When we think of “war”, we usually picture battlefields and conflicts between nations. Spiritual warfare involves kingdom battles as well. We are either on God’s side or on Satan’s. To be on God’s side, you must be a Christian (having accepted the free gift of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone). If you haven’t taken that step, even if you are “morally good”, you are automatically on Satan’s team.
The apostle Paul (originally named Saul) was one of the greatest persecutors of the fledgling Christian church. He was a “Jew’s Jew”, a Rabbi, a follower of the Law… and a member of Satan’s team. He had a spectacular encounter with God on the road to Damascus where Jesus revealed Himself, speaking to Paul after He’d already gone to heaven, causing Paul to switch teams.
‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles— to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ Acts 26:14-18 (ESV)
Paul’s commission was to reach both Jews and Gentiles and get them to change teams by having their sins forgiven. Paul had to take that step as well. He had to go from persecutor to persecuted. But for Paul, as for us, faith in Christ Jesus brings eternal rewards.
So what happens to us when we come to faith in Christ?
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14 (ESV)
God transfers us from Satan’s team to His team when we place our faith in Jesus. We lived in darkness (even if we followed the bright glittery lifestyle that Satan promises us) and now our spiritual eyes have been opened and we are in the light of the kingdom of Jesus.
If you haven’t yet transferred to God’s team, now is the time. Today is the day. Ask Jesus into your heart. There’s no “magic prayer” that will get you into heaven. Just speak sincerely to Jesus and tell Him you have sinned (done stuff wrong). Tell Him you want to repent (change your ways) and allow Jesus to be the Lord of your life. Ask Him to forgive your sins and tell Him you are placing your faith in Him. Once you’ve done that – go tell! Tell a pastor, tell me, tell friends.
On THURSDAY we will take about our spiritual condition before we switched teams. Yikes! I will only post twice a week for the remainder of the year, except next week – Thanksgiving already – when I will post only once.
See you soon.