December 20, 2013
“We poor sinners need to come back from our wanderings to seek pardon through the all-sufficient merits of our Redeemer. And we need to pray earnestly for the power of the Holy Spirit to give us a precious revival in our hearts and among the unconverted.” – Robert E. Lee
Lee was correct in that if we hope to see a revival in the land we must start with ourselves. As we see in our history, human power or wisdom often creates more problems than it solves. We wander through life thinking ourselves to be wise and suffer the consequences when we could have had Divine power and wisdom.
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV If we hope to be free from our sins we must seek Christ as Lee, Jackson and multitudes have done. When we do that and the unconverted see the joy and liberty in us they will come to Christ. As the numbers of people free in Christ increase so also will the land soon be full of liberty.
America’s freedom never came from the politics of men or even the power of our military, but by the faith of our Founders and heroes in God, His Son, His providence and His commands. When, as a nation, we turned from that we wandered from the path of His blessings and liberty. Listen to God and Lee and come back. He will grant us mercy as individuals and may extend that mercy to the land as well.
December 20, 2013
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 KJV
The decline of the influence of the Church started when people stopped asking how much they can give up/sacrifice for God and started asking how much can I get by with and still be saved. When they stopped coming out and being separate from the world and started letting the World in to dictate how the Church should live instead of the Church changing the lives of the World.
There is a reason that Jeremiah says to seek the old paths. What we have done has not worked and to continue on expecting different results is insanity and that is indeed what we see in both Church and the World.
If we want change and revival we must return to the attitudes and actions that worked for the 1st Century Church and for the Christians who sought to maintain those things throughout the centuries though in these days it may lead to less than pleasant circumstances here, but a far better moment at the BEMA. However, as a whole, the last sentence of the passage reflects the response of the Church in this age.
December 2, 2013
Indeed, as Paul prophesied, we are living in perilous times. When in such times you need to know your enemy and your resources and the weapons required to defeat him. I am afraid that far too many of the brethren have been fighting the wrong enemy and have chosen to pick up the wrong arms thus losing many battles. With those losses comes discouragement and loss of focus making the future seem dark and fuzzy.
I see way too many references to taking up arms or saber rattling on FaceBook and other places by professing Christians. We do not defend our faith by guns. Nowhere will you find such an injunction in Scripture. Jesus went as a sheep to the slaughter. Indeed, He said that He could have called 12,000 angels to His side, but chose not to do so, but laid down His life for us. All the apostles were imprisoned and all but one were executed by the Roman government. None of them suggested forming an army to overthrow Rome or to avenge the deaths of saints.
Read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and see how many suffered under persecutions throughout the centuries, often by people who claimed to be Christians. They did not just walk into the coliseum nor bring their own stake to the fire, but neither was there any kind of organized military action for they knew who their enemy was and that the enemy is not wounded or defeated by arms made by men.
Even today, many of our brethren worldwide face all manner of persecution and myriads have earned the martyr’s crown. Christian soldiers fight on another plane in higher spheres of reality. Indeed, our enemy would love to get us off mission and distracted encouraging carnal warfare as a means of camouflage to his tactics and as an evasive maneuver. We are not to be ignorant of his devices but rather destroying his strongholds.
2 Cor 10:3-5
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; KJV
There are no persons or groups of flesh that are the true enemy of Christians. Many people are pawns of the devil deluded, deceived and directed by demons. The people are not the real enemy. They are victims and prisoners to be loved and set free by the love of Christ. The enemy is devil and his minions. The war is a spiritual one.
Thus we have to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapons given to us. Paul shows us our armor in Ephesians 6. That is how we defend ourselves and take up the fight, but against spiritual enemies, not carnal ones. We sometimes forget how we were driven to do things that we look back on now with regret and wonder what were we thinking at the time. In many ways, we were not thinking, but rather being influenced by the thoughts of demons appealing to the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.
So also are all those who do not know the Lord are influenced directly by demonic forces or through the influence of some man or woman that is influenced or controlled directly by them. This is why we must pray for them and witness to them through the power of the Spirit not through wisdom of men. Too often we rely upon our skills in logic or debate and try to win them through vain philosophy and then wonder why we fail.
We must kneel more in prayer. We must become more knowledgeable of our field manual, the Bible. We must practice putting on our armor and understanding what each piece means and how it aids our fight. We must then look beyond our carnal antagonist and determine what spirits are influencing them and then attack that entity. We must enter into battle under the authority of Christ, endued with power from the Spirit speaking the truth in love with the goal of freeing the captive and defeating the one who captured him. Only then are we in the right battle against the right enemy with the right goal. Then and only then we can expect victory. All else is vain.
My brethren, quit talking dangerous nonsense that only makes the devil laugh at our furtive efforts and opens us up to further assaults that can only end in failure. Lay down your arms & take up your weapons. Why rattle sabers when you can wield the sword of the Lord? Go for the jugulars of the leaders of Hell and rescue the perishing. Let us be the overcoming victors we are destined to be. Fight the good fight for we were called into the kingdom for such a time as this. The war was won at the Resurrection. We are just doing mop up duties until our Commander-in-Chief returns and brings in the Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven and make his enemies His footstool. He is risen! Marantha!
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. KJV
1 John 5:4-5
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? KJV