Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Taking the Fight to the Enemy—Part 5


Taking the Fight to the EnemyPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
King David rejoiced
King David epitomized the concept of taking the battle to the enemy. He did not simply wait, but actively pursued those arrayed against him. Before David’s death, it is recorded in 2 Sam. 22:32-50 that he rejoiced in all that God had done for him and through him:
  • It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
  • He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.
  • He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
  • You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.
  • You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
  • You have delivered me from the attacks of my people; you have preserved me as the head of nations. People I did not know are subject to me.
  • "The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!
  • He is the God who avenges me, who puts the nations under me.

David was a man with flaws, yet one of whom God commended as “a man after His own heart.” We too, if we strive to be faithful—however imperfectly—can hear those wonderful words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Summary
  • The battle today is Christianity against increasingly overt Evil.
  • We are to don God’s whole armor to ready ourselves for the battle (Eph. 6:10-18).

The goals of communism, masked as socialist objectives are increasingly being realized. Five of the forty five goals are in place right now:
  • Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
  • Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
  • Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and healthy.”
  • Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion.  Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
  • Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

King Jehoshaphat set an example for all of us to follow as we prepare to engage the enemy.
In Part 4 of this series, passages of scripture describing our response to the growing evil threats was discussed.
We cannot afford to remain complacent of apathetic. Of course, we can always rely on the Lord to fulfill His plans, but God has a part for us to play as well.
Proverbs 3:5-7 says that we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart and rely not on our own powers of reasoning, but rather acknowledge God and watch Him make straight our paths; avoid thinking we are wise enough. We must fear the Lord (which is the beginning of wisdom) and reject evil.
Remember! The battle is not ours, but God’s.

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