ARE YOU BEING PLUNDERED? (Pt.1)

Our congregation was in the midst of a wonderful worship service. We were sensing His presence among us in a very unusual way.  Suddenly! I heard in my spirit one word…”Plundered”. I knew the Lord was speaking a very specific word. I began to wonder, Why didn’t He say, “Stolen”? Or “Robbed”? But no, I heard the word “plundered”.  In that moment, I did not know what the Lord was indicating (Other than the fact that I knew He was referring to His people). This stayed before me. So during that week I began to research the word “plunder” and made this discovery. Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary,”Plunder: To pillage; to spoil; to strip; to take the goods of an enemy…. That which is taken from an enemy by force; pillage; prey; spoil.” As I prayerful pondered the meaning, I sensed the Lord speaking to my heart again saying, “My people are being plundered by the enemy because they do not realize that they are at war!”

WE ARE AT WAR

If we the people of God do not understand the nature of our conflict we will live and operate entirely different. For example, during Wartime, a nation is both galvanized and mobilized to think and act differently than in Peacetime. You are called upon as a Nation or people to make the necessary disciplines and sacrifices for the sake of your country in order to defeat the enemy and maintain your freedom. Again, if you get robbed or have something stolen in a time of peace there are laws that apply to theft or robbery in Peacetime that may not be as stringent as when that which is of value is taken by an enemy during a time of war. Things taken from you are of equal value but under different circumstances require different measures during Wartime. You’ve been plundered!  In war, the reason the enemy plunders is not merely because “he won’t get caught” but because he knows he has DEFEATED his enemy.  He therefore strips, taking the spoils or prey AT WILL.

THE AGENDA

The strategy of the enemy is your utter defeat! All the better if he can do it without having to enter into conflict simply by lulling you into a sense of false spiritual security. Our Lord Jesus has made clear what is the “agenda” of our enemy. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy”(John 10:10a NIV). That agenda has not changed. From the dawn of creation and Man’s fall in the Garden to Satan’s ultimate doom and Judgment, we must recognize that we are in mortal combat with our enemy. He comes only to steal…kill…and ultimately to bring about our destruction. He knows he cannot do it himself alone. So he gets unsuspecting, ignorant, unbelieving, carnal believers to relinquish their position of victory over to him.

STEAL, KILL, DESTROY

In what way can the enemy be allowed to “steal, kill and destroy” a believer? On a basic level, he comes to steal our joy. He knows that “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b). Joy is a spiritual weapon and is a means that lifts us when circumstances around us appear more real than our true spiritual condition. Joy builds our spiritual immune system against the spiritual viruses sent from the enemy. Joy is a manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit, springing from an obedient heart. Maintain your joy under all appearances. Again, the enemy comes on a basic level to kill our witness. Our witness and the public testimony of our faith and “the hope that lies within us”(See 1 Peter 3:15) demolishes the pretentiousness of an unbelieving world. Paul understood this and said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (Romans 1:16 NIV). Our witness is our weaponry. John wrote, “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death”(Revelation 12:11 NIV). A speaking Christian sends fear (And confusion) into the Camp of the enemy. Is it any wonder that “The Bible”,” The Commandments”,” Prayer” are being systematically opposed or challenged” in our public arenas? The true follower of Jesus knows he must show up, stand up and speak up for the cause of Jesus Christ. If not…Our silence is in fact an agreement with the agenda of the enemy. Further still, the thief comes to “destroy”. Satan hates everything and everyone who represents God and His kingdom’s advance. He knows he has but a short time and his ultimate manifest defeat and judgment is at hand. He is working at an all time fever-pitch to bring destruction upon all that represents the image of the Creator Who has declared,” Behold I make all things new”(Revelation 21:5).

A NEW ARMY

A new army is arising! They are embracing the fact that the Lord Jesus, the Captain of God’s army has stated HIS agenda (In spite of our foe). “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly”(John 10:10).  Following Jesus, His army will look and act like HIM; clothed with His armor of light and life they will stand victorious. The apostle John wrote, “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4, 5 NIV)

We are not to be plundered by the enemy. We are destined to plunder our enemy. “The spoils go to the victor”! 

(c) Copyright 2014, Walter Fletcher Jr. All rights reserved. This article may be copied free of charge provided that it is not altered from its original content. Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com.

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