This is a time of great reason to war against the enemies of our soul: a time to suffer, a time to sacrifice, a time to groan, a time to die.
Two methods to try to conquer evil. Which did Jesus choose?
We are well aware that it has been given to the beast to make war against the saints and overcome them. And he is doing just that; he is making war against the saints, and we seem to be losing our influence in the market- place, schools, media, Internet, and so more. Slowly the Antichrist spirit is working to see that the truth be hated, and the lies loved.
One of these much loved lies is the hideous notion that if something makes you sad it is wrong, and if it makes you happy it is right. Sadly, this one lie has destroyed more people than Hitler or Stalin ever could.
Think with me, the word of the Lord says: Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin.
Can we agree that suffering is to be part of our weapons in this war against the flesh, the world, and the devil? Yes, surely there can be no doubt in this regard, seeing that we are to glory in tribulation.
Here we are to consider that as it was given to Pontius Pilate to seemingly overcome the Lord Jesus, because it was given him from above, even so, the Christian will likewise be despised and rejected in the name of so-called human wisdom. Yes, they will be hated and unwelcome among the ceremonially religious mainstream churches.
What a sad sight when we are avoiding suffering, tribulation, and rejection, thinking that it is wisdom! There is a war, and it is not out there in some far country. No! It rages in our own bosom. Let us fight the good fight of faith; let us arm ourselves with the right mind.
Come now, saints of God, arise and take your place in the ranks of Gods army; prepare to suffer with Christ! Speak forth the word of God with boldness, cry aloud, spare not, and show my people their sin. Let them see that they have left Me, the Fountain of Life and have hewed them out broken cisterns. Bring supplication and prayer with strong crying before our God, for this generation is immensely deceived. O how terrible is the wrath of God that awaits those who hold the truth in unrighteousness.
We are to hate iniquity and love righteousness in our lives; a holy hatred for selfishness, pride, jealousy, envy, anger, lust, covetousness, unbelief, friendship with the world, and any other work of the flesh lurking in us. Let us have a deep thirst and hunger after righteousness; a heart that loves the rebuke given to it, to be humbled, misunderstood, forgotten, and any other virtue that can be used of God to form Christ Jesus in us.
When we fight and war with our brothers, it is a clear sign from God that we have lost the war against self. We would do right to put away the pointing of the finger, and seek after holiness without which no man shall see God.
The war against the flesh is won by the weakest and most needy one, for he runs to the throne of God to find grace to help him in time of need. He, like David, cries out to God saying, O Lord, deliver me from my enemies that are too strong for me!
Are you armed and ready for war?
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:25 ~
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon