SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS REAL - "BUT WHILE MEN SLEPT" “24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.” (Matthew 13:24-25) Jesus said the enemy came to sow the wrong seed while men were sleeping. This emphasizes the point that the mysteries that come against you during the day are hatched in the night. The day only wakes to manifest what has been done in the night. Today I want to discuss the importance of being spiritually awake in the mid night hour, so that you may counteract the enemies plan of planting discouragement, depression, failure, oppression etc against you or your family and friends. See many Christians, ministers, and churches; in many cases are asleep in a spiritual sense and sluggish to and in duty, because they are sleep at night. See you can have an external form of religion; in lukewarmness going about the cause of Christ, while committing the sins of omission and commission. The long expectation of the bridegroom's coming and the delay of it can cause good men to be exposed to every sin and snare of the devil, which is leaving them liable to lose the very presence of Christ. Many Pastors are not warring for their congregations and the weaker vessels until they are strong enough to stand alone. Do you know why many Christians are not strong in the Lord? Have you ever wondered why many are not mighty in God as they ought to be? The reasons is because they are spiritually asleep. I am sure you have seen Christians who are weak. I am sure you have seen businesses that are not making it. I am sure you have seen ministries that are decreasing in power and population. No doubt you have seen marriages where love is at its lowest level. Why are these things so? The reasons are there are powers, there are forces, there are principalities, and there are rulers of the darkness of this world that are determined to stand in your way. These forces are determined that you will not be strong in any area of your life and whatever it will take to prevent you, they will undertake it. If you really want to be strong in the Lord, you have to concentrate on frustrating every demonic effort that is out to weaken you. How do you accomplish that? By understanding and working against the enemy's method of operation. The majority of the evil put together by the enemy against a man is done in the night between the hours of 12 and 3 a.m. That is when the enemy's attacks usually come. The witching hour as some call it, is the time believed that demons and witches came out to do their "unholy" practices which their powerful black magic is most effective. There are different explanations as why they use this time, but I have found this out to be the truth. Therefore, if your desire is to frustrate the evil efforts of the enemies against you, if your desire is to be strong in your walk with the Lord and in every other area of your life, you need to be up when your enemies are up. You need to be awake when they are awake; you need to be at work when they are at work. You have to learn the secret of putting your spiritual ammunition into operation when the enemy is firing at you. In other words, if you will understand night time warfare, if you will learn the secret of getting up in the midnight hours for spiritual warfare, you will be as strong as strong can be. I am a living witness to this. I know what it means to be up at 12 midnight and pray until I am tired. Each time I carry out this exercise, I wake up in the morning and feel spiritually taller, bigger and stronger. Why? I was up when the enemies were up. I had my spiritual guns at work when the enemies were shooting their arrows. It was fire for fire and the Lord's fire always prevails. “10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood; but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians6:10-12) Many times the enemy sends surprise attacks against God's people and you hear statements like, "Oh! I did not see it coming!" How can you see it coming when you were