Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Greatest Enemies of Mankind

As I was reading the passage of Scripture in Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."....

I was thinking of all the loud voices on the American media that continually want us to focus on the enemies of crime, those enemies of war or the state, unjust laws and practices, bad policy, inept or even "evil" ideology, and political leaders themselves.

This kind of undue and inordinate attention on these "enemies" can certainly distract us from discerning the greatest enemies of all mankind. The Lord Jesus Christ has made this abundantly clear from His life and from His words.

In Mark 12:30, 31 it is written:
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’[a] This is the first commandment.[b] 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no other commandment greater than these.”

In light of this revelation from the Kingdom of God....from the King Himself...we can clearly also draw a conclusion. That the greatest enemies are the the unseen enemies that would; 1) stand in the way of and oppose giving ourselves completely as living sacrifices to our God and His will and purposes for each of us; and 2) stand in the way of and oppose our absolute devotion to love others sacrificially; without condition or condemnation.

In Luke 9:23, we read:
And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

Surely the current or former U.S. President is not stopping us from loving God with all our heart, soul, mind or strength. Surely our perceived lack of "freedom" or the "Axis Of Evil" is not preventing us from reaching out to the poor with mercy. That abortion clinic or "gun control" law isn't making anyone stingy toward God. The rumors of wars and socialism to come cannot make our love grow cold...

Let's get it straight...to discern the greatest enemies...

1 John 2:16 :
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world."

1Timothy 6:10 :
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs."

1 John 4:18 :
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love."

We should all know very well that the world mostly uses fear to accomplish its ends. The Kingdom of God will vanquish this common and terrible enemy called fear; and His love is its greatest conqueror.

Matthew13:18 - 23
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.[b] 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

In light of this truth; let's stop whining, worrying, and sowing fear about the political woes of the world; and not engage in arguments over how to best solve them. We should have discerned by now that this; in and of itself; is a strategy of the enemy; namely to divide and scatter God's chosen. 

I pray that we wisely put our full energy into serving the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His life; so that now we can walk in His resurrection power and take part in destroying the works of the devil, the arch enemy of The Kingdom Of God. We do this as we proclaim and live out Christ's gospel everywhere in this evil world. We also lay down our lives for one another in His name and shine His light as we walk in His love by faith in Him.

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