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"This Day We Fight!"

by Francis Frangipane
Jul 8, 2004

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July 8, 2004: Come away with Me. For years I have gone to this "secret place" to be alone with the Lord. It is a special and holy place to me. I could go on and on about its beauty and serenity. For instance, today, as I sit here, the temperature is well over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. But because of the shade and continuous wind, it is most comfortable to my skin and soul. My eyes feast on the view as my ears capture restful breezes. Right in front of my picnic table, where I have sat many times and watched the birds and squirrels in different seasons of the year, there is a giant cottonwood tree (a poplar tree having seeds with cottony hairs, often cultivated in the USA for its rapid growth and luxuriant foliage). This tree is massive, with a diameter or at lease five feet. Its shade is enormous. But the tree itself has many scars and amputations. And yet it has withstood the test of time. It reminds me the tree in Psalm 1:3, Ezekiel 47:12 and Revelation 22:2. Come away with Me.

Ezekiel 47:12 "And by the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing."

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Note by Steve Shultz:

 

In this excellent article (Francis is one of my favorite writers and deepest thinkers. He hears clearly I believe, from the Lord), Francis quotes some lines from Lord of the Rings. I want to say that we are aware many Believers love Lord of the Rings, while other Believers don't like Lord of the Rings. We are taking no stand, for or against this story/movie Francis quotes. I just want to say that the quote Francis uses from Lord of the Rings makes a most exquisite point for the message he is delivering and so we are happy to leave the quote in. Just look at it as an analogy from a very popular story--that makes a "bring-it-home" point about not giving up---but rather, FIGHTING.

Enjoy!

Steve Shultz
THE ELIJAH LIST

P.S. We are including some of Francis' most sought-out books. We only carry his best---oh, and that's about all he has written (the best)!

 



 

"This Day We Fight!"
by Francis Frangipane
Web: http://www.frangipane.org/

Email: comments@frangipane.org

 

It is time to throw off oppression and passivity and stand for your nation. I don't think I'm preaching to the choir when I write this, either. We are facing one of the most important and difficult conflicts since WWII, yet too many Christians are passively sitting on the sidelines. You see, there is a passive spirit that has attached itself to the soul of many in the church.

For many, a subtle malaise has increasingly settled, like a blanket, upon their devotional life. Yes, they remained heartsick about escalating terror in the world, but their voice of intercession has quietly diminished. Indeed, they were outraged that judges in the United States and other nations have sought to legalize gay unions, but their outrage has faded into a shrug of the shoulders and a sigh.

During the last two messages (The Strength in the Bronze Bow and Breaking the Bondage of a Passive Spirit), we discussed using Christ's authority and receiving from the Lord an anointing for spiritual warfare. We considered that David did not just defeat his enemies, he "pursued" them "until they were consumed" (Ps 18:37). As a young man, while others trembled, David was ready and eager to face Goliath. However, once he killed the Philistine, he cut off the giant's head and took it to Jerusalem. David probably held the head of Goliath up before the Jebusites, who still ruled Jerusalem. As God empowered him against the giant, so in time he would drive out the Jebusites as well. David is a powerful example of a man after God's heart, who possessed no tolerance for evil.

 

A Passive Spirit Immobilizes the Will

But this study about David also provides an example for us of what happens to good people when a passive spirit immobilizes their will. For there was an occasion when David did not pursue his enemies. In fact, he allowed a passive spirit to subdue his will.

"Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem." 2 Samuel 11:1


David stayed at rest during a time of war. The king accepted a passive spirit into his soul. Soon, we find this great warrior king almost helpless to resist the unfolding spiritual attack.

"Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance." 2 Samuel 11:2

The woman was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. From the moment David accepted the influence of that passive spirit, his resistance was weakened; a paralysis of conscience occurred. The scripture says, "when evening came David arose from his bed." Perhaps it was a custom to rest in the afternoon, but it strikes me as inconsistent for David to nap while his men fought. It is possible that this nap was not a response to a bodily need, but an expression of the slumber that gripped his soul. He was in bed until "evening."

This heaviness of soul resting on David was actually part of a larger, synchronized spiritual attack. The other part of that battle was the quiet, inner prompting that moved Bathsheba to bathe in a place where David could see her. Finally, unable to resist, and in defiance of all his noble characteristics, David "sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her" (2 Sam 11:4).

Dear friend, remember, this terrible moral failure was not initiated by David's lust or flagrant rebellion to God; a passive spirit introduced David to his sin. The problem was simply that, in a time when the kings went forth to war, David stayed at home.


In Our World and Times

Beloved, we are in a time of war. The Spirit of God is calling us to fight for our families, cities, and nations. Indeed, God's word reveals that, "The LORD will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies" (Isaiah 42:13).

Is that fight in you? Is there a war cry in your spirit? If you are born again, that cry is within you, even if it's been muted by the lethargy of the passive spirit. You will never succeed as an overcomer without carrying in your spirit the war cry of God. We must embrace the call to prayer, to do spiritual warfare, and we must fight with all the weapons of our warfare for the sake of our children and the future of our nation.

On the one hand, this war is personal. The moment you accept a passive spirit, count on the fact that a temptation appropriate to your weakness is also just around the corner. It may not be Bathsheba; it may just be pornography on the Internet, but you will find yourself wrapped up in something that can devastate you and your loved ones. (It's called the World Wide Web and many are they that Satan entangles in sin). It may be a co-worker who suddenly looks attractive; or it might be just giving in to a bitter hardening of your heart.

On the other hand, the battle is also international. Let me spell it out: There is a radical element in Islam that has launched, what they call the "Third Great Jihad." (The first jihad came during the life of Mohammed; the second during the Ottoman Empire.) Leading this current Jihad is Osama Bin Laden. His goal, together with all radical followers of Wahhabism (a radical branch of Islam), is to drive the West from Islamic nations, replace secular heads of state in Islamic nations with religious leaders, possess the oil wealth of the Middle East, destroy Israel, and obtain nuclear (and other) weapons of mass destruction. They are willing to die for what they believe and will stop at nothing to obtain fulfillment of their dream. According to US government reports, worldwide there are approximately 20 million Wahhabi Muslims. Not all are terrorists, but all have been indoctrinated to hate the West, to hate Israel, and to be willing to die for their cause.
(See http://kyl.senate.gov/legis_center/subdocs/sc062603_alexiev.pdf)
 

 

The Lord Gives a Garment of Praise for the Spirit of Heaviness

While Islamic terrorists plot to infiltrate and conquer the non-Muslim world around them, there is another conflict being advanced from within society itself: it is a war over the moral standards of each nation. This is very serious and we need to pray and exercise spiritual authority over the regions where God has us.

You say, "I want to pray, but there is an oppression on me." You might be fighting a spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61:3 says the Lord gives us, "the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness" (KJV). The NAS renders this enemy "a spirit of fainting." Whether we call this evil a spirit of heaviness, fainting, or passivity, it is what keeps people from exercising their spiritual strengths. Indeed, it often sits on your upper chest, seeking to smother your spiritual energy and initiatives.

This spirit gains access to our lives through a number of means. Disappointment with loved ones will open us to this spirit. Or, it might infiltrate our souls if we repeatedly sin in a particular area. It is also an associate companion to condemnation and fear. Whatever the door through which it enters, you need to repent for any sin and then forcefully and vocally renounce it. This is not a time to pray quietly, but boldly and with your eyes open.

I hear the argument, "I can't pray with my eyes open." That is not true. You have often prayed with your eyes open when you drive. The point is that this passive spirit seeks to trap you inside yourself.

To conquer this enemy we first must submit our hearts to God. Forgive and release all areas of disappointment with people or discouragement with yourself. Renounce living with condemnation and fear. Do all this out loud as well. Since God gives you the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, aggressively recall the many blessings of God in your life. Put on that garment of praise. Pray with me:

In Jesus' name, I submit to Jesus Christ, my Redeemer King and I command this spirit of heaviness and passivity to depart from me. I also pray for it to leave my loved ones and any members of my church it has targeted as well.

The Real Battle

The conflict before our generation is no less threatening than Nazism and Soviet Imperialism. Radical Islam is a demonic power that seeks world domination. We cannot lose the war against terrorism or morality. We must not open to fear or unbelief, for we were born to fight and win the battles of our times.

Again the argument arises, "I was taught that life is supposed to only grow more evil until Christ returns." Yes, such a day will come, but we must not assume that it has arrived. In every age God requires we walk as overcomers. The very fact that there are nations today that are experiencing great harvests and breakthroughs reminds us there is still time for our nations.

One of our readers sent us the following excerpt from Aragon, king of Gondor, in The Return of the King. The book's author, J.R.R. Tolkien, an Englishman, denies his work had anything to do with the Great War. Yet, much of his manuscript was written during the height of WWII. The book is a metaphor of all the battle each generation must face to conquer evil.

"Hopelessly outnumbered, King Aragon sought to inspire his men against what seemed like sure defeat against the swarming hordes of their hellish enemies. Riding in front of his gathered, but rather lowly army, he shouted,

"'I see in your eyes the same fear that would break the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. This day, we fight!

"...by all you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand with me, men of the West!'"


Let us also put aside our fears and the burdens of a passive spirit. Let us take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And let us war on behalf of righteousness. A day may come when the world will succumb to the forces of evil. But it is not this day. This day, we fight!


 

by Francis Frangipane
http://www.frangipane.org/

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