Jan. 12, 2015
Fighting the Real Enemy
As we welcome in the New Year we welcome one another to a more intense battlefield. Living the Christian life is not just one revelation and one blessing after another. We treasure those revelations, and the blessings should never be taken for granted, for they are such an amazing gift from our Father; however, all we need to do is pick up a newspaper, or look at the nightly news, and we quickly realize that our nation is not the nation we grew up up in, our world is not the same same world we knew even a few short years ago, and the Church has radically changed as well… as we have adapted to the things of the world and unfortunately have adopted much of their customs. It all seems so overwhelming! How then can we defend the faith? Is it too late to save all that is crumbling around us?
One thing that I believe is imperative to the Church if we are to continue to stand as the body of Christ is to stop attacking one another. We are going to need each other more in the months and years ahead than ever before. I am constantly seeing critical comments written by one minister about another. These comments and arguments get published in Christian magazines and are posted on our social media pages. It is absolutely disgusting to see the scathing remarks that are made by Christians against one another. Have we forgotten the greatest commandment of all is to love the Lord with all our hearts and to love our brothers and sisters as ourselves? (Luke 10:27) Its okay if we don’t all agree on every bit of doctrine; the question is, do we love Jesus? Is He our Savior and soon coming King? Did He pay the price for our sins by dying on a rugged cross so that we would not have to be thrown into hell? Is He the only way to heaven? If the answer is yes then we wear the same uniform on the battlefield, and we serve the same Commander in Chief. Our eyes should be constantly searching for the enemy that has come to steal, kill, and destroy the people of God. We are to pull down those strongholds and lift up the standard of the living God.
Our brothers and sisters are being tortured and brutally murdered around the world. We as the American Church are unable to relate to such persecution at this time because we have never faced such things, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen here.