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I think when we think “Christian,” we do not associate it with violence. I mean, the common description of a Christian is someone who is meek, quiet, and somewhat of a push over. I suppose some would even label Christians as people who aren’t really bright, ignorant, and when called radical it is meant in the terms of their “religious belief or activity.” Interesting, isn’t it?

Jesus said we will know Christians by their love. John 13:35 says, By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”

The worlds definition of love is askew. Most would say love is not suppose to hurt your feelings or offend anyone, and if you speak out against someone or ideology you are accused of hatred. This is so far removed from the truth.

If you truly love someone, you will put yourself between them and what will cause them harm. A good parent has to say no, even when their child begs, cries, or flat out screams “I hate you!”  Because the loving parent cares more about their child’s safety and well being than the initial outburst. This is love, being able to endure for the benefit of another, even if the other is ungrateful or doesn’t recognize the benefit of boundaries and safe guards.

Now, back to my original thought about the Christian and violence.

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Jesus said, …the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.

It takes courage to enter God’s kingdom. You must have unwavering faith. Because the opposition is leveled at us is great. Especially in a world where everyone wants what “feels right” in a “live and let live” motto. You must know Him and have an intimate relationship with Him for your light to shine, so others can see Him in and through you. You must be able to say no when others say yes. You must stand firm and speak truth.

Where is the violence seen in relation to Christians and the Kingdom? It is not seen in fleshly battles, it is seen in the spiritual battles. We are strong when we do not wage carnal war, but spiritual war. Because our weapons are mighty! Let us be the battering ram with our prayers and His word.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.

Ephesians 6:12 

For too long we have been silent. It is time to lift your voice to heaven. Everything that has been stolen from you, everything you lost, it is time to take it back. If the devil wants your marriage, your relationships, your health, your mind… then remind him who he is dealing with and he has got one heck of a fight on his hands.

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It is time we lock arms and battle together. Press in and fight for ourselves, our brothers and sisters in Christ, our families, our nation, the lost, those we love AND those who hate us. He has sent us out as sheep among wolves, therefor let us be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Trust Him! This is His battle. He has overcome the world, just open your mouth and bring His Kingdom to the earth and let Him reign!

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart),  and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].  Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:10-16

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It’s Never What You Think It Is

In ancient Rome the term ‘legion’ was used to describe a group of fighting men. They were a well organized unit and trained for battle. A legion of soldiers would consist of 4,000 to 10,000 men. A full strength legion is 6,000, but they generally consisted of approximately 5,300 fighting men, including officers.

When we consider the demoniac in Mark 5, we can see just how tormented he was. The man had issues! So, many issues, that when Jesus asked the demon to name himself the demon couldn’t state one name, because he said they are many. I heard a really good teaching on this last evening and it got me thinking, even more. (Yes, my mind never stops)

The enemy is very strategic.  His attacks are with military precision.

So, one thought led to another and the word ‘flank’ came to my mind. So, of course I google ‘what does flank mean in warfare’.

Flank:

  • It’s used in all military and basically means you’re approaching the enemy around their flank (where the flank means the side). It can also just mean approaching the enemy from a route other than the most obvious one (straight on). It’s when you sneak around the side of an enemy and wipe them all out before they see it coming.
  • It means they are going around you and coming up at the side or most effectively from the back.
  • It’s when you sneak around the side of an enemy and wipe them all out before they even know your there!
  • What usually happens is some of the guys provide suppressing fire (where they just shoot to make sure the enemy doesn’t try to shoot back at the moment. They don’t really try to hit anyone (unless someone comes out of cover) they just shoot so they DON’T come up.) and while they do that, the other guys can move through the open without getting shot at, they go to the enemy’s backs, or sides (where they have no cover), and take them down.

Do you see how strategic this is? Do you understand how sly the enemy is? Do you really think you are just fighting a little nymph with horns and a pitch fork?

Ephesians 6:12 say’s, 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.

Do you really think this all about you? Oh NO, my friend! This is not about you. The enemy doesn’t just want to kill you, he wants to destroy the seed. He wants the territory. He wants to intimidate you, strike fear in you, steal from you, and he wants to leave his calling card so anyone who witnesses what he has done to you will tremble and surrender. The attack can be very personal, but do NOT for one minute think it is just about you. He is after the seed!

Do you not know you are made in the image of God? Your mere existence is a threat to hell.

Years ago I knew a man who worked in missions in the Sudan. He shared stories about his experience there. The LRA would come into a village and burn it to the ground. They would rape and slaughter everyone there; men, women, and children. But, they would leave one barely alive as a calling card for whoever found them. It was a warning to fear them.

This is what Satan does. He will take out your village and leave you maimed, so you won’t dare come against him again and so that anyone who saw the shambles your life is in will not want to follow the God you serve.

The biggest attack he will launch is against marriage. He knows a Godly marriage is a representation of Christ’s love for the church. He will sew seeds of discords, suspicion, pride, fear, etc… to take your marriage out. You MUST keep the three chord strand intact, my friend. You must focus on Christ and trust Him.

The enemy will send a flank around you and you will not see it coming because he will have you so focused on the petty. The death blow rarely comes head on, it is from behind. It is in your blind spot, beyond the peripheral. You think you are fighting about this, or worrying about that? You get your feelings hurt and you launch an emotional attack? You think you know everything, yet you do not ask for understanding?

Too many marriages, families, ministries, have been burned at the stake because we do not recognize who the enemy really is. Your spouse is not your enemy. Your co-worker is not your enemy. Your child is not your enemy. The man down the road is not your enemy. Know who the enemy is. Do NOT get distracted with the petty.

If you fight your battles on the petty, you will never be able to stand against the death blow. You won’t even see it coming.

What you are going through is not a coincidence, nor is it unrelated. It is all very strategic.

How do you fight this attack? By putting on the full armor of God. See Ephesians 6

I want to close with this thought. Do not attempt to fight this alone. If you are isolated, a straggler, you are an easy target. Isolation is a clever ploy of the enemy. He knows if he can get you alone, then you will have no one to watch your back. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay in fellowship with other believers.  The word say’s, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

Let us love one another and forgive one another, as Christ loves and forgives us.

So, think about this the next time you want to take offense, or get angry, or your “feelings” are hurt. Know where the attack comes from and know…. it is never what you think it is.

Selah