By Muoka Lazarus
Joel 3:9-10 says: “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.”
Brethren, the undisputable fact every Christian in this generation should be familiar with is that there is an ongoing war between the kingdom of darkness with the followers of the devil on one side and the kingdom of God with the followers of Christ on the other side.
The devil started it in heaven and was defeated and flushed out of heaven into the earth. His fall-ing into the earth didn’t preclude the execution of the war for as soon as he found himself on earth he continued the battle against anything that stands for God. And this battle is still ongoing.
No one who proclaims Christ-ianity should be ignorant of this battle, the reason being that, once you close your eyes to it, the enemy will assume you have surrendered and then will take undue advant-age over you and treat you as a defeated foe. That is why the Scripture says: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walk-eth about, seeking whom he may devour:” (I Peter 5:8).
Beloved, we are exhorted to be vigilant and watchful over all we do in thoughts, words, and actions so that we do not compromise our position on the ongoing war and thus displease God. We should un-derstand that the devil is a foe, an accuser, one that seeks all advant-ages against us and who will do all possible mischief to destroy us. He is the restless adversary who adds terror to his cruelty while dealing with us as it goes about seeking what soul he may devour.
It grieves him to find souls aspir-ing to be in heaven; he will never relent until he sees that that soul is plunged into the same cond-emnation and misery with himself.
That is why God has commiss-ioned us to resist the rampage of the enemy through spreading the gospel to all ears, which is our plowshare that is put in our hand for such purpose. All these wars waged by Satan to this effect is nothing but to destroy our pre-cious souls. And we are admon-ished to know that the only way to overcome him is not by yielding to him but by preaching the Word.
The basic weapon of this war is the Word that proceeds from the mouth. Our heavenly Father created the world by the word of His mouth (Genesis 1:1-3); Satan on the other hand used the word of his mouth to deceive the first man and woman by twisting negatively the divine information (Genesis 3:1-6).
And, since he successfully used the power of the tongue to deceive our forefathers, he has not relented in using it to fight the Kingdom of God and the Children of God. He holds the dissemination of wrong informat-ion as his only effective weapon to defeat the world, and many are ignorant of this strategy. So, the war going on is the war of good versus bad news.
Devil has corrupted the whole world with this weapon of bad news. He knows the effect of bad news and thus has captured the media, like Radio, Television, Newspapers and has advanced to computer and internet using captivating influence of some platforms like Facebook, Chat room, YouTube, Instagram, snap-shot and other social media to po-llute the whole world and win followers. Many people have be-come victims of this negative in-fluence of these media including those who lay claim to being born again Christians.
As they become obsessed with corruption being dished out by the media, they by extension turn out to be Satan’s prisoners of war (POW) or captives. The younger generation who is expected to lift the mantle of morality and values is now under the threat of satanic influences cum falsehood. And this can be witnessed by the level of moral decadence in the society today vis-à-vis cultism, marriage of same gender, lesbianism, homosexual, assassination and etc.
Many nations have fallen victims of the effect of negative media and are now ruled by the followers of Satan. That is why our Lord Jesus Christ mandated all Christians to preach the good news in season and out of season for this is the only way to fight the devil and win the battle. Born again Christians should stand up now and live up to expectation to let the world see the light and escape from the imminent danger associated with darkness.
Mark 16:15 says: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
If we are to overcome the devil we must spread the good news. If we must stop violent crime, poli-tical thuggery, corruption, abort-ion, homosexuality, human tra-fficking, lesbianism, stealing and everything about moral decaden-ce etc, we must spread the good news, for our plowshare is the word of God. The gospel is the only news that changes life and cleanses man from sin and above all, brings him to everlasting bliss at the end of this life.
Our Master, Jesus Christ has handed us the weapon which we can use to secure victory against satanic battle in all our endeavours and that is the good news of the king-dom, and there lies our righteous-ness, faith, power, miracles and blessings. So every Christian should wake up to the ongoing war, arm himself with the gospel and spread the good news of salvation, mercy, forgiveness, miracles, signs and wonders.
Go ye therefore for all powers have been bestowed upon you, the world has been placed under your control. Although you may be weak, but God who is sending you is strong and will neither leave nor forsake you. Although you may encounter many troubles and dangers, yet He will defend you. Although the task may look as im-possibility but with Him nothing is impossible. Your duty is to go to all nations and make them dis-ciples.
Matthew 28:18-19 says: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
The whole design of our comm-ission is to teach godly moral value to the citizens of the world. This gracious commission is the foundation of the authority best-owed on us to turn the world to God and through it win the moral war. The doctrine of the gospel far transcend the wisdom of earth’s most renowned sages; and they are destined to work such a glorious change in the condition of man, as never entered the heart of any philosopher.