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 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 determination 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 of the ages, for me.
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;”
We are not to use the world’s weapons to fight the Lord’s battles.
It is not a matter of “letting things go”; but forgiving from the heart.
Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after 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.
“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.”
“That person will never be saved. There is no use in witnessing to them; what good will it do?”
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.
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.
“Taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
This is stop thinking angry thoughts; stop wanting to be angry, because we want to be right…or are right; and others do not agree. (Tell the Lord everything…and He will set it right with you.)
This is to start thinking that the awful neighbor is not to be hated, but to be prayed for; or ignored. To be at peace with them.
All our thoughts should lead us to Christ; It is really siding with Jesus about what comes into our heads; And staying with Him, through it all.
This is never easy; that is why the Lord calls it a “battle”. But it can be won. The victory is assured….in Christ.
1 John 5:4-5 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”
For the Son of God is able to save to the uttermost. (Hebrews 7:25)
The Battle of the Ages has been going on through all time.
God is Victor.
Will we enter into His victory for ourselves, by the deliberate acts of our will?
Will we give Him all praise, by using all He gives us to make Him King in our lives?
Faith, Grace, Love, Peace, Joy: All are ours in Christ Jesus.
We are to follow Him into our place before Him, and keep following Him.
It is the way to make Him King—of us.
He will reign in us; that we may walk through this life in victory.