Spiritual Warfare in America
“O our God… we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)
Until fairly recently, most people would argue that America was uniquely blessed — a nation of sturdy and hard-working immigrants in the land of the free! But our nation has changed and our security is fading fast.
The deadly wars now spreading through the Middle East reminds us that torture, rape, beheadings and other forms of persecution and cruel deaths have no real boundaries. Meanwhile, America’s borders have opened wide. The poor, the angry, the uneducated, the drug sellers, the militant ISIS and the vision of an Islamic caliphate on American soil are fast becoming a reality. Our nation is changing fast.
Hard to believe? Then ponder the current transformation:
1. 40% of all workers in L. A.. County (10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.
10. In L.A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish…. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.”
– Source: FreeRepublic.com
It’s a sad message indeed! But in the midst of the spiritual darkness, our Lord reminds us: “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
“…the whole world is under the sway of the evil one.”
– 1 John 5:19
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world….”
– 1 John 4:1
“…submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
– James 4:7-8
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
– 2 Corinthians 10:2-6
“Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness…”
– 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony….”
– Revelation 12:11
“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.”
– 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
“Do not be discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
– 2 Chronicles 20:15
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves… [W]hen they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”
– Matthew 10:16, 19-20
“Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things…”
– 2 Timothy 4:2-5
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”
– Ephesians 6:10-18
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…”
– Galatians 2:20
“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
– Joshua 1:9
“The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you…”
– Deuteronomy 1:30
“Then I perceived that God had not sent him at all, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. For this reason he was hired, that I should be afraid and act that way and sin, so that they might have cause for an evil report, that they might reproach me.”
– Nehemiah 6:12-13
“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. …
…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:31-38