by John Barnett

Are You Getting Ready to Stand in the Evil Days Ahead?
John Barnett
Matthew 6:13b; Acts 19:19-20

Have you noticed how dark it is getting in our land these days? Sins once unspeakably bad are now badges of honor. Things God said merit endless wrath are now the goals of an entire segment of society.

How do we minister the Word of God in such dark times as these in which we live?
In Acts 19:19-20, we meet a group of people convinced that God could deliver them from the evil one. They enjoyed what may have been one of the greatest revivals in history. They also understood and heeded what God says about the unseen world of spiritual pathogens all around us every moment.

The Unseen World
In the last hundred years we have made great strides towards understanding how dangerous germs and viruses really are. We know that even the smallest breach of our protective layer of skin can become the invasion point for deadly armies of microbes; and those germs once inside the defensive walls, can multiply into million in a matter of a few hours, overwhelming our bodies with toxins and disease.
Because of that awareness, if you were walking down an alley behind the Mall and you spotted a used syringe with a razor sharp needle filthy and stained with blood, wouldn’t you be alarmed if your small child walking beside you picked it up and began poking their arm with that needle? Wouldn’t any of us stop everything and keep them from such a dangerous action? Of course we would.
We respond to these situations because we are all convinced of the devastating effects those pathogens can have if they get into our bodies. Deadly disease producing germs (as in viruses and bacteria) are what we would fear that needle might get into our child’s body--sickening them or even endangering their life.
This week I read an online bulletin from the renowned Mayo Clinic. These words reminded me of our Spiritual Warfare study we are walking through these past few weeks.

We Live in a World ...

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