I’m reminded of the subtlety of war as we vacation on the beautiful island of Maui in the Hawaii Islands.
Just 116 miles away, on the island of O’ahu, the surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor took place on the morning of December 7, 1941. The Battle of Pearl Harbor cost over 2,400 people their lives and launched World War II.
I’ve been aware of the intense spiritual warfare that’s surrounded me since my arrival here in Maui. It’s been difficult but I know The Holy Spirit has been directing me. You’d think that in such a beautiful place you wouldn’t experience an attack but it’s when you least expect it that he will surprise you. That’s why the scripture says to “be sober, be vigilant”.
I Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”
The enemy does not care who he uses and how he does it. His objective is clear. He will do what he has to in an effort to distract, move, or detour you from God’s plan. You are not the focus; you are just collateral in the enemy’s wake of destruction, much like all of the innocent lives lost at Pearl Harbor.
Japan intended the attack as a preventive action to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet (based then in the Territory of Hawaii) from interfering with military actions that were planned in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. The Territory of Hawaii was just collateral damage.
Like Japan, your adversary’s intention is preventive. He wants to keep you from advancing the Kingdom for Our Father. He plans to prevent you from interfering, praying, waring, and interceding on behalf of your family, friends and those you are called to pray for and cover. He does not care how he does it or who he uses. He comes to kill, steal and destroy.
But you need not be afraid, even when he tries to launch a surprise attack he will fail. He’s already failed, just like the surprise attack on Pear Harbor failed the Japanese. They may have cause injuries and my have even taken some lives but they did not win the war. Your responsible to the Kingdom is to renew and protect your mind, to be prepared at all times “even on vacation”.
Renew Your Mind:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)
Protect Your Mind:
“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:11-18 (KJV)
My family and friends, don’t be surprised. World War II has ended but your war, your fight for the Kingdom is never ending; be sober, be vigilant.
May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose.