Friday, July 20, 2012

The War is On

Ecc. 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
We are in war.
We as Christians find there are many fronts on which we fight.

Physical War:
We in time of war nationally, and there is nothing the enemy would like more than to see this nation fall.Israel is our example of what God expects from a nation, and thus our example for how and why we should fight.
Israel found themselves in a fight for:
Ø  Promised Land
Ø  Protection of People
Numb. 31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.
Ø  Punishment of God
Judges 5:8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates:
Our land is still worth fighting for, our people and way of life worth protecting, but if we do not turn back to God we will find divine punishment will be poured out on our land.

War of Faith
Eph. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We are in a religious war today:
There is a war that was started before the garden of Eden, before the days Isreal’s battles
Satan wants folks to worship HIM
Is. 14:13-14 I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
God Kicks Him out of Heaven
Is. 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground,
Earth becomes without form and void
God makes man, and reaches into man and creates woman
Devil goes to the weaker vessel, Tempt Eve, and she eats of the forbidden tree
The war rages on...
To Moses and the prophets
To the Virgin Birth to Vicarious Death
To the early Church in Acts, to where we are today
But someday, the final war will be fought, the ungodly and unrighteous of this world will be brought down, and the Lord Jesus Christ will be exalted before all.

War of the Flesh
Rom. 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Gal. 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
1Pet. 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;