3 days ago
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled." (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
I am reminded of this saying of the Apostle Paul, and while I have some understanding (in the midst of the battle), it doesn't always register immediately when you're under attack. I don't mean attack by outside forces, but those from within (in the mind) when you are least aware. We judge that we see, hear, touch, with our senses, but what of that we don't see? Spiritual, thinking to strip us of our faith, hope and peace? (Ephesians 6:11-18) For example, you are at peace, suddenly some word or thing comes to you that totally blows your mind. Now you're upset, possibly even angry at the person or the situation. Your mind is now engaged in this drama and you can't stop thinking about it all day. You might even lose sleep over it and it can go on for days. If you stop a moment to think, you might see this as an attack. The devil comes only to kill, steal and destroy. The story of Job is a good example of the saying, "the devil may have brought it, but the Lord sho sent it."
If we apply the principals of 2 Corinthians 10:3, we might be spared the aggravation, and be aware of what is actually happening.
1) Cast down our imaginations (we can think up some horrific stuff)
2) And every high thing that is against the knowledge of God. We know what God has said concerning forgiveness, faith, peace, afflictions, and the like. (2Corinthians 6:2-10; 1Thessalonians 3:1)
3) Bring into captivity every thought. If we have been taught of Christ by the Word of God, we know how we ought to obey and our thoughts should follow. For Jesus said, "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46)
4) and be ready to revenge all disobedience, WHEN YOUR OBEDIENCE IS FULFILLED. We need to check ourselves out BEFORE we react to someone else's acts.
I am reminded that evil enters a man through the mind (Matthew 12:43-45) So we must guard our hearts and minds; and pray always. (Philippians 4:7) In Jesus we have already won the battle. (John 16:33) ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
1 week ago
I saw an old acquaintance a while ago at a repast. The person kept following me around saying, Ha Ha, Do you remember when you... I told the person, Of course I remember. I don't need you to remind me, remember, I was there. That was the inspiration for this song. Many of us have done things in the past that we now regret. But in Christ Jesus we are a new person. Old things are passed away. ... See MoreSee Less
Every human on the face of this earth was born of God. God breathed life into man. (Genesis 2:7) We are all endowed with a part of him, passed from generation to generation. We are all God's offspring, God is Father to all; only some do not know it. (Acts 17:30) Or if they know it, some don't care. (Isaiah 26:10) Or if they care, some don't show it. Or if they show it, they show it according to their own understanding (John 3:9) and not that given of God.(Ephesians 4:17) Or if their own understanding, they separate themselves to know more than God. Or if they think to more than God, then they become a god unto themselves. (Isaiah 55:6-9) Or if they become a god unto themselves, then why do they call on God our Father in times of trouble? (Acts 2:16) Day and night, right and wrong, good and evil, it is all so exasperating. Simple solution... Trust Jesus, whom God has sent to be a propitiation (payment to cover the cost of God's wrath or anger)for our ignorance. (John 4:10) Follow Him, He alone is the Word, the Truth and the Light of the knowledge of God. (John 1:1-9) ... See MoreSee Less
DRINKING OF THAT CUP
I glanced at my open bible and my eyes fell upon this verse: "Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? (Matthew 20:22) Looking at this verse brought another to mind that people of God tend to forget.. "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (John 15:20)
If we wish to be followers of Christ because we believe in him; that he was manifested from God (as the voice or Word of God) with a message, then we must believe the message. In this instance it is written, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." (Timothy 3:12) We should not be surprised,
And what is persecution? It is not just to be hung on a tree. There are many forms of persecution. In an online dictionary, PERSECUTION is: hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs.
Synonyms: oppression · victimization · maltreatment · ill-treatment · mistreatment · abuse · ill-usage · discrimination · tyranny · witch hunt · harassment, and more.
If you suffer any of these things for doing or speaking what is right according to Christ and the Word of God, you are probably being persecuted. But I would go a step further and point to another scripture, which says, "That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." (Matthew 5:39) Why? Because that is what Jesus did. I believe that our God does not want his children to be like the evil and disobedient children of the world, but different. We are to be the light against the darkness. Jesus did this not because he was weak, but as it is written, "No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received from my Father." (John 10:18)
Likewise, I believe we have the power of the Holy Spirit to help us to stand against doing like the evildoers, not because we are weak, but because we are strong. ("I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13) And we may trust in the saying, "... Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." (Romans 12:19) ... See MoreSee Less