Monthly Archives: November 2019

THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL

The powers of darkness are not meant to be left alone. They are to be confronted. When we see evil wreaking havoc, we are not meant to run from it; but rather, we are meant to run toward it. As Christians we were created to do warfare with the enemy of humankind.

When God led the Israelites into the Promised Land, He left enemies there that his people had to face. Why? He intended his people to do warfare. No human being anywhere on earth is left un-harassed by Satan. And if we’re not engaged in warfare with him, we’re being beaten up by him!

The good news is, we’ve been given weapons for this warfare, and they are not carnal (2 Cor 10:4). Psalms 144:1 states:  Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle. Our weapons are found in Christ—and He won every battle He ever faced. He says we can do the same. “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom 8:37).

As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle of some sort on a daily basis. In warfare, battles are fought on different fronts, for different reasons, and with varying degrees of intensity. The same is true in spiritual warfare. Our spiritual battles and warfare are real, even though we cannot physically see the attacker. But, we can educate ourselves on how the battles are fought and how they impact our lives on a daily basis.

Keith Green, a Christian song writer, wrote, “I [Satan] used to have to sneak around. But now they just open their doors. No one’s looking for my tricks because no one believes in me any more.” If we choose to ignore or not believe in the spiritual realm, we will find ourselves confused, frustrated, and quenching the peace that God has promised to each of us. The best defense is a strong offense. Just educating ourselves about the spiritual realm is half the fight and God gives us everything else we need to be victorious with the other half.

Jesus promised us an abundant life that starts here on earth. Until we understand the forces that are against us, and are prepared to fight for what is rightfully ours, we will not be able to receive all that God has for us.

CLEAN OR UNCLEAN? CALLED OUT OR THE SAME?

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” (1 Peter 2:9).

Are we different from the world? If we are indeed called-out, shouldn’t we be different? When the world looks at us, ought it not see something special? Why are our divorce, abortion, and illness statistics the same as the world’s? Why do greed and hypocrisy seem to be the labels the world uses the most against us? What is wrong?

In Mark 7:7-9, 13 KJV, (Jesus) said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, [as] the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. …
13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye
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Does this seem too harsh or ring of truth today? The Scripture distinguishes between clean and unclean citing which animals are acceptable to eat and which are not (Deuteronomy 17, Leviticus 11). Out of that arose all kinds of ritual concerning the utensils used to eat such animals. 2 sets of dishes, 2 sets of Passover dishes, how to bury the dishes if the milk dishes touched meat, etc, etc, etc. These were all man made regulations that became ritual and religious activities missing the meaning of the law-the separation of the clean from the unclean. We tend to do this often–miss the meaning and intent and develop ritual that makes us feel good. We blindly follow religious activities and traditions simply because it makes us feel good and we seem to want to blend in with the rest of the world.

Yet, we are to be called-out, separated from the world; yes living in it, but not of it. We are to be the head, give direction. Instead we follow. We make ourselves feel good with programs, with attendance, with throwing a little money toward the poor, with building edifices for our own aggrandizement, etc. I find it very troubling. No wonder we are ridiculed. The hypocrisy is stunning (at least in America). We have lost the sense of community and belonging because we are no different. We put God off in the future instead of demonstrating Him here and now.

Jesus summed it up in (v 13 above) “We’ve made the word of God of none effect through (our blind following of religious activities–traditions). Simply because it makes us feel good.

It is my hope and prayer that the called-out people of God, The Church, will take its rightful position as the head and not the tail, as above and not beneath in every area of life on this earth.