I realize I am repetitive. Redundant. I also realize the world tells us that being repetitive, redundant in what we read, write, hear, so on is a bad thing. Not cool. Boring. Tiring. Not necessary. “I got it already!” the shouts go up among the perturbed masses. “Stop repeating yourself, I don’t need to hear (read) this again!”
Ah, then why so much false teachings working their way in? Why so much falling away? Why so much erosion? Why are so many swept up in what they declare the “fast pace of life” and “always too busy” as they decry?
Your feet make constant repetitive steps. Do you cease walking then? Your lips and tongue make reptitive sounds. Do you cease speaking then? Why do we insist then repetitive words pertaining to God, to Jesus, to Scripture are not necessary? That “we get it” and we can move on our way? Anyone that does not continually dwell in the Word and continually read, reread, study, re-study, become repetitive and redundant in their spiritual walk with God and Jesus and in the Word needs to be seriously questioned as to why not? Are we so equipped, so knowledgeable, so wise, so faithful, so aware we no longer need the daily feeding? We no longer need God? We no longer need Jesus? We’ve arrived!
Hardly and God forbid any think such a think for as much as one second of earthly time!
Why so many false teachings working their way in? Why so much falling away? Why so much erosion? Why are so many swept up in what they declare the “fast pace of life” and “always too busy” as they decry falling away from the faith, corrupting the truth of God’s Living inerrant Word? Creating their own God, their own version of Jesus rather than the One True God of Scripture and the One True Jesus of Scripture?
Why? Because they, we are listening, heeding, paying attention to the wrong things in this life. All the time. We’re messed up. This world is broken. The church is being broken. Those declaring faith at one time are being broken. We’re the greatest supporters of the devil as soon as he whispers in our ears while we might be sitting at a desk with a Bible right in front of us! Or in church! Or wherever. We listen to the sounds of this life and the devil while shutting out the voice of the Lord and His teachings for us leading to life, to strength, to peace, joy, eternal life — thinking we know better in every excuse we make every single day!
Satan the subtle ought to be a title used to describe the Evil One more often than it is used. Satan the subtle. Attacking those professing faith in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the whole Living Word of God more than he works on, attacks the unbelieving. Satan the subtle. Those whisperings in your mind? Which have no part in God, in Jesus, in the Holy Spirit, in the Holy Bible? Satan the subtle…
“Surely, you will not die…”
Thus it began. But has not ended. But will end soon.
Why the constant subtle whisperings and distractions? The thoughts we must do this, go there, be this, have that, take care of this passing in truth meaning little or nothing vanity here on earth? That if we go to church on Sunday and sit through a service we’re covered? We’ve done enough? That we must focus more on the events of daily life than on God, Jesus and the Bible?
To keep us off guard. To make us feel we’ve done enough. We’re covered. We treat our faith all to often life some worldly insurance policy. We took the time to inquire about it. We scanned over its contents briefly, we listened to someone telling us about it, and when we need it, when trouble arises we seek it out to bail us out — while we abandon being watchmen and watchwomen on the wall. Vigilant. Always, all days, in all things placing the Lord first. Thinking on those things within the Holy Bible to feed us daily, protect us, strengthen us, build us up for the constant attacks of the fiery darts, the wiles of the devil which never cease in the lives of believers, disciples of Jesus the Lord and King.
Yes, I am repetitive and redundant. I al always writing of putting on the full armour of God and never removing it. Always maintaining our full armour. What that means. Always being on guard. Always being the watchmen and watchwomen at the wall, wearing down the stone on which we walk around on from our constant vigilance to and fro for the approach of the Enemy!
All days have been perilous days for those who serve the Lord and follow His Son, Jesus Christ. Yet as the spiritual war intensifies, as the Evil One escalates his attacks and his minions, his ministers, his legions enslaved by him yet serving him loyally and well prepare for the final battle the times grow more perilous by the day. By the hour. So that none of us gets time off. A vacation from being on guard. Always. Tiring? Perhaps. But just as those who might fall asleep or become otherwise distracted while supposed to be on guard duty in their laziness, in their distraction permit the enemy to enter and injure or even kill we cannot be like them. Ever.
We must always be on guard no matter for how long here — because our eternity may full well depend on it. And if on guard continually for 1,000 years!? Which would never happen to an individual, a church? If on guard continually for 100 years? What is that compared to eternity?
The Enemy and his ministers, his minions, his legions are equipped. They are in full armour and battle hardened, battle ready and always at war. Always at work to kill or corrupt the gospel. Always at work to distract and mislead the believing.
None can pause or stop in this nonstop spiritual war. We will have an eternity of rest, joy, peace, happiness and rejoicing to come only if we remain always on guard while here in this flesh for a short time not permitting the enemy to erode, infiltrate, main, injure or even kill the truth, the body of Christ.
Be vigilant. Be strong. Be steadfast. Be immovable and unchangeable as God our Father, as Jesus our Lord, as the eternal Word of God.
The Whole Armor of God
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.
Ephesians 6:10-20 — English Standard Version
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.”
Ezekiel 3:17-21 — English Standard Version
We each must be repetitive. Redundant. In our daily walk. Repeating the words of God into our hearts, minds and daily living daily. Without excuse. Without wavering. In meditation and depth. Not in superficiality. We must each be redundant in our boldness, our prayer life, our not permitting this world and its myriad distractions to take our time and focus from He Who it is we are to serve, to be disciples of, to be living witnesses of. It is never about we, we, we, me, me, me oh my I, I, I — as is briefly mentioned in the article below. It is always about, or should always be about our daily actions, doings, walk with our eyes, hearts, minds and lives on God. On Jesus. For God. For Jesus. And this comes from eating and being nourished in the Word daily more so then eating and being nourished at our dinner tables. And in turning to the Lord in prayer. Not just in time of troubles. And certainly not always about ourselves. We ought to actually pray the least about ourselves! Truth be told!
Cease from our idol worship. Cease from our self-centered lives. Cease from worrying about all the things in this temporal life and think on what is REALLY REAL! The TRUE REALITY! Eternity…
Be always on guard. Always vigilant. For evil, the Evil One, the Enemy and his legions never rest, never sleep and are escalating the spiritual war because they know their time is short and they must cause as much mayhem, confusion, destruction, pain, suffering AND FALLING AWAY AMONG THE PROFESSED FAITHFUL AND BELIEVING BEFORE THE LORD RETURNS ONE MORE TIME!
ACP — A Crooked Path
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Be On Guard
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
By Dr. John Oswalt
Reprinted from: American Family Association
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 — English Standard Version
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 — New International Version
It is really hard to improve on these brief instructions for the Christian life. They are terse, to the point and comprehensive. If we do these consistently, we will be faithful to the end. And friends, there is no guarantee of that. I have been crushed recently to learn that a man who has been in the ministry for many years, whose ministry I have admired and been blessed by has lost his ministerial credentials because of sexual misconduct. So if that can happen to someone like that, it can happen to any of us. Nor does the collapse have to be as visible as that; it can be any of a number of other things.
But the good news is that it does not have to happen! We can run the race and win the prize, and it is as simple as Paul’s simple words. The first challenge is to know that we have an enemy who is out to destroy us. Be on guard! That doesn’t mean we need to live in constant tension. “Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.” But we have to be recognizing the threats in order to utilize our wonderful resources.
Then stand firm in the faith. All around us we see people who are compromising. Can you keep a personal faith while undercutting the intellectual roots of it? Yes, for awhile. But there is an end to it. Finally, there is a day we have gone too far, and none of it really has any power to transform and renew.
In it all, we must be courageous. In stories about battle, courage is often simply the willingness to take action. We think that “bravery” is some special quality that a person manifests all the time. But that is hardly ever the case. A squad of men is pinned down by enemy fire, and suddenly one of them, perhaps the least likely one, jumps up and rushes the enemy emplacement and destroys it. Courage. The enemy tells us, “you can’t do anything; you’ll fail; it’s too much.” So sure enough, we do nothing. Let’s be courageous.
Finally, do it all in love. Yes! What is this faith all about? Oh, it’s about me, me being on guard, me keeping the faith, me acting with courage. No! It’s not about me. It’s about God and others. The Devil does not really care how he gets me to focus on me. If he succeeds in that, he has won. Why do all this? For love, love of the One who has loved me to the end; love of those for whom my Lover has given everything.
Follow these simple instructions, day after day after day, and the prize is ours.