Rev. Fr. (Dr) Anthony Mario Ozele, PhD
Probably like myself, many of you when you hear the phrase, “Let God Arise”: there pops into your mind the scripture chorus.
“Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered
Let God, Let God arise”.
Today that chorus is very seldom sung in the church. But in the explosive Charismatic Holy Spirit renewal of the early 70’s and 80’s, that chorus was the church’s marching song. During that period, the church went on the offensive against the Kingdom of Darkness. The gates of hell were stormed. The devil’s strongholds began to crumble. God’s people won great spiritual victories as they went forth with fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit on them and in them. Souls in great numbers were added to the church. Spiritual songs were birthed in hungry hearts that caused us to want to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord”. We wanted to “come before his presence with singing and to enter his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise, to be thankful unto him and bless his Holy name: (Psalm 100).
What had happened? The answer is very simple. We, as God’s people, finally got ourselves out of the way and we started doing things God’s way. “We let God arise!” when we did, things suddenly came alive and the church began to move forward for God. We broke out of our religious spiritual rut that we had gotten ourselves into by thinking we had to continually do things in the church the way in order to experience God in our midst. I am praying that at the conclusion of this message our hearts will be burning with the same desire that filled the heart of the Psalmist as he cried out these words….
In the 70’s and early 80’s when the church prayer: “Let God arise”, heaven came down and glory filled our souls. However, we have since become complacent; we have since become comfortable, and we thought if it worked once, it will work again. So, in the 70’s and early 80’s, the Satanic Kingdom; secret cults were receding, but today they have increased in acceleration. Corruption has become a hydra monster, even within the church, and in the sanctuary. We thought all we had to do was to copy exactly what we had done the first time and we would get the same results. Not so! From experience, I want to testify to you that it does not always happen that way.
Several years ago there was a revival in a large city. The very first night they had one of those Holy Ghost Anointing type of services. The preacher didn’t even get to preach. The spirit of praise and worship filled the sanctuary and the hearts of the people in it. People literally lost themselves in the presence of God. People shouted and wept in his presence. Many were healed in their bodies as they stood or knelt in God’s presence. People were convicted of sin and sought God in repentance around the altar. It was truly wonderful. Revival was on its way and the preacher hadn’t even preached. He hadn’t done anything but join in with what the spirit of God was doing. The next night word had gotten out and the place was packed to overflowing. It was evident from the very beginning of the service that the people expected God to duplicate the first night’s meeting. They worked real hard trying to make it happen. BUT IT DIDN’T. They did everything the second night they had done the first, but God said “Nope not interested … let’s do it another way tonight. My way”. And that night God did with his Word what the Spirit alone had done the first night.
As God’s people, we need to understand that God is a God of variety. He isn’t controlled by habits. He does not run in ruts. He doesn’t always manifest himself or his power the same way every time. Look at how he healed blind people. Some he spoke to, some he touched, some he rubbed spit mixed with clay on their eyes, and in one, he spit right in the eyes. Different methods – same result. They were all healed we build spiritual ruts in our Christian walk when we put limitations on God that would require him to operate in the boundaries of how we think things should be done in the church. He refuses to operate that way and we find ourselves “going around in circles” forming a rut that goes nowhere.
Enemies were in the path of the ark and in order to move forward GOD had to scatter the enemies. This is still true in the Church and in our lives today. Enemies are set in our path and they want to keep us from moving forward. The bible tells us that our ultimate adversary the devil prowls about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Satan has been attacking humanity since creation. But in these days, the devil has taken his demonic assault to new levels. We have to put down the popguns of yesteryear’s church because Satan is waging nuclear war on the church.
Just when you think you got the devil in check he comes at you a different way. He catches you off guard; he uses the element of surprise and the sneak attack. You have given up drinking, you stopped your drug addiction, and then he hits you with a sex addiction, promiscuity, doubt, and uncertainty. Satan is the father of all deceit and lies. We are washed by the blood of the lamb. Satan wants the clean to feel unclean. When Godly people do, ungodly things it’s just another attack of the devil to do things to make you shamed because shameful thoughts feelings are Satan’s game.
Let GOD arise and let his enemies scattered. This is a battle cry, we are in warfare, and if you don’t believe that you are in warfare then you are deceiving yourself. We are in a spiritual warfare and some of us are in a warfare on the battlefield to our mind but through Jesus Christ we are guaranteed the victory.