Tag: Warfare

We must trace His bloody footsteps!

John Newtonby John Newton

Letters of John Newton

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” John 16:33

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you–leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21

The Christian life is a warfare–and you must not expect an exemption from the battle.

The Captain of our salvation trod a thorny path Himself–and we must trace His bloody footsteps, and not think to walk to Heaven upon a soft carpet. If we could–then what need would we have of shoes of iron and brass?

Those who are now reaping in joy–sowed in tears when they were here. And why should not we? The way to Heaven is through many trials and sorrows. If we did not meet with such things–we might justly suspect that we had mistaken the road!

“For the Lord disciplines the one He loves–and chastises every son whom He receives.” Hebrews 12:6

by John Newton

 

Your commander has enlisted you!

George Whittenby George Whitten

1 Chronicles 12:1 Now these were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still a fugitive from Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men, helpers in the war,

2 Timothy 2:4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

When David was a fugitive from Saul, the men who followed him recognized his rightful place as King of Israel, and they developed a deep loyalty to him, this little band. As we read yesterday, these men were transformed from distress, debt, and discontentment [1 Sam. 22:1-2] into becoming mighty men of war. Having joined David, they quickly realized that they were joining a conflict.

But new believers may not immediately realize that they have recently entered the greatest war of all-time — the war between good and evil! Claiming the faith of Yeshua (Jesus), they are instantaneously thrust into a battle with an enemy who seeks to rob, kill and destroy them. [John 10:10] So, even with the powerful protection of a loving Father, they may find themselves dodging bullets, or even taking hits from the enemy, as they wake up to the unavoidable reality of spiritual warfare; and this vulnerable time can be discouraging, even to the point of wanting to give up the faith, especially if they weren’t warned or prepared at all for the conflict…

When we choose to follow Yeshua we should realize we have been enlisted into a spiritual army, of which He is the General. And as we mature, taking more responsibility, we realize the danger and wastefulness of becoming entangled with the affairs of this life. This can take time, but little by little, with plenty of practice, we become equipped and experienced with the spiritual weapons that are necessary for real victory against the enemy of our souls!

Wake up to the warfare, stay in training, fight the good fight; the joy of spiritual victory is so worth every effort!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten