing; come and rejoice in His work - a united body empowered by the Spirit of God and equipped to overcome the enemy wherever he appears. The whole earth will feel the impact of His body standing, clothed in the power of meekness. Stand and having done all stand! Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord! [RT]