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Have you been raided?


Painting by Adolf Northern (1828-1876)

Painting by Adolf Northern (1828-1876)

Greg Gordon has operated sermonindex.net for 14 years. He also has a YouTube channel with over 5,000 sermons that people have viewed over 35 million times. Thousands of these sermons are embedded in websites around the world.

He was shocked to find out that YouTube had recently shutdown his channel for violating community standards and specifically cited “deceptive practices.” Gordon had no idea what they were talking about, but obviously someone had complained.

Though YouTube eventually restored the service, Gordon believes the shutdown was an attack of the enemy. In an article on Charisma News Gordon said:

“I started to consider this a direct attack from the enemy. That same night, I fainted and fell and ended up at the ER. This has never happened to me with a flu or sickness. We have curried the prayer support of thousands of prayer (warriors.)”

There is an interesting verse in the Gospels where Jesus talks about violent people raiding the Kingdom of God.

The problem started when King Herod was visiting his brother Philip and became smitten by his wife Herodias. Apparently it was mutual. Herod divorced his wife and Herodias divorced Philip and the two married.

John the Baptist publicly condemned this marriage. Herodias feeling threatened convinced Herod to arrest John.

Speaking of the arrest, Jesus said:

12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding (harpazo) it. (Matthew 11:12 NIV)

The Greek word ‘harpazo’ means to plunder, to carry off — literally it describes a raiding party, where invaders seize people and valuables and cart them off into captivity.

The enemy has similar plans to attack us. He wants to harass, distract and wear you down. He wants to take people and ministries into captivity. Satan wants us to be more concerned about defending our territory than claiming new territory for the Kingdom of God.

John the Baptist was a prisoner of war in a spiritual battle.

But John’s story doesn’t stop there.

21 A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee; (Mark 6:21 NASV)

The Greek word ‘eukairou’ translated strategic day in the NASV refers to an opportune time — a strategic time.

Strategic means it was pre-planned. This was not a spur of the moment thing. Now that she had convinced Herod to arrest John, Herodias was now plotting to get rid of the prophet permanently.

With Herod’s birthday looming Herodias would have her daughter perform a sensual dance in front of Herod and his generals. And if she pleased them, Herod might reward her daughter. If that happened, Herodias would demand the head of John the Baptist.

Have no doubt demonic forces were at work behind the scenes planning this strategic attack and they pulled it off exactly as planned.

As believers we are part of God’s kingdom, and Satan similarly plots attacks against us. He is probing our defenses looking for opportunity to strike.

What are we supposed to do if Satan has raided us?

The same Greek word for ‘strategic time’ appears again, but in a much different passage.

16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (karios). (Hebrew 4:16 NASV)

This time the Greek word is used to describe a time of need — but again means an opportune and strategic time. When we are under attack, we need to come into God’s throne room demanding help.

Demanding is a strong word. But how else can you interpret the Greek word confidence (parrhesia). It means fearlessly, unreservedly, speaking freely and frankly.

We must absolutely respect and fear God, but the Lord also wants people who understand their position as as a child of God (Galatians 3:26). You have rights that others don’t have.

I remember reading a story about England’s King George V. War was brewing in Europe and he called a meeting of some of the country’s high-ranking officials and generals.

When you visit the king, you can only enter his presence when announced. You must stand until asked to be seated. You can only speak if spoken too. You can’t turn your back on the King. The rules and protocols are endless.

During this important meeting, one general recalled the moment when one of the King’s children burst into the room because his toy had broken. He didn’t need someone to usher him in. He didn’t have to wait to be spoken too.

The child knew he had special rights that none of the generals in the room had and the boy took advantage of it.

The generals stood in silence while the King fixed the toy.

This is what it means to come boldly into the throne room of grace. This is what you do when invaders attack.

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1 Comment

  1. Henry says

    Thank you for your insight to this verse. I have approached this as a pacifist. \When we are under attack, we need to come into God’s throne room demanding help.

    16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (karios). (Hebrew 4:16 NASV)

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