Monday, May 30, 2011

The War Continues

Memorial Day is a national holiday where Americans pay their respect and heartfelt gratitude to fellow Americans who have sacrificed their lives in wars throughout the world to protect the freedoms that we enjoy in USA. Whether people believe in the one and only true eternal. immortal, invisible all wise God and the LORD Jesus Christ or not, for generations America was, is and will always be "One nation under God."

However, there is another war that is still taking place. This war started shortly after the creation of man and for thousands of years has taken countless human lives. It is a war that has a leader whose sole purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. His arsenal is includes, sickness, disease, poverty and every sin known to man. Sadly enough this leader uses people many time to do his bidding against other people. He is known as destroyer, murderer, liar, deceiver, accuser, enemy of the human soul, the devil and Satan. He is the epitome of all that is evil and there is no good or truth in him. He is the one who causes every bad, horrible, grotesque and unimaginable things to happen to people. It is all due to his great hatred for humanity and the Creator of life. The Apostle Paul tells us, For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
But there is wonderful news for all humanity...

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

Through faith in Jesus Christ people no longer have to live under the tyrannical rule of Satan because Jesus Christ took the punishment for every sin of every man, woman and child in His own body on the cross. Satan and sin, which are synonymous, has been defeated and humanity can now be free.

Unfortunately, Satan has blinded the minds of many people from this truth and has created a false reality of life. People have become so attached to the world of sin that they cannot see that they are connected to the god of this age. They have been convinced that good is evil and evil is good. They are deceived to think that God is the one behind all the terrible things that happen in the world. The time has come for believers to be thrust into the harvest field to unplug human lives from Satan's system of the bondage of sin with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Believers must go forth preaching the "Full Gospel" to get the results that the early church received. The Apostle Paul tells us what it means to preach the full gospel...
For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient. In mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have FULLY PREACHED THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. (Romans 15:18-19)

Notice that the full gospel is not only through words but also in actions, that is, a demonstration of mighty signs and wonders by the power of the Holy Spirit. It takes faith to believe that every Christian has the power and authority in the Name of Jesus Christ to walk in this manner. However, the enemy of humanity has and will continue trying his best to convince believers that signs and wonders are not for the church today. If this is so then we must conclude that Jesus mistakenly said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (John 14:12) But we know that Jesus did not make any mistakes because "He is the way, the truth and the life." So let's exercise our faith in Him, go forth and fight the good fight of faith.

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