I want to share with you the first chapter from my newest book, Facing the Enemy. I hope it will stir you to get a copy! Not only is it a relevant message for God’s people today, but I believe it will strengthen you personally! And don’t forget to register at the bottom of this blog for your chance to win a copy!
Chess is a lot like my life,” she said through an interpreter. “If you make smart moves, you can stay away from danger; but you know any bad decision could be your last.” Phiona Mutesi was an unpredictable 14-year-old from the slums of Katwe, Uganda, who learned the game of chess at an early age and surprised everyone with her gut instincts to play like a pro.
If you’re not familiar with this game of strategy, then you may not understand the method in which it’s played. Each opponent has 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two knights, two rooks, two bishops, and eight pawns. But what makes this game mesmerizing is the fact that none of the six pieces move the same. Each of them is governed by specific rules as to how it can maneuver across the board, which is why Phiona Mutesi said, “Chess is a lot like my life…” One wrong move changes everything.
As Christians, it is imperative we have a strategic understanding of Heaven’s perspective of the kingdom of light versus the kingdom of darkness because our world is much like Phiona’s chess board. Every move, every decision, every act of obedience has an outcome that determines our victory or defeat.
Our Place in the World
In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus poured out His heart in prayer to the Father before heading to the cross. Repeatedly, He mentioned the world and our place in it. “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority overall flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him… I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word… I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those Whom You have given Me, for they are Yours… I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” (John 17:1-2, 6, 9, 14-15).
It’s interesting to define the word “world” in these passages because it has multiple meanings. In the original Greek, the word is kosmos, which means order, regular disposition and arrangement. Of course, it can also mean the order of the universe or can be used as a reference to our earth in general, what the Bible calls “the abode of man.” But specifically, throughout the Scriptures, the word kosmos, or “world”, describes the present order of things that have only a temporary existence. It is the seat of all cares, temptations, and irregular desires. It is also symbolic of the men of this world who are subject to Satan.
In one of his final letters written to Christians, John said, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19). Another translation says, “We know [positively] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] is under the power of the evil one” (AMP). So consider this, if we are not of this world (this present order of things that have only a temporary existence) as Jesus insinuated in His prayer to God, then we, as Christians, are operating Behind Enemy Lines. ….
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