Wednesday, April 25, 2012

War of the Worlds

 20Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
 21They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
 22But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
 23And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off. 

War of the Worlds

War! It has an ugly sound, but nothing expresses better the battling relationship between good and evil. It is not just a good movie or book theme, it is the reality that exists in our world. Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the two sides were cast against one another.

Pride began this war of the worlds. Satan desired to be like God, ruling all of creation. Not being satisfied with His ultimate defeat, he has determined to drag a large number of humanity with him, and so the die was cast, so to speak.

In our present day society we like to think of ourselves as being more civilized; rather than battling against one another, the theme is: negotiate.  Unfortunately, there is no middle ground on which to negotiate. The psalmist asks,
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
Though the battles rage on, the war of the worlds was actually finished before it even began. Before our world was even created, God had a plan in place which guaranteed Satan's ultimate defeat.
And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.
If we are not able to negotiate, and God has already defeated the enemy, what are we, as Christians, to do? Are we just to live our lives for our own pleasure, for the end has already been determined? Unfortunately that is the attitude of many believers; life is too enticing for them to be concerned about their unbelieving friends and neighbors.

God did not place us here for our own enjoyment! That does not mean that life needs to be miserable, or that we are to go about life with long faces. It does mean, however, that God has a job for us to do! We must pray for our unbelieving friends, relatives, and acquaintances, and, by the grace of God, live before them in a manner pleasing to God, praying that they may come to a believing knowledge of Christ.
 5Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (Colossians 4:5-6, King James Version)
Go, then, in the power of God, brush off your rusty sword, and be ready to participate in the war of the worlds. In all things may the Lord Jesus Christ be praised!

God Bless You,
Linda



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