June 1, 2020. New York
Great article by @LigonDuncan on lament mourn confess pray and love neighbors as Christians as our response to the tragedy of racism and being used as a vehicle for violence and looting. https://rts.edu/news/news-institutional/a-letter-to-the-rts-family-in-light-of-our-current-national-situation/
Dark forces is unleashed. Arise O God and fight for America
Dark Forces is unleashed
-Against cosmic powers of darkness and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm
Racism is deeply embedded in America for centuries from the slavery days in the deep south especially, and even today’s America is still riddled with the tension between cops and the blacks as numerous incidents that have resulted the anguish and deep anger among the African American community, and not only them, but also many minorities communities like Asians, especially the millennial generation, and also the whites too. In one word, this can be summarized as ‘injustice’. Injustice has been done to the communities, and it’s a complex web of financial, family without father figures, and other social related problems. But recently the forces that have ravished America, first and foremost is the Corona Virus that had killed 100,000 American over a period of few months. The scale of destruction is unprecedented, and the jobs that were lost into millions, the deaths incurred all added up to devastation. And now the just killing of George Floyd a black America at the hands of a white cop and video recorded, has just inflamed America. The deep-seated anger towards racism, hatred towards police forces treating the blacks over the years in some specific incidents unfortunately, have all erupted. What’s worse, outside forces added to the looting and violence that ravished America big cities. My point is that we can’t just try to figure all this out with human reasoning and forgetting the hands behind at a higher level is the forces of darkness. The cosmic powers of darkness. The devil’s undermining the social stability of our society. The forces of evil marching against humanity. It’s the call of churches to arise and pray unto our God and push them back.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 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 firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Repent, Lament, and Pray; Love One Another; Love our Neighbors; Proclaim the Gospel—all these are so very important and form the heartbeat of the word of God.
Need to add one more-Spiritual Warfare
The war that we fight is a cosmic warfare. There is no way we just deal with it at a human level. It has to be elevated to the higher cosmic level. We will pray and wrestle. The word used is wrestle, not even fight. Wrestling is a tense word. Jacob wrestled with God. Jesus wrestled with the temptations of darkness at Garden of Gethsemane where he dropped sweats of blood in his struggle against the temptations of passing over the cup of sufferings, humiliations, and eventual death. That was the ultimate highest cosmic battle, and frankly that battle’s determined our human destiny. The outcome of that wrestling is so huge that the entire universe wellbeing depended on it, or the complete destruction of it to hell fire.
2 Chronicles 20:17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.” The battle is the Lord’s.
How we wish we could hear that from the Lord in America today, as we suffered tragedies after the other. The nation is badly shaken, but our resolve is stronger. But you see good things don’t come easy. Usually it takes a mighty fight, struggle. It comes at a cost. This may just spell a great harvest and revival we can see in America today. It will not be easy, but not impossible. For God wants us to be strong in the inner man, not weak to be blown by winds of forces easily. Christians must stand and arise to call upon the Lord to arise and fight the battle for America. It will not be apparent, but you think about it, the immorality unleashed by this nation is unprecedented and painful to imagine. This speaks of the depravity of mankind, and for some reason, America seems to epitomize the darkness and light too. We are at a crucial juncture of what could be a great revival we have seen. We long for the day people will gather around to worship God for days and nights and not leaving. Remember in the south of America (I will dig that out), it has been amazing how God brought revival to the land of Wales, the heartland of America, and parts of Asia, Korea etc., and yes, he can and will do it again. We must press on and realize this is a warfare, and not forgetting that we have our duty and calling to rise and seek the Lord to heal this land and protect America from such dark forces. First of all, we must embrace the mentality and theology of the supernatural. Just like the Bible.
12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
Break the arm of the wicked and evil doers. This is an assertive prayer. This is attack and not passive prayer.
Arise o God, forget us not…. this is reminding God. To move us to the next realm. It’s a prayer by faith. Strong man shall take it by force. It’s not a weak prayer. Standing by a strong God, a powerful God, we need strong prayer warriors, that will stand in the gap and call upon the Lord.