How Recent Civil Unrest Reveals the Enemy’s Ultimate Strategy—And What Believers Can Do About It

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Rightful protests in Minneapolis quickly turned violent, then looting started, then gunshots. Protests quickly moved across the United States and around the globe like a grass fire.

In seven days, events went from demanding justice for the horrific murder of George Floyd to violence around the world. It’s as if there is a national and global strategy to accomplish all of this.

There is. A one-word strategy: Chaos.

As the protest swept the nation, a pallet of bricks mysteriously appeared on a street corner in Dallas this weekend. There was no construction anywhere to be seen. The pallet was not there last week.

I have concluded that there is a very a simple strategy to bring the forces of hell against humanity: Use legitimate circumstances to create chaos. That’s it. Once chaos enters the situation, the evil, sinful nature of man is guaranteed to be set loose. Without law and order bringing boundaries to sinful nature you have chaos, riots, looting.

Scripture talks about this chaos in Ephesians 2:2b (NIV): “the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”

The good news is that the only end result of all of this is anarchy. I say it is good news because anarchy will not last. Eventually, people will tire of the violence and destruction. They will have to get back to their jobs—likely this will take longer because of the current high levels of unemployment. But the question is, what will surface on the other side of chaos?

The delicate balance our leaders must weigh at the moment is how to restore law and order for the good of our nation while pursuing and accomplishing justice for all future “George Floyds.” Protest signs declare, “No justice, no peace,” but establishing justice is made even more difficult when organizations such as antifa are calling for continued violence.

These protests have taken a life of their own, moving so quickly from city centers to suburbs. This speed is not simply weird, it is empowered by supernatural forces.

What are we to do? The answer is simple: Act and pray in the opposite spirit. When you observe chaos, pray for order. When someone responses to you with self-righteous anger, respond in love. When you witness violence, pray for tenderness. Download Intercessors for America (IFS)’s prayer guide “Unrest.”

Let’s not forget that this past Sunday was Pentecost, the day Christians celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the fulfillment of Joel 2:28 “And it will be that afterwards, I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.” I heard many prophetic words that God was going to do a great work on this Pentecost. It is no surprise then that our adversary would pour out a counterfeit spirit—started by a counterfeit $20 bill that George Floyd tried to pass.

Let’s pray that as we witness the release of chaos, the refreshing work of the Holy Spirit would not be stolen as we experience a fresh outpouring, dreams and visions of what our mighty Lord is going to do.

Watch for Headline Prayer, David Kubal’s new podcast, coming soon to the Charisma Podcast Network! {eoa}

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