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Fighting an Enemy Whose Time Has Come in This Present Darkness

Ephesians 6:13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand.

Brothers and Sisters read that Scripture again... let it wash over you.  I know that you know it but hear it again.  "For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand."

For this reason... what reason?  Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

To stand - having done all you can, in the end to be standing.

To Stand and Look Up
As believers surrounded by the darkness, it can be easy to forget your armor or worse to don the chains of the enemy (if you missed it, read Counter Terrorism in the Spiritual Realm).  

I used the New American Standard because I love the phrase, This Present Darkness.  I loved Peretti's classic book by the same name, it changed my life.  Faced with overwhelming obstacles the heroes in the story prayed, fought, and clung to the Lord for the victory.  We fear today that there will be no such victory....

The Watchers on the Wall are tired; hoarse from beseeching a World that no longer hears, fighting an enemy whose time has come, and tamping down a desire so fierce just to be done. All the while going about 8-5 life like tomorrow is going to matter and being afraid that it actually does.  Simultaneously realizing that we could very easily be out of here in the twinkling of an eye but knowing that for 2000 years the bride has been waiting.

To Stand
So abide in faith friends, Jesus is at the door, the trumpet of God is at the angel's lips, and the marriage supper of the Lamb is just about ready.  Maranantha.
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