And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
In addition to forgiveness and salvation, Jesus came to this earth to bring division and war, to bring an end to Satan's unchallenged reign of terror--a reign that began with the fall of Adam.
Beginning with Peter, Jesus chose, trained, and equipped His first officers in an army of light I call 'The Good News Brigade.' The Good News Brigade is His church. He issued commands and marching orders prior to His temporary reassignment in Heaven.
Sadly, many within His church seem stricken with partial amnesia. They declared a truce with the enemy and decided to stay put, rather than risk the discomfort of leaving home and moving out in foreign territory.
Not only that, but many of us turn our backs on two key groups:
1. We turn away from the aliens and the unattractive--from the poor, homeless, and crippled--from the prodigals yet to meet God and from those who have forgotten Him. Instead, we choose to focus our time on brothers and sisters who look like us.
2. We turn our backs to the enemy. The mighty armor of God protects us perfectly from every direction except one: retreat. It's hard to hold the shield of faith backwards, and the breastplate of righteousness covers only our chest. Sadly, retreating hearts can still be reached by Satan's fiery darts.
Yet moving forward, Jesus gives us all authority over the enemy. When we use scripture and prayer along with God's commandments and promises, we stand in a mighty fortress (see Psalm 31:3). Demons tremble in our wake.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Jesus, The Warrior series.