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“Lord, hear my prayer!  Listen to my plea! Don’t turn away from me in my time of distress.  Bend down to listen, and answer me quickly when I call to you.  For my days disappear like smoke, and my bones burn like red-hot coals.  My heart is sick, withered like grass, and I have lost my appetite. Because of my groaning, I am reduced to skin and bones.  I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.  I like awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof.” (Psalm 102:1-7)

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16)

“But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem.  He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” (Daniel 6:10)

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private.  Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”  (Matthew 6:6)

Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.’ He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.” (Mark 6:31-32)

The Holy Scriptures share with us a valuable habit of our Lord Jesus Christ: He often withdrew into solitude.

The importance of the fact that He “often withdrew” into solitude should not be lost on the Christian; we should take note that in order to withdraw into solitude, Christ did not live in solitude.  He lived an engaged life with others, interacting with them, socializing with them.  He placed an importance on His time with people and spent the majority of His time serving them, teaching them, healing them, speaking with them, eating and drinking with them and surrounding Himself with them.  Because of this, He needed to rest and re-energize and did so by retreating to “lonely places”, “the wilderness”, “to solitary places”, to be alone with God.

Scripture greatly encourages time alone with God, giving example after example of righteous people deliberately and purposefully withdrawing into “places” of isolation for their time alone with God.  In those places, they are able to rest, relax their soul, their mind and their body.  It is in these places, in private, that they find their spiritual oasis they dip into for renewal.

Solitude is a place of reflection.  Reflection cannot successfully happen apart from solitude.

Scripture shows us that Jesus withdrew into solitary places to be alone when He received news about the death of John the Baptist and after performing the miracle of feeding 5,000 people (Matthew 14), when He was in distress just before His crucifixion (Luke 22), and before making the major decision of which disciples He would choose as His apostles.  Jesus was often even “alone” with his disciples, so we see that group solitude also has its benefits.

So the Christian is called to be a social creature.  We are not to live our lives in isolation, for what fruit do we bear there?  How can we fulfill our calling to spread the Good News of Christ Jesus if we are not interacting with others?  Our very lives should be as lamps set up to light the darkness; we should not put our lit lamps under baskets, as Jesus illustrated so eloquently in His parable: “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket.  Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.” (Luke 11:33)

Discernment is required here to achieve balance. The calling to be social is not a calling to be a busybody.  We are not called to fill our days with so much activity and toiling that we lose our focus and become distracted and fatigued.  Some of us are extroverts; some are introverts or ambiverts.  We are not all called to approach the mission of spreading the Gospel the same way. But we ARE all called to approach the mission with deliberate purpose and thought.

If any of us are living our lives in a state of isolation, void of human contact, we should take heed.  Technology advances are actively making it so easy to get through a day without any real human contact.  Posting and scrolling through social media and “liking” and commenting on posts is no replacement for looking into someone’s eyes or hearing their voice as you communicate with them.  Sadly, studies are showing that, with the advances of social media and other technologies that eliminate the need to have real contact with others, people are feeling more isolated and lonely than ever before has been recorded.

Depression rates are skyrocketing and apathy is rampant.  Technology is perpetuating desensitization on a global scale and the human being, while able to instantly connect with any information about anything we want to know, is left more humanly disconnected than ever.

Contrary to solitude, which is healthy in moderate doses, loneliness is an emotion, a state of mind and feeling of isolation that is destructive.  Loneliness is not of God; is the result of being away from His loving Presence. Throughout the Psalms, we see time and again how David pleaded with God to be near to him and to never remove His Presence from him.  How lonely and desperate are the Psalms David wrote while anguishing and begging for God to close the distance between them.  That is loneliness.  Fellowship with God, hearing, reading, thinking on His Holy Word in a solitary place is the remedy to a lonely, anguishing, exhausted soul.

God promises that He is always with us, so if we are in fellowship with Him, we do not experience prolonged bouts of loneliness.  He is the ultimate company and friend.  He is the antithesis of loneliness.  He may send us into the wilderness for refinement or discipline, but He is always with us.

People are hurting and lost; many are losing their sensitivity to the preciousness of life, goodness and righteousness.  The burden is on the Christian to be the light in the darkness and the way we do that is to interact in a real way with others; make time for them and be purposeful in the time we spend with them.  Then we can withdraw as needed for our alone time in solitude, just as Jesus did.  There we will always find refreshment from the living waters of God’s Word and His Presence.  Find the balance.  Leverage the benefits of solitude in our lives.  “Come out” of the world and take refuge in the rest that is found in solitude.  Then we are able to shine the light of the Lamp that is inside of us so we can illuminate the darkness around.

Solitude is not necessarily a “weapon of warfare” in the great spiritual battle, but it is a private room in the fortress and stronghold we withdraw into to rest and be renewed.  If we are not properly rested, if we are not regularly renewed, we run a high risk of being too fatigued and exhausted to stand firm in our daily battles.  Be social, spread the Good News of Christ with wisdom and discernment as opportunities present themselves.  Then slip away ‘to a quiet place and rest awhile.’

 

 

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If your enemies are hungry, feed them.  If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.  Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”  (Romans 12:20-21)

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  It does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Three things will last forever — faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies!  Do good to those who hate you.  Bless those who curse you.  Pray for those who hurt you.  If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.  Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.  Do to others as you would like them to do to you.  If you love only those who love you, why should you get any credit for that?  Even sinners love those who love them!  And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit?  Even sinners do that much!  And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit?  Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.  Love your enemies!  Do good to them.  Lend to them without expecting to be repaid.  Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.  You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.”  (Luke 6:27-36)

Scripture makes one thing absolutely clear about love: it is not a feeling. 

Indeed, in spite of our feelings, we are commanded to love; and by “love”, we are to take Action in the best interest of others whether they are friend or enemy.  Jesus gives specific examples of what loving our enemy looks like.  And he makes it very clear that there is no special credit given to us from heaven when we do good things for and are kind to our friends and those who like us.  The positive reaction from these people is reward in and of itself and those who belong to the world do just as much, as it’s a natural thing to do.  Unless particularly selfish or wicked on some grand level, all humans by instinct do good to those we like and care about.

But when the very thought of an individual provokes a furrowed brow, we are commanded to love.  When our natural reflex at the sight of someone is a snarled lip and tightened muscles, we are commanded to do good to them.  The group of people we don’t fit in with, who make fun of us and belittle us; we are to love them, to bless them even as they curse us.  When we’ve been wronged, mistreated, humiliated, we are to love and to pray for those who hurt us.  We are commanded to be patient and kind to all.  When feelings of jealousy creep into our hearts, when we feel enraged because we didn’t get our way, when we feel irritable and stressed and are tempted to be rude, we are to check these feelings/emotions against our Lord’s command to LOVE.  Through every circumstance, we are to love.

By human standards this is impossible.  We need only to look at the turmoil of the whole world to see the effects of the world system without love. No matter the philosophy or religion, the outcome is the same: turmoil and destruction is caused by the absence of love.

Success in obeying this command to love requires SUPERNATURAL help and intervention.  Love is the great separator of the Followers of the Crucified One and the rest of the world.   The Christian is the only creature on earth who has been given the gift of the Holy Spirit of God, Who takes up residence inside of us when we believe in Christ Jesus and are born again (by professing our belief and being baptized).  It is the Holy Spirit Who intercedes for us and makes the impossible possible.  And herein lies the mystery of love; it is the essence of God Himself, Who is kind and compassionate to all, especially those who are unthankful and wicked.  Love is the most powerful weapon we possess against evil and against our true enemy Satan.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.  For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures.  Muscle can split a shield and even destroy life but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of men and until I master this art I will remain no more than a peddler in the market place.  I will make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force.  My reasoning they may counter; my speech they may distrust; my apparel they may disapprove; my face they may reject; and even my bargains may cause them suspicion; yet my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest clay.  I will greet this day with love in my heart.  And how will I do this?  Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be born again.  I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.  I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.  I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.  I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.  I will greet this day with love in my heart.  And how will I speak?  I will laud mine enemies and they will become friends; I will encourage my friends and they will become my brothers.  Always will I dig for reasons to applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip.  When I am tempted to criticize I will bite on my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs.  Is it not so that birds, the wind, the sea and all nature speaks with the music of praise for their creator?  Cannot I speak with the same music to his children? Henceforth will I remember this secret and it will change my life. I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I act?  I will love all manners of men for each has qualities to be admired even though they be hidden.  With love I will tear down the wall of suspicion and hate which they have built round their hearts and in its place will I build bridges so that my love may enter their souls.  I will love the ambitious for they can inspire me! I will love the failures for they can teach me.  I will love the kings for they are but human; I will love the meek for they are divine.  I will love the rich for they are yet lonely; I will love the young for the faith they hold; I will love the old for the wisdom they share.  I will love the beautiful for their eyes of sadness; I will love the ugly for their souls of peace.  I will greet this day with love in my heart.  But how will I react to the actions of others?  With love.  For just as love is my weapon to open the hearts of men, love is also my shield to repulse the arrows of hate and the spears of anger.  Adversity and discouragement will beat against my new shield and become as the softest of rains.  My shield will protect me in the market place and sustain me when I am alone.  It will uplift me in moments of despair yet it will calm me in time of exultation.  It will become stronger and more protective with use until one day I will cast it aside and walk unencumbered among all manners of men and, when I do, my name will be raised high on the pyramid of life.  I will greet this day with love in my heart.  And how will I confront each whom I meet?  In only one way.  In silence and to myself I will address him and say I Love You.  though spoken in silence these words will shine in my eyes, unwrinkled my brow, bring a smile to my lips, and echo in my voice; and his heart will be opened.  And who is there who will say nay to my goods when his heart feels my love?  And most of all I will love myself.  For when I do I will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart.  Never will I overindulge the requests of my flesh, rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation.  Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it with the knowledge and wisdom of the ages.  Never will I allow my soul to become complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer.  Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and warm the earth.  I will greet this day with love in my heart.  Henceforth will I love all mankind.  From this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have not time to hate, only time to love.  From this moment I take the first step required to become a man among men.  With love I will increase my sales a hundredfold and become a great salesman.  If I have no other qualities I can succeed with love alone.  Without it I will fail though I possess all the knowledge and skills of the world.  I will greet this day with love, and I will succeed.”  (Chapter 9, The Scroll Marked II, “The Greatest Salesman In The World” –by Og Mandino)

“A final word:  Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.  Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.  Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.  In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.  Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”  (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Yesterday’s sermon at Rock Church in San Diego CA explored the Spiritual War that God’s people (soldiers) are engaged in.

Fittingly, two Navy SEALs, known world wide as elite warriors, were interviewed about their training and preparation for going to war as Pastor Miles presented Scriptures to show critical parallels in worldly and spiritual warfare.

 

Stay alert!  Watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy.  He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart.  Stand firm against him and be strong in your faith.  Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.” 1 Peter 5: 8-9

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.  Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.  Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.  In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.  Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”  Ephesians 6: 10-18

No soldier steps naked onto a battlefield. He gears up, protecting himself with his armor and weapons in every way he can.  He maximizes and leverages everything he knows about surviving so that he can overcome the enemy.

For the Christian, the battles are all around us; they’re in the world, but they’re inside of us, too.  And they’re unceasing.

So, the Apostle Paul tells us to stay alert and stand our ground, wearing the armor of God.

The belt, which holds the armor in place, is truth.  In order to fasten and wear that belt, we must first know the truth.  When we know the truth, we know what is right in the eyes of God and can therefore wear the body armor of God’s righteousness.  We know the truth and we know what is right in the eyes of God by knowing the Word of God.

And when we know his Holy Word, we are armed with the sword of the Spirit.

The peace that comes from knowing and believing the Good News about Jesus Christ is the antidote to fear; the shoes on our feet that lead us anywhere we’re called to go, even if that’s the lion’s den itself.

Our faith is the shield that protects us from every weapon the enemy has. Faith is a gift from God and anytime we need more, we can simply ask Him for it.

Our helmet is our salvation in Jesus Christ.  We put the helmet on every time we praise God for what He has done for us through Jesus’ life, death for our sins and resurrection, which conquered death forever.  The battlefield of the mind is one of Satan’s favorite places to ambush and devour the Christian.  We protect our mind with the helmet of our salvation; the blood of the Lamb and our testimony about it.

Without this armor, we are as helpless as toddlers wandering around a raging battlefield in the great spiritual war.  We must learn every detail we can about our armor and how to wear it so that we can protect ourselves and intercede for our brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world.

“No one can serve two masters.  For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.  That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food or drink, or enough clothes to wear.  Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds.  They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Matthew 6: 24-27

“You fathers — if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?  Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion instead? Of course not!  So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” Luke 11:11-13

The Holy Scriptures say that God already knows exactly we need even before we ask him (Matthew 6:8) and they warn us to check our heart and motives before approaching the Most High God with a request for something (James 4:3).

There are storehouses of treasures in God’s Kingdom of Heaven that make the luxuries of earth look like little plastic children’s trinkets; worthless.  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9   When we view our temporary lives in this temporary world from God’s viewpoint, things change. Priorities change.  We yearn for treasures from the storehouses of Heaven and those treasures are eternal and holy.  When we possess those treasures, no one can take them away from us (Matthew 6:20).

The most precious treasure of heaven is the Holy Spirit.

When God gives the Holy Spirit to us, any need we have is met according to God’s will.  Ask in Jesus’ name and we will be given the gifts of the Spirit.  To name only a few: we can ask for and receive healing, faith, wisdom and discernment, forgiveness, guidance and counsel, clarity and an understanding heart, mercy, knowledge of His will in our lives, love, holiness and righteousness, fellowship with other Christians, joy, peace, contentment in life, whatever our circumstance, and victory over our struggles.

In the spiritual war, when we’re exhausted and don’t think we can go on, we can call out to our mighty God and He Himself will fight for us.  “The Lord himself will fight for you.  Just stay calm.”  Exodus 14:14

 

“And the Lord saw it…and wondered that there was no intercessor…” Isaiah 59:15, 16

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people.  Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.  This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” 1 Timothy 2: 1-4

“Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.” 1 Samuel 12:23

To intercede is to speak up or act on someone’s behalf.  In a world where the rules are often ‘every man for himself’ and ‘survival of the fittest’, the eyes of God are ever searching for those who are interceding for others. Isaiah 59 would indicate that, while the world spirals into utter darkness, wickedness, and death, intercession by the children of God is nonexistent. Let it not be so.  Honor God’s great name by bringing requests in faith to Him on behalf of others.

In a world laden with troubles, we must intercede for our loved ones and people in our lives, brothers and sisters in Christ, our spiritual leaders, those in political authority, those who labor for the gospel, those who are suffering, those facing persecution and adversity, for believers who have fallen into sin, for the lost, for the sick, for the weak and helpless and anyone else God places on our heart.

Our intercession is the workhorse of our faith and the weapon we use to fight for and defend others.  Jesus Christ himself never rests because He is interceding for us (Hebrews 7:25).  The Holy Spirit of God is always at work, interceding for us (Romans 8:26).  They’ve set a clear example.

“Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, ‘It has come at last–salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ.’  For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth–the one who accuses them before our God day and night.” Revelation 12:10

“When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away and I groaned all day long.  Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.  My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.  Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.  I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’ And you forgave me!  All my guilt is gone!” Psalm 32:3-5

Our Father’s hand of discipline is on us day and night so we will confess our sins because our enemy stands before Him day and night accusing us.

Accuse: verb, action–To blame someone for something wrong or illegal; to say that someone is guilty of a fault or crime judicially or by a public process.

Satan is announcing our sins to the entire heavenly realm day and night.  Our sins are known by all in the heavens and are on full display.  Because of this, our relationship with God is frayed for as long as we stay silent.

We disarm our enemy, the great accuser, when we confess our sins to God and repent of them.  Because of the precious blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for our sins, when we confess, repent, and ask for God’s forgiveness, we are made blameless in His sight (Colossians 1:22).   Satan’s accusations are instantly invalid.  Therefore, confession is a mighty weapon of warfare and we should be ready and willing to respond to God the very moment we are convicted of sin.

“What can I give the Lord for all the good things he has given to me? I will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to you and call on the name of the Lord.”  Psalm 116: 12, 17

It goes without saying that thanking someone for something good they’ve done for you is, at the very least, the polite thing to do.  That’s the milk of the matter.  The meat of the matter is that by giving thanks to our Father in heaven, as with praise, we are declaring to every created thing in the heavens, hell and on earth that the Most High God is our sole provider and that we know where our blessings come from.

The Holy Scriptures say that thanksgiving is a sacrifice.  The human heart is a very proud thing.  The human heart wants independence and control; it wants to be in charge of its destiny.  The human heart wants to be its own lord.

One of our adversaries in the spiritual war is our own heart.  “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.  Who really knows how bad it is?” Jeremiah 17:9

Giving thanks to our God forces the wicked, human heart to submit to His authority, and if we expect to grow strong and refine our skills so we are experts with spiritual weapons, we should sacrifice our heart to God daily.  This sacrifice is most pleasing to him.

We give thanks for what he has done and what he is going to do, people in our lives, how he cares for us, our material possessions, our physical and spiritual blessings and anything else deserving of our thanks. 

“Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise you.” Psalm 63:3

“Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.” Hebrews 13:15

“Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.”  Psalm 145:3

Our praise is a sweet sacrificial aroma to our Holy God and it is a deep blow to the pride of our enemy, Satan.

Our praise of the Most High God is an open rejection to the heavens, hell and the world of any other so-called ‘god’.

It is a deadly spiritual weapon against the powers of darkness.  Wield this weapon daily.  There is only One who is worthy of our servitude.  There is only One who is worthy of our worship.  There is only One who is worthy of our praise.

Praise is glorifying God for what he is and who he is.  He is holy, perfect, great, full of grace and excellence, merciful, patient, good, faithful, powerful, full of knowledge and wisdom, and his glory is worthy of constant praise that focuses on his magnificent character and his role in human life. 

Some ways to praise God: read the Scriptures aloud, especially Scriptures that highlight his worthiness to be praised (the book of Psalms is full of praise verses), express joyfulness, sing, wonder aloud at his greatness, kneel and/or bow to his glory, play an instrument to him, be intentionally quiet in his presence, contemplate his ways, write about him, be excited, raise your hands in worship, celebrate who he is.  These are only some ways; we all praise him differently at different times based on our personality, mood or energy level.

 

“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.  We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Weapon # 1 is the Holy Word of God.  If we don’t know what it says, then we don’t know the truth.  If we don’t know the truth, then we will lose our battles.  Jesus’ followers commit themselves to hearing and understanding what he taught about the Kingdom of Heaven and humanity.  His apostles expanded on his teachings in such simple ways that children can understand every truth, and professing Christians all the more.

Anyone who has been enlisted into God’s ranks as a soldier (2 Timothy 2:4) must know it and understand it even more so!  If the elite soldier of the world expertly knows and understands every detail of his weapons and can use any of them with a surgeon’s precision at any time, the elite soldier of God must apply the same tenacity to learning the Word of God, our weapon in the spiritual war.

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