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Fight the Good Fight of Faith

Could it be that most Christians in today’s world are fighting the wrong fight, or fighting the wrong battle? I am afraid if they don’t get this right soon, then it will be too late. So, let’s examine the real battle that needs to be waged in the hearts and minds of God’s beloved children. Before we do, however, let’s take a moment and review the battles that many are wrongfully engaged in, producing meager results at best. There is the humanistic battle that has captured many in our day leaving them stressed, empty, and discouraged. They struggle almost daily to walk in the path of righteousness by following the many commands in Scripture and the rules and regulations of their church and society. They relentlessly struggle against the old sin nature rebuking this sin and the next. They yell at the devil and have learned how to rebuke curses to no avail. Clearly, they are engaged in the wrong battle by trusting in the works of their own hands. They are not fighting the good fight of faith.

Next, there is, what I refer to as the social/political battle that’s being ruthlessly waged in our day, capturing many. These are those who struggle daily to improve the social and political structures in our world. They enthusiastically work long hours for just the right candidate to arise and overcome the many sins in our evil world, to turn back the tide of lawlessness, and win a glorious battle against the heathen. They have openly and unreservedly embraced the world’s methods in overcoming all the emotional and psychological problems invading the fallen world. No longer trusting God to solve their many problems they are now in league with the fallen world bringing their teachings and counseling techniques into the lukewarm church in an attempt to help God’s wayward children. However, with all this hard work, the world is not getting any better. People are not delivered from their many emotional and psychological problems but have sunken even deeper into a regimen of endless counseling and the addiction to psychiatric drugs. Clearly, they are engaged in the wrong battle by trusting in the works of their own hands. They are not fighting the good fight of faith.

Next, there is what I refer to as, the doctrinal battle, on what we say we believe. Let me say right up front, that this can be a good fight, if we apply our doctrine, or what we say we believe, to our lives. Yet, most vigorously fight others with heated rhetoric to hold onto a belief that they have never truly applied to their lives. This battle has raged since the first century ruthlessly fighting others over doctrine to the point of rendering horrific persecution to those who refuse to recant. Clearly, to fight over a baseless doctrine that has not changed your life, or the life of others is not only senseless but spurns the Holy Name of God and His many glorious promises designed to bring forth life to those who are dead. They too are engaged in the wrong battle by trusting in the works of their own hands to bring forth life by only believing the right doctrine. The Bible says, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19). So, it must be more than just believing in the right doctrine, if we want to fight the good fight of faith, we must apply our doctrine to our lives.

So, how do we fight this good fight of faith? The key to fighting the good fight of faith is trusting in all the beautiful promises of God, proclaimed by His Son, and by the anointed writers of the Bible. The world that’s run by the powers of darkness does not want you to believe that the promises are real, and they don’t want you to trust in Christ to fulfill His promises through the indwelling Spirit. The greatest wile of the devil in our age, the last days, is to hide these promises from God’s children and to convince them that they need the world’s help. Like the days of old, your children have forgotten the promises and have sought reliance upon human aid, which is totally inconsistent with trusting in you to fulfill your beautiful promises (See Isaiah 30:1-18). To fight the good fight of faith, we must start by remembering your many wonderful promises, to put them deep within our hearts, and then walking in such a manner that proves that we are trusting in your promises to be fulfilled in our lives.

So, how do we apply these promises to our lives? This is an important question that has been ignored in our day. Yes, we must believe the promises, but that is only the first step. Most try to take this first step and only pay lip service to the promise, but that’s as far as they go. We must go a lot further. Whatever we say we believe; we must put it into our life. For example, if we say that we believe that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness (See II Peter 2:1-2), then we must search the Scriptures to find what we need to answer life’s problems. The moment we turn to the world then we have nullified our faith, we have lost the battle, we are no longer fighting the good fight of faith. Another example is if we say that God has made us into a new creation and that old things have passed away (See II Corinthians 5:17) then we must believe that truth, but we can’t stop there, we must proceed. If we truly believe that old things have passed away, then we will not keep looking back. We will no longer believe the world, that says, “we are just made that way and are unable to change who we are.” When we reject their lies and believe that God will fulfill His promises in our lives, then we will be fighting the good fight of faith.

If we don’t follow these simple steps, then we will be numbered among those who have no faith when Christ returns in glory (See Luke 18:8). Believe me when you start trusting in Jesus Christ to fulfill His promises in your life then you will be confronted head-on by Satan and the powers of darkness. They will attack you at every turn. We will be called radicals for our interpretation of Scripture. We will feel the brunt of their hostility, and their malicious anger. When we stand toe to toe with the world claiming the promises of truth and our unwillingness to participate in their lies that’s leading God’s children astray by trusting in their counselors, then we will know that we have entered the good fight of faith. When we proclaim to them God’s promise to make us into a new creation where old things have passed away, then we will know that we have finally engaged the enemy. When we tell the world that we don’t need anything from them because God has given us everything we need for life and godliness, then we will know that we are fighting the good fight of faith.

Suffice it to say that we cannot bring about the promises in our own power. Every true believer in Christ learns all too well that we can’t but He can. It is only Christ through the indwelling Spirit that can fulfill His promises in our lives. As we step out in faith ready and willing to join the good fight, then we have His grace and the power of heaven at our disposal through prayer. As Christ prayed in the garden, He was about to embark on the greatest promise ever made to humanity, the promise of salvation through faith alone. God the Father gave His son the grace to see the mission through to the end, and He will do the same for us. When we run into difficulty, we must not turn to the world for help, but we turn to God for whom our help comes from (See Psalms 121:1-2). It is He that will fulfill all of His promises in our life. So, let us also recognize the power of prayer as we step out in faith asking God to fulfill His promises in us. Dear Children, fight the good fight of faith. Amen

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The Witness of Our Hope

How do we become powerful witnesses of our hope, in the Last Days? Sadly, to say, there are very few powerful witnesses in our day. In an age of the lukewarm church and increasing immorality among the world’s population, we need a powerful witness, or Christianity as we now know it, will cease to exist, except a few isolated enclaves. The Words of Holy Scripture may be fulfilled sooner than you think, that says, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7). In our study today we will take our lead from the two witnesses in the last days who stood toe to toe with the beast, whose witness was so strong that their words were like flaming fire coming out of their mouth to overcome those who would come against them. (Read Revelation 11:1-11) Dear friends, we need such a witness in our day. Although before we attempt to witness, we need to have our hope firmly planted in our hearts. We must know what we truly believe, unfortunately, many in our day don’t know what they believe. Continue reading The Witness of Our Hope

The Seeds of Civil War

The seeds of Civil War have been planted in the hearts of humanity for a very long time now. This article will examine how these seeds of Civil War have just started to blossom creating havoc and great misery in the world. When all the seeds of Civil War have shot forth to maturity it will be the greatest horror to have ever come upon the planet. This Civil War will not be just in America but will take root in every other country in the world. For these seeds to blossom, they need to be put into fertile soil. For the first time in human history, this has been made possible by technology and accomplished by the Social Media platforms that are reaching nearly every people group on the planet. I will demonstrate how the powers of evil and the rulers of darkness are using this new platform to fan the fires of discontent and arouse the evil nature in every person to follow its will. We will look briefly at how it all started with the News Media pitting one side against another allowing it to flow easily into all the Social Media platforms. Then we will look at how this will lead to a real Civil War in the streets of America and other countries in the world. Continue reading The Seeds of Civil War

Who is Taking Your Mind Captive?

Unlike the animal kingdom we have an amazing capacity to formulate complex thoughts, to remember minute details, and multi-task with tremendous accuracy while speaking, listening, and formulating our next thought. Our minds are the most astonishing gift from our Creator setting us apart from the rest of His creation. History proves that some of our greatest thinkers have separated themselves from the milieu of fruitless thinking and conversation that the masses are captive to. From the scribes of ancient Israel to the great philosophers in every Century they have held their followers captive. In today’s world, we have a new medium, no doubt designed by Satan himself, to hold the entire population’s thoughts captive to him. Each medium is saying come over here and follow me, from the professors of higher education to the news media, to Hollywood’s avalanche of movies, and to the algorithm of Social Media. We will examine how each of these mediums are holding your mind captive and how Jesus Christ’s call to follow Him exclusively will set you free to explore the endless possibilities of what your mind is capable of and the great joy of participating in His Kingdom work. Continue reading Who is Taking Your Mind Captive?

False Hope Will Not Stop the End

The greatest lie of Satan is giving fallen humanity false hope. He has been doing that since the beginning by causing us to question God. We can hear his voice down through the ages, “Did God really say?” And we hear it loud and clear today. Both the right and the left are giving this country false hope. The left is saying we can save the planet by reducing fossil fuels or doing without them completely. Although I sincerely commend their willingness to stop the burning of fossil fuels that are harmful to both the environment and public health, they simply don’t have the ability to change man’s heart that’s controlled by selfishness and greed. Only God can change man’s heart. In their outrageous political statements, they say that they can stop or reverse the effects of Global Warming, which is nothing less than giving people false hope. On the right, most will publicly deny Global Warming as fake news and false science. Although I commend the right for their willingness to protect their citizens from the earth’s coming woes by beefing up the military, withdrawing support from other nations, building a large wall on our Southern border, and doling out $76.5 billion for climate resilience and disaster mitigation. Again, they too are ignoring the Words of God about the end and giving people a false hope that they and their communities can survive the coming apocalypse. Continue reading False Hope Will Not Stop the End