How to Win the Battle for Truth

Dear Friends and Favor Family,

What’s the difference between passive and active? Between complacency and having fire in your bones? Between militant aggression or just “holding your ground?”

The terrorists seem to know. Does the church?
Offense is the best defense.
A wise General once said the loss of a battle can be summed up in two words: “Too late.”
Too late in realizing imminent danger. Too late in realizing we can do something about it. And too late, in uniting all possible forces to resist the enemy.”
But we will not be too late!

There are two ways to be aggressive in battle (Moses and Joshua).  Both had a place.
Bring in light and the truth in every way possible. Light dispels darkness, and truth dispels deception. We bring in God’s Kingdom, as we walk in His Word and in His character, and advance with His Word and His character.
Secondly, push back the darkness. This is militancy in prayer. A voice that is bold in resisting evil and compromise. A “throne room” authority that declares and stands on the power and promises of God’s unfailing Word.

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If our enemy’s job description is to be a thief, a killer, and a destroyer, (John 10:10) then he knows how to do it well.
Do you know what your job description is? And are you doing it well?

If our promise in that same verse is “abundant life,” for ourselves and our children, salvation for ourselves and for others, then we have a right to claim what Jesus promises to give us. We have a privilege and a responsibility to “lay claim” to what belongs to us:

  • “Arise and thresh…”
  • “Wage a good war…”
  • “Fight the fight of faith…”
  • “The weapons of our war are not carnal but mighty to the pulling down of strongholds…”
  • “Put on the whole armor of God…”
  • “Rule in the midst of your enemies…”
  • “I will make you a sharp threshing instrument…”
  • “You are my battle ax and weapon of war; with you I will break nations in pieces…”
  • “We are more than conquerors…”
  • “We wrestle… against principalities and powers of darkness…”
  • “Morning by morning cut off wickedness from the land…”
  • “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand…”
  • “The Lord is a man of war…”
  • “As He is in this world, so also are we…  As the Father sent me, so send I you…”
  • “He teaches my hands to war…”
  • “A soldier doesn’t entangle himself with the affairs of this world…”
  • “The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword…”
  • “By wise counsel, you wage war…”
  • “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard…”
  • “Be sober, be vigilant…”
  • “Your enemy walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour…”

I can tell you a verse for all that is written here, or you can look them up! Why not look them up and sharpen your sword!

Sounds like we have an enemy, but we also have weapons! We have a God who has conquered and defeated death, hell, and the grave on the cross, and at the tomb!

We have been sent in His name, as His sons and daughters to “Finish what the Father began.” The war is won, but battles are still raging… for the souls of men, against the Kingdom of God, and against the Truth and power of His unshakeable Word! And they will continue to rage until Jesus returns to rule as King of kings, and Lord of lords!!

Until then, we are commissioned to carry on!!!
Mobilize with strategy! And God will multiply and accelerate our efforts.
He knows the time is short.
If the enemy has “pulled out all the stops,” why shouldn’t the church?
…In power, love, and advancement…

Violent in prayer, violent in praise, passionate in love, desperate in seeking, radical in obedience…
Urgent for the harvest, quick to respond, ready to listen, eager to give, burning with zeal…
Absolute in confidence, unwavering faith, persistent in prayer, fixed in focus…
Fervent in intercession, dwelling in places of worship, houses of His glory, and pushing back evil…

What do these things mean to you?

A dear friend and doctor from Australia said when speaking of Favor of God’s response to the wars we see and pray against in Africa:

“Others fight with passion and guns from the fields, but you fight with passion and prayer from your knees.”

What an honorable statement, church!

Frontline troops pushing back darkness, kicking in gates of hell to pull lives out and populate heaven are aggressively advancing, going where others will not go. We fight from our knees and follow with our actions. For faith without any works is dead.

Are we preparing for calamity or for victory? What should our stance be if we know darkness is advancing? Yes, we should prepare. But at the same time…

Shouldn’t we be going forward with more violence, boldness, and anger at evil? We, the church, God’s people clothed with His power, have the calling, the right, and the responsibility to do something about the darkness!

Get up and repent.
Dust off your weapons. Make the right choices and begin to go hard after the heart of God.
Let go of the things that entangle you (Heb.). Throw them off.
The decision is ours.
As we get up and “GO” forward, not backward, we will advance and follow the King!
He’s moving forward! He’s after your life, and mine, and the lives of every other person on earth!
And He will use you and I to reach them!

America’s tragic attack during 9-11 did not leave anyone wondering whether they should go and help or “dive in” to rescue! Everyone can help from all directions. Each person did whatever they were able to do. All hands were on deck!

How can the battle for life, for eternal souls, and for the destiny of people, cities and nations, be of any less value? It isn’t.
There is life to fight for now! Truth to advance! Evil to disperse! And people to be freed!

What about Deborah called to judge, Gideon to battle, David to topple and behead giants, Nehemiah to build in the face of opposition, Daniel to rule in a foreign land, Joseph to feed a nation that was not his own, Peter to minister to the Gentile people, Jesus to save those who cursed and despitefully used Him, Samson sent to take out armies, Jehoshaphat to conquer enemy forces, Joshua to destroy cities, and Moses to claim lands. What about Paul who “wrestled with the beast of Ephesus” in prayer? And the New Testament Church that “turned the world upside down,” did exploits for the Kingdom, and advanced the Gospel at all costs, even if it meant their lives?

That all sounds pretty aggressive to me!
We battle with truth, clothed with love, dressed with His armor, and empowered by His Spirit.

Will you join us in this battle against darkness, for the sake of your life, your children, and the lives of those we can still reach with the Truth?

Will you join us in this battle against darkness, for the sake of your life, your children, and the lives of others, we can still reach with the Truth?

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