Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Fight The Good Fight -- Pastor Dr. Charles Novak
In our Prayers...we are speaking directly to the one and only God, the Creator of, the Son of God, our Savior, our Messiah. But are also speaking to the Holy Spirit, i reefer to the triune God, three, yet one. How can this be, consider the water as it falls to the ground, it is in liquid form, yet if we were to freeze it, this same liquid now becomes ice. Then again if we were to boil it, what was once liquid, then ice now becomes steam and returns back to the shy from where it came. When we speak to the Lord we know that we are speaking to all that the Lord God our Father is. But I noticed that it is very easy to become distracted, or even daydream altogether while praying. We all have been guilty of this, and it then makes me think that if we were to sit at the table of a human king...how much would we watch where our eyes are looking, watch and very well watch what we say, and even more watch that we do not stray away with our thoughts as to show any form of disrespect.
This is how vulgar man has become in his pride and arrogance. Once again we are all guilty of this, and it seems that there is not much more to do than to confess, repent and try to move away for this sin, the best that we could. But after this has happen the thoughts of what we have done tend to still remain in our minds. These haunting sort of thoughts that try to tell us that we are not good enough to continue on in the Lord's presence . Now is not the least bit strange that it is these same thoughts that would have no issue what so ever if all of us, even all at once just decided to get up and walk away form the Lord and leave our Christianity behind. It is this defining fact in these thoughts are known to be the thoughts of satan, the one who is here to steal, to kill and to destroy. If we would let him...he that is satan....would remove all traces of Christianity from the world and have absolutely no problems, zero difficulty with looking at the situation as if it never even had been there in the first place.
So what now ?...i will tell you what now....now we fight, we stand up and we fight with all that God gave us to do battle. Did God ever do battle ??? yes not only in Heaven, but also here on Earth. How quickly these thoughts escape us, so let us be refreshed with Scripture, let us look to (Isiah Chapter 14 Verses 12 Through 14 English Standard Version) "How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit. Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world like a desert and overthrew its cities, who did not let his prisoners go home?' All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb; but you are cast out, away from your grave, like a loathed branch, clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a dead body trampled underfoot.”
Now how could we ever forget the temptation of Jesus Christ in the wilderness after His forty day fast. This battle is against temptation from satan, the devil, and this battle is fought with Scripture by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This we read in (Matthew Chapter 4 Verses 1 Through 11 English Standard Version) “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, "'He will command his angels concerning you,' and "'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'" Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'" Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.”
And we all are aware of the final battle where satan is defeated and thrown into the pit where he is tormented day and night, this we see in (Revelation Chapter 20 Verses 7 Through 10 English Standard Version) “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
So how do we fight against satan and defeat him ??? well I am glad that you have interest, cause I am going to tell you. We put on the whole armor of God, and use the sword, which is the Word of God...just as Jesus did in the wilderness after His forty day fast. We read how to defend ourselves in the Bible in (Ephesians Chapter 6 Verses 10 Through 20 English Standard Version) “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. “
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Remember the Lord our God and Father, His Son Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit is our Creator, our Savior, our teacher and interpreter, but He is also our Defender...and His Word in The Bible is our ammunition for the fight. Dear God in Heaven I come before you today to ask that you give to all in need the courage, the strength of mind, body, soul and spirit, equipping us with all that we need to defend ourselves against the wiles of the devil. And for the battles that we are not meant to win, we ask that you dear Lord God will defeat the spiritual attack and evil in our lives...in Christ Jesus Precious Holy Name we Pray these and all things....Amen.