Restraining the Powers  of Darkness

Restraining the Powers
of Darkness

For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, [but it is] restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way. (2 Thessalonians 2:7 AMP)

Right now, God is marshaling His forces. Just as a nation would marshal its military forces to prepare for a possible war, He is assembling His spiritual army on the earth.

He is reminding every one of us as saints of the Lord that we are called to be soldiers for Him. He is commanding us in the body of Christ to be strong in His might, to put on the whole armor of God, and take our stand against the wiles of the Devil—not only in our own lives and families, but in our cities, in our nations, and in the world.

Although He loves each of us dearly and enjoys blessing us, the Lord of Hosts has more for us to do than sit comfortably in His spiritual pastures, feeding on His goodness. He needs for us to rise up now and fight His foes; to use the strength and revelation we’ve been given to take spiritual territory and expand the kingdom of God.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the details of day-to-day living, we forget that’s what we as believers are here to do. We get busy taking the kids to soccer practice and grocery shopping and going to work every day, and we lose sight of our true purpose. We start acting like we’re on the earth just so we can have a nice, happy life.

But we have a much higher calling. As members of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, you and I are called to resist and restrain the powers of darkness in the earth. We are equipped by God to restrain what the New Testament refers to as “the mystery of lawlessness” that is at work in the world. It’s our job to hold back Satan’s forces until the time of the rapture comes and Jesus returns.

So load your weapons, soldier. Take your place in God’s army of prayer.

Scripture Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:1–7

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  1. Glory to God! Hallelujah!!! Glory Glory Glory
    This is how I want to wake up!!! This email, the post yesterday, the reminding reality, that this is wartime! I thank God for you, Lynne Hammond! You have always been right on God’s heartbeat in this earth! Hallelujah!
    Glory to God!!!!

  2. It has been “go” time, “up to it” to get done God’s plan and purposed assignment.
    Wake up time is long past.
    Thank You Father, Thank you!
    Sirens, spiritual sirens are activated!

  3. c est glorieux ! j adore cette veritee.


  4. Yes Yes Yes!! Our Daddy is waking us up to our true calling! As the sister said ahead of me Spiritual Sirens calling the body of Jesus into action. Nations still have to be reached and it is more than just living for our own selves! Thank you sister Lynn!

  5. Amen and Thank you we also are answering the call “stay abiding in our place and the violent take it by force” The enemy is a defeated foe!

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