WARNING TO CHRISTIANS

I have come across many Christians who feel that they are spiritual warriors or who feel that they have been called to spiritual warfare, and yet actually know very little about the subject. Some also try to be spiritual warriors, and yet seem to fail more often than not, and rather than seek the Lord in these things, they get discouraged and give up.

Still others I have seen are like rabid dogs who viciously attack Satanists and Occultists verbally, thinking that they are fighting Satan when all they are doing is driving the Satanist or Occultist away from Christianity and back into Satan's kingdom. The Satanists and Occultists then harbor a bitter, cynical view of Christians and Christ, and may never accept Jesus as a result. And I tell you this, those Christians will be held accountable for the blood of those that they have turned away from seeking Jesus because of their actions!

Those of you who feel called into spiritual warfare need to understand some things. Some of you will not like what I am going to say, but the truth is the truth and I will not alter the truth to soft-soap the message that God has given me to relay to you who read this.



NOT EVERYONE IS CALLED TO BE A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR FOR THE LORD.

ALL Christians should be aware of spiritual warfare, and know how to fight in the spiritual realm with the spiritual weapons God has given each of us. But not all Christians will be called to spiritual warfare as a ministry. Remember, there were only 12 men chosen by Jesus to be apostles out of all of the disciples who followed Him.

The Apostle Paul stated that there are many different ministries within the body of believers, even as the body consists of many parts, each with a different function. As Paul relates;

I CORINTHIANS 12:4-7

4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

I CORINTHIANS 12:12-27

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ.

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

17 If the whole body [were] an eye, where [were] the hearing? If the whole [were] hearing, where [were] the smelling?

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

19 And if they were all one member, where [were] the body?

20 But now [are they] many members, yet but one body.

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

23 And those [members] of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely [parts] have more abundant comeliness.

24 For our comely [parts] have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that [part] which lacked:

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but [that] the members should have the same care one for another.

26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.



MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN.

Remember Gideon's army. The Midianites and Amalekites had gathered to attack Israel, and Gideon had sent messengers throughout Israel to gather an army for battle. 32,000 men volunteered to go to fight, but God had other plans. As Scripture records;

Judges 7:1-9

1 Then Jerubbaal, who [is] Gideon, and all the people that [were] with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that [are] with thee [are] too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever [is] fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people [are] yet [too] many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, [that] of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

6 And the number of them that lapped, [putting] their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.

7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the [other] people go every man unto his place.

8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all [the rest of] Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.

The reason why God chose these 300 men, was that they knelt on one knee and drank water from one hand while keeping their weapon in the other, watching for possible attack. The others got on their knees to drink, and were not as vigilant as they should have been.

The same is with Christians. God knows the hearts of those He has chosen for spiritual warfare, and there is no shame to those whom He has not chosen, as He has given them another field of ministry to work in, one that is uniquely suited to their strengths and talents. And those who have not been chosen should not try to seek a position that the Lord has not called them to fulfill, for to do so is rebellion, arrogance and disobedience to the Lord, and they will fail and cause more harm than good.

And while spiritual warfare may seem to be a glamorous ministry, it is OBEDIENCE to what the Lord has called you to do, that is important. For at the judgement of the righteous, it will not be the TYPE of ministry that you served under that will be judged but your OBEDIENCE to the Lord in that ministry and your diligence to perform what He has assigned you to do.

Remember the prophet Samuel's words to King Saul;

I Samuel 15:22-23

22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.

23 For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.



So diligently seek the Lord as to what ministry He wants you to perform. No ministry is more glorious than another in God's eyes. And do not seek personal glory in what you do, for as Jesus said to those who sought glory from others;

MATTHEW 6:1-6

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

2 Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:16-18

16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Remember, if you seek for honor and glory in the eyes of men you may gain that glory, but you will have no glory or reward from God. Therefore it is up to you to decide which is more important.

Baruch, the scribe of the prophet Jeremiah apparently sought glory for himself, perhaps because of his service to Jeremiah, even as the armies of Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar were battering down the gates of Jerusalem. The Lord instructed Jeremiah to say to him;

JEREMIAH 45:4-5

4 Thus shalt thou say unto him, The LORD saith thus; Behold, [that] which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.

5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek [them] not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

God rewarded Baruch for his faithful service to God and Jeremiah, by telling him that after the destruction of Jerusalem, his life would be spared, and his life would be safe wherever he went for the rest of his days.



THIS IS TOTAL WAR!

Satan does not fight fair, and he never will. He will strike at any area he is able to, be it finances, loved ones, job, health, etc. And he uses very real weapons. You must be willing to put everything, including your life on the line for Jesus in the spiritual warfare ministry, because Satan will petition God to take everything from you, or will destroy what he can and seek to poison the rest. And he may even seek to take your life. History is rife with martyrs who have given their lives for the Lord as the final test of their faith.

As Jesus Himself said;

Luke 14:28-33

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish [it], all that behold [it] begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.



If you feel called to enter this ministry, count the cost before you accept! For as Jesus also said;

Luke 9:57-62

57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain [man] said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air [have] nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay [his] head.

59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Once you set your hand to this ministry, there is to be no turning back. If you do, read verse 62 again! Jesus wants total dedication, not half-hearted service!

KNOW THE ARMOR OF GOD!

You must also understand completely the uses of the parts of the armor of God! It is not only a spiritual armor, it can also be a physical armor against physical attacks. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Armor of God, please see the study on the subject in the Spiritual Warfare section this Web site, and read Ephesians 6:10-17. All Christians should be aware of this armor, and use it daily, but those called to be spiritual warriors need to know it intimately. It may very well save your life!

THIS IS NOT A GAME!

Having demons obey your commands is ego-building to be sure, but it also breeds arrogance and pride, and God will sometimes allow Satan to humble you as a result. Remember, pride goes before a fall. And remember Jesus' words on the subject, when the 70 men he'd commissioned to preach the Gospel returned;

Luke 10:17-20

17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.



SOME OF US MAY VERY WELL LOSE OUR LIVES IN THE FIGHT.

Satan is a ruthless, merciless enemy, and will seek the lives of all that God will let him have. As I have said, history is rife with Christians who have given their lives for Jesus as a testimony before God and man that Jesus was more important to them than life itself.

An example is the recent tragic incident on April 20, 1999 when two killers went through Columbine High School in Colorado shooting their classmates, leaving 15 people dead, including one teacher. Witnesses said that they specifically targeted "jocks", minorities.... and Christians, several of which were murdered.

Satan hates spiritual warriors, because they have been chosen and called by God to fight directly against him and his demons. And as such, they are targeted for his wrath. And those called to this ministry WILL suffer in their service to Jesus. But God allows us to suffer as His Son did, that we might receive praise and glory from Him for persevering through trials, as the test of our faith to Him.

Sadly enough, I don't know how many times I have come into a Christian Internet chat room, and have seen Christians vehemently attacking Satanists who happened to show up, shouting that they are going to Hell, calling them names, etc. And what is worse, the Satanists were conducting themselves better in the chat rooms than the Christians!

Granted, if they do not repent, they will indeed go to Hell, but attacking the person is NOT the way to get them to repent, nor is it the way to preach the Gospel to them! Preaching the Gospel to them is the best way to reach them, as it weakens Satan's power in their lives!

Remember! Our war isn't with flesh and blood!

Ephesians 6:12

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

Granted also, there are some Satanists who come into Christian chat rooms just to cause trouble. But again, attacking them is not the answer. Preach the Gospel to them! They need to hear the Gospel, as chances are very good they have never heard the Gospel before, or if they have, they have received it from "Christians" who were poor examples of what true Christians should be. And besides, how do you know that God didn't bring them to the chat room to hear the Gospel? Remember, Jesus died for their sins too.

This is where we are called to be different. If we can show them true Christianity, they might very well give their hearts to Jesus. And even if they don't seem to respond, you have planted seeds in them that may very well sprout later to salvation.

Too many of them see the televangelists with their packaged and polished productions, slick promotions and show business, always begging for money as they wear $1,000 suits and arrive at the studio in limousines, and believe that is what all Christians are like.

How many of them know that Jesus was so humble that the only possessions He had were the clothes on His back, and even those were taken from Him at the cross? How many of them know that Jesus never begged for money, and never solicited money for blessings or prayers like televangelists do? No wonder non-believers are so cynical of Christianity!

BE PREPARED TO BE ATTACKED BY FELLOW CHRISTIANS!

You will be labeled as a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and worse. Many Christians, including pastors, are asleep and vehemently object to having their slumber disturbed. Satan doesn't want their slumber disturbed either! A sleeping Christian is no threat to him.

ABOVE ALL, DON'T GET DISCOURAGED!

If people resist you and your preaching, don't give up! Keep doing what God says for you to do, until He says to stop. You never know when you might break through, and bring that person to Christ. And even if you never see them again afterward, you have done what God wanted you to do, and your obedience will be rewarded.

When I was in the Navy, I had preached for several years to a guy who had a drinking problem. It was so bad, that a number of times I had to send him home as he was too drunk to work. He was finally transferred away, and I figured I'd never see him again.

I was working at a software store 10 years later, when this man came in, saw me and shouted, "Gene! Praise God!" right in front of everyone in the store. I was stunned! This was the same man I had preached to for all of that time. And while I didn't think he'd been listening, he told me that my preaching to him had finally broken through years later, and he'd given his life to Jesus. Truly God fulfilled the words He'd spoken to the prophet Isaiah, when He said;

Isaiah 55:10-11

10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.



BOTTOM LINE

If God has called you into a particular ministry, be diligent to fulfill what he has assigned for you to do, and do not seek a ministry He has not given to you because it seems more exciting than what you have been assigned. God does not view any one ministry as being more important than another, and we should arm ourselves with the same mind. In God's eyes, it is how obedient you are to Him that will be judged and rewarded. You may sow seeds, and another may reap the harvest, but that doesn't make you any less in God's eyes. You will also reap the harvest that others have sown. And besides, it doesn't matter WHO reaps the harvest, it matters that souls are won for Jesus.

Just as a soldier likes artillery support hammering the enemy when he is preparing to go to battle, a spiritual warrior likes to know that he or she is backed by prayer warriors, people who are mighty in prayer before the Lord, who "back up" the spiritual warrior. This is a vital and often unappreciated ministry, and while it may seem to lack the glamor of the spiritual warrior position, a true spiritual warrior knows and appreciates the value of this powerful ministry.

And remember, the battles we wage are against Satan and his demons, not against the people who blindly follow him. Jesus died for their sins, just as He did with ours.

And never, ever consider a person to be unworthy of salvation! That is not for us to judge! For if we do so, we place ourselves in the place of God who alone is capable of judging this.

Time is becoming extremely short. The One World Government is almost in place, and World War III is coming soon. We must be diligent to do the work the Lord has set out for us to do while there is still time.

And may the Lord Jesus fill our hearts with diligence and willingness to work before this comes to pass! And may He be forever exalted and glorified in the work of His servants!

In Christ Jesus,

Watchmen

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