Five years ago I was serving as the BCM Director at UAM. I served 8 years there under the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. During the latter part of 2000, we experienced a marked sense of apathy, complacency, and a general sense of “something’s wrong.” As our SALT Team (the student leadership team) began to recognize that it was widespread among our campus ministry, we began to pray.
Out of that time of desperate intercession and prayer, I created the following “Weevil Warfare” list of verses to meditate on and pray through, as well as their accompanying principles. If you are currently experiencing a loss of love for Christ when there has before been intimacy and surrender, I strongly encourage you to reflect on the following. Who knows? These 5 year-old thoughts may be extremely helpful for you in combatting the powers and strongholds erected by this sinful world and its master.
Weevil Warfare 2000
1. We have an enemy who has devised a plan against our campus.
2 Corinthians 2.11 …in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
Ephesians 6.11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
2. Can we wait 21 days for a breakthrough?
Daniel 9.23 As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision:
Daniel 10.12-13 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”
3. A lack of faith leads to a lack of prayer.
Matthew 17.19-20 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Mark 9.28-29 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
Luke 9.40-41 I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not. “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”
4. Don’t get discouraged; keep praying.
Luke 18.1-8 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.'”
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!'” And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?'”
5. What is YOUR condition?
John 12.40 He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn – and I would heal them.
2 Corinthians 4.4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
6. Be bold; do not be afraid.
John 12.42-43 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
2 Timothy 1.7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
7. Get ready; speak up.
1 Peter 3.15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
8. Put down your peacetime possessions and take up wartime weapons.
2 Corinthians 6.7 …in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left…
2 Corinthians 10.4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
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