THIS IS WAR! Part 2 XJHS TIPFHRFR !!! Communicate . . . or Die!

Doing Today . . . GOD’S Way!
Weekly Bible Study Series by Cindy Lynne

XJHS TIPFHRFR !!! Communicate . . . or Die!

Sir! . . . YES, SIR!

Our observable Commander in Chief in the United States of America is the president. He has the final say in physical battles, whether we agree with him or not. The Secretary of Defense, operating within the boundaries set by the president, is in charge of designing and implementing our entire nation’s defense system. He sends out generals to survey and make battle plans.

Our spiritual, and the only true, Commander in Chief is God, Almighty, Ruler of heaven and earth. He has the final say in every battle, whether we agree with Him or not. The Holy Spirit, operating as one and in complete agreement with God, is in charge, if we allow Him, as He moves in our lives. He draws, convicts and calls us to holiness and prayer. He gives wisdom and understanding, help and comfort as the strategy for battle, that was ordered before time began, is implemented. He sends out angels in answer to our prayers

I entered into a discussion one afternoon, about how our country is protected, with a former United States Marine Corp Staff Sergeant. As a field radio operator – his job was communications. If, when sending a message, the signal goes across the air, I asked, “Couldn’t the enemy just tap into every existing radio frequency, identify the one we are using and be able to hear what we are saying”? He explained that there are some proprietary channels that can only be accessed by the United States (unless or until the enemy breaks the code). Each message is then immediately scrambled as it is initially sent out. It travels across the radio waves and is then unscrambled on the other end when it reaches its destination. This all takes place in a matter of seconds. In order for an enemy to intercept and capture our plans, they would have to somehow identify which of the intensely guarded frequencies was being used at that particular moment. They would then have to unscramble the message on both ends, all within just a few seconds. This, though possible, is highly improbable and rare. Even a spy in the camp would be a more likely cause for a message to be captured and supplied to enemy forces.

I considered the comparison between physical and spiritual war . . .

Maybe this is what our communication with God is like . . . at the deepest level. Maybe this is why it is sometimes difficult to understand what it is God wants us to do. I have so often, impatiently, wondered and wished that God would just tell me what He wanted me to do . . . in plain English. Drop a sign down from heaven. Send me a note. Speak it out loud, clearly and specifically. I was certain I would obey. But, as I considered the possible similarities and implications between our military’s communication in a war zone and the pain and struggles of this life. I concluded that there is much more to our communication in the spirit than I had ever seen before. Much, much more than meets the eye itself. I’m beginning to see that being alive constitutes being in a war. A war we can’t see. A war we often are unaware of. A war we try to ignore . . . but nevertheless, war. It is a war we are actively engaged in every moment

Perhaps we must be prepared for battle in ways similar to a soldier. Maybe, before we are sent to active duty on the front lines, we must have already come to understand and know how to use the weapons. We must have already practiced until it is second nature. We must have already learned “blind” obedience. Maybe we can’t be allowed to move aggressively forward in efforts to advance the Lord’s kingdom until we have become savvy in the use of spiritual information and weaponry. Maybe it is especially important that we know how to communicate so we will not be a liability on the battlefield. Too much is at risk for that. Souls are at stake. Maybe God has to keep some of us in assignments, close to home base even though we feel a desire to do “more.” Maybe we ignore his efforts to draw us to engage in full preparation . . . because it’s difficult. It is at times confusing. We have to let go of some of our hopes, plans, dreams and even what we have deemed our responsibilities in order to have the time and energy it takes to train. Hummmm . . . .

Perhaps, if we are to do great battle with the enemy, we must first learn to use the protected channels of communication. We must learn how to operate the radio. We must guard and protect the strategies. We must be able to understand how to scramble an outgoing message and unscramble an incoming message. Maybe, the Lord is training us to wait on Him and how to operate in and respond according to approved and safe communication protocol. Perhaps, there we will remain until we are able to hear His still, small voice as He speaks to us. Remain until we are able to understand His orders and decipher the plans; plans that are to be exercised at just the right moment in time, in just the right way so that they are effective and safely implemented. Plans known only to Him until He is able to reveal them to trusted and trained spiritual military personnel.

Maybe we are to learn to praise out loud and pray against the enemy . . . but to submit in silence and wait before taking even one step in any direction for His specific instruction. Maybe only when we learn to abide in His presence are we able to learn how to discern His voice from the enemy’s voice . . . from the voice of a spy sent in to trap and ensnare and destroy from the inside. Perhaps, we are to learn to keep that information to ourselves so the enemy can not use it against us or use it to injure one of God’s children . . . or wound or kill many. Perhaps we are to learn silence and listening and waiting.

Regardless of whether we agree with or support the wars our country engages in, we, are constantly engaged in a great spiritual battle with Satan; a battle for our very souls and the souls of many others. Satan’s goals mirror that of an enemy with which we would be engaged in physical combat. Death, destruction, conquest and victory. In both cases the enemy wants to take over. One wants wealth, the land and its people; the other desires our heart, our being . . . our very soul. Both seek control. Consequently, communication is essential and its nature, critical.

Prayer, being the main source of transmitting information out, is much more than a simple avenue through which we “throw” thoughts to God. It is multi-faceted and will go as deep as we will go. Part of prayer is to communicate with the One we love. It is undeniably crucial and usually inherent in a love relationship. Without it love withers and often dies. With it love flourishes. Our love for our Lord opens the door to His heart whereby He hears and responds to our prayers. When we are in danger, God, in His love for us seeks full and complete communion and we must be able to understand each other.

War is comprised of specific situations and conditions where precise exchanges of information are required. In battle, without proper communication skills . . . loss and death is also suffered. Without them we are defenseless. Just like a physical army needs to be able to call for back up or call in an air strike, we need to be able to call in support from heaven. Without effective communication, neither physical nor spiritual soldiers are able to call for medics or get direction in order to avoid being set up and/or vulnerable to an attack. There is no way to know it is time to wait or when the time has come to MOVE. We need to know when immediate movement will have a great influence on the direction of the battle or save lives! We need to know when to be extremely quiet and still . . . and wait.

Communication is vital as we go in to rescue those the enemy has taken captive. Without clear transmission in the physical realm, search and rescue missions could not be conducted safely and successfully. Where are they holding captives? What type facility are they holding them in? How many people do they have? How many enemy forces are present? What weapons are obvious? What is the final escape route? In the spiritual realm, we need to be led to souls who are lost. We ask for those Satan has captured and carried away to be restored. We ask for the Holy Spirit to draw them and soften their hearts and minds. We ask for the Holy Spirit to use us . . . to speak through us . . . to reveal our own hearts and to teach us what we need to know in order to do battle in the kingdom force . . . and rescue the captives. We both need answers; Who do we take with us into the region? What supplies should we carry? What is the exact moment we should begin move forward? What is the route in and when? When should we wait? When should we leave it for the next troops who are better armed?

Communication is vital as we prepare the land for troops to invade enemy territory, be it physical or spiritual.

Via communication, angels come to our aid like emergency support troops. Often, being on the alert, they are already intervening on our behalf, protecting us, preparing and clearing the path in front of us; they at other times come specifically in answer to our prayers. Prayer is urgent and prayer must be continual. For in it lies our strength. As we begin to understand our dependence and total inability to overcome the enemy on our own and become weaker in and of ourselves; we grow mighty to do battle in the manner that really counts. As we lean on God and His power to overcome the enemy in our own lives, in the lives of others and in the greatest battle of all time . . . we become as giants . . . as mighty men and women of war. Though I never wanted to be in any war, let alone be a mighty person of war . . . I have come to see that we are all in it by default, if not by choice. We are on one side or the other. We are either a liability or an asset; weak or strong; a general or a grunt. We all fight. I choose to fight to win. To rescue the captive. To bind up the wounded. To go in and get those who belong to the Lord and bring them safely out.

So how do we keep the communication lines open and clear? How do we maintain them and make sure they are consistently operational? The answer: By continual praise and worship; By being thankful in all things; By counting our blessings; By spending time praying and listening. By abiding (tarrying, remaining in the presence of) in the Lord; By being still. By learning to hear His voice. Confession and fasting make the channels clear sounding and free of static so we are able to discern and understand the directives. These are the proprietary communication air waves through which we communicate with our commander; channels that the enemy, the destroyer – Satan – does not have access to.

As the enemy assails and tries to intercept our messages, we must be able to discern the difference between voices, in case of enemy infiltration. We must know the word of God. We must be able to be silent and listen. Sometimes we are to keep completely quiet and tell no one what we’ve been told. Sometimes we are to lay low, and wait until the order comes to advance. When it comes, we must be able to hear and understand what our orders are. We must maintain continual efforts to circumvent the enemy as he tries to cut off communication with our commanding officer. I have to be able to hear over the noise. In physical combat, I have to be able to hear over planes and bombing and yelling and gunshots. In spiritual combat I have to be able to hear over demands and responsibilities, entertainment, opinions and Satan’s lies.

When God is telling us what our next step is to be . . . it is critical that we be able to hear Him.

As we talk to and hear from our Commander, perhaps communication is scrambled as we send it out, first using song and words of praise and worship. Satan is confused and turns away as he tries to figure out how it is our hearts still long for God, in the face of the temporal pleasures he has shown us. He doesn’t understand the worship we extend even through times of great pain and sorrow. He is blocked as He tries to enter the camp because as we resist him – he flees. Our communication to our Father then travels in nano seconds . . . or should I say arrives before we even speak it . . . through our own proprietary channels and is unscrambled as it reaches heaven. The Holy Spirit, intercedes on our behalf, clarifying what it is we are requesting and need, when we don’t even know exactly what words to speak. We are somehow represented, transported along with our petitions and requests to the very foot of the throne of God . . . the greatest ruler and the final eternal victor . . . and there, our part in the plan for the devil’s defeat is given to us.

If we try (as we so often do by not praying, waiting, abiding and learning to hear, but rather by jumping into action of our own design) to do battle in our effort; we will fail; be injured or injure others; loose those we are trying to rescue and perhaps even be killed. We are only able to see a minute piece of what is happening on a grand scale . . . only what is immediately surrounding us. Only the Commander and the General is able to see the full picture and coordinate critical efforts between everyone for victory.

Maybe, just maybe . . . we are not ready to be promoted to the intense battle zone. Maybe . . . that is what is reflected in our mundane, justified day to day activities. Maybe, when and if the enemy wages a full scale attack on our lives we will not know how to escape or rescue anyone . . . because we haven’t learned how to immediately and effectively communicate with our Commander in Chief. We haven’t set up the radio and the receiving equipment; we haven’t learned what air waves to use or how to send scrambled messages or to interpret the messages He will send. Perhaps we haven’t learned how to hear over the noise and/or haven’t kept the lines open and working. We won’t know how to call in support. Maybe . . . it’s bigger than we can see . . . .

Oh . . . Let us learn . . . quickly now . . . for many are dying. And . . . You or I or your children, spouse, brothers or sisters . . . may be next. Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord, open them, I pray . . . so that we may hear you.
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(Eph. three versions . . .)

Eph. 6:18 . . . This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. (NCV)

Eph.6:10-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each others spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (MSG)

Eph 6:10-18 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). (Amplified Version)

2 Kings 7:14-17 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (NKJ)

Romans 8:26-27 In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we don’t know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words. All of our thoughts are known to God. He can understand what is in the mind of the Spirit, as the Spirit prays for God’s people. (Contemporary English Version)

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me. (NKJ)

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Prayer:

Dear Lord,
YOU are my Commander in Chief. You are Holy and perfect. In you, and you alone, will I trust my life, my soul and the lives and souls of those I love. For you alone will I fight, for you are mighty and strong. Your power and wisdom and insight is like none other. You alone understand. You alone see the perfect plan, the perfect strategy. You alone, in three persons, have already won the victory. I will stand for you. I will fight for you. I am in you and of you and because of you. You have set before me a path, a race, a perfect plan. Walk beside me, Lord. Walk behind me and let me hear your voice say “This is the way, walk ye in it.” Where you lead I will follow . . . only let me hear you. Spread you wings and protect me. Hide me beneath your shelter as I wait for your direction . . . for your answers. Show me and teach me how to listen, how to pray and how to hear with ears that understand. Teach me to wait before I make a single move for your clear and specific direction . . . for if I fail to that I know there is danger. Protect others from my faulty steps. Go in and rescue them via another plan, Lord. I pray for them and I ask you to make me stronger, wiser, more alert to your voice. Protect me from the voice of the enemy. Show me if there is anything I have not confessed. Bring it to my mind. Let me hear you so that the channels of communication will be clear . . . so that I can discern your voice from the voice of the enemy. Walk with me into this war, this day, this moment. Bring victory in my life and in every battle. Blessed be your name – Oh King of Kings. My Ruler, my Commander . . . My Lord. In Jesus Name, I lay my life before your throne. Amen.

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Practical Application:

Our application for this week is going to be spent in self reflection . . .

1. How much time do you spend with the Lord each day? _____________________

2. During that time . . . what are you spending specific, individual, concerted with God time doing and how much on each?
Reading the Bible________ Listening to the Word on TV or Radio ________
Meditating on His Word _______ Studying with a book of some kind ________ Praising/Worshipping God_______ Thanking God _______
Confessing Sin ________ Fasting _______
Asking Him to Reveal Your Own Heart ________
Intercession for Other People or Situations ________
Asking God for Things You Want ________
Being Still and Listening for His Responses or Direction _______
Do you discuss EVERYTHING with Him BEFORE you take one small step ____

3. When talking with God: Are you hurried ______ Distracted ______
Patient ______ Reflective ______ Honest _______ Open_______

4. Do you talk with Him, also (not instead of) throughout the day? ________

5. Do you talk with Him about every single thing? ________

6. Do you wait until You know exactly what He would have you do before you do it? ______

7. What do you need to adjust in your communication with God in order to be able to be close to Him, hear Him more clearly and be ready for every situation and battle? ____________________________________________________________
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