“May the LORD, my rock, be praised, who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for warfare.” Psalm 144:1 (HCSB)

There is an ancient book called the Art of War. Sounds like an oxymoron, as art and war seem so different. But nevertheless, however you look at it, war is a reality in our world. Whether it is a ‘just war’ or driven by globalist bankers, there is a spiritual component to it. For one thing, God allows the enemy to be used to train us and to grow us in faith. God allowed enemies to occupy the Promised Land when Israel entered. Check out Judges 3:1-2 (ESV)…

Now these are the nations that the LORD left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. It was only in order that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, to teach war to those who had not known it before.”

We are not called to be civilians (2 Timothy 2:2-3), rather we have been enlisted as soldiers of the Lord! But too many so-called followers of Christ live their lives as if there was no war! That is no longer acceptable! War has blatantly erupted right in front of us! As such, we must intentionally engage in the battle, or we will become prisoners of war or worse, traitors of the cross. The Lord has left enemies that require our attention and if we ignore them, we will become ensnared by their ploys. God will use the evil that the devil plans, to train us and lead us into the promised land, the fulfillment of His promises! But we must contend for them!!!

This past week, two young college students at UGA lost their lives within less than 24 hours of each other. Our community is shocked, angered, stunned, to say the least. It is a reminder that we are at war, and the cost is real! We are at war for the souls of the next generation!

Our key in this hour is standing on God’s promises and prophetic words. Listen to what Jehoshaphat said in 2 Chronicles 20:20 (ESV)…

“Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be established; believe His prophets, and you will succeed.”

We are called to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). There is a difference between fighting from the flesh and from faith. The bottom line is, faith is a fight. We have to choose to believe! Everything in the natural is telling you one thing, while the Word and the Spirit is saying something else. We’re told that unless it is done in faith it counts for nothing (Galatians 6:5). Yikes!!! 

We are to trust in the Lord with all our heart, in spite of what our eyes see, or our minds understand (Proverbs 3:5), no matter what the narrative is playing relentlessly and loudly over our culture! We are to stand in faith regardless what you see in the natural (Ephesians 6:10-18).

We are told to resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7). Resistance is an active thing we must do, and not just once, but we must preserve until he does flee!

We are called to overcome, to be overcomers (1 John 5:4), which implies there is something we must overcome! As light overcomes darkness (John 1:5) our light is to do the same in the atmosphere around us. We are told to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). In Revelation 2 and 3 we see seven churches being exhorted to overcome. Sadly, today none of those churches have survived, none have overcome!

We are commissioned to be ‘more than conquerors’ (Romans 8:37) which in itself implies a conflict, a battle that must be fought! Btw, our weapons are not carnal but have divine power (2 Corinthians 10:4).

So how do we do it? How do we stand, fight, and overcome in this hour? First off do not neglect what God has given us prophetically and from the laying on of hands (2 Timothy 1:6). It is so important that we steward what has been given us… our spiritual gifts, the Holy Spirit, our armor, our calling, faith, prayer (including intercession and decrees) and the word of God, just to name a few. Not only we are commanded to steward what has been entrusted to us, we are to guard it, with the help of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:14). If we don’t steward and guard what has been entrusted to us, the enemy will come and steal it!

Be sure to cultivate your secret garden with the Lord in this hour. Listen to what He is saying to you, and to the Church. Get your assignments from the Commander, your Lord and King, Jesus (John 10:27)! Lay before Him your brokenness, your anger, your fears, your complacency, your disappointments, etc.

What prophecies have been given over your life, your family, your children, our city and nation? If you can’t remember, ask God to remind you! Then proclaim it, stand on it! Contend for these promises, and don’t relent or back off because of what you see or the apparent delay. Ask God to grant you the grace to battle in faith. Repent if you have been living as a civilian. Tell God that you return to your call to be a warrior for Him! Commit yourself to trust in Him with all your heart. Ask Him to teach your hands to do battle and your finger to engage in war! Revival, awakening, reformation, transformation is coming to Athens!