Spiritual Discernment Time For Spiritual Training
After the resurrection of Christ, He gave his followers five different ascension gifts some apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).
All of these ascension gifts are needed to equip disciples of Christ to turn the world upside down. Not only did Christ give these gifts but He sent the Holy Ghost to empower you to overcome demonic kingdoms and their amoral values. These amoral values are seen, heard, and read every day on the Internet, radio and television. Their philosophies are taught in public schools and universities, voiced by politicians, and viewed on reality television shows.
We are in a war for dominion, kingdom against kingdom, culture against culture, values against values, truth against lies, and light against darkness. Society needs truth that lights the way out of darkness and chaos. This is why Jesus taught that you are salt, light, and a city set on a hill.
Christ prophesied great news. He said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Notice the warfare found in the construction of the Church. You are part of the Church. As members of Christ’ Church, you cannot escape the war for dominion. Since you cannot escape, you need to embrace it as a good soldier of Christ. What I mean is for you to follow the instructions of the Apostle Paul. He wrote, “Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Armor is for fighting. The “wiles of the devil” are not just fleshly lust that wage war against you. The tactics of the devil also include designs that try to destroy the moral fabric of societies. These wiles are easily seen with the attacks on families, marriages, and our youth.
Nations are facing many crises, from political revolutions, economic chaos, and moral debauchery. The United States is addicted to debt, money printing and devaluation of its currency. Its political leadership believes that debt, leverage, and consumerism is the road to national prosperity. It's not.
We are in a spiritual war for dominion.
As Christians, we know through the resurrection of Christ He spoiled principalities and powers. Principalities and powers are demonic governing forces waging war against Christ, His dominion, and His kingdom advancement. We also know the conclusion of the warfare. “The kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15). The spiritual warfare is not over. There are many souls to be won, disciples of Christ made, and many kingdoms conquered.
The spiritual warfare that we are involved manifests in the natural through various world views and belief systems such as secular humanism, religious humanism, Marxism, Socialism, Materialism, Communism and New Age spiritualism just to name a few. All of these “isms” find their design outside the Word of God and wage war for the souls of man.
Throughout the world, we see a rapid decay of morals and an escalation into violence. This escalation has much to do with the promotion of demonic kingdom values. What’s required for victory is mature Christians engaging Satan’s confederacy of demonic spirits. Scripture says the whole world is under the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19). The way to change that is through the preaching of the Gospel, and direct spiritual warfare attacks against principalities and powers. Let us go up and once!
©Apostle Jonas Clark
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