Every disciple of Christ and child of God is called to fight the ‘good fight of faith’. This battle is a battle between good and evil and it is only won with God’s grace – alone we cannot do anything. Each of us impacts our global condition by the choices we make and these choices impact the overall state of grace of the world.
To understand God’s Economy of Grace let’s first consider some basic economic principles.
An economy is considered to be in a state of perfect equilibrium when the supply of goods and services equals the demand for those goods and services. So long as supply and demand are equivalent, the price of those goods and services remains the same. However when demand exceeds supply the price goes up because there is a scarcity of products and services and when supply exceeds demand the price goes down as suppliers try to liquidate goods and services.
Grace is God’s blessing and favour bestowed on the world in the form of a spiritual economy that is dependent on the choices that we make. At the moment our world is in a terrible state of disequilibrium. The demand for God’s grace greatly exceeds the supply of God’s grace.
Because obtaining God’s grace requires that we be in a relationship with God that honours His Holy Will. When people turn away from God they turn away from the source of God’s grace, Jesus Christ – Saviour of the World. As sin in our world increases, the supply of God’s grace decreases and the price to humanity escalates as market economies collapse, jobs are lost, corruption and violence increase, people become more depressed, diseases and famines spread, wars increase, sexual immorality grows etc.
In God’s economy of grace there are two principle forces: love and evil.
Love is a choice that honours God and gives Him glory.
Evil is sin; it is a choice that pleases Satan and dishonours God.
The more people sin, the more the world is disconnected from God and God’s grace. If we want to increase the supply of God’s grace then we must cooperate with God’s will.
When the demand for God’s grace exceeds the supply of God’s grace we are in a state of sin and need to repent in order to access God’s grace and turn around our life and our world.
When the demand for God’s grace is equal to the supply of God’s grace we are in a ‘state of grace’ and at peace with God. Remember when demand equals supply economies are in a state of perfect equilibrium, no one suffers hunger because everyone is provided for. Similarly in order to bring the world into a perfect spiritual equilibrium, we must restore our relationship with God and obtain God’s grace.
Market economies are driven by choices and God’s spiritual economy of grace is driven by choices too. We can choose to love or we can choose to sin. Love is the result of grace. Sin is the result of man’s free will no longer being aligned with God’s Holy Will.
If we were able to see with spiritual eyes we would see that the battle between good and evil is fought with ‘angels and demons’ at our sides. If you believe in God then understand that God created angels to assist mankind in giving Him glory. Demons are angels that have fallen; they choose to fight against God as they strive to possess souls and enable them to commit the most horrific forms of evil. The principal angel that wanted to be ‘like God’ is Satan.
Satan said, “I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:14
“The great dragon was hurled down–that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” Revelation 12:9
The battle of good and evil is a battle that is fought between God (Jesus Christ) and Satan, between God’s angels and Satan’s demons and between the children of God/disciples of Jesus Christ and the children of Satan/disciples of the devil.
Spiritual warfare is a battle that aims at eliminating the root cause of evil. It is a battle that understands that there is a demonic force in the world that seduces and assists people in committing sin of every sort: abortion, rape, child abuse, prostitution, human/drug trafficking, corruption, war, terror, murder, sexual immorality etc. – the list goes on and on.
Every time someone chooses to sin or to love the economy of God’s grace is affected. The more we love and stay connected to God, honouring His Holy Will the more God blesses us and supplies us with the grace to continue to love. But the more people sin the more people are cut off from the source of God’s grace – Jesus Christ (True God, True Man). As sin increases, demons become stronger as they prevail in the spiritual battle between good and evil and the price to mankind escalates.
Let’s reflect on the risk to mankind with the ongoing threats of nuclear war.
There are growing concerns that North Korea may conduct a nuclear test in the atmosphere. To date “all six of North Korea’s nuclear tests have been underground, containing the radioactive fallout. But an atmospheric test — perhaps with a warhead shot over the Pacific on a North Korean missile, or set off from a ship or barge — would put the populations below at the mercy of the North’s accuracy and at the winds that sweep up the radioactive cloud. That is why the United States and the Soviet Union banned such tests in their first nuclear test-ban treaty, more than a half-century ago…”The DPRK would be taking a big risk — missile tests fail,” said Philip E. Coyle III, a nuclear scientist and former head of the Pentagon’s weapons testing. The live nuclear warhead could come down on a neighboring country, or if the missile blew up on the launchpad — as has been known to happen — set off the nuclear warhead in North Korea.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/world/asia/north-korea-atmospheric-nuclear-test-risks.html
As concerns of a possible nuclear war increase, let us remember the words of Our Lord Jesus.
Jesus Christ said, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:14
Jesus Christ commanded us to do this: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Matthew 5:44
Are you praying for the leader of North Korea? Are you praying for the leaders of all countries?
When we pray for someone who is persecuting or threatening us we are calling upon God’s grace and power to silence the demon responsible for the evil. When God’s grace silences the demonic force, the result is spiritual conversion and an end to violence. This is spiritual warfare. It is not fought with guns, it is fought with God’s grace and it is aimed at invisible demons that can only be stopped through the omnipotence of God.
Spiritual battles are won we do this: LOVE, REPENT, FORGIVE, TURN AWAY FROM SIN, BE CHARITABLE, THANK AND PRAISE GOD, LIFT ONE ANOTHER UP WITH KINDNESS AND MERCY, COMMIT TO JUSTICE AND PEACE AND PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
This is a warning from God:
“Circumcise yourselves to the LORD and remove the foreskins of your heart, …Or else My wrath will go forth like fire and burn with none to quench it, Because of the evil of your deeds.” Jeremiah 4:4
When we remove the foreskin of our heart’s, we can no longer be untouched by the suffering in our world! We cannot blindly ignore our responsibility to be peacemakers, to be charitable, to be merciful and just.
There is one more economical principle I want you to think about and it’s called “opportunity cost”
Opportunity cost is the price that is associated with failing to act on an opportunity. In business it typically translates into the loss of competitive advantage and profit.
From a spiritual perspective opportunity cost is the sin caused by looking the other way and failing to do what God wants us to.
God gave us a formula to bring the world back into a state of perfect equilibrium (i.e., peace and prosperity) and it requires ACTION ON OUR PART!
This is the prescription God gave us.
God said, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
God is telling us in this Scripture to trust Him. Humility commences when we bow down to God’s greatness and acknowledge our infinite need for His grace and our inability to succeed without Him. We must pray for those that are persecuting and hurting innocent people in our world, because this is how we silence the demonic force that has taken them captive and is motivating the horrific violence we are seeing in our world.
When we seek God’s face, we seek a relationship with Him, acknowledging His importance in our life. If we confess our sins and turn away from a sinful life, God will begin to shower us with His grace and that grace begins with His forgiveness and culminates with His healing upon our life.
The formula for personal transformation and global transformation is the same formula.
- We must come back to God and acknowledge our sinfulness. We must confess our sins and ask God to forgive us.
- We must pray not only for ourselves but for all souls (including our enemies) so that our world can be brought into a perfect peace with God. Remember only God’s grace restores peace in our hearts and in our world.
- We must live in a continual state of ‘spiritual discernment’ as we make the choice called LOVE. This means we must be ever mindful that we are making choices that are pleasing God. We must keep praying for God’s grace to give Him glory by being humble, charitable, merciful, forgiving and just.
If you want to help God fight the forces of evil in the world, then you must commit to being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Be baptized in Christ and He will give you a ‘new heart’ and a ‘new Spirit’.
“Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!” Ezekiel 18:31-32
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:26-27
Every day renew your consecration to Jesus Christ as you dedicate your life to Him. Jesus is our leader in the spiritual battle. Grace comes from Jesus Christ.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9
With grace comes faith and with faith comes responsibility to pursue the Holy Will of God each and every day.
Join A Peaceful Revolution in the Name of Jesus Christ, a peace movement to restore our relationship with God and silence the forces of evil in the world. We are calling all Christians to unite in prayer at the time Our Lord Jesus died for us, 3pm, each of us in our local time zones EVERY DAY! At this time remember the Passion of Our Saviour Jesus Christ and pray for all souls, especially for those most in need of God’s mercy. Pray for peace as we come together to pray for God’s grace upon all so that the demons of darkness in our world will be stopped through the omnipotence of God. Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to restore peace, changing our hearts, our lives and our world.
Holy Lord, “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you!” Job 42:2
Help us Jesus to live in accordance to Your Holy Will. Help us to repent and turn away from sin. Please stop the demonic force that is threatening nuclear destruction! Give us the courage and the zeal to proclaim Your Holy Word and to live it each and every day as we hold Your hand and live our lives with You and in You. I love You Jesus! You are my Heart’s Desire!