Friday, March 8, 2019

Keep Walking

No weapon formed (forged) against you shall prosper”  (Isaiah 54:17)

This is the heritage of the servants of God Isaiah tells us 700 years before Christ’s incarnation. This does not mean that you will not suffer and be persecuted. In fact, I believe the “beginning of birth pangs” is happening. Yes, the end times are actively working out their ways. Wars and rumors of wars have begun. The nations are shifting, Christians and Jews are in the crosshairs of not just ISIS, but also an intolerant society that does not want to be reminded of sin or anything else they want to hold onto for themselves. Yes, we live in a society that is all about my rights. Yet, God says, no weapon will succeed. He is talking long run here. He is saying that our salvation is secure if we trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. So what do we do?

Paul said, “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). Why, for it is God who works in you to will and do for His good pleasure the verse continues to say.  We will find ourselves being persecuted and losing property and gain. So, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossian 3:23). We must fix our eyes on Jesus the author and “perfector” of our faith. He will guide and protect us till the end.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2Corinthians 10:5).  Our battles are not against earthly, but spiritual things of darkness. We fight with God’s spiritual weapons of faith. Ephesians 6:1-18 tells us that we are to, Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  Yes, we are to protect ourselves in battle defensively. Yet we do also have an offensive weapon, the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Darkness cannot stand against God’s word, the Bible. Use it as a weapon; it is the only one that will work. Meditate and pray on it, memorize it, proclaim it and stand on its truths.  Nothing can stand against it.

Live a godly life wholly acceptable and pleasing to God. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). He has given us everything we need to do so. We have His great and precious promises,” which stand against the evil of this world and with wiles of the devil.

We, as children of God, are to live lives centered on Christ and filled with His Holy Spirit to give us counsel and strength for the journey. There is not other acceptable way.  It is as Paul told the Corinthians, “The most excellent way,” speaking of love. So, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21).  Keep walking.

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