WAR – part 1
There is a War that must be won before you can go to Battle in the Lord’s Army (Hebrews 12:14-29). It is the Good Fight of Faith!
1 Timothy 6:9-12 – But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Jesus was writing to Timothy about fighting temptations and lusts of the flesh in a society that had no name brand clothes or fast cars. How much more tempted is our flesh in the Western Culture we live in. People around the world think Americans have it easy because we have it all.
Fact is: In our capitalist american society where there is a billboard every mile and commercials on TV and on our phones, our flesh is strengthened everyday. The desires of our flesh are fed and entertained in America (2 Peter 2:2-22).
We must constantly keep our desires and thoughts in line with the Will of God. This world is designed by satan to combat the Righteousness of God. Stand in the shoes of the preparedness of the Gospel of Peace (Eph 6:15).
The world sees “The American Way” as happiness and success. If we are not careful to keep Jesus at the center of our desires, road to success leads to death.
Proverbs 16:25 – There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
The Devil comes to seek, kill and destroy. He must seperate you from God to do this. Anything that is not glorifying God is a distraction of this world and can detour you away from your walk with God. Jesus says, “Be Holy, as I am Holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) Fight the Good Fight of Faith. Don’t give in to the ways of this world.
If you know you are going to Heaven when you die, and Jesus is your All in All, you have won the Good Fight of Faith (Hebrews 12:1).
1 Timothy 6:17-19 17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Peace is Coming by Jon McNaughton
Romans 14:11 – For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.