Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:10-12 ESV
We are called to be WARRIORS! Who puts on ARMOR? Who FIGHTS A GOOD FIGHT? I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. (2 Timothy 4:7) Don’t you hear it? There is a battle that we are supposed to be engaged in, but we are to fight differently than the way that ‘Earth Dwellers” fight, we are to fight differently than the way the world fights it battles! We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) The reason we have to FIGHT differently is because there are 2 realities that co-exist at the same time. One is temporal, the things we can see, hear, feel and touch. Then we have the SPIRITUAL, which is a different realm, yet co-exists at the same time. However, the temporal is TEMPORARY, and the ETERNAL is ETERNAL! “As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Leader, if we are going to be victorious in this battle, then we need to get our SPIRITUAL EYES on. There are only 2 WORLD VIEWS. A world view is a mental model of reality — a comprehensive framework of ideas & attitudes about the world, ourselves, and life, a system of beliefs, a system of personally customized theories about the world and how it works. The 2 World Views are a “GOD VIEW”, where we know there is a God and He is in control, and a ‘World View’, where man is the TOP of the HEAP, and we live, then we die, and it is over! In 2 Kings the 6th chapter the Assyrian army is looking to attack the Israeli army. Every time the Assyrian army shows up to defeat the Israeli army, the Israelis have moved. The king thought there was a spy, and challenged his Military leaders to find the spy, however, something different was happening. And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” (2 Kings 6:12) So they go after Elisha with the whole of the Assyrian Army. In the morning Elisha’s helper goes outside the tent and sees the hills surrounded by the Assyrian army. The helper came in and told Elisha of the predicament, the problem that he saw with his WORLD VIEW, and the Prophet responded with his “GOD VIEW”. “Do not be afraid,” Elisha answered, “for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17-18) We can only fight the GOOD FIGHT, when we have the GOD VIEW, the right perspective. We must put on our SPIRITUAL EYES!
Conduit, we are told to BEWARE, that means BE AWARE of this battle and this foe- Beelzebub, the devil, Satan! He is a WILEY opponent, who deals with twisted thoughts and a perverted gospel. Early in the church’s history when Satan realized he could not defeat the church from the outside, he changed his approach and joined the church. In the 4th century, Constantine made ‘Christianity” the religion of the government, and the politics and government merged, and created what we know today as the Roman Catholic Church. And Paul forewarned us, and now every Saturday, every Sunday, every Wednesday many pulpits are being led by the Spirit of the Anti-Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14) Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democratic U.S. senator from Georgia and pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church stated publicly that even non-Christians can save themselves by doing good. “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Warnock wrote on Twitter Easter Sunday. “Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.” We could go through a list of supposed PASTORS who are preaching heresy, blasphemy, they are APOSTATES who are teaching about keeping a pound of flesh, keeping a record of wrong of what has happened to people who “look like them”, feeding the SPIRIT OF OFFENSE. One of the cornerstones of the FAITH is the 5 Solas, the 5 ALONES of the Reformation. Faith alone, by Grace alone, through Christ alone, to the Glory of God alone, and it is the BIBLE ALONE! For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10) The only way to know a COUNTERFEIT is to KNOW the original, the TRUTH. IF you are going to FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, you will need not only the ARMOR OF GOD, but also the ONE OFFENSIVE weapon we have, the WORD OF GOD! How will you know the lies being preached in many of our churches unless you know THE TRUTH? Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” (John 14:6-7) Know Jesus, know Peace. NO JESUS, NO PEACE!