“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast — terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.”
– Daniel 7:7
It’s safe to say that the world’s way is beastly. Ever since humanity fell into sin, the forces of darkness have been raging to orchestrate chaos and stir up violence. Throughout all of history, kingdoms have risen against each other and war has been commonplace. Of course, behind every mass movement of anarchy, disorder, or crime stands Satan — the Beast himself. It was his image that Daniel saw in the vision recorded in Daniel 7, wherein he took the form of four brutal monsters, each representing a worldly government under the sway of evil. And while the ancient civilizations embodied by these creatures have come and gone, even now, nations and peoples continue to fall under the influence of demonic spirits. Since the beginning, the enemy has been wreaking havoc through earthly powers, and more than ever, he is stirring up confusion and disorder in an effort to divide and conquer. Though it’s not a pleasant topic to discuss, as believers, it’s important to be aware of his schemes, because we have a call to action — to fight against the world’s system by battling in prayer!
My friend, as a soldier in Christ’s army, you’ve been given authority over the pervasion of darkness. Though the war around is raging, you have everything you need to fight it. As you put on the helmet of salvation, take up the shield of faith and wield the sword of the Spirit, you can extinguish all the fiery darts of the devil. Even better, as you stand firm against his schemes, you’ll inherit a peace that transcends understanding and become a beacon of wisdom and truth for others who are worn and weary.
Jesus, use my faith to fight against the world’s system, and make me a beacon of hope for people.
Have you put on the full armor of God today? If not, take a moment to read Ephesians 6:13-17 as a reminder.
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.