As we have been through a very tumultuous few months with the COVID-19 crisis and the most emotionally draining election of my time, we may wonder how we are ever going to get things going in a right direction. With COVID, many ask how much of what we continue to see is really accurate and how much has been embellished to pander to specific political advantages. With the election, we are still without a decision as report after report of voter fraud is coming to the forefront. Let us not forget the media and their role in all that has taken place over the past 9 months. The media has shaped the culture of our nation to a large degree because the media has controlled the narrative that most people hear. We are in a seemingly desperate situation in our nation and we may even wonder if we can ever return to the land of the free and the home of the brave that we have enjoyed for 2 plus centuries.
Evil is unabashed or brazen in our nation. We have people celebrating immorality, the murdering of innocent lives in the womb and lifestyles of perversion. Any opposing view is considered narrow or hate filled, and the Word of God related to these issues is classified as irrelevant for the day. This has not happened overnight. Little by little the enemy has been slipping into our nation through the influence of the media, arts and entertainment, education, family, government, business and yes, even the church. The enemy began to take over the language of our nation and the one who controls the language influences the culture. I am reminded of Nehemiah when he returned to Jerusalem after being in Babylon for a period of time and discovered that the people of Judah had married the women of Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. (Neh 13:23-24). Nehemiah reported “… half their children spoke the language of Ashdod or of some other people and could not speak the language of Judah at all.” This is where we are today. So many who are supposed to be children of God can no longer speak the language of God. The world has so infiltrated the church that we do not think or speak the language of God any longer. The younger generations are leaving the church at record rates. For many, church has become nothing more than a social event of the week. The Ekklesia that Jesus speaks of in Mt. 16:18 is a rarity and finds itself in opposition to an alternative man-made organization that we call church. This alternative is powerless to bring transformation and change. It has all the forms of religion, but no power and Paul warns us of this as he told Timothy to “stay away from these people” (2 Tim 3:5).
As I read tonight in 2 Chronicles 14:9-15, I see a story of the righteous King Asa. The king of Ethiopia has come against the King of Judah with 1,000,000 men and 300 chariots. King Asa musters his army together and is obviously no match for the Ethiopian army and their technology. But King Asa calls on God, “2 Chronicles 14:11 (NLT) — 11 Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!”
Sometimes we feel powerless against the massive army of evil that we face every day. We may ask ourselves if we will every see righteousness in our land. Will we ever see the name of the Lord God revered as He deserves? Will we ever see our children speak the language of God again? It may seem like we are battling a thousand thousands with the evil around us, but we must do what King Asa did and that is we must call on the Lord our God. We may look at the condition of our nation and feel like we are the powerless few against the mighty evil that has swept through our land and taken residence in our government, schools, churches and media. But not so!
2 Chronicles 14:12–13 (NLT) — 12 So the LORD defeated the Ethiopians in the presence of Asa and the army of Judah, and the enemy fled. 13 Asa and his army pursued them as far as Gerar, and so many Ethiopians fell that they were unable to rally. They were destroyed by the LORD and his army, and the army of Judah carried off a vast amount of plunder.
When God brings the victory, the enemy is unable to rally again and the plunder of the enemy is transferred to the hands of the people of God. The enemy has a lot of plunder that needs to be recovered in our nation. The enemy has the plunder of children sold into sex trafficking. The enemy has the plunder of innocent lives in the womb who may be destroyed if deemed “inconvenient” to the mother. The enemy has the plunder of the minds of our children in schools who are being indoctrinated into a perverted sense of family. The enemy has the plunder of millions sold into the bondage of addiction. This plunder needs to be recovered by the armies of the living God in the earth today and this happens once the enemy is destroyed by God and His Army.
We focus on our God and His Word! We focus on His promise to heal our land if we return to Him (2 Chron 7:14). It is through His name and His power that every enemy and evil of our land is defeated!
Psalm 44:4-8 TPT
4 You are my God, my King! It’s now time to decree majesties for Jacob!
5 Through your glorious name and your awesome power we can push through to any victory and defeat every enemy.
6 For I will not trust in the weapons of the world; I know they will never save me.
7 Only you will be our Savior from all our enemies. All those who hate us you have brought to shame.
8 So now I constantly boast in you. I can never thank you enough!