Yesterday, I began a series of blog posts about the Kingdom War, not world war, in which we live. The reality of this Kingdom conflict surfaces many times in the Revelation of Scripture. Paul tells the church in Colossae, “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” (Col. 1:13) Here Paul is speaking of what has happened to those who have become believers. They have been transferred from belonging to one kingdom to belonging to another.
When Christ began preaching in the Scriptures, His message was, “The Kingdom of God has come near.” In fact, Jesus told us in Matt. 6:33, we are to make it our primary focus to “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” In what we call the Lord’s prayer Jesus taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come.”
The truth is there is only one rightful King. All of creation has always been the sole possession of God. But there is a usurper. Satan has ruled over the world order ever since Eden. In the end of history as we know it, satan and his fallen angels are to be cast into the lake of fire where they will suffer eternally. In the meantime, we live in the reality of conflict between the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom of darkness.
We often speak of “spiritual warfare”, but very few Christians in the western church live their daily lives as though it is a real conflict. To fail to recognize the significance of “Being strong in the Lord, and the strength of His might,” is to lose the battle by forfeit.
Perhaps there is no greater picture in scripture than the book of Joshua. Israel came to the edge of Canaan, and God said to them, “I am giving you this land.” In spite of the fact that the battle was to be the Lord’s, Israel still had to go and fight. In a similar manner, our victory has already been won by Christ, but we still have to fight. Over the next few days, I hope to shed some light on the nature of this conflict. To prepare you, let me simply say, it is a battle fought in the prayer closet. So the secret to our living a victorious life will begin by learning the importance that we “Pray, pray, pray, and then pray some more.”