“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Eph. 6:11)
Our enemies are at the doorstep my friends, they are no longer lurking in the shadows, they are no longer wearing their masks of politeness, and they no longer care if you know who they are.
The elect can be deceived, but only momentarily, and our adversary knows this, but he has, as he did in the garden of Eden, become brazen, he cares little how much of what we know as a lie we see.
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Gal. 3:27)
The Lord Jesus Christ is our armor, but I fear that most will still fear and not call upon Him for strength, but for protection. Both are good to ask for, but one trusts in His promises more than the other, for those who ask for strength are asking for it so they can fight against unrighteousness, against wickedness, against Spiritual darkness in high places. Those who pray only for protection have no desire to enter into the battle, and cannot, sadly, say with Paul, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)
The fear of pain and the death of the flesh does not behoove a man of God, death will come for all, and we should expect it at any moment, but far too many today fear that moment more than they should, and so instead of praying to be a Christian soldier, they pray for a pass, for protection instead of strength. Many who believe they are standing on the Rock are actually standing in sinking sand, and the days that are approaching will prove this to them.
The one world government is coming swiftly, the one world religion will not be far behind, obedience is the goal, and disobedience will be dealt with harshly. The Roman empire will be revived, the feet of iron mixed with clay, and the majority of people on this planet, whether before or after the Rapture I cannot say, will find themselves as those who lived in the time our Lord walked this earth, under the feet of their oppressors.
“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.” (Mark 12:17)
You are going to have to be the one that decides just how much rendering you plan to do.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2nd Cor. 6:14)
As it was when all those churches locked their doors, so it will be again, they will not obey just because it will be highly suggested, not because it will be required, but because of the penalty if they do not. And they will pray for protection, not for strength to stand in the evil day, but for protection for their flesh.
If you are going to die on your knees it should be because you are praying for strength, not for mercy from your oppressors.
“All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt. 24:8)
They have started, they will only worsen, and men will fear.
If you are praying for the Almighty to protect you, what are you desiring to be protected from? Are you not sure of His promises? Do you not trust that all that happens to you is for good? Is your life not lived for His glory? Do you not believe 2nd Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Do you dare to call the fear of your flesh persecution?
Only those who stand for the Lord Jesus Christ to the loss of all, even their lives, will be persecuted so perhaps you have nothing to worry about after all.
Only those who have been crucified with Christ can live in these days of the beginnings of sorrows while at the same time look up with the full knowledge that their redemption draws nigh.