Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

 The Battle of the Ages: Christ must Reign

There are two principles at work in all the Universe.

God’s Principle of Obedience.

And the Principle of our Adversary, the Devil; which is that of Rebellion.

The battle of the ages, for me is:   Who will rule in my life?

As Christians we can be obedient to God’s Will by the determining of my will to do it;  and the power of the Holy Spirit within.

When we are, we are standing with God in the battle.

2 Timothy 2:6 “The husbandman that laboreth must be first partaker of the fruits.”

This is the first verse the Lord gave me after He called me to preach.

He told me, that before He could require the Word that I preached to others;  I must get it into my experience first.

The experience of Spiritual Life is always: first in me, then by me and then through me.

And His power is Life.  Life flowing into me, and helping me in everything I do.

His power must be at work in me, before I can see this power used through me, in the calling God has given me to do.

He showed me these verses:

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “Though we walk in the flesh,  we do not war after the flesh:

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (childish),  but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;  

Casting down imaginations,   and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,    and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

If I am to think God’s thoughts after Him, then His thoughts must prevail.

And for this to happen, our minds must be transformed by His grace;  so that our natural and normal way we think, becomes Spiritual.

We are to pull down the strongholds. 

These are strongholds of reasoning.  They are the reasonings that prevent us from believing God, and acting on what we believe.

Like this:

“That is impossible.  Yes, I know God is God…but He just won’t do that for me, even if I thought He would do it.”

Or…

“That person will never be saved.  There is no use in witnessing to them.”

We are to pull these down by our willed obedience, even when we do not see how God will do these things.

We are to cast down imaginations.   Those flights of fancy which come across our minds.  

We are not to give them credence,  or continue in them.

This is what got a man of God in trouble:  He sat down and started thinking of all that he had just done (and it was miraculous) and was killed because, in doing so;  he put aside God’s warning to get out of the country immediately!

(1 Kings 13:8-9, 14-22). He was tricked, because he was not thinking as he should;  and then he was dead.

We all have thoughts which come into our head:  What would I do if….?

But it is what we do with our thoughts, that counts.

Do we bring them to the light of Jesus Christ,  or go ahead and fly into fantasy?

And we are to destroy every barrier which is raised against the genuine knowledge of God.

And there are a lot of barriers.

Such as the barrier of:

“I can’t read the Bible, because it is too complicated.   I just do not understand everything there.   I just let others explain it.

But I am not really sure they are right either.”

This is a barrier which the Holy Spirit can easily destroy.    He can give you understanding and light for your path, through the Word of God.

You may not understand in the original language.

But you will understand what the Holy Spirit tells you.  He speaks clearly. (Sometimes too clearly for some.)

Taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

This is stop thinking angry thoughts; continuing to be angry, because we want to be right…or are right; and others do not agree.

This is to start thinking that the awful neighbor is not to be hated, but to be prayed for;  or ignored.  It is to be at peace with them.

All our thoughts lead us to Christ;   Or to the world’s way,  which is influenced by our Adversary, the Devil.

It is really siding with Jesus about what comes into our heads;    And staying with Him, through it all.

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