USA – Our battle is not against flesh and blood, Oct 2, 2018
“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.” (Ephesians 6:12)
In writing this, the Holy Spirit shows me that many will already fall away because they have been deceived into believing that Satan and demons don’t really exist in the sense that they have anything to do with our daily lives, especially for those that live in the USA. There in lies the heart of the battle. Jesus came into the world and brought with Him the new covenant. The truth revealed and the mysteries of the old covenant, the Law, were explained through His teachings and the way in which He lived while He walked like we do on our journey here on earth. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-5, 14)
Our struggle is not about political parties and emotional opinions or rights violated, but against the nature of sin and the battle that Satan leads to deceive everyone to live by their own understanding of good and evil. Satan only has to convince people that the uncompromised Word of God is in error. If He can convince the world that any part of it is incorrect, He has won the battle against Jesus.
In explaining the parable of the sower, Jesus explained, “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:19-23)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:28-29)
“Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6).
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:19-21)
The question we must answer is, “have we come into the light?” or are we happy with the old covenant which is our own legal interpretation of the law: “I haven’t murdered anyone?” or “I go to church on Sunday and give my 10%.”
“Whoever has My commands and obeys them, He is the one who loves Me.” (John 14:21)
“If anyone loves Me, He will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father who sent Me.” (John 14:23-24)
Jesus prayed: “I have revealed You to those whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me and they have obeyed Your Word. Now they know that everything You have given Me comes from You. For I gave them the words You gave Me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me.” (John 17:6-8)
“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
The lie of the lawless one will be that God’s Word is not true.
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears My words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:46-49)
Jesus did not say, “If” a flood came, He said, “When” a flood came.
It is frightening when we witness many believers, especially men, that are so careful to ensure that everything they do, from work to hobbies, is done in such a way they can be successful. But they spend little if any time with the Lord in His Word and are totally depending on what and how others present the Word of God to them. Unfortunately, that means that we will be encouraged and edified by the things we hear which justify what we already have determined is “good” in our own flesh.
My prayer is not that we “read” or “study” the bible, but instead spend time with Him in His Word.
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you or everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:26-27)
The bible starts out with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
It ends with this: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Revelation 22:17-21)