Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Battle Stations; Part 4 (Last One)

Part IV
D) Our Part -
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
(Romans 16: 20)
Putting someone under your feet is showing them, forcefully, “I am better than you; stronger than you.” It is a physical affirmation of the words. Joshua and his captains of war, before killing the kings, stepped on their necks. The last thought of their lives was their sound, complete, utter, hopeless, shameful defeat. Though the description of the mind’s eye when reading this is graphic and extreme - it has to be!!
Though we live in different times - it is no less dire of circumstances in our world. The enemy is Satan and sin is his lure, trap, weapon and executioner. If you think that the days of graphic, grueling battles are over - you believe a lie of the devil. He has traded in the swords, arrows and soldiers for lust, greed, laziness and all manner of sensual or otherwise alluring temptations. They slay far more men and women with more widespread effects. If he can keep you from seeing this and fall to the lust of your heart, not a bullet - THEN he has effectively taken the sword out of your hand and the fight out of your heart. With this accomplished, he is now free to roam the kingdoms of your heart and mind and pillage as he pleases, while you are comforted by the sins you embrace.
The Christian is portrayed as weak and silent. Many who “claim” to be one live this way. This is a lie from Satan! His lies have EFFECTIVELY depleted holiness and the love of God from the world’s image of the Christian AND those who profess to be one!!! Sin is seen as an inescapable fact of life. It is downplayed in relation to the judgment of God, glorified in public and plants indifference in those who succumb to it; rather than to the Lord it undermines. Why don’t people see that Jesus Christ came to DESTROY this in their lives?!?! Why else would He have died for sin if there was nothing that could be done about it in our daily lives?
I want you, the reader, to see that if you don’t take up and maintain your battle station - the devil will run you through - and you will be left with the infection of doubt; the festering sores of worldliness and the disbelief of a Savior with the power to REMOVE sin from your life.
This brings up an interesting point. Who, then, plays the crucial and pivotal role? God? The devil? No, but they will always play their part, and at their maximum abilities. It is with us. The decision to be great, good or mediocre for God lies with us. God or Satan cannot MAKE you do ANYTHING. YOU either take and bury what God has provided you in salvation for sin, or you can let it grow “thirty, sixty or a hundredfold.”

Genesis 3: 4-5 -> Romans 5: 12 -> 1 John 3: 8 -> Ephesians 2: 4-5 -> Romans 6: 1-2, 11-12 -> John 10: 10b
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…” “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)” “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? …Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

  • This ends the series: "Battle Stations" that was written by my husband. I hope you all enjoyed it and it encouraged you in the Lord!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Battle Stations; Part 3

Part III
C) Total, Authoritative Victory -
“And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah. And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah. And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings unto me out of the cave. And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them. And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight. And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.”
(Joshua 10: 15-17, 20a, 22, 24-26)
What a barbaric display of inhumane terrorism! Kicking these men when they were down?! Killing noble, royal men in such a cold, cruel and utter humiliating way?! What would Jesus do? Would God have wanted that? Absolutely!
I say these things not to prove the violence of war, or to preach ‘kill or be killed.’ For us, it’s really not about the slaying of kings or the conquering of lands. It is the MANNER of ACCOMPLISHMENT - the ATTITUDE of VICTORY - the bold statement of “Total, Authoritative Victory” over the enemy. It is about facing opposition to God and His plans with the absence of fear and dismay - the forsaking of sin and committal to its downfall and not stopping until God comes;

2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 -> Ephesians 6: 12 -> Romans 12: 21 -> Revelation 21: 7

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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.” “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

Part 4 Coming Next......

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Battle Stations; Part 2

Part II
B) Joshua’s part -
“Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies, Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel.”
(Joshua 10: 12-14)
Though God could have slain them all, He left Israel their share of the fight. After all, He HAD told THEM to go up and possess the land and destroy the inhabitants.
Joshua saw how great their victory was - yet he wanted to ensure total victory. He would not allow this opportunity that God had given them slip away into the night. He needed more time to finish the job. He didn’t ask God in prayer for more time. In complete faith he COMMANDED the sun and moon to stay still - to give light to complete their task. This is the amazing part; God obeyed the command of a man (v. 14)!!
Israel and God were soldiers together on the battlefield that day (the longest day in the history of Earth as we know it!!) They fought and worked side by side to get the job done!
Oh, the glorious and powerful truth to know in your heart, that God is with you in your struggle!!

Romans 8: 16-17 -> John 15: 15 -> John 14: 12
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

Part 3 Coming Next.....

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Battle Stations; Part 1

This is Part 1 of a series entitled: "Battle Stations" that my husband wrote and I wanted to share on my blog. There are a total of 4 parts to the series, so I will post them in the next few days, I hope you all enjoy reading "Battle Stations" and thanks honey for writing something for my blog! ; )

Battle Stations

Text: Joshua 10: 24-26 & Romans 16: 20

Joshua 10: 24-26 -
“And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.
And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.
And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them upon five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.”

Romans 16: 20 -
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”

Part I
The nation of Israel, led by Joshua, had fought against five kings in one battle, as described in Joshua, chapter 10. All in all, Israel had taken and slain 31 kings and taken their kingdoms (12: 1, 24) under God’s commandment (11: 23). This victory was a rather remarkable one - providing us with a very vivid picture of several indispensable historical events - especially to the modern day Christian.
These 5 kings had encamped before the people of Gibeon, who were servants to the Israelites. Gibeon had been one of their neighboring cities, which defected (deceitfully at that) to Israel in a pact to spare themselves from their oncoming invasion. So they became the target of their old allies instead. They cried out to Joshua to save them and a great battle ensued.
A) God’s part - Not only did God deliver these kings into Israel’s hand, He fought on their behalf. As Israel launched a surprise attack on these armies, they fled. While the slaughter took place, God decided to join in and cast down “great stones from heaven” (v. 10). As the might soldiers ran, imagine the earth quaking from the violent crashes of these stones. Were they humongous like cars; squashing and rolling over the enemies of God? Were they sharp edged; slicing their victims in pieces? We don’t know - all it says is that “they were more which died with the hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.” I suppose that is all that matters…
God will move many ways and He will fight if He must, for those that are His;

Exodus 15: 3 -> Isaiah 42: 13 -> Deuteronomy 20: 4
“The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name.” “The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.” “For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”
Part 2 Coming Next......

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Bigger They are the Harder They Fall!

(I wrote this in Oct 2006)
No matter what, if you are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, those "Giants" will come down. It has been said the bigger they are, the harder they fall. What is considered a "Giant?"
something unusually large or powerful
I don't know about you but I've had a few Giants in my life and at the time they seem so large and impossible. However it will come down......!

How about marching around your Jericho until the walls fall down? Don't give up, don't despair.........the walls will fall, the Giants will come down! How about taking your spiritual slingshot and knocking down that BIG UGLY GIANT!!!!! Get your aim right and it will happen!

What about a stronghold? Something that has its hold on you and you can't seem to break it. Don't listen to the enemy of your soul! That stronghold can be removed!

Giants......WALLS........Strongholds COME DOWN!

Walk in triumph..........walk in Victory. Shout because your giant, your walls and your strongholds are coming down. Kill that Giant! Watch that giant come thundering down to the ground! Watch those walls come shattering down into pieces! Watch those cords of that stronghold be ripped apart!!!!! PRAISE GOD AND SHOUT! It is coming have won!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Younger Christian Woman

This is continued from yesterday's post.

That which the older women were to teach the younger women is given in the next section,

"The Younger Christian Woman"

The older women were to teach (admonish, train) the younger women in the following:

  1. to love (phileo) their husbands (it’s not a matter of falling in love but it’s a matter of LEARNING to LOVE). “It includes the myriad ways in which she can show that she really respects him—by acknowledging his headship in the home, by making no major decisions apart from him, by keeping an orderly home, by paying attention to personal appearance, by living within their means, by confessing promptly, by forgiving graciously, by keeping the lines of communication always open, by refraining from criticizing or contradicting her husband in front of others and by being supportive when things go wrong” (W. MacDonald)
  2. to love (phileo) their children: “by reading and praying with them, by being at home when they return from school or play, by disciplining firmly and fairly, and by molding them for the Lord’s service rather than for the world” (MacDonald)
  3. discreet (sober-minded, self-controlled, see the same word in v.2-“temperate”)
  4. chaste (pure, faithful to their husbands and avoiding impurity in thought, word and action)
  5. keepers at home (working at home, domestic): “Older women should inculcate the high honor of serving the Lord in the home as a wife and mother rather than working in industry and business in such a way that would neglect the home and family” (MacDonald)
  6. good (how to live for others, to be hospitable, gracious, generous, not self-centered)
  7. obedient to their own husbands. All of this so that “the Word of God be not blasphemed” (be spoken against; lit. “injurious speech”). This is the opposite of v.10 where God’s doctrine is adorned. Depending on how we live, God’s truth will either be adorned or blasphemed.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Role of the Older Christian Woman

In this weekend's service, the role of the older Christian woman was discussed. It was told how she was to teach the younger women and one of the things was to be a keeper at home! I wanted to share more on the role of the older Christian woman and taking quotes (with permission) from Middletown Church on the subject.

Titus 2:3-5
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The older women were instructed to be in behavior as becometh holiness (to behave as a holy person, to be reverent in deportment, reverent in behavior, not giddy women whose hearts are centered in frivolous matters), not slanderers (this is actually the word “devil,”–the older women are not to go around as “little devils” hurling false charges and misrepresentations and engaging in malicious gossip), not given (enslaved) to much wine (indeed, not enslaved by any food, drink or medicine).

The older women were to be “teachers of good things.” These women are older. They have learned many things just through experience (“the school of hard knocks”) and they ought to be able to teach and benefit others from what they have learned over the years. Their teaching is to be especially directed at the younger women. The years of being in God’s Word and learning from practical experience enables these older women to pass on valuable counsel to young women, young wives and young mothers. [General Principle–Any wise young person will cultivate the friendship of GODLY older believers and solicit their advice and correction.]

Looking at the Godly women God has placed in my life. They are women who stand out and their life backs up their words! They don't just teach one thing and do another. They are industrious, always smiling and ready to give encouragement. I'm so thankful for Godly Christian women to look up to and learn from as the Bible instructs!

I'm nearing the age of 30 and I "used" to think that was old LOL. Not any more though as it draws nearer. There is still so much I must learn but God has placed these women in my life to instruct and guide me along the way as to what a real Godly woman is. I long to become such an example later on in life to teach others that come after me, such as my daughter. May God have his perfect work in my life, so that I too can become in behaviour as becometh holiness.

This study is continued HERE.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Your Representation

Let's walk into a bank. You walk in and notice that the people are dressed nicely, they greet you and say hello and are courteous to you. There is an order of business here, they process transactions and handle money in a way they were taught that it is to be done. They learned what they had to learn because it was their job and if they didn't do it, they would no longer work there.

The bank owner wants to present to his customers; customer service. This includes being treated nicely as you do business in his bank. He will not allow his employees to dress sloppy, why? They are representatives of his bank. They are examples and reflect on the bank itself. If they don't and he finds out about it, they will be removed from their position.

Do you see something in all this that corresponds in a spiritual nature?

We are representatives of someone far greater, Jesus Christ. We are ambassadors of Christ! We should present to the world Christ and all that he is. We go by his book, and if we don't he will not accept us. He gave us the Bible as our guidebook; an instruction manual of life.

What kind of ambassador are you? Are you promoting Christ in a good way? Do your words, actions and LIFE portray the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Or do others see you acting like the world and dressing like them? Do they see you laughing at dirty jokes? Do they see you let another curse word "slip"?

Who are you representing? Is it Christ? Or is it satan? Others are watching.........You are shining for your Master, whoever that may be. Or as I heard some kids saying're "reprezentin" LOL

What does the word represent mean?

Here are some definitions:

to bring clearly before the mind; serve as a sign or symbol of; to portray; depict; to form an image of in the mind

Are you really serving as a sign or symbol of Jesus Christ? Do you form that image in the mind of others of what Jesus is? Being a Christian is simply being Christ-like. We need to be the best representatives we can be for our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

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