God’s Search and Rescue Team
What do you think of when you hear the term “spiritual warfare?” Do you imagine Buffy the Vampire Slayer using martial arts to injure and maim evil spirits? Or do you picture Elisha praying that God would open his servant’s eyes?
Many people think of deliverance as a synonym for spiritual warfare and then visualize a scene from The Exorcist. They draw back in fear when they think of casting demons out, afraid of what they don’t understand.
This spiritual battle often takes place in the mind and the enemy attacks us and attempts
“The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. (2 Corinthians 10:4 AMP).”
to get us to rely on our own strength to defeat his evil lies. But we know that Mark 16:17 says “In my name shall they cast out devils.” In whose name? Jesus’ name, of course!
If you were bullied as a child, you may know what it feels like to stand up to the bully when your big brother stands behind you. That fear-mongering scoundrel backs down really fast when he’s no longer the big guy, doesn’t he? Well, fighting spiritual battles are the same
thing. An evil that is taunting you and trying to fill your head with his lies dances around in front of you until your Big Brother shows up. And then the evil one flees.
“O Lord, open his eyes so he can see (2nd Kings 6:17)! ”
When Elisha was living in the city of Dothan with his servant, an enemy king’s army came to surround him and capture Elisha so he could no longer counsel the king of Israel. When the servant got up in the morning, there was the king of Aram’s army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. In a panic, he asked his master, “What shall we do??”
What Elisha did NOT do is run, nor hide, nor attempt to negotiate with the enemy. Instead, in complete confidence, he simply prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he can see (2nd Kings 6:17)! ” And immediately the servant saw the LORD’s army standing on the hills. Can you imagine what that must have looked like? Michael, the archangel, standing with the LORD’s army in full battle array. Elisha was right when he said, “Those who are with us are greater than those who are against us (2nd Kings 6:16).”
The Lord’s army is there to do battle. So what are you to do? Don’t you have some part in this great battle, too?
Why, yes, you do! Your job is to be chaplain to the troops who have been fighting the battle. You bring God’s light and word into the fray and deliver lost souls to God. You speak the words of light and heal and cleanse every warrior who cries out in distress. You walk around behind enemy lines, delivering the prisoners of war held there by the enemy’s tactics. But you are not walking alone! God is there with you, to lead His children into freedom, and because God is there with you, there is nothing the enemy can do to stop you.
Once He opens the eyes of those held captive, they can see that what appeared to be their defeat was actually the very thing that led them to victory.
Our relationship with our Lord must be so intimate that we know where He’s going and what He’s doing so we can be part of His heavenly search and rescue team.
Let God do the fighting. Because “greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world (1st John 4:4)!”