Us Vs. Them

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Ephesians 6:12 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.

Every day can be a struggle.  We know that.  But what are you struggling against?  

Yourself?  Some people get up in the morning, look in the mirror and see their own worst enemy.  They disgust themselves.  The idea of them doing anything successful only depresses them because they know how it is going to turn our - failure.  

Others?  Some get up, and before they even look in the mirror, they are thinking about who they are going to war with today.  Not to say that conflict is a part of life.  But some people believe that the world is out to get them.  

I would like to suggest a third option. 

Hell.  Paul wrote the passages above.  If you don't know Paul was beaten repeatedly, run out of town, and falsely accused which led to imprisonment.  Yet, he never blamed himself or the people who put him there.  He saw a bigger picture. 

Paul shared His faith in Jesus with others.  He would frequently lead people to change their lives and follow the Messiah.  Hell wanted him to shut up and now!  He understood that there was something bigger than money, reputation or power.  It was eternal.  

If you don't know there is an eternal struggle going on for your soul.  Jesus, through His death and resurrection, has guaranteed our victory.  But that victory is conditional.  If we will repent of our sins and follow Him with all our heart, we will not only know eternal victory but joy and peace today.  

Hell may have already lost the war, but that doesn't mean they've given up on the battle.  It is their goal to see you lose faith doom your soul.  Some might say, "Well God would never do that to me."  God didn't do it to you.  You have to choose for yourself.

Joshua in Joshua 24:14-15 told the Israelites that they had to make a clear choice. 14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Choosing Christ actually does change your life. Your real enemies will take notice. But 1 John 4:4 says it well, ... for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I want to be on your side today.  AMEN  


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