Regulars to A Crooked Path know where I stand on the question raised in the article which appears below my comments. We are to be soldiers ever aware, ever awake, ever vigilant in a constant war taking place — the greatest, longest and most important war in the history of the world. The constant war between heaven and hell, God, Jesus, and the Hoy Spirit against the Evil One, Satan for the hearts and souls of every man and woman on earth.
It is a war in which no one observes from afar, out of the fray, not involved, a pacifist, an isolationist refusing involvement. You live. You breath. You exist. You are here — then you are in this war. Either on one side or the other because there are only two sides in this war, as in every earthly war ever waged between men.
And if you do not believe this, if you are of the mind you’re saved and can then sit back and coast — go to church on Sunday’s, got through the motions sitting on the sidelines, silent, disappearing into the rising smoke, stench, blood and rotting spirits of the constant battle because you don’t like the noise, you don’t agree with the concept, you think it’s all about being passive, handing out olive branches and complying, agreeing, appeasing and pleasing — not rocking the boat? Perhaps you have not read or are not fluent in our marching orders as disciples of Jesus Christ as given to the apostle Paul by the very Spirit of God to put down into words to be carried on through the generations of those claiming to be believers, disciples of Jesus Christ the Lord:
The Full Armor of God
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Ephesians 6:10-17 — King James Version Holy Scripture
We wrestle against, we are in constant conflict with — at war with — in battle with — CONSTANTLY since they never rest, never sleep — THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES — WHEREFORE take on EVERY PART, EVERY PIECE of the armour of God in which to WITHSTAND AND DO BATTLE WITH THE EVIL DAYS.
Is this passive?
Just go to church on Sunday’s then you’re in like flint. Secure. Safe. Go hide away someplace?
We might hide in some foxhole of this world in fear. Afraid to speak out. Fearful of appearing different, fearful of the barrage of evil vitriol and evil weaponry which will be hurled in our direction should we, when we move out of the foxhole huddled up in the fetal position covering our ears and eyes — but we are exhorted, instructed, told plainly to always have the FULL ARMOUR OF GOD ON. Never removing it. No timeouts in this war. No truces. No armistice days or nights here.
With OUR LOINS GIRT ABOUT WITH THE TRUTH OF GOD AND SCRIPTURE.
The BREASTPLATE RIGHTEOSUNESS PROTECTING OUR HEARTS AND VITALS.
Our FEET SHOD WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE — the Roman soldier, who the apostle Paul was very familiar with did not wear Birkenstocks and flash the peace sign and put some flowers over the blades of their swords, nor were their feet shod in wimpy wear. They wore heavy duty footwear for battle. Not for the beach nor lounging about. More concerned with fashion than function.
And ABOVE ALL — THE SHIELD OF FAITH WHEREWITH THEN HAVING THE ABILITY, THE PROTECTION IN THIS MASSIVE SHIELD WHICH IS NOT LIKE Captain America’s, but IS A SHIELD WHICH IS LARGE, HEAVY, THICK, as the apostle Paul was familiar with in the Roman legions, PROTECTING ALL OF THE BODY FROM THE FIERY ARROWS, DARTS OF THE WICKED, THE EVIL, THE DEMONIC FORCES WE’RE ARE WAR WITH.
Keeping always our head protected WITH THE HELMET OF SALVATION.
And not ever removing from our hands THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD, TO CUT THROUGH THE ROTTED LIES AND DECEPTIONS AND CONSTANT ONSLAUGHT OF THE ENEMY, THE FORCES OF EVIL and WICKEDNESS, the FORCES OF THIS WORLD — of DARKNESS AND THE EVIL ONE AND ALL THOSE ENSLAVED SOLDIERS ON HIS SIDE.
Make no mistake. The devil and his ministers, those enslaved in his lies are not resting, putting down their weapons, putting down their fiery darts. They exist to always advance evil. Not retreat. Not surrender.
No sleeping in the barracks rolling over leaving the heavy lifting, the battle to others.
We’re all in it whether we agree or not, whether we want to be or not.
It’s called life on earth, life in the flesh in which the spirit is always at war with the flesh and there are only two sides on this ever present battled unto Jesus returns a second time and His foot touches down upon the Mount of Olives.
Then turn to, look upon, place your confidence, your trust, all your faith in our Captain who is not like a general in the armies of man sitting far back from the front, from the raging battle, but is leading us, is at the fore and who bled and died and was resurrected and has given us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit and all that is contained in His Word as our sustenance, our ammunition, our strength and marching orders — Jesus Christ the Lord, the only begotten Son of God, our Saviour, Redeemer, Intercessor and Captain in this ongoing spiritual war.
Do not fear.
Stand. Boldly. Fighting the good fight.
For the Lord, for God, for the Holy Spirit — for the truth.
ACP — A Crooked Path
Thursday, April 18th, 2019
The Church: Warriors or Medics?
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
By Anne Reed
Reprinted from: American Family Association
“The church is supposed to be a hospital,” one says.
“No, the church is at war!” another says. “We are not lying in hospital beds – we are running into the battle! We are fighting!”
Absolutely, we are at war. The conflict is brutal.
Apostle Paul explained to the Ephesian church that “… [O]ur struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
We are not fighting each other. This is not a war of believers against unbelievers. Though, at times, it may appear (and feel) that way.
In reality, we are fighting for unbelievers – for their very souls! We cannot lose sight of this.
Satan, the enemy of God and His creation, is the father of lies. His age-old tool is deception. And at the end of the lies, is heartache, devastation … death and destruction – just as the devil ordered.
Many in the Kingdom are readied warriors – their spirits filed with supernatural boldness, unflinchingly wielding the sword of truth.
But even they get wounded, suffering defeat, despair, and depression.
Bloodied by the enemy of their souls, they come out from the brush, crawling, limping. Others lie abandoned, unable to lift their heads, limbs destroyed, nearing death. Will anyone notice?
Someone has to help! But valiant foot soldiers rush forward. “The battle’s ahead!” they say.
Civilians who never even fought are taken captive by the enemy’s lies. Cruelly beaten and wounded. Hopeless.
These casualties of war cannot possibly join the battle in their shattered condition. And if no one is willing to help, they may well succumb to their injuries.
I’m reminded of a scene from the movie, Hacksaw Ridge, the true story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. He was a medic and one of the greatest war heroes of all time.
Let me start by quoting pluggedin.com about the film that portrayed one of World War II’s most savage conflicts, the Battle of Okinawa:
“Hacksaw Ridge is riveting cinema. But it’s also bloody—as bloody as we’ve seen on screen for a long, long time. And while the horror and gore we see may impress upon us the depth Desmond’s heroism, these images nevertheless assault us with their unblinking depiction of this hellish battle’s carnage.”
It’s rated R for good reason. It’s war. And so is the spiritual battle in which we find ourselves.
Doss’ religion precluded him from wielding a gun. His unwillingness to “get in the fight” angered those around him. His superiors mocked and belittled him before his peers.
But he meant it when he said, “I can’t stay here while all [of] them go fight for me!”
One of the greatest war heroes of all time, Doss never fired a bullet. He was drenched in the blood of other men as he persistently risked his own life to save them. Doss was no less a hero than his fellow soldiers. While they fought off the enemy, he fought to save them.
He carried his wounded comrades to the edge of a cliff, and at great risk to himself, one by one, he singlehandedly lowered 75 soldiers down to safety. Every time viewers think he will finally quit, he just keeps on fighting.
In this present battle, “grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4:7). Let us remember our ultimate goal, as passionately conveyed through the battle cry of this courageous medic … and warrior: “Please Lord, help me get one more!”