The Battle Belongs to the Lord

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  Ephesians 6:17 

God has done such a beautiful work in human history. Any man or woman, boy or girl can come to the cross and there find forgiveness for their sins. Just think of it. Every wrong thought, every misdeed completely forgiven because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Gone is the stress of carrying a lifetime of guilt. 

But often the devil comes along and gets us to doubt our salvation, “You don’t really think you are forgiven do you?” “Look at everything you have done.” “How could God forgive you, He’s so ashamed of you.” But God has given us a very sure way to repel these types of attacks. It is by faith in Jesus Christ, by trusting in the Name of the Lord and by exposing our minds to the word of God that helps to shield us from these spiritual doubts from the enemy. AMEN?

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, seeking to follow Him, you can count on becoming Satan’s favorite prey. As you desire to walk with the Lord, Satan will try to harass you along the way.  As you seek the precious truth found in God’s word, Satan will try and lie to you about that truth. But perhaps the most insidious plot of all is Satan’s multiple attempts to discourage you and to make you doubt your salvation!

In order to repel Satan’s attacks, Paul tells us as believers to get up, put on our armor, get into the battle, and to take advantage of the equipment God has given us to fight for what belongs to us. Parts of the armor that will combat Satan’s attacks are the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit.

Try getting up in the morning and saying: “Today Lord, I am going to be conscious of truth in my inner life.” What is truth? Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me!”. His truth is found in the Word of God. 

Don’t leave home without reading the word. You need it for the battle over your mind and heart out there in the world. The helmet of salvation will guard your mind from Satan as he tries to plant evil thoughts and desires.

Today, we will be exposed to billboards, newspapers, and TV commercials. We know that Satan will try and discourage us, by making us think that we just can’t live as a Christian; it’s just too difficult! But with the helmet of salvation, we will be reminded that we can do all things through Christ!

Once and for all, we have already put on the armor at the moment of salvation. But we are never out of reach of Satan’s devices, so we must never be without the whole armor of God. By faith, put on the armor and trust God for the victory.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Bob

Where is Your Brother?

Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.  Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?" Genesis 4:8-9

Cain was jealous of his brother’s offering and so he killed him.  "Hey, where’s your brother?” God asked him.  It wasn’t because God didn’t know his location but instead, the question caused Cain to consider his murderous sin.

In Genesis 4:10-12 we read that Cain replied to God. He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you.  A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.” 

Now, I must confess, I am also challenged by the Lord’s questions, “where is your brother?” In Luke 10, when the lawyer asked Jesus, “who is my neighbor?” Jesus then told him the story of the Good Samaritan.

Jesus illustrated the point that our “brother or neighbor” is anyone around us with a need.  Today, I will look around me and remember that everyone is a brother to me.  Do they have a need I can meet?

What would change abour your day if you did the same? Imagine the joy and satisfaction of being used by the Lord to reach people for Jesus.

It all starts when you ask yourself “where is my brother?”. With God’s help, we can do it. You can do it.  You must do it.  Dear Lord, start me with.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Bob

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