Setting the Captives Free prologue

From the Story, "Setting the Captives Free."
A modern tale of spiritual warfare.

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The guys from 'Setting the Captives Free'

This is the text of the prologue from the story,
Salem the Soldier in,"Setting the Captives Free."

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       "But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the masters use, and prepared unto every good work." II Timothy 2:20-21

       From the Lord's exhortation to Elijah in the wilderness, that "I have yet reserved unto me, seven thousand in Israel, which have not bowed the knee to Baal". . . to Joshua and Caleb, who, standing against the fear of the people, when the children of Israel were on the verge of possessing the promised land, said, "Let us go up at once, and take it, for the Lord is with us". . . to Gideon, least in Israel and least in his fathers house, but called of God a mighty man of valor, who, with a small guerrilla unit of three hundred, defeated the Midianites, a far superior enemy force. . . to David, who, being a simple shepherd at the time, boldly stood up to oppose the giant Goliath, an experienced military man from his youth, and overcame him with a sling and a stone. . . to Isaiah, who, when the Lord asked for an ambassador to send to the nation of Israel to call for repentance and faith in the living God alone, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" he stood forth and said, "Here I am, send me."

       So has the story, the legend, of the Special Forces Division of the Army of Heaven been told. These are that small group of highly trained and specially qualified men and women who have maintained the front lines of the battle between good and evil, light and dark. Holding to the highest standards, tenacious and committed, disciplined and dedicated to the service of the Lord, they have stood apart from the crowd. Against all odds, even though vastly outnumbered, in some of the darkest periods of the history of man--they have triumphed.

       From John the Baptist, who stood as a beacon of light and a witness to the coming truth, the Saviour, Jesus Christ. . . to the twelve disciples, who, hand picked by the Lord Himself, died in his service, establishing the early church. . . to the apostle Paul, who, after being stoned and cast out of the city of Lystra, got up and promptly walked back in. . . to Martin Luther and John and Charles Wesley, who, called to bring the Word of God out of an oppressive, stuffy institution--the religious machine--and back out on the streets to the common man, where ministry and revival was so desperately needed. . . to Billy Graham, who, called to preach to the whole world through the new mediums of television and radio, did so all his life. And one time worldwide simultaneously, the first to achieve such an accomplishment in the history of man and the church.

       These are they that have mastered the principles of our warfare, which are these: when attacked with anger and hate, in the power of the Holy Spirit, they withstood with patience, restraint and love. When assaulted by fear and unbelief, with faith in God alone and nothing else, they fought back with courage and trust. When assailed by egoistic pride and the preoccupation of self, they stood and defended with humility, self-sacrifice and meekness, realizing the basis of their status as citizens of Heaven, the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.

       And when the enemy and the world would beset and surround them on every side, with the most insurmountable odds and under the most withering rain of fire, the men and women of the Lord's Special Forces would set their faces like a flint, with their hearts burning and resolute, setting both feet secure on the ground and suited up in the Armor of God, the Sword of the Spirit in one hand and the Shield of Faith in the other, and fight against all odds to the end. The dark against the light, love against hate.

       Win or lose, live or die--never surrendering. . . .

       Their theater of operations now exclusively encompassing the spiritual realm due to the new covenant, they continue on through the day to day routine of modern-day life. Understanding that that which people see, feel, and understand to be reality, their reality, which they perceive as fact, being physical and concrete, exerts a major influence on how they consider and react to the circumstances which would rule their lives. That is the physical realm and its inhabitants. Realizing their limitations, they deal with unmanageable events and situations, using whatever limited resources available to them, as best they can. Defenseless targets for the unseen Dark Angel, the one who would destroy them. Surviving on the edge of uncertainty, some being pushed even to the edge of hopelessness. . . .

       In this dramatization of life, the people of the Lord of Heaven: those who walk with Him in their hearts; these are not wholly subject to the restraining limitations of the temporal realm, but, being made aware of and moving and residing in the spiritual domain, centered on and subject to His revealed will, they continually influence and affect the circumstances transpiring around them through their submission and faith in Him. As these citizens of Heaven are beset by the harsh conflicts of life, confident and trusting in only His unlimitless capabilities, they walk in triumph; Jesus Christ, the Captain of the Host, doing according to His will in this Army of Heaven.

       But the enemy Prince and his operatives, since the first declaration of the Good News, have doggedly opposed the Truth and this community of Heaven, and over time, having made numerous, successful incursions against the crystal-clear spiritual vision and purpose which they possessed in the beginning, forced them back in their clouded perspective. In this state, compelling them to abandon their regular protocol and standard issue weapons, and utilize and trust in inadequate temporal measures to try and impact the spiritual arena: they then severly limited their impact and effectiveness, and forced a stalemate in a very ancient, eternal battle. The flag of Heaven's Special Forces Division did all but disappear from view.

       Despair did prevail. . . .

       Now today, in this modern-day spiritual realm, amidst this lingering standoff, one young man and his friends were called to seize the times, and willingly stood up.

       And today, in the confusion, desperation, and dark despair of the end times, the legend of that Division lives on. . . .

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From the story, "Setting the Captives Free." Copyright 1983/1997 Michael A. Baker

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