Thursday, February 07, 2008

This has been a difficult week for many. I do not separate myself from this number. I have seen the enemy prowl and ravage brothers and sisters in Christ as if they did not even realize that they have ultimate victory in Him.

I am not helpless. I can pray for them and do. There is great power in prayer. Even here, the enemy seeks to distract and confuse, to render our prayer life, impotent.

The edge the enemy has taken of late is humiliating and is wrecking families. Lives of children, students and parents are being destroyed as decisions are being made from very selfish dispositions.

In each case there is one who seems to surrender to the whims of the enemy, ignoring the gate through which he entered, and entertaining the unwelcome guest as though he had been invited. The best that used to be offered only to the Savior is now forfeit, for temporary pleasure.

This temporary pleasure is consuming lives and diminishing faith.

The enemy has gained more than a "foothold" in these lives. Outward appearances reflect residence has been taken up within. Still we must remember, these are victims of our foe, Satan, and not our embodied enemy. We must not fight against them, but for them. Condemnation must not be found protruding from our lips, but prayer penetrating in frequency, earnestness and intensity.

Ephesians 6 explains very clearly how to stand against such attacks. How to arm ourselves to prevent such downfalls. The gospel of modern media paints an allure that too many are surrendering to. It would appear to be a mindless embrace, yet each fallen one has said "Yes!" to sin.

We need come alongside these to bring encouragement.

Too quick is the Christian community to cast the first stone. We are all acquainted with the dark halls of sin chosen. From hideous remembrance we often hurl self-righteous darts at our weakening ally. Where we should be found helping them to overcome, we shovel dirt onto their waning testimonies.

When will we stand? When will we fight? When will we serve?

We must lead the way to reclamation of our falling brothers and sisters. Many of them long for someone to offer the assistance they are too weak to grasp. At the very least we need to posture right angles of prayer or horizontal intercession.

We have been equipped by the One who wins in the end! Let us surge foreward and recapture broken hearts. We should so enwrap them that potential embarassment fails to birth as even a thought. Conviction comes not from us, but from the Holy One. Ours is to fight for those He has put within the reach of our outstretched arms.

Unsheathed swords in the hands of willing warriors circled around the fallen with backs in, will net more protection and healing than one who rides alone and falls down, lonely.
The enemy continues to range over the land looking for those he can devour. Too many fall volunteer. Too few volunteer to retrieve the fallen.

Christ fell that we might live. The same Spirit that raised Him from the dead dwells within us, empowering us to stand and fight. This is a battle, not a vacation.

WE must fight.



At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Brent! It's been SO LONG since i have been able to read this! I moved from San Diego to Colorado in May and hadn't read since! Thank you for your post today! I have been praying over a situation with a friend that I know i need to address. Please pray for her --- she was my prayer partner and one of my best friends who started dating a non-believer and is now living with him. I have been so caught up in disappointment and hurt from the deceit of her not telling me, that i have not played my roll. Please pray that I would use the Lords words to bring her back and that I would continue to fight for HER and for our friendship!

YOU BLESS ME and i thank you!


Laurel Martindale
Greeley, CO

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with your blog today, feb. 7, 2008 my question is what about in I Cor 5 where it talks about getting your brother out of the fellowship when they are in sexual sin? How do we encourage love but also get them back in line with the word?

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Pray for BJ said...

Good question! The Word teaches us to expel the immoral brother from our formal assemblies. The idea being that he/she will suffer at the loss of fellowship and that upon expulsion they will begin to suffer at the hands of the enemy, and desire repentance. (This often takes much longer than we expect)
Although most churches do not practice this, we need to follow the Word. That however, does not mean that we just cast them aside and forget about them. People will debate both sides of this issue, but at the very least we must keep these lifted up in prayer, intensively! Following the Holy Spirit's leading on such matters is important. From time to time, those the Spirit leads, need to check in on the expelled one. Inside the body or out, we all need encouragement. It is unlikely that those expelled during New Testament times never saw believers again. They would have seen each other in the market places, etc. It is important to continue to befriend such souls, and seek to encourage them, talk to them from a firm position of Scriptural love, but with open arms, ready to receive them back into fellowship at the appropriate time. Not all will agree me, I realize. When I fall down, I need people to be Jesus to me. He gave His all for me, and embraced me when I was dirtiest. Restoring fellowhsip with the Father is what His life was about. We are called to emulate His life. We cannot do that if we ignore the fallen brothers and sisters.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger ritaleelovesyou said...

Thank you SO much for this blog. It is SUCH an encouragement. God spoke directly to me through your words and I am greatly appreciative!

"We must not fight against them, but for them. Condemnation must not be found protruding from our lips, but prayer penetrating in frequency, earnestness and intensity." --Powerful and so true!

"Conviction comes not from us, but from the Holy One. Ours is to fight for those He has put within the reach of our outstretched arms." --Thank you.

At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had to read this several times today to really understand the message, and it is powerful. Praying for all involved.

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spiritual Warfare. This is the heart of our Enemy. He is determined to hinder and harm and ruin God’s image bearers. To steal and kill and destroy. This is the story of our life and it is the story of the long and brutal assault on our hearts by the one who knows what we could be, what you could be and he fears it. Brent, I hope that al who read your blogs are beginning to see that more clearly now. Otherwise, much of the Bible will not make sense to any of us. Much of our life will not make sense to us.

Our life is a story. Every story has a villain. Why? Because our Story has a villain. The story of our life was written with an Enemy who hunts us. We were all born into a world at war. Right now, on this earth, there hundred of thousand, (if not millions), of fallen angels, foul spirits, bent on our destruction. Our Enemy is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.

You have an Enemy. He is trying to steal your freedom, kill your heart, and destroy your life. His mission is to hinder and harm god’s creation here on earth as far as He is possible. Here is the good news for those under attack. YOU are advancing the Kingdom of God so expect the assault of the Enemy against you. You’re on the frontlines when you do. 1 John 3:8 says “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil”. Doesn’t it follow that if Jesus battled the Enemy then so we will need to do that as well?

Brent, I will join you in prayer for our fallen comrades. Let us all take a bended knee, bow before our Father and pray for those who are casualties of this Epic War.

Strength & Honor
Pete Ace

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Marti Pieper said...

PETE: Amen and amen!

Praying and battling alongside you, Brent and all. . .

in pink
with tender love,



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