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 SATAN HAS MOVED HIS BATTLEFIELD INTO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Ephesians 6:11-18

 Have you ever stopped to observe what was around you?  For most of us we are so busy trying to earn a living to support our families and life style, it makes it very hard for us to see the forest because we are always looking straight ahead into the trees.  Nevertheless, if we ever took the time to observe what was around us, we would then realize that the battlefield is wherever we are.  It does not matter if we are at our homes, school, job, library, concert hall or church, the battlefield will always be where we are.  Satan is and will always be an enemy of God.  His job is to recruit, recruit and recruit, and believe me; he does his job very well.  Satan does not discriminate on the basics of race, creed, color or national origin.  He is out to destroy God’s kingdom, and that means anyone who is a believer of God is a target of Satan.

Therefore, when we understand our purpose and mission in life, we then know that the enemy we are fighting is a very smart, cunning and a elusive devil.  His territory is very large and continues to expand every day.  So finding the battlefield for us should not be very hard as long as we are committed to staying the course and following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The battlefield for us will always be close by.  Our neighborhoods are filled with gangs, drugs, prostitution and all sorts of petty crimes.  In some major cities, people are prisons in their own homes.  They have still bars on their windows and doors.  Their homes are like a fort.  In order for them to enter in or come out, they have to struggle to unlock the bars they are locked behind.  Some people have even died in their homes from fires because they could not get out from behind the steel bars they had locked themselves behind.

Our school from all over the country, which is located in almost every neighborhood in America, has become one of the most potent battlefields in America today.  Each day more than 250,000 kids carry some type of weapon into our schools to either defend themselves or threaten someone else with them in order to show how big and bad they themselves really are.  Kids are shooting and killing other kids because the evil that the old devil has been able to penetrate into our perimeter around the battlefield we have established for ourselves.  When we stop and consider for a moment that our children are our futures, we cannot but to conclude that the enemy has brought the fight to us.

Even on our jobs, we have to worry about offending anyone, because so many people are stressed out, worrying about not making enough money to support their families. Whether or not they are going to lose their job because of out sourcing, whether or not a family member will become ill and they not have the proper medical insurance to meet their needs.  These are just a few of the many problems that we face in the work place that make people fill unstable and freak out and the next thing you know people are running to seek shelter because someone has lost it all and feel that they have to take revenge on anyone that happens to be in their way.  They come into the work place fully armed and just start to shooting at anyone that gets in their way.

It has now become harder to drive down the highway because someone feels they just do not like you, or they feel you just got in their way and you are holding them up from getting to where they are going.  Just a few months ago down in Atlanta, Ga., a driver in a small car for whatever reason got angry with a eighteen wheeler and decided to take his road rage out on the driver.  He took his gun out and shot into the sleeper of the driver’s eighteen-wheeler.  The bullet missed the driver, but hit the driver’s three-year-old son that was sleeping in the bunk at the time, killing the baby.

This to me is unacceptable in the 21st century. We must not continue to allow evil to dedicate our destiny.  We have a King that roars like a might lion who is our protector.  He does not know or accept defeat.  We must believe that we as a chosen disciple of the one living God has been given the power to change the course of our destiny by changing the way we view the people that are committing the evil crimes within our communities.  We should never forget that evil survives because we choose to let it rule over us.  We must resist it on every hand, using the power that God gives us, and believe me, we do have the power to stand up and take the fight to the enemy.  God has given us that power if we choose to use it.  All we have to do is call on him.  He said that he would never leave us or forsake us.  He will always be right there with us even until the end of time.

Standing up to the enemy may not be the way you would view your mission in this world, but if you don’t, who will?  Sometimes we have to just say no to the enemy, and do what is unpopular at the time even if our life depends on it.  If we stand up for Christ we are most certain to lose our life, but what are we living for any way.  This world is not our home; we are just passing through on our way to our eternal home.  We must be prepared to face the enemy with all our strength and might.  Then and only then will the enemy have a sense of who we are.  The enemy will always feel that he is the biggest and baldest bully in town as long as we allow him to back us down.  There comes a time in our lives when we must say no backing away or running away from a situation that I can no longer tolerate.  This enemy is threaten my family, my community, my way of life, and if I don’t do something about it right now, I will no longer have a family or community to live in, because he is taken it all away.  It is up to me to end this right here and now.

It is time to take the battle to the enemy…

As we have discovered, Satan is a very potent enemy.  His aim is to destroy our communities, our schools, our families, our churches and ultimately, God’s kingdom.  We have a choice in whether or not Satan gets his way.  We can through our hands up and walk away from everything we have work so hard to build, or we can take it to God and ask Him for help in defeating the old devil himself.  It is either our way or God’s way.  One thing we know for certain, our way is headed for failure.  However, if we take it to God and leave it in his hands, He will show us just how to take the battle to Satan and win.

Now listen to what Paul tells us about how to protect ourselves as we prepare to take the fight to the enemy.  Paul says, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly reams.  Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  (Ephesians 6:11-18)