Get Your Fight Back – Part 1

You may be IN the promised land, but are you POSSESSING it?  Just a thought.

1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

I don’t know where Christians get the idea that just because they’re born again, that life should be a bed of roses.  I know it’s been an offshoot of traditional church thinking, but it’s not Biblical.  Stop for a moment and think about it.  Israel coming out of Egypt and crossing the Red Sea is a type and shadow of the new birth.  Israel crossing the Jordan River into the promised land is a type and shadow of being filled with the Holy Ghost and entering into the promises of God.  Dear reader, you the promises of God are for this life, not the world to come.  Entering into the promised land for Israel was NOT a type and shadow of going to heaven.  Once again, stop and think about it. 

Will you have to fight for anything when you go to heaven?  Of course not!  There will be no fighting for anything there.  But here, now, in this present life, you have to fight the good fight of faith every day of your life.  God has already given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, and He did so through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are NOW the head and not the tail, blessed coming in and going out.  And it is NOW, while we have all these blessings that we are required to fight the good fight of faith.

When Israel entered the promised land, they had to fight just about everyone.  They fought from Jericho, long before any king was enthroned, all the way through the lives of the kings of Israel and Judah.  And by the time Jesus was born, they were still fighting, being under the oppressive rule of the Romans then,

Today is no different.  Though you have been born again and filled with Holy Ghost, you’re still in a fight.  Your chief enemy, Satan, comes without fail to steal the Word of God when it is sown in your heart.  If he can’t steal it then, he causes persecutions and afflictions to burn the freshly sprouting Word.  If that fails, the cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things try to choke out the Word.  In every one of these scenarios, you are in a fight.  My friend, you’re going to be in a fight until every one of God’s enemies is made His footstool.  From the moment you made Jesus your Lord, you were entered into a spiritual warfare that will continue for the church until the end of this age.  Don’t get accustomed to it.  Build yourself up on your most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost.  Be ready for it, engage with extreme prejudice.  The only thing you need to capture is every one of your thoughts..  Don’t lay down; armor up, stand up, and move up,.  The fight is on.

Manna for Today – 1 Timothy 6:11-21; 2 Timothy 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-18; Mark 4:1-34

Purpose in Division – Part 3

There is more to division than rightly dividing the Word.

Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Scriptures concerning marriage declare, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”  I believe it is safe to say that the inverse of that statement is also true.  What God has divided, let no one join together.  There are things from which God has chosen to separate Himself, and He likewise tells us to separate ourselves from them.  We are commanded to separate ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit.  We are commanded to flee from youthful lusts.  We are commanded to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but to rather reprove them.  Concerning the world, we are commanded to come out from among them and be separate from them.  There is much, indeed, concerning separating ourselves from certain things.

Think, too, of our separation from sin after the new birth.  God has cast our sins into the depth of the sea to never be remembered again.  He has cast them from us as far as the east is from the west.  Consider the importance God places on such separation, or division.  In the Ark of the Covenant were three items; the broken tables of stone on which God had written the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the hidden pot of manna.  The broken tables of stone represented the laws broken by God’s people that had been covered by the mercy of God and the blood of the sacrificial lamb.  Take close note that the broken law was kept under to Mercy Seat, to remain there, out of sight, out of remembrance, and separated from the people of God who had received God’s mercy and were covered by the blood of the sacrifice.  When enemies of God uncovered the Ark, removing the Mercy Seat, they all died.  What God has separated from you, or divided from you, let no one join together.  

Our Heavenly Father has strong desire and powerful plans to keep His people separated, or divided from every element of the curse of the law; sin, sickness, poverty, and any kind of bondage.  And so, when we read that the yoke is destroyed because of the anointing, we can rejoice in the preciousness of the anointing, that abiding in us, becomes an ever-present attractant to Holy Spirit and all His manifest power.  Then, when through willing obedience, we make that anointing open and useful to Holy Spirit, we find the yokes of the enemy that he would place upon us, broken, and we then rejoice in our freedom.  Thank God for right division. 

Manna for Today – Hebrews 4:9-16; 2 Timothy 2:15; Genesis 1:6-7; Exodus 14:15-22; Joshua 3:5-4:18; 2 Kings 2:5-9; 2 Kings 2:12-15