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Friday, December 16, 2011

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition – By: Ray Comfort – www.livingwaters.com

           In this…we will look closely at the fact that we are involved in warfare.  When you became a Christian, you stepped right into the heat of an age-old battle.  You now have a threefold enemy: the world, the devil, and the flesh.  Let’s look at these three resistant enemies.
The World:
            Our first enemy is the world.  When the Bible speaks of the “world” in this context, it is referring to the sinful, rebellious world system.  This is the world that loves the darkness and hates the light (John 3:20) and is governed by the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2).  The Bible says that the Christian has escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  “Lust” is unlawful desire and is the life blood of the world – whether it be the lust for sexual sin, for power, for money, or for material things.  Lust is a monster that will never be gratified, so don’t feed it.  It will grow bigger and bigger until it weighs heavy upon your back and will be the death of you (James 1:15).  There is nothing wrong with sex, power, money, or material things, but when desire for these becomes predominant, it becomes idolatry. (Colossians 3:5).  We are told, “Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,” and, “Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (1 John 2:15; James 4:4).
The Devil:
            The second enemy is the devil.  As we have seen, he is known as the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4).  He was your spiritual father before you joined the family of God (John 8:44, Ephesians 2:2).  Jesus called the devil a thief who came to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).  The way to overcome him and his demons is to make sure you are outfitted with the spiritual armor of God listed in Ephesians 6: 10-20.  Become intimately familiar with it.  Sleep in it.  Never take it off.  Bind the sword to your hand so you never lose its grip.  The reason for this brings us to the third enemy.
The Flesh:
            The third enemy is what the Bible calls the “flesh”.  This is your sinful nature.  The domain for the battle is your mind.  If you have a mind to, you will be attracted to the world and all its sin.  The mind is the control panel for the eyes and the ears, the center of your appetites.  All sin begins in the “heart” (Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 15:19).  We think of sin before we commit it.  The Bible warns that lust brings forth sin, and sin when it’s conceived brings forth death.  Every day of life, we have a choice.  To sin or not to sin – that is the question.  The answer to the question of sin is to have the fear of God.  If you don’t fear God, you will sin to your sinful heart’s delight. 
            Did you know that God kills people?  He killed a man for what he did sexually (Genesis 38:9, 10), killed another man for being greedy (Luke 12:15-21), and killed a husband and wife for telling one lie (Acts 5:1-10).  Knowledge of God’s goodness – His righteous judgments against evil – should put fear of God in us and help us not to indulge in sin.  If we know that the eye of the Lord is in every place beholding the evil and the good, and the He will bring every work to judgment, we will live accordingly.  Such weighty thoughts are valuable, for “by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil” (Proverbs 16:6).  Jesus said,
“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4,5)
From the book: Overcoming Panic Attacks by: Ray Comfort.
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