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Christian Soldiers It’s Time to Fight Back

Evil has gone unchecked for way too long in this country and around the world. It’s time. Christian soldiers it’s time to fight back. If we don’t all will be lost. It’s not the Muslims we should fear. It’s not North Korea or Iran. It is the evil one who is waging war against the hearts of men and women, and winning the war. Step by step he is taking the entire world captive to perform every evil intention of their mind. To strip them of all morality and the sense of right and wrong. To lead them into every manner of perversion and wickedness. To give them the illusion that they can help themselves with the latest counseling of humanistic psychiatry and their taking of prescription drugs. Stand up Christian soldiers it’s time to fight back.

This is a real war with casualties on both sides. We can no longer sit back and allow evil to destroy this country and the world. New and improved legislation will not put evil in check. It will not change the heart of man. It will not stop the mass shootings or the senseless killings. As God’s children we are the only hope for humanity. As soldiers of the Cross we are the only ones who can really put evil in check. We are the only ones who can overcome the enemy. How long will we sit in our churches or on the mountain top and do nothing? Casualties are mounting on both sides. Have you not noticed that the mass killings are getting closer together now? That everyone is at a loss as to the motive. The real motive for the killings. The world does not have the answer. The government does not have the answer. The man on the street does not have the answer. The other world religions do not have the answer. Dear friends and fellow soldiers we are the only ones who have the answer. We must fight back, or all will be lost.

So how does the Christian fight back? How can we wage war against the enemy? Is it possible to turn back the tide of evil in this country and around the world? Yes, it is possible. As God’s soldiers we can turn back the tide of evil. We can render a fatal blow to the enemy. You might be saying, “I can’t do that!” I would agree, you can’t but He can. God working through His soldiers will not only turn back the evil, but He will ultimately destroy it. Although the battle belongs to the Lord, He chooses to do this work through His soldiers, soldiers of the Cross.1  Although God will continue to pour out His wrath on all ungodliness, He will still do His greatest work through His soldiers, soldiers of the Cross.2 All the power of the universe is put at our disposal to be used in our fight against the enemy. This is the same power that created the world. This is the same power that raised Christ from the grave. This is the same power that made you into a new creation. All this and much more is available to the Christian soldier if he is willing to put on the full armor of God and join Him in the fight. Christian do you want to learn how to wage war against the enemy or do you want to just sit back and watch the casualties mount up on both sides?

If you say, yes, I want to fight back, then the first step is to ensure that you are a true follower of Christ. That you believe that God has made you into a new creation and old things are passing away. 3You believe that God has forgiven you of all your sins as well as the guilt. 4You believe that the Holy Spirit resides in you.5  Giving you your own unique Spiritual Gifts and helping you to become all that Christ wants you to be by producing all the Spiritual fruits in their season.6 You believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God who came as all man and all God to die on the Cross and be raised to life on the third day, and sits on His throne in Heaven next to the Father.7 You believe in the Gospel message that we are saved by grace and not by works, lest any man should boast.8 Finally, along with many other things, you believe that God is growing you from one degree of glory to another.9 If you believe these things you have taken your first step in becoming a soldier of the Cross. Ready to fight back.

Secondly, it’s time to put on the full armor of God.10 Without it my friend you will not stand against the enemy. You will not be able to repel the flaming arrows of the evil one. You will end up as a Christian casualty. So, let’s put on the full armor of God. One piece at a time. The helmet of salvation.11 You must be truly saved in the Lord. Then we put on the belt of truth.12  Knowing and believing that God has made you into a new creation where old things are truly passing away.13 This is key to fighting our fight against the enemy who has convinced the unbelieving world that they are still in bondage to the old life. That they are in need of worldly counselors and psychiatric drugs to deal with their incurable condition. It is these drugs that have opened Pandora’s Box allowing the enemy to enter into their hearts and minds. To lead them to do the most horrific crimes against humanity. To practice every form of perversion and wickedness. Although the belt of truth encompasses all the truth claims of the Bible and the proclamation of that truth to fallen humanity, it must encompass the truth that we are new creations growing spiritually from one degree of glory to another.14

Now we are ready for the breastplate of righteousness.15 Without this you will be soundly defeated by the enemy the moment you take the field. You cannot fight evil with evil. You cannot fight hate with hate. You cannot fight anger with anger. Our success in the field, in our fight against the enemy is measured by how diametrically opposite we are of evil. As we become more obedient to the laws of Christ and producing every Spiritual fruit we begin to realize our profound strength in Christ to overcome the enemy. We are not stationary soldiers.16 We don’t simply sit in the church building, but we are quite mobile and must be, if we are going to engage the enemy. The enemy is whispering in one ear, we must be there speaking in the other. We must allow our feet to take us to the people who are being ravished by the enemy. They need to hear the gospel of peace when their lives are filled with turmoil, confusion, and anxiety. For everyone released from captivity renders a blow to the enemy and puts him to flight.

Of course, Christian soldier, you are not going to get very far without faith. So, when we take up the shield of faith it will extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 The enemy knows without faith we are useless in the field of battle. Without faith our many and varied Spiritual Gifts are useless. Without faith we have no access to the power of heaven. Dear soldier, we must have faith. Trust me the enemy can be ruthless and the first thing he will attack is your faith telling you that you have no power to stand against him. Telling you that this job is for the more experienced. That this job is for the pastor, who do you think you are trying to rescue those who have been taken captive by me, the devil says. But the Lord says, Pick up your shield of faith. Then pick up the sword of the Spirit to render a blow against the enemy.18 Dear soldier, you need to have God’s Word written on your heart and ready to be flung at the enemy when we are led by the indwelling Spirit. Just try to minister to that antagonistic neighbor. Just try to tell him that God’s has all the answers to his problems and the enemy will try to trip you up, but you have the most powerful weapon in your arsenal. The sword of the Spirit. So, use it dear soldier and free another captive and render a blow to the enemy.

Christian soldiers it’s time to fight back. If we don’t, casualties will continue to mount up on both sides. The war is raging. The wrath of God is being poured out.19 It’s time to fight back. Every time you release someone from captivity you will render a blow to the enemy. Amen

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Looking at the Signs or at Your Walk?

Stop looking at the signs and start looking at your walk. So many in today’s world are obsessed at looking at the signs. From viewing one YouTube video after another to listening to every new false prophet that comes along, the Christian community is being forced further into captivity by the prince of darkness. Signs are important otherwise Christ would not have given them. Signs are like signpost that give directions and alerts us when we are close to our destination. To concentrate only on the signs and not the many other things necessary to be a good and safe driver would not only be foolish, but could end in tragedy. Well, it’s the same way when it comes to concentrating on the signs of Christ’s Second Coming and not on the many things it takes to be faithful followers of Christ. Yes, many things. So many things that Jesus Christ gave us the indwelling Spirit to remind us of everything He said and taught. The Bible says, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when he the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:12-13a). So, stop looking constantly at the signs and pay attention to your driving. Stop obsessing on the signs of Christ’s return in Glory and let’s agree to spend more time in preparation for His arrival by listening to God through the Spirit. Without the Spirit, the Bible would not be discernible. It would be a nice history book and wise teachings from an ancient Teacher, but remiss of Spiritual power. The power necessary for spiritual growth and faithfulness to God.

Now, that I’ve got your attention let’s look briefly at some of the things we need to be concentrating. First, let’s get rid of all the old baggage that the enemy insists that you hang on to. The baggage the world says you can’t get rid of, no matter how hard you try, but what does God say? Remember, we are to listen to God. Not to the world and not to the enemy. The Bible, His Word, says that we, that is, believers in Christ, are made into a brand-new creation. Let’s read it together, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). Wow! That means that all the old baggage belongs to the old life, not the new. So, to hold onto that old baggage, which no longer exists, either shows your lack of faith or calls God a liar. Friends, to walk in this new life is true freedom. Freedom from all the old sins, bad behavior, emotional and psychological hang-ups, and yes even all your old bad habits. Believing this is your first step in spiritual growth. Trust me, if you don’t believe this you will never get to the second step. And that my friend, is exactly where the lukewarm church is presently in their unbelief.

For you, I think better, so let’s move on to the second step. Put off the old, and put on the new life in-Christ. Sounds like two things, but it’s only one. These things must be done simultaneously, at the same time. The Apostle Paul gives us some wonderful examples in Scripture. Let’s look at them together. The Bible says, “Wherefore putting away lying, [Put off the old life] speak every man truth with his neighbor [Put on the new life]: for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25). And then again, the Bible says, “Let him that stole steal no more: [Put off the old life] but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” [Put on the new life] (Ephesians 4:28). And again, the Bible says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, [Put off the old life] but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers [Put on the new life] (Ephesians 4:29). One last example, the Bible says, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: [Put off the old life] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” [Put on the new life] (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Now, like I said these are examples so let’s see if we can think of others. The point is when you stop an old bad behavior then replace it with a new good behavior. Yes, this works with your emotional and psychological hang-ups too. Most have to do with thinking and learned attitudes. For example, if I have always in the past allowed negative thinking to get me down to the point of being depressed, then I need to put that off, but at the same time I need to put on good positive thoughts along with prayer. Again, the Bible gives us some excellent things to put into our minds and think about. The Bible says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Trust me my friends, God gives us the power to control what we put into our minds. The world and the devil would like you to think differently.

So, you are already beginning to see it’s a full-time job being a Christian who wants to be prepared at Christ’s Second Coming.  So, are you ready for the third step? Service. Yes, I said service. It must be right in the beginning of our Christian pilgrimage. We must immediately start serving our new King, the Righteous King of glory, Jesus Christ. It’s so sad that the lukewarm church has never traveled this far. Sports and recreational events, potlucks and movies, along with many other social events would be hard pressed to qualify as truly serving the Lord, although they could. So how does God want us to serve Him. Along with the new life in-Christ comes immediately the Holy Spirit, our new Holy Resident. And when He comes, He does not come empty handed, but He comes bearing Gifts. Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have taught many classes on how to know your Spiritual Gift and how to use it for God’s glory. I cannot overemphasize the importance of teaching all God’s children the use of their Spiritual Gifts for the health and wellbeing of the Church. And yes, we are the Church, which explains the weakness and worldliness of today’s churches. How valuable the Spiritual Gifts are in building up, encouraging, preaching, teaching, and admonishing one another in Christ. Not to mention the many other Spiritual Gifts to strengthen and grow God’s Holy Church. Therein is our true service to the Master.

There are other steps along the Way that we must all take, but these first steps are essential or you will never be ready to meet our Master coming in the clouds to collect His Beautiful Bride, the Church. This is how Christ is doing His part in preparing for that glorious Day, the Bible says, “Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25b – 27). Now, once you are being made ready and concentrating on the important things of our Christian pilgrimage then only take a quick glance at the signs knowing He’s at the very door where every eye will see His glorious coming. I pray that all reading this will be ready when He comes. I will leave you with these Words from the Master. The Bible says, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Taking these initial steps, my friends, are God’s will for you, the Church. Amen

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Three Great Powers to Overcome the Wiles of the Devil

The lukewarm church and the religious cult are both powerless to stand against the wiles of the devil. Both are missing the power of love, the power of forgiveness and the power of the resurrection – three great powers to overcome the wiles of the devil. Satan and the unclean spirits (or fallen angels) are incapable of overcoming these three great powers made manifest in God’s true children, the faithful remnant. This is good news for the end time saints who have witnessed the influence of Satan to capture so many in our day. Addiction to prescription drugs, both pain killers and psychiatric, have decimated the population leaving most under the control of demonic influence and the power of sin. A lukewarm church has done little in equipping the believers to stand against the wiles of the devil. The religious cult has robbed the believers of their power to stand against the trickery and deception of Satan. Psychiatry and the medical professionals are throwing different labels on people at the speed of light to explain their bizarre and unbelievable behavior. The world, the lukewarm church, and the religious cults are powerless to stand against the wiles of the devil. On the other hand, true believers have that power. Continue reading Three Great Powers to Overcome the Wiles of the Devil

Four Most Horrifying Words

What a glorious day that will be at the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but for some it will not be so glorious. The unbelieving world will cower in their caves crying out to the rocks to fall upon them and hide them from the coming Lord and His wrath. (See Revelation 6:16-17). On the other hand, all those who claimed to believe in Christ will be awakened at an hour they did not expect and will rush out to meet the Lord with glad tidings in their heart thinking all is well. They all without exception had become drowsy and fell asleep, because the promise of His coming had been for a very long time. To this date its been nearly two thousand years since the promise was first given to His disciples. Perhaps the great missionary efforts had ceased and revivals had become a relic of the past replaced with conferences geared to a favorite doctrine. Even one on one evangelism was frowned upon my most for being too exclusive. It appears that the entire church drifted off to sleep and was only now awakened at the news of Christ’s return, which no doubt caused much panic among all to let their light shine in a very dark world as they all rushed to meet the bridegroom. Continue reading Four Most Horrifying Words

Church in the Last Days

As we fast approach the end of days my heart aches for the church. It deeply grieves me to see her stumble and fall prey to the world. Spiritual eyes reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly. Yet, in all of her various forms she is still the church of the living God established by His Son, nurtured by the Spirit, and ministered to by each of her members. It’s instructive to see that Jesus Christ first addresses the seven historical churches in the book of Revelation prior to the unveiling of the great struggle between the powers of evil and the risen Lord. These timeless messages are for all the churches in every age from the first century to the coming of Christ in glory to defeat Satan and his host of wickedness. As Christ walks among the churches He is holding her messengers in His right hand (See Revelation 1:20) and with all seeing eyes He is continually giving her comfort, commendation, exhortation, and rebuke. It was Christ who established His church and indicated that the gates of hell would not prevail against her. (See Matthew 16:18) Simply put, all the false doctrine, all the schisms, and all the host of wickedness will not destroy the church. Jesus Christ loves the church referred to often as His Body. Continue reading Church in the Last Days