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September 11, 2008

The Hornet's Nest

I read an interesting article this morning called "The Hornet's Nest" which was about combating the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan. There are currently 19,000 US combat troops trying to secure the area, and 7,000 to 10,000 insurgents. I was looking at this from a spiritual perspective as I read. When Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser was asked "How serious is the challenge", here is his response.
As we introduced more ground troops in 2005 to 2007, we started going into places where we had not been before. There's no doubt about it--when you poke a stick inside a hornets' nest, you are going to get some hornets coming out. We still see that today: activity is rising. We are going in and are able to find, locate, capture, kill or cause to flee insurgents of a variety of different groups in this Taliban syndicate.
I would like to see the church do this. We need to press into areas where the enemy has control and is hiding, entrenched, and trying to wait out the God's plan for deliverance and freedom. The enemy is hiding in marriages, and families, lurking in strongholds, seeking to steal, kill, and destroy. True Christ followers need to get involved in those areas. We need to be full of the Holy Spirit and take Jesus into those lives and poke a stick in there and expose it by shining light on it. We need to stand in the armor of God and let the enemy get stirred up if he wants, but he cannot stand against Kingdom minded people who know how to effectively use the key of the Kingdom to bind and loose. If the US troops are to be successful, they will need to rout out the enemy wherever he may be hiding. We need to do the same spiritually. If we want to truly set people free, we need to go in and chase the enemy out and setup God's authority of the Kingdom. The gates of Hell will no prevail against Jesus Christ and those who stand in His name.