Recently I watched an AIM2go promo video on Asia a friend sent me, which greatly inspired this blog post today. The video gave information that there are approximately 3.5 billion people in the continent of Asia, being the largest populated continent in all the world with only twenty-one UPCI missionaries appointed. Meaning that each missionary is responsible for approximately one hundred and sixty six million people. Not just people, but souls crying out for a God they do not know. If that doesn’t prick one’s heart, I’m afraid they may need to redirect their attention to what our mission is as the church.
Many nations like Asia are ruled by dark forces of false doctrine. Where they worship many gods and graven images. Many of these religions don’t believe in a heaven or hell, but in recarnation. They believe you just have to be a good person, and you will reap good karma. Their gods doesn’t have eyes that see their tears or ears that hear their cries. Yet, many times a day they go up into temples to worship what they think are images or forms of God. However in reality they are faces of demons.
“”You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 26:1 ESV)
This breaks my heart to know people are so hungry for God yet they can’t find him through their idol worship and traditions, and the ones who try to reach out for Christianity are greatly punished. While here in America we have the freedom to be christians, and still so many reject Christ. Our preachers have to beg us to pray to a living God, while the Hindu, Buddhist, and Islam pray for hours a day to statues. Yet, many of us can’t even give an hour, God have mercy on us!
My heart is burdened for these countries who need a chance to hear the gospel of Christ, but also for my own country who has turned their back on their first love. Regardless, we as the church are commanded by God to compel them, which means forcefully tell them that the kingdom of God is at hand. “A person cannot get anymore lost than they already are,” according to Sis. Vesta Mangun. So we must not hold back the truth from them, of course all things must be done and said in love.
So as I’m pondering on these thoughts God begins to speak into my spirit, that in order to reach certain people in certain cities. We must seek out what spirits have hindered their acceptance to receiving the gospel. What prince of darkness rules that city your trying to reach? We must know the answer in order for us to pray correctly. Wether it’s in a foreign country, or in a United States territory. There is a prince of darkness ruling over it. A stronghold that must be destroyed by the anointing of God. It may be a strong spirit of addiction, or hatred. In foreign nations, its spirits of false doctrine, sacrificing unto devils, and confusion. Either way we can defeat it by warfare prayers and fasting.
A few years ago I read a book titled, ” Revival in Mexico,” written by a missionary. The missionary explained how he began to study the foundation of Mexico, to uncover what ancient spirits he was up against. The Aztec Indians once dominated the Mexico territory, and they built temples to sun gods, and practiced horrific human sacrificing. Over time the territory had been conquered and their temples torn down. The catholic religion was adopted, and their churches built over the old temples. The missionary explained that the same ancient spirits still remained and ruled, and they was only masked.
“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14 ESV)
We are not a threat to the enemy by just going to church or knowing scriptures. These spirits have been around for centuries, and they aren’t going to give up easily. If we are going to fight powers of darkness, we better start tapping into the supreme higher power, Jesus Christ. The devil better know your name!
“But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?”” (Acts 19:15 ESV)
Why am I writing this? We as the church have a responsibility to tell the nations that there is only one true God, that he is alive, and has eyes that see! If we don’t tell them, who will? How will they be saved? Where will they find hope? We have the answer! How often do we keep it to ourselves?
I am guilty of this at times, and afraid of what they’ll say if I invite them to church. Guilty of being just to busy, and not having time to stop and speak to people. Far to concerned with my own life that I never stop to pray for the nations. Until days like today when God whispers, ” Have you forgotten my people?” “How can you call yourself my servant and sit idly by as my people are falling into false doctrine and atheism?” They are wondering around as lost sheep without a shepherd.
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36 ESV)
Not everyone is called to be a foreign missionary, but we are all called to be missionaries. We are all called to preach the gospel, it just may not be behind a pulpit. Some of us are called to preach in the streets, in bad neighborhoods, schools, in the grocery store, and by patient’s bedsides. No matter where your called, just preach the word! Who will tell them? Who will go?