Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel
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Realities of the Spiritual Realm
Intergalactic travel never interested Clara. Perhaps it is time to reconsider . . .
Clara was never a ‘Treckie’, a serious fan of Star Trek movies, but now she wishes she had been. Perhaps then she would know how to navigate her starting and ending locations.
“OK” she says, “calm down and get your bearings”. She felt like she needed a spiritual dusting off. Something seemed dirty here, and yet the building was gleaming from top to bottom.
Clara was in the middle of a very large, very expensive church. It appeared she was free to go from meeting room to meeting room to join in and listen.
There were planning meetings for the finance committee, the deacon board, the women’s group, the swinging singles, the youth group, and last but not least, a pastors meeting. Everyone looked totally involved, committed, and determined. They would be the envy of any corporation, especially because most of these people were volunteers, no salary required.
The head of each group congratulated the participants over the major growth, success, and financial increases of the last year. They were indeed sending forth men and women with principled standards into the home, work, and political institutions of the nation.
What? Did she hear something? There seemed to be someone chuckling. Then the sounds became clearer.
“Good works, nice ladies and gentlemen, good works will change your nation.” It floated through the air like a mantra, stroking the minds of the unsuspecting volunteers.
“It is right to be proud of all your corporate accomplishments, after all, you are the Church, and God is on your side.” On and on went the messages as Clara watched everyone settle into a comfortable, self-satisfied contentment.
Clara moved to the sanctuary to hear the message. The Pastor preached the Word of God and Clara watched with interest as she saw revelation come into the hearts and minds of the hearers. To her shock, however, just as soon as it came, she saw a shift in their thinking, and it was gone. Repeatedly she saw people struggle to keep the thoughts fixed in their minds.
What is going on in here? She wondered.
BUSY, BUSY, BUSY
“This is the church, this is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people.” Clara muses as she remembers that childhood picture of the church she did with her hands.
Clara seems to have an uncanny ability to be present in more than one place at a time. She finds this to be an interesting phenomenon. She is definitely on assignment, but still unsure what her mission is.
As she looks down she sees a nutshell version of believer’s lives. Many are involved in social issues like abortion, prayer in schools, political agendas, and environmental issues.
Some gather around church issues such as doctrine, missions, revival meetings, and building projects. While others lean toward governing boards, finance committees and the like.
Everyone seems busy. They are busy being good husbands, fathers, wives, and mothers. They are all busy being and doing. Some are successful, others feel like failures as jobs are lost, marriages disintegrated, children rebel, and people judge.
Busy, busy, busy, Clara thinks as she catches a whiff of something. Sniff, sniff …what is that smell? It is so familiar. Then she hears something. It is a low hum just barely hanging in the air, much like the smell.
A distant memory comes to Clara’s mind. “Incoming, Incoming” and she remembers when her training helmet gave its first alert. She wonders what that has to do with anything. Furthermore, where has she smelled that smell before?
The demonic power plant
Clara has indeed felt the mind warping affects, smelled the gaseous poisons, and experienced the passivity that the church was experiencing. She and her corps stood inside the gates of hell. They watched, listened, and experienced the effects of hell’s output on their minds.
They were there on a recon mission. There to experience first-hand the hellish things pumped into strategic places. Things pumped into the minds and hearts of believers as well, to thwart
the eternal purposes of God.
…and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord.” i
T. Austin Sparks addresses kingdom
building vs. the true Church:
However beloved, whenever we find this religious kingdom building today, whether in the world or in Christianity, the result is the same – confusion and division.
In the true Church that is Christ’s Body, there is only one true unity, and that is the unity of the “one Spirit.” And the Word of God beseeches the people of God to endeavour, to do their utmost “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).
In the true Church that is Christ’s Body, there is only one way to communicate – “to comprehend with all the saints” – and that is “in, by, and through the Spirit.” God’s people are commanded to be filled with [in] the Spirit (Eph 5:18); to live and walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:25); to pray in the Spirit (Eph. 6:18); to communicate in the Spirit (Eph 4:29,30); to receive revelation in the Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18); to be led in the Spirit (Rom. 8:14) etc., etc., etc.” ii
The enemy will allow us to focus on many good works; good projects, things that we can see and things that make us feel we have accomplished something.
The real battle is a heavenly battle. A cosmic war started in the Garden of Eden. It will end with the declaration from heaven that the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of the Lord and of His Christ. iii
The true Church of Jesus Christ is a heavenly thing and we are a heavenly people. We are born anew from above; all that is old has passed away. We can walk in newness of life. No need to try to fix what is old. That is good news.
Like Clara, let us shake our heads and shake off the residue of the enemy’s ploys. Come into agreement with God in faith that He will manifest His wisdom to principalities and powers, as we allow Christ to be formed in us.
Next – Present to the Lord
This is part 33 in the series – Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel
[i] Eph 3:9-11 RSV