An online and writing acquaintance of mine has a blog that I follow regularly and today she had a political post that sparked something spiritual in me. So instead of answering a question today, I want to spend some time talking about the cost of Spiritual Warfare. If you need a question to be answered I guess it would be this- If I get involved in the Spiritual Battle to bring revival to America again, what will it cost me?
My friend posted that during the ancient battle for Thermopylae the Persian king Xerxes called for the Spartan King Leonidas and his army to surrender their weapons. Leonidas replied, “Molon Laba” which means “Come and take them.” During the Battle for the Alamo in Texas history Santa Anna called for the surrender of the fort the response of Colonel Travis and company was similar to the Spartan’s: “Come and take it.” My friend mentions that in both cases the result was a complete loss of life. I was reading that post when I felt God whisper into my heart that to each of those groups the cost was worth it.
God is looking for people to stand in the gap for America and fight in the Spiritual Realm for a new spiritual revival in our great nation. But God never wants his people to enter the fight without considering the cost. Look at Jesus’ own words on this subject, they are found in Luke 14:25-33 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it–lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”(NKJV)
Jesus makes it plain here that we need to consider the cost of following him and furthering his mission. That is of course what disciples do. He even tells us what it will cost us–all that we have. In my role of Evangelist and End Time Revivalist I hear lots of people proclaim that they want a move of God in their community, church, state, and nation. Yet, when the enemy attacks, they run away in fear or talk about how it cost too much or is too hard to handle.
Yes it is hard to stand against an overwhelming attack, but that didn’t stop the 300 Spartan warriors or the brave freedom fighters at the Alamo. In both of these physical cases they stood till the last man lost his life. It may have seemed like they lost the war but the truth is both loses became the rallying point for greater victory. We might not know the Texan call of “Come and take it”, but we have all heard the phrase issued by Sam Huston, “Remember the Alamo,” which became the Rally Cry that brought Santa Anna defeat and Texas freedom.
Maybe you will chose to stand up and be part of the spiritual army fighting for an awakening of spiritual righteousness in America, and maybe it will cost you everything. But if your payment leads to what you want to see isn’t it worth that cost? I don’t know about those of you reading this, but for me the answer is this: I would give everything up to and including my life to see America become “One nation under God” again. That’s right; to see America return to being known as a “Christian Nation” I am willing to lay down my life. I like the Spartans of old scream in the face of the evil one. “Satan you want me to surrender my weapons and my country to you? Well all I have to say is COME AND TAKE ‘EM”