Given current events, it is obvious we are in for a long stretch of war this coming year. But, this will not be a war of political parties as much as a war of spiritual powers in the high places of our nation. It is a war of values, principles, and spiritual realities that can only be discerned and understood by the Spirit. It is a war that will test our faith, stretch our perseverance, and challenge our unity.
Once someone sees the demonic principalities at work behind the scenes, it isn’t difficult to diagnose the problem. One would have to be almost blind to miss the demonic forces influencing the impeachment proceedings that have been fueled by the rebellion and insurrection of some troubled minds. The twisted tales and poisonous accusations against this president is tangible. For those who see by the Spirit, it is as if watching “This Present Darkness” in 3D technicolor.
The challenge comes when we try to treat the problem. Without qualified leadership, clarity of vision, and a unified front, our proclamations and decrees will yield little fruit long-term. We must begin looking further down the road and consider how we might maintain the victory we are praying for and steward the land God wants to give us. We must see these battles as foundational to our future as the Body of Christ and not just some temporary reprieve for our national government.
The unfortunate reality is that most people don’t take ownership in government affairs until it gets personal. It’s only when we start losing our free speech, our guns, and our children’s future’s that we begin to sit up and take notice. It’s only when the legislation that is being passed behind closed doors comes to our own front doors, that we start to realize we need to pay attention and get involved.
Yes, we must pray. Yes, we must stand in the gap and start speaking up about these issues that are core to our faith and critical to our witness. But, we must also begin thinking about our own responsibility in leading the way to reformation and transformation. We, the rising Ekklesia of God, are the ones who are supposed to be demonstrating godly rule, modeling healthy relationships, and yielding tangible results that would cause the world to come to us for answers. This nation is in desperate need of some good leadership, and God’s people are supposed to be at the forefront.
It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” (Isaiah 2:2-3 ESV)
Heaven is inviting us this year to establish a place of leadership from this mountain that will cause all other mountains to surrender to the presence and power of Almighty God, especially the mountain of government. It is only from the Mountain of the Lord that legitimate authority is granted and righteous rule is rendered. It is only from this place of prayer, worship, and communion with the Spirit that the Church will have the clarity, unity, and power to defeat the principalities that war against the purposes of God. It is only from this place that we can speak with ONE VOICE to a world in chaos.
What does this mean? How do we get there? We must COME UP HIGHER in order to overcome our human understandings, personal perspectives, and divisive differences. We must SPIRITUALLY DISCERN the motives of men and the agendas of devils. We must AGREE ON THE ESSENTIALS of our faith in order to advance in formation. And we must SPEAK UP concerning the issues facing our culture. When we learn to nurture this spiritual reality it will yield tangible results. It is from the Mountain of the Lord where the fellowship of the Spirit can mold our hearts together as one and empower us with supernatural insight and foresight to confront the schemes of hell.
What we are fighting for is much bigger than a president and much stronger than a political party. We are fighting for is a Truth that is eternal and a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. I pray we are faithful in our commission and learn to rule from this Mountain that no other power can challenge and no principality can defeat.
This year I am praying that pastors would rise up to champion the cause on behalf of those they lead. I am praying that the doubters and haters would have a revelation of the Spirit to see what their flesh denies. I am praying that those in the high offices of our land would encounter the fear of the Lord to keep their walk and talk in check. And I am praying that we would consider our cause much larger than just an election, but a legacy worth fighting for.