Fighting the fight

An invisible war began in the Garden of Eden.  God had commanded Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  A serpent inquired from Eve, 

”Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'” Genesis 3:1

We know that serpents are not interested in the diet of human beings.  The Bible reveals that it was Satan who spoke through the serpent.  Revelation 12:9

That is where the war against God’s Word began.  It has never stopped.  Only when Satan is finally cast in hell will we be free from it.  On this side of the grave our ‘normal’ is the evil one’s attacks on our belief in God’s precious true Word.  He has only one goal: please don’t think God speaks the truth.  

The problem is, God does speak the truth.  It is a tragedy when people believe the devil’s lies, because it leads to destruction – eternal destruction.  That is why the devil is so persistent with his attacks on all God’s followers.  

Jesus teaches, 

‘Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’  Ephesians 6:12

Bad things happen because bad evil beings attack us.  However, God does not leave us powerless.  We can be victorious when we use His weapons and His authority.  See Ephesians 6:13-18; Luke 10:19

Jesus is the eternal Victor.  If we persevere and fight, we will, one day, be with Him in eternal peace and harmony.  There are no battles to fight.  We fight them here on earth.

Reflections on Gay Month

The issue during Gay month is, how should the follower of Jesus act and react?   We live in the world that Satan rules.  He takes no nonsense.  What he decrees, stands.  He decreed Gay month and all people should take it seriously.  Period!

We, the followers of Jesus, belong to the Kingdom of God,

‘Our citizenship is in heaven.’  Philippians 3:20

We know there are two kingdoms in the world we live in:

  • The Kingdom of Light with God as the Ruler. 
  • The kingdom of darkness with Satan as the ruler.  

People of the Kingdom of Light have no right to judge people of the world.  They belong to two different kingdoms with their own ways and rules.  The kingdom of the world does not understand the language of the Kingdom of God. 

Those who belong to Jesus, increase in obedience to the Word of God.  Therefore they should spread their message by the way they live,   

‘Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.’ 1 Peter 2:12

That means,

  • To judge gays is out. 
  • To pray for gays is in.
  • To live the life God intends is in.  

The devil rules the world so he uses the law to stifle opposition or criticism of how his people live.  Nevertheless he cannot use the law against prayer and holy lives. 

To summarise 

‘Walk the walk’ and ‘cut the talk’ unless the Holy Spirit leads you otherwise.  We can preach to the world with a positive attitude, happiness, kindness, forgiveness, prayer and help.

Secure in Jesus? Part 1

We want to clarify our attitude about the issue of Mr/Me Jo Clifford who wrote the play, ‘The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven,’ about Jesus who came back to earth as the transgender Queen of Heaven.  

The reason we are concerned is as follows: my wife and I had a business which did quite well.  We thought we were reasonably fine as Christians; we read our Bibles, acknowledged God in the business and prayed.  Didn’t God agree that we were fine?  I mean, God should be happy with me.  I was a good guy, et cetera.  Well, truth is, God did not share my sentiments.  

He knew I was not in the least prepared to meet Him, stand before the Judge and give an account of my life.  There were just too many things that needed serious ‘adjustments.’  The message I got from the Holy Spirit was, ‘Leave the business and seek the Lord.’  I did just that.  Do I have to elaborate on how ‘thrilled’ my wife was?  It was a good business and we had a good life.  Well, I left and my wife followed while she cried all the way.  That happened about 17 years ago.

The seventeen years were hard, but good years.  God revealed to us why He wanted us to concentrate on Him.  We were both messed up by the devil because of how we grew up.  God wanted us to have a solid faith in Him, be healed, get rid of rejection and the demonic rubbish in our lives.  

As we look back on how God lead us to leave the business and seek Him, we know one thing.  For us, it was absolutely worthwhile.  Our faith in the Lord, our knowledge of Scripture and our marriage all improved for the better.  We got far more than we lost.  In addition we know a wonderful inheritance beckons, an inheritance that will never perish, spoil or fade.  

Why do we emphasise the above?  It is because we learnt that it is dangerous to assume you are in agreement with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus.  Eternal life with God is too valuable to take for granted.  So the writer of the play is a genuine concern.  Is he/she serious about Jesus or about somebody else?  We want to look at various aspects that have to do with the issue, like:  

  • Does the Bible know about a Jesus Queen of Heaven?  
  • What does the word ‘Christian’ mean? 
  • Can one belong to Jesus and insult Him with such a portrayal?   
  • Does the play-write understand the very sharp distinction between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world? 
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