WARFARE!! November 2, 2014Posted by Gavin Porter in Additional Thoughts.
Tags: mind, power of words, revelation, Spiritual warfare, strongholds, truth, worldview
A few years ago I was reading, but not understanding, the book of Revelation. Being confused and entangled in all the different interpretations and opinions about this book, I boldly explained to the Lord that If He would teach me the correct meaning of this book, I will teach it to the whole world. I spent hours reading, rereading and speaking to the Lord. Then God spoke. He showed me a picture, a vision of two armies fighting for position.
I could see it clearly. The soldiers were dressed in dirty grey uniforms on the one side, while on the other they were clothed in blue. The air was blotted with smoke. Everywhere soldiers were fighting in close combat. Rifles blazed and bayonets ripped through the grey and blue uniforms. As soon as one army drove the other back and gained ground, the victorious army would erect a flag. Quickly, they would arrange themselves to protect the flag. More and more soldiers stood around the flag, rifles and bayonets facing outwards…
“Lord, what are you saying to me?”
“This is your mind.”
Then I understood. The dirty grey soldiers represented the Army of Lies, while the soldiers in blue represented the Army of Truth. Whenever I received a thought or an idea, no matter what it was, it joined one of the two armies. Any type of information that enters my mind is automatically screened by my existing worldview. Many thoughts are immediately rejected, whether they are truth or lies. On the other hand, certain thoughts are accepted, whether they are truth or lies. These thoughts are unknowingly recruited into one or the other army.
For example: If a boy hears his father saying: “You’re stupid! You’ll never amount to anything!” and he accepts that thought, it will be recruited to the Army of Lies. It is a lie, but he received it and believed it as though it is truth. When a school teacher then says something similar to the boy, the Army of lies is reinforced. Eventually, a flag is raised and a stronghold is established in his mind: he believes that he will never amount to anything. Not every word has the same effect. An insult from a stranger will not carry the same weight as even a casual comment from someone in authority like a parent, a teacher or a pastor. A pastor or teacher who is in a position of authority, but misinterprets Scripture, even if he means well, will be propagating doctrine that reinforces the Army of Lies.
Sometimes entire families, groups of people or even cultures are held captive by the Army of Lies. Unbiblical doctrine, false religions, fatalistic poverty mentalities, racism, superiority and inferiority complexes are all strategies used by the Army of Lies. These strongholds and high places must be destroyed.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
In order to bring these strongholds down, it is not possible to just command them from the outside to fall. Our weapons are mighty, but they are designed to cast down imaginations and to bring into captivity every thought. These are the weapons of the Word and the Spirit, weapons of truth designed to work internally, strengthening and reinforcing the Army of Truth. As the spoken word of God pierces the heart and the mind, legions of truth soldiers reinforce the Army of Truth. The Army of Truth defeats the army of Lies and strongholds are brought down. It is this intimate knowing of the truth that sets us free.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Our task is not just to pray for those in bondage to lies. Jesus sent us to proclaim the good news. Teaching the nations, discipling the people and renewing their minds. Building relationships, learning their language, and coming close enough to them so that we can share the truth, will turn them from darkness to light.
What does all of this have to do with the book of Revelation?
Maybe a lot more than you think, but I’ll explain that at a later time.