War? What War?

1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Yahweh, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 And Yahweh said to Satan, “Yahweh rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, Yahweh who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand delivered from the fire?” Zechariah 3:1-2 (LSB) 

Earlier this week I was browsing videos on YouTube from sources that I am subscribed to. One of the Pastors I follow is Jack Hibbs who is Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, Ca. He is very solid.  So, I was surprised when I found another guy I follow post something about Jack. The post was about Jack being invited to be the guest chaplain at the U.S. Congress to open their session with prayer. I opened the video and watched it. Jack had to submit his prayer to Congress for their approval before he could actually physically stand in front of them on the podium and pray. They approved his prayer and he actually did pray it. I was utterly amazed because he held nothing back….

He asked for forgiveness from God for the leadership of this country departing from following God and His ways. He asked for God to be merciful for this country as we walked in repentance. Well you get the idea. The pushback against Jack and those who “allowed” him to pray that prayer has been severe. I am not surprised about that, but I am so glad we still have good Christian leaders like Jack who are not afraid of offending those who hate what is good while loving what is evil. I have listened to many of Jack’s sermons and he fully understands that we are in a war. What sort of war is this?

First let us take a look at Satan, our enemy. Who is he? Should we fear him? Satan is not God nor is equal with God in any way for he was created.

You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. (Ezekiel 28:13,15 ESV)   View article →