Jesus died to purchase us from the domain of darkness. But the dominion of darkness is still at hand. We are in the battle, fighting to display God as He is. Right now, I am fighting by God's strength to display God as a mighty warrior. The victor of hearts.
The battle was so clearly seen yesterday. I was at a table on campus that was set up to meet people and let them know about Master Plan. There were other clubs (spiritual, service and social) set up at tables in the same area. I went down to talk with the staff of Intervarsity, to see how they were doing. (I like them-neat to have other laborers on the same harvest field that seems impossible to reach). The moment I walked up she told a girl she should talk to me... I had no idea what about. I have had bad experiences in the past with overlapping students in organizations, so I didnt know how to respond. So I responded by default, not by faith. Instead of telling this girl about who we were and what was going on on campus I told her she should go down to our table. (Oh, how my heart breaks hoping she didnt think I sluffed her off). I chatted with the sweet staff girl for a bit and then went back to my table. I looked around for where that girl was and saw that she was being led by this other girl who was the head of a cult group on campus to thier table and she began to sign up there. My heart broke. I saw her walking away so I went to go find her, but she was lost in the crowd. I could see the battle... but experienced it much more last night. I awoke by a dream of 3 demons walking confidently, arrogantly and looked exactly like the people of this cult group. They were out to take over. I had spent a lot of the day praying for this girl, and others... but God woke me up at 3am to pray some more.
I find hope in His promise "I will go before you and will level the mountains (things that would keep students from turning to Christ and getting involved with a community of believers that would push them to live wholly devoted to Him); I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. (lies about believers and about Christ that would keep them from taking initative to get involved) I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, (application of this part relating to college ministry stumped me until now. Last night I was wondering if I should go to this cult group and pursue rescuing students out of it. Students who are sucked into this group, are the treasures stuck in darkness, they are the riches stored in the secret place that no one knows of. Oh God by Your strength, enable me to enter the enemies territory and take back what is rightfully Yours.) so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name." Isa. 45:2-3