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. Ephesians 6:12
Rich Carmichael serves on the editorial team of the Herald of His Coming, a powerful monthly newsprint magazine which has published messages on revival, prayer, repentance, holiness, and similar themes since 1941. Carmichael’s contributions include dozens of timeless articles from 1999 to the present (available online). From his Spiritual Victory through Christ:
A spiritual battle rages for our souls and the souls of all mankind… Our “adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8). The crafty serpent who, in the opening of Genesis, deceived our first parents and enticed them to sin (Gen 3:1-15), is the dragon and serpent of old in the closing chapters of Revelation, deceiving the nations and gathering them for war, until he is thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone (Rev 20:7-10; Mt 25:41).
The devil disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14), but he is full of deceit, evil and darkness (1 Jn 2:13; Acts 26:18). He is a murderer, a liar, the father of lies, and there is no truth in him (Jn 8:44). He deceives the world and blinds the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not know the Gospel of Christ (Rev 12:9; 2 Cor 4:4). He distorts the Word of God and tries to snatch the Word of God out of people’s hearts (Mt 4:6-7; 13:19).
He is the accuser of God’s people and he seeks to afflict and destroy us (Rev 12:10-11; Job 2:4-7). He tempts us, opposes us, schemes against us, and tries to take advantage of us, deceive us, ensnare us, oppress us and gain a foothold in our lives (Lk 22:31-32; Acts 5:3; 2 Cor 2:11; 11:3; Eph 4:27; 6:11, 16; 1 Th 3:5; 2:18; 1 Tim 3:6-7; 4:1; 2 Tim 2:26).
Christ’s Power over the Devil – All around us we can see evidence of the devil’s activity and impact in people’s lives. Many are living in fear, unbelief, anxiety, confusion, oppression, darkness, deception, sin, condemnation, and so forth. Perhaps you are suffering in some way because of the influence of the evil one. Or perhaps you see his impact in the life of someone to whom you are ministering. If so, the good news is that through Christ the power of the devil can be broken! “…The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 Jn 3:8). God anointed His Son with the Holy Spirit and power to do good and heal all who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). The devil was no match, is no match, and will never be any match for Jesus. “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4).
Consider the encounters in Scripture between Jesus and the devil and demonic realm. In every case, Jesus wins decisively. He overcomes the strongest of the devil’s temptations (Mt 4:1-11; Heb 4:15). He sets people free of the most severe forms of demonic possession and oppression (for example, see Mk 5:1-20). He exercises complete control over evil and authorizes others to overcome all the power of the enemy (Lk 4:36; 9:1; 10:17-19). He is fully aware of the devil’s schemes and rebukes him accordingly (Mt 16:23). He intercedes to protect His followers from the devil’s attempts to ruin their faith (Lk 22:31-32; cf. Heb 7:25). And through His death on the cross, Jesus crushes and disarms the devil, triumphing over principalities and powers, and rendering powerless the one who had the power of death! (Col 2:15; Heb 2:14). (Read the victorious conclusion HERE).
Those who pray little pose little threat to the enemy of our souls. Those who take a strong stand for Jesus and accept the intercessor’s mantel similarly face all the problems in life that others face, but even greater resistance from the enemy at every level: personal, family, work, finances, etc. We must prevail in prayer over our personal challenges so that we have the capacity to engage the principalities and powers in their sweeping assault upon the souls of our countrymen, and the soul of our nation. We can do this best by praying together with other likeminded intercessors.
Values Voter Summit –There was huge enthusiasm among the 2,700 attendees of the 10th Annual Summit as well as some memorable fireworks on the stage. But it was not just the presidential candidates who were worth taking time to hear. All of the speeches and panels were extremely informative, inspirational and motivational. The main plenary sessions were captured on video and are available for you to view online. It will be worth your time to view and hear messages from the presidential contenders in one of their premier opportunities to address VVS’s mostly conservative Christian audience.
Kim Davis (the Rowan County, KY Clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses) was presented FRC’s 2nd Annual “Cost of Discipleship Award.” Brent Bozell, Founder of Media Research Center (MRC), CNS News, and News Busters was awarded FRC’s “Vision and Leadership Award” at the Gala on Saturday night.
In addition to all of the leading presidential candidates, we heard from David and Jason Benham, Dr. Bill Bennett, Lt. Gen. William Boykin (USA, Ret.), Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.), Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, David Daleiden (Producer of the videos exposing Planned Parenthood), Erick Erickson, Brigitte Gabriel, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Aaron & Melissa Klein (Sweetcakes by Melissa), Mark Levin, Star Parker, Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. Steve Riggle (Senior Pastor, Grace Church, Houston), and many other well-known leaders in the conservative Christian movement. Please take time to listen and forward the video links to friends and family. (see ValuesVoterSummit.org; Cruz Makes Hay with Straw Poll; Cruz: Three Years in a Row; Bozell Honored)
- Pray that Christians will prepare themselves for the 2016 Primary elections and the November General Election by becoming informed. May they get involved now, while they still can, and make a difference! May believers realize that our children’s very freedom is at stake! (Dt 4:23-31; Jdg 5:16-17; Ps 110:3; Pr 6:1-11; 13:22; 24:24-30; 2 Tim 2:15a)
John Boehner Resigns – Summit attendees were greeted with the news last Friday morning of Speaker John Boehner’s resignation. Boehner will resign as speaker and as a member of Congress from Ohio at the end of October. Boehner says he is stepping down for the sake of the institution. Many are concerned about how the lame-duck Speaker will lead during the critical month ahead. The Speaker of the House is third in succession to the President, and would become President in the event the President and Vice President were both killed or incapacitated. House members are rallying to elect the next Speaker. Announced contenders include Rep’s. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), now House Majority Leader, and Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who was a candidate to replace Boehner in January. Other mentioned contenders include Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho). Some appear to be positioning themselves to replace McCarthy as Majority Leader and others, experts believe, are long shots for Speaker (see Boehner Stuns Congress; McCarthy Launches Bid; Fox Video: Resignation Announcement; Tony Perkins: Resign of the Times; Pressure Builds for Outsider; Is McConnell Next?).
- May the members of the House of Representatives select the man of God’s choosing for the next Speaker! Like all candidates for public office, may this person meet God’s standards found in Exodus 18:21. May he or she be 1) capable; 2) God-fearing; 3) devoted to truth, and 4) hate dishonest gain (covetousness)! (Ex 18:21; 1 Sam 16:1-13; 2 Sam 23:1-4; Ps 75:4-8)
Finally, the career of yet another decorated military warrior, Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, is now at risk because he did the right thing, intervening to stop the sexual abuse by an Afghan military leader of a 12 year-old boy chained to his bed in order to repeatedly rape him. American soldiers have been told to ignore what is culturally “normal” in Afghanistan. Please read about, pray for Sgt. Martland, and sign FRC’s petition. We believe Congress and the Pentagon will respond if we create enough outcry.