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Day 2 of Fasting and Prayer for Spiritual Renewal
I am amazed at the changes going on in this Country. In World War II, women picked up hammers, welders and other things to work while husbands went off to war. When the war was over they returned home to a hero's welcome. Everyone pulled together and served to keep this great land alive and well. So different today many people do not even act like a war is going on. Some even protest and want to hurt those who have given their lives for our freedom. Recently I was pumping gas in my car and out of the store came a man in army uniform. I waiting till his eyes caught mine and I thanked him for his service to our country. He nodded and walked behind the gas pump to his car. I finished pumping gas and was getting ready to get in my car to leave when suddenly he reappeared around the corner. He came up to me and with a big smile and firm handshake he thanked me for the words of encouragement. He turned and started to walk away but after a few steps stopped and turned around and said. Sir I'm sorry I hesitated by your words but you never know whether a person is saying that truly from their heart or saying it with sarcasm and distain.
As I got into my car with a tear coming down my cheek I begin to think about how many Christians do not even know we are at war. Many times when I have talked about the fact we are at war in our flesh people look at me like I am crazy and even say I am full of sarcasm and distain.
How sad that we as Christians are denying the very power we have to win the war by enjoying the pleasures of this life which drown out the very noise of the battle. Even worse there are bombs dropping all around us every day and its destruction comes from negative thoughts and habits which thwarts God's battle plans, pushes us into business and leads us into despair, discouragement and depression.
"For this reason it says, "Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:14-18 NASB
I do not write this because I want to be negative actually just the opposite. God is searching for WAR HEROS like the ones listed in Hebrews 11 and the Apostle Paul write this to Timothy.
"But flee from these things, you man of God; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." 1 Timothy 6:11-13 NASB
There are many Bible verses that tell us about a battle that is raging against your mind, will and emotions. The battle happens in your flesh and it's wants you to be in control of everything. When we give control to Jesus Christ the battle becomes even stronger and it is only through surrendering of our mind, will and emotions to the power of the Holy Spirit that we can truly seek God's mind, God's will and God's feeling on the matter. Then when we are obedient to God we overcome our own selfish wants and desires.
The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy and says "Fight the good fight of faith." Today I appeal to you to begin to pray about seeing this battle. Ask God to reveal to you the ways He can help you recognize and overcome in the battle for your mind, will and emotions.
BECOME A WAR HERO
"Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." What a wonderful thought to "take hold of" it means that you do not run from the battle but run towards it. You are willing as a good solider to know that if you are fighting beside someone else in the same battle you can take possession of an area that was previously possessed by the enemy. An even greater joy is that when you fight this good fight you are creating a safe area for those who are hurt and wounded in battle to come and be revived and healed.
HERE IN LIES THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH
Okay soldier are you ready to enlist and resist? There are those around you who are willing and ready to be heroes of the faith and see victory in this war will you join today. The pay is out of this world so please do not sit idle the Church needs you.
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