Bitter Butter

When I was little my mom taught me a tongue twister. It went like this: Betty bought some butter, but the butter Betty bought was bitter. So Betty bought some better butter to make the bitter butter better, but the bitter butter made the better butter bitter.

Try saying that three time fast lol.

I used to think it was just a fun tongue twister, but the older I get the more I realize that it was actually a life lesson.

If we have bitter butter (sin) in our lives we can’t expect to just add some good butter  and make everything better. The sin will taint everything so that even the good will be bitter.

If you want good butter, you have to toss out the bitter butter, and completely replace it with good butter. If we don’t get rid of all the bitter butter, it will continue to ruin the good butter. We will live a life of frustration and will never have full joy because of the continual bitterness.

Well, how do you get rid of sin?

 

Let Jesus get rid of all of our bitter butter by turning away from sin in repentance. Let Him release us from bondage by remitting our sins in baptism in Jesus’ name and filling us with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Let us fill our lives with better butter by praying and reading our Bibles daily.

Live a life free of bitter butter and full of better butter!

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I Suffer Not A Woman

 

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1 Timothy 2:8-15

8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

This section of scripture, especially verses 11 and 12, causes much discussion.  Many interpret this section to mean that women cannot teach in the church, or that they are not allowed to teach men.  Let’s study this section of scripture and try to determine what Paul was really intending to say.

In verse 8, Paul is instructing men to pray “lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting”.  Lifting the hands in prayer is a sign of submission, and when men lift their hands “without wrath and doubting”, they are submitting to God without anger or hesitation.   In other words, men are to submit to God willfully and with assurance that it is the correct thing to do.

Verse 9 discusses how women are to pray – adorned “in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety”.  So women are to wear clothing that is not gaudy or revealing, but that reflect her desire to please God.  She is also to pray with “shamefacedness and sobriety” or reverence and soundness of mind.

The verse goes on to state that women should not have “broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”.  Does this mean that women cannot braid their hair? Paul was referring to elaborate hairstyles and jewelry which would certainly not show modesty and reverence, but would be an attempt to draw attention to oneself.  So women are also to submit to God willfully and respectfully and not dress in a way meant to draw attention to themselves.

Verse 10 states that women should adorn themselves with “good works”.  In other words, people should know women by the things they do for God, not their flashy hair and clothing.

Now we get to verses 11 and 12 – “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence”.  There are some who feel these verses are very black and white and mean exactly what they say.  Does this mean that she couldn’t even teach her husband how to cook a roast or wash the whites?  They feel women should be quiet unless specifically addressed and should not teach or hold any position of leadership or authority.

Others feel that it means that women can only teach children or other women and cannot hold any leadership positions within the church.

One thing we need to determine is if Paul was speaking a universal truth or addressing a specific concern within a specific church body.  If the phrase “I suffer not a woman” applies to all women everywhere, then it uproots the precedents set by Deborah, Huldah, Miriam, Esther, Junia, and many others.  Paul stated in Romans 16:7 that Junia was one of “my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles”.

Lee Stoneking defines an apostle as one who is commissioned of the Lord and of the church to go into a different area or areas to establish the Gospel and to set up the church.  In order to establish the Gospel, it is necessary to teach.  So if Paul recognized Junia as an apostle, he would have expected her to teach.

If Paul was not speaking a universal truth, what specific concern could he have been addressing?  Ephesus, where Timothy was working when this letter was written, was dominated by the female-centered religion of Artemis, or Diana. In this religion, Artemis was born before her brother, Apollo, and was considered superior to him.  Many new converts held on to this view of female superiority and tried to bring that influence into the church.

A budding Gnostic movement combined Oriental religion and Greek philosophy and they believed that you could gain salvation by higher knowledge.  The Gnostics absorbed elements of various religions and would masquerade as proponents of those religions.  Some Gnostics claimed to be mediators between God and man.  They taught detailed genealogies and myths about their beginnings.  They also claimed to possess secret truth.  Among the Gnostics that had been raised as Artemis worshipers, Eve was exalted as the “bringer of life” to Adam, hence her name, “the mother of all living.” When she ate of the tree of knowledge she allegedly received the hidden knowledge God had kept from them, and then it was she who “enlightened” Adam. Rather than calling her act sin, they exalted it as superiority.

In 1 Timothy 1:3, Paul told Timothy to “charge some that they teach no other doctrine”.  He went on in verse 4 to say, “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies”.  These instructions strongly suggest that Timothy was dealing with Gnostic teachings in the church.

Verse 13 places emphasis on the correct order of creation.  Many Artemis worshipers and Gnostics taught that Eve was created first and Adam followed.  This was a false doctrine that Paul and Timothy were working to remove from the church in Ephesus.

This correction continued in verse 14, where Paul reminded Timothy that Eve was the one deceived by the serpent, and that it was Eve that had committed the first sin.

Paul concludes this line of thought in verse 15, with the understanding of salvation coming through the woman’s seed (Genesis 3:15) for those who stay within the faith.

What other scriptural evidence is there for Paul’s feelings about women’s role in the church?  Paul wrote in Galatians 3:26-29, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”This scripture emphasizes that all those who are baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Spirit are one body, no longer separated by nationality, gender, or any other worldly trait.

In Acts 18, we learn of Aquila and his wife, Priscilla.  Paul lived with them while he was in Ephesus.  Acts 18:24-25 tells of Apollos, a Jew who came to Ephesus and began teaching the things of the Lord, but he knew only of the baptism of John.  Verse 26 states, “And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.”  This verse clearly states that both Aquila and Priscilla expounded unto Apollos.  They both taught him the Gospel.

Paul mentions Priscilla in both Romans 16:3 “Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:” and also in 1 Corinthians 16:19 where Paul states “The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.” Aquila and Priscilla held church gatherings in their home, and would have been known for sharing the Gospel.

We are left, then, with the understanding that Paul was not placing a blanket ban on women as teachers.  He was, however, instructing Timothy to not allow those who were not fully persuaded by the fullness of the Truth to teach.  Paul was also stating that women were not to claim authority that they did not possess.  Women claiming authority over their husbands or other men of the church in order to teach false doctrine was not acceptable.  However, women who are properly submitted to their husbands, the authority of their church leaders, and most importantly God, should be allowed and encouraged to teach.

Obedience

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What does it take to be obedient to God? Obedience is defined as “dutifully complying with the commands, orders, or instructions of one in authority.” Well John 14:15 says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Is that all you have to do to be obedient to God? Just keep the commandments. Well, it’s pretty easy not to kill, or be in adultery, to honor your parents. We struggle a bit with the not coveting…Keeping up with the Joneses. But many of us have done a fairly good job with that one too.

It is important to understand that it is the spirit of obedience, not just the act of obedience, that is important. The Pharisees relentlessly pursued acts of obedience to the law and by doing so became self-righteous, believing that they deserved to go to heaven by what they had done.

Their hypocrisy in obeying the “letter of the law,” but not the spirit of it, characterized their lives, and Jesus rebuked them sharply for it:

Matthew 23:27-28 states, “27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity”

What if we look in the New Testament:

Matthew 22:37-40 “37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”

So there we are! Love the Lord. Love thy neighbor, and we’re home free! Or are we?

James 1:22 – But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Doers of the Word. What does it mean to be a doer of the Word? Maybe this will clarify it.

Luke 6:46-49 “46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 4 8He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock:and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it:for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great”

So according to this scripture, if we’re willing to hear the sayings of Jesus by going to a service or reading our Bibles, but we don’t apply them to our lives and strive to live according to His Word, then we’re building our house, our lives, on a very flimsy foundation.

Matthew 7:24-29 states, “24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell:and great was the fall of it. 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes”

If you hear the Word and do it, you are wise. But if you hear the word and do it not, you are foolish. Doing the Word builds your life upon a strong foundation, while not doing the Word builds your life upon a weak foundation. Have you ever known someone who just seems unshakable? Someone who when things go wrong in their life, they remain calm and just have this sense of peace about them? Those people have built their house upon a rock. They are doers of the word.

As I was researching this, I came across this example:
Let’s pretend that you work for me. In fact, you are my executive assistant in a company that is growing rapidly. I’m the owner and I’m interested in expanding overseas. To pull this off, I make plans to travel abroad and stay there until the new branch office gets established. I make all the arrangements to take my family in the move to Europe for six to eight months, and I leave you in charge of the busy stateside organization. I tell you that I will write you regularly and give you direction and instructions.

I leave and you stay. Months pass. A flow of letters are mailed from Europe and received by you at the national headquarters. I spell out all my expectations. Finally, I return. Soon after my arrival I drive down to the office. I am stunned! Grass and weeds have grown up high. A few windows along the street are broken. I walk into the receptionist’s room and she is doing her nails, chewing gum, and listening to her favorite radio station. I look around and notice the wastebaskets are overflowing, the carpet hasn’t been vacuumed for weeks, and nobody seems concerned that the owner has returned. I ask about your whereabouts and someone in the crowded lounge area points down the hall and yells, “I think he’s down there.” Disturbed, I move in that direction and bump into you as you are finishing a chess game with our sales manager. I ask you to step into my office (which has been temporarily turned into a television room for watching afternoon soap operas).

“What in the world is going on?”

“What do ya’ mean … ?”

“Well, look at this place! Didn’t you get any of my letters?”

“Letters? Oh, yeah—sure, got every one of them. As a matter of fact … we have had letter study every Friday night since you left. We have even divided all the personnel into small groups and discussed many of the things you wrote. Some of those things were really interesting. You’ll be pleased to know that a few of us have actually committed to memory some of your sentences and paragraphs. One or two memorized an entire letter or two! Great stuff in those letters!”

“Okay, okay—you got my letters, you studied them and meditated on them, discussed and even memorized them. BUT WHAT DID YOU DO ABOUT THEM?”

“Do? Uh—we didn’t do anything about them.”

~~~Why do we treat the Word of God like they treated the letters in this story? We read the Word, memorize scriptures or even whole chapters, get together and have Bible studies, listen to teaching and preaching of the Word – and yet we often fail to apply the Word to our lives. We often fail to be doers of the Word.

Isaiah 1:19 – “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:”

Once we realize that God wants us to obey His Word, it’s easy. We love God, so we want to obey Him. Does that mean we obey perfectly? No. We often fall short or struggle to do the things we know He wants us to do, but by trying to obey and living as closely as we can to His Word we show our obedience to God.

The New Testament Didn’t Remove God’s Expectations For Us

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In this section of scripture, God makes it very clear that just because Jesus came and died for us does not remove the responsibilities from us.  There are still things expected of us.

Matthew 5:13-48

13Ye are the salt of the earth:but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 

If you stop following Christ, you become like the rest of the world.  You are no longer set apart

14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

As followers of Christ, you shine His light into the world.  Don’t be ashamed of that light.  Don’t try to hide it.  Allowing others to see His light shine in you, glorifies God and helps them to see His glory.

17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Jesus didn’t get rid of the law, he fulfilled it

19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Not only is it displeasing to God for man break God’s laws, but teaching others that it’s ok makes that displeasure even greater.

20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 21Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, [O empty one, i.e. thou worthless (as a term of utter vilification) ] shall be in danger of the council:but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

You no longer have to kill someone to be guilty of murder. The bar has been raised. Your thoughts are equal to your actions.

26Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

 27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Again, our thoughts have taken on the same seriousness as our actions.  What we think is as important as what we do.

29And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee:for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee:for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Do not let the actions of those around you keep you from your walk with God.  The world tells us that God is not real. That He is just a creation of the minds of men to control each other, to give us an excuse to fight and dominate others, to give us someone to blame for our own shortcomings.  The world tells us that God was created to explain a world that was unexplainable to the “simple minds” of our ancestors.  Because the world does not believe (or only partially believes) in the existence of God, they feel free to tell us that we need to keep God to ourselves.

31It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery:and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

 33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool:neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay:for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

You don’t have to try to convince people of your truthfulness if you always say what you mean. You don’t have to swear on the Bible if people can trust that you tell the truth.

 38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil:but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Don’t seek revenge. People who try to hurt you ultimately hurt themselves.  Don’t retaliate, forgive.

40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Be willing to give if asked, and to not only give, but give above and beyond.

43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

We don’t get to decide who is a good person and who is a bad person.  That is for God to decide.  He allows the sun to shine on all, and the rain to fall on all.  We need to remember that we are to shine His light (verse 16).  We aren’t shining His light when we hate.

46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

By perfect, he means to follow as closely as you can Christ’s example.  Our perfection is in trying to be as much like Christ as we can.

Through this scripture we see that believing isn’t enough.  We are expected to keep our minds pure, forgive others, be willing to give more than is asked of us, and love your enemies.  We have to put our belief into action.

Spiritual Battlefield Part 4

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Mark 8:36 states, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”  The victors of this battle gain more than the world could begin to offer….we gain eternal salvation.

While the best rewards come after we have left this world, there are a few rewards that will benefit us here on earth.  Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”  The Peace of God is a wonderful thing to have.  We all know that this world is full of trials and tribulations, but when God gives us peace, these trials and tribulations are easier to work through and move beyond.

We also have the relationship that we build with Jesus by following his Word.  This relationship allows us to receive and use spiritual gifts which benefit both ourselves and others.  1 Corinthians 12:7-11 tells us, 

“7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

Jesus tells us of the rewards waiting for us after we pass from this life in Revelation 3:5-8 

“5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”

We are also told in Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

No tears, no death, no pain, no sorrow, and eternal life with Jesus?  Those sound like wonderful rewards to me!

Read Spiritual Battlefield Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Spiritual Battlefield Part 3

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This battle is between Jesus’ Church, and Satan; along with Satan’s system.  We are told in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  We must remind ourselves that the battle is not between men, churches, or even other denominations. The enemy would savor nothing more than to have us fighting amongst ourselves.

Who are our allies in this battle?  All the other peculiar people, of course!

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” 1 Peter 2:9

You have been called out of the darkness.  You have been brought into the light.  You are a warrior on this battlefield.

Who are we battling against?

We are told in Ephesians 6:12 that we are not battling against flesh and blood.  We are not battling other men.  We are battling against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

In short, we battle against Satan and his system.  Satan prods us to question the Word of God…..”Did God say that?”  Satan is the author of confusion.  Satan’s system is set up to push us farther from God and the Truth.  He wants to keep us far from the light and trap us in spiritual darkness; and our human nature is often very willing to go right along.

This, not the church down the street that doesn’t do things the way you think they should be done, not your neighbor who is a nice guy but never goes to church and cusses like a sailor, not your coworker who challenges your beliefs any time he catches you in the break room; these compile a short list of who we are battling.  We must not get caught up in fighting a false enemy while allowing the real enemy to gain a stronghold in our lives.

So are we powerless and ill equipped against this enemy?  No!  As warriors God supplies us with the “whole armour of God”.  We must put on this armour daily in order to  continually be at the ready for battle.  This is explained in Ephesians 6:13-18 

“13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

 

Read Spiritual Battlefield Part 1 Here and Spiritual Battlefield Part 2 Here

Spiritual Battlefield Part 2

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Now that we know what the battlefield looks like, we have to ask ourselves a very important question.

What is the purpose of the battle?  In other words, why do we even need to fight the battle?

This is a question that must be thoroughly answered so that you will understand the importance and scope of achieving victory in this spiritual war.

One of the first things you must realize is that you have been destined to fight this battle for yourself.  You are fighting to gain and keep your own eternal salvation.  As the hymn goes “Above all else, I must be saved.”

When the judgement day arrives, you can’t say “But God, look at all the people I brought to you.  Doesn’t that count towards my salvation?”

Our salvation is dependent upon us reading the Word of God, and striving to live the way it instructs us to live.

Psalm 119:11 instructs us to “hide thy word in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.”  We were not given the Bible as a novel to read, be entertained by, and then place on a shelf to be forgotten.  We are to “hide it in mine heart”, in other words, we are to make it part of us.  How can we make God’s Word part of us?  By living according to the ways God clearly describes in the Bible, and not according to the standards the World expects or allows.  There are things God expects of us that go completely against what the world allows and vice versa.

Another reason we must fight this battle is to help others  gain salvation.  If we allow the Word to be watered down and pushed into the shadows, it makes it harder for those who are seeking the Truth to find it.

Those who are striving to learn about Jesus need a safe haven where they can learn more about Him.  Romans 10:17 tells us, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  How can those who are seeking Jesus hear unless someone tells them.  Romans 10:14 states, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

We must fight this battle so that we can continue with the great commission. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Matthew 28:19.

I want to quickly point out here that the scripture says we are to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…..not names.  Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are titles, not names.  1 Timothy 3:16 states, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”  John 1:1 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” He then continues in John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”  Jesus dwelt among us, so the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost is Jesus.

 

You can read Spiritual Battlefield Part 1 Here