Weapons of Warfare
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Weapons of Warfare
When we think about weapons we think of something we can use to fight with. A co-worker of mine was not just in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines but was taught and trained as a Seal. Being a Seal means he was taught, trained, and challenged to be a Weapon. He was developed for War. Itís a war going on in life; physical natural life and spiritual life. We too have to be trained for Godís Specific use in His Army. Just as the Seals required more training than the Army or other branch of Military we as the Army of God require much more training. Just as they are trained to kill and destroy everything in sight that is a threat to National Security we are trained and given weapons of mass destruction God uses to kill the Devil.
In Heaven a battle went on for control between God and an angel named Lucifer. Letís just imagine a little bit that Lucifer was the younger brother of God and God was living too long for him to take the throne. Jealousy set in because all of the angels reverence and praise was to God. Lucifer decided he wanted what God had so he developed a spirit of envy and lust. He envied to have the praise, honor and worship everyone gave to God. Deception began!
In my Holy Ghost imagination he laid wait after the worship service to find one weak angel that he could tell something to and draw him away from God. He lied to one of the other angels on God. After this one lie this angel looked for to see what had been perpetrated in his mind by Lucifer. After seeing what seemed like or looked like might be true, he told another angel. And the story went on around Heaven.
How did Lucifer think that God who knows all things would not know what he had done? God sat around and waited to see just how many of his loyal followers would take the bait of that lie. After a third of the angels had got with the lie and followed Luciferís deception God had Michael the Archangel kick Lucifer and the disobedient angels out of Heaven, changed Luciferís name to Satan which means adversary, called him the father of lies, and loosed him to run in the world for battle while the disobedient angels is chained up awaiting their sentence in hell. The battle has begun.
God then began his work of Creation. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was with God. God spoke his Word and created the heaven and the earth. Heaven was completely new with all the disobedient kicked out. God started afresh with his home first and then proceeded with the home he would make for some new souls. As he did, Satan a defeated foe watched to see what would be and what God would say to them. But God took his time, six days to be exact:
1st day: He lightened up the dark world that he may see. He saw that it was good; calling the light day and the darkness night.
2nd day: He made a firmament and divided the waters under the firmament. He called the firmament Heaven.
3rd day: God then gathered the waters under the Heaven together in one place and the dry land He called earth appeared. He called the waters seas. He then spoke that the earth would bring forth grass and herb yielding seed after his kind and fruit of itself after its kind.
4th day: God said let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night, let them be for signs and for seasons, days and years. He gave two great lights upon the earth, the greater light (the sun) to rule the day and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night along with stars also. This divided the night from day and divided the light from the darkness.
5th day: God spoke saying let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creatures that hath life and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. He created the whales and every living creature that move which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind and every winged fowl after his kind. God blessed them saying be fruitful and multiply, fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
6th day: Satan finally saw a threat. God said let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, beasts and every creeping thing. Then God said let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over everything I have created thus far! So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them (Gen.1:27). God blessed them and said to them to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it and have dominion over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
God provided everything in the earth man would need to live in the earth before he put us here. He gave us the herb bearing seed, every tree he gave fruit that would be for man, meat. To every beast of the earth and every fowl of the air and to everything that crept upon the earth that had life he gave the green herb for meat for them to eat. Everything was good but even with that Satan was lurking around waiting on a loophole to dethrone God of his Creation. How would he get to do that? God seemed to have everything locked in! As he listened he realized he had no way in but he wasnít giving up that easy. He knew that God would reveal something that he would be able to use against this newly created being he called man.
Satan had waited all these days but he had not heard a way in yet; what was God up to. The challenge was becoming almost too great and he had surely lost. What was God doing? Why was God resting? God ended his work which he had made; and rested on the seventh day from his work (Gen. 2:1-3) and blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it. Why would He need rest, he never needed it before? In my sanctified mind I can see Satanís mind was being filled with questions. He was losing it not knowing what God was up to! He had been with God in Heaven and could tell when God was up to something; but what?
He peeps into the lives of man to see what God is doing even today. This advantage he has over us because of his prior life in Heaven; he knows the mind of God. We fail in life because we wonít get the Word in us that will keep us from falling in the attack. Many as Adam and Eve did have the Word but is deceived in it by this fallen foe. He knows what to do to make us disobey and fall from grace. We just donít realize itís happening thatís why we need the Holy Spirit the continuator of the work of Christ in our lives to lead and guide us.
Finally on the eighth day God came back with instructions to the man that Satan awaited. Genesis 2:6-7 but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. God formed the man finally and put him in the Garden he planted for him. In the midst of the Garden God had planted a tree which he called the tree of life; the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:9). God put man in the Garden to dress it and keep it. All of that was good and fine but what could Satan use against man to make God angry with him? He is listening!
Here come the instructions (Gen. 2:16-17) from God to man. God is speaking so Satan can hear what he is saying; finally! God commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden thou may freely eat of; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it; for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shall surely die. All they had to do for best results is follow his instructions and not eat of that one tree of so many. They didnít know that they held the salvation of the whole world in their obedience. How that everything we do affect all those we love.
Here was Satanís entrance to manís exit of that perfect place in Christ; disobedience. From that day until this one Satan seeks out ways to cause man to disobey God. Now more than ever he realizes that his time is short. He can look even in the earth today and see the wickedness of man and know that Christ is soon to return. If man gets saved, quit his evil ways of disobedience and tell someone else, Satan loses ground in his kingdom building efforts. He is no fool, but tries to keep us fooled. How long will we allow his battle with God to keep up out of the Kingdom of Heaven? He is on his job, look around us. What do we see?
Satan knows that God is honest and perfect in all his doings. He knows that God is just; for God to be dishonest means we are deceived. For all that will sin and live ungodly shall have that same part of the lake with Satan and burn in hell for eternity. Deuteronomy 25:16 for all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously are an abomination unto the Lord thy God. We are deceived liars when we borrow and donít pay back, it can keep us out of heaven, thatís stealing. A false balance is an abomination to the Lord and we will be found out just like the thief when he is found out is ashamed. We have to be careful how we build up; lying and stealing is out.
God has given us weapons of warfare to ward off this evil foe.
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