2 Corinthians 10:4 A Different Set Of Weapons

 

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The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

Battles and wars are occurring all around the world. From large, full nation against nation wars, to sibling fights of little children in families. It does not take a person looking very far to see some type of war or battle going on. Watching or reading about any news will show that the majority of the news is centered on some type of battle.

These battles can be someone or group physically fighting someone else. Or they may be fighting with words.

The world likes to uses all types of weapons in the attempt to destroy the enemy or opponent. When people hear about battles and wars, most will think about guns and bombs, however, the arsenal is much larger than just those items, and many of which are much more destructive.

Some common weapons that the world uses are: slander, lies, rebukes, cut-downs, and back-stabbing. Words are used to attempt to destroy the enemy. Politicians are constantly talking about how bad another politician is in order to get their own way. Spouses talk about how bad the other spouse is in order to justify leaving. Members of a church back-stab another person with lies and gossip to get their way.

Believers are not to use those same weapons. They have weapons that are better than that and are much stronger. The believers arsenal of weapons are: joy, peace, kindness, grace, mercy, forgiveness and more, along with God’s Holy Spirit and favor. All of these are wrapped up in love, the greatest weapon and full of divine power, because God is love.

Love will diffuse anger, reconcile differences, and overlook wrongs. Walls that people build up can be destroyed by love.

As a believer you are in a war. The world is against you. It is a battle for your soul. You have to choose how you will wage that war against the enemy.

Do not be like many people around the world, using the weapons of this world, cutting down and physically destroying people. Use God’s weapon of love against them. Show His love to your enemy.

As you do this, the walls will come down, the enemy will have to surrender or flee. Satan will run. Don’t give up, but fight the war in God’s way.

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will know the weapons God has for you; that you will battle war with God’s weapons; and that the world will see that you live for God.

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Malachi 4:1-2 A Day Of Death & Rejoicing

“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.” Malachi 4:1-2

As Malachi finishes his book and the end of the Old Testament comes, he talks of a day that is in the coming. It will be a day when God places a final judgment upon all people. Those who are wicked and refuse to follow Him will be destroyed in fire, with nothing left. Those who revere Him will have a time of rejoicing and healing.

In the day-to-day living of most people, there is not a lot of hope. There is pain, sickness, death, despair and no real life to live. Those who do not know Jesus Christ have no real hope or purpose in this world. What they do not know is that God will have a day of punishment for them. There will come a day in which they will be destroyed, along with Satan, in a lake of fire, cast out of God’s presence for the rest of eternity.

Those who know Jesus Christ and are following Him, revering God’s name will have a different thing to look forward to. Today there is pain, sickness and trouble for everyone, but there will be a day of redemption. The day that Jesus returns and judges the world, will be a day of rejoicing for all believers.

On that day all sickness and death will be removed. There will be no more pain and suffering. When that occurs, every believer will be jumping around and frolicking like a well-fed calf. There will be a lot to rejoice over.

As a believer all sickness and trouble will be gone. Holding onto the faith in Jesus will be rewarded. All the striving to follow after God with all of your heart will be rewarded beyond your greatest dreams. It will be worth everything that you had to go through in this challenging life.

Look at your own life and see what you can expect when Jesus returns. Are you revering God’s name? Or are you rejecting Him?

I pray today that you will know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior; that you will live for God in every area of your life; that Jesus will bring a reward for you when He returns; and that you will be a witness to the world of what Jesus has done and will do.

Micah 7:7 Watching And Waiting For God In Prayer

But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

The nation was crumbling and being sent into exile. Those who were supposed to be leading people to follow God, were following idols. Punishment and destruction was coming all around Micah as he spoke the words of God. As he is watching all of this occurring, Micah says that he will watch in hope and wait for God. He will continue to pray to God, letting Him know his heart’s cry, knowing that God will hear Him and save him in the end.

Watching the news and seeing what is going on in this world can be very depressing and hopeless. Every day one can hear about a new battle somewhere, someone killing someone else, theft, lies, cheating, abuse and disasters. It looks as there is no reason for living and no hope to keep going forward.

Along with all those things the rise of the promotion of sin appears to be happening. Sin is promoted and even placed into the laws of the land. It appears as if God is no longer in control, or does not care anymore.

However, if you read the Bible, Jesus promised the days would get like this. People’s hearts would grow cold and turn away from God before Jesus would return in the end.

As a believer you must trust in the Lord for your salvation. Although it appears as though the world is winning the battle, they will not win the war in the end. There is coming a day when Jesus will return and destroy all sin for eternity.

Knowing this is knowing the blessed hope that you can have in Jesus. As you are watching and waiting for Jesus to save you for all eternity, you can be praying. Let God know what you are feeling and seeing. Pray that God will touch the hearts of many, drawing them to a salvation in Jesus. Pray that God will have mercy on you and all other believers.

As you are watching, waiting and praying, you can know that God will hear your cry. You can know in your heart that you are right with God through Jesus Christ. Do not fear this world or what is happening. God is your Savior.

I pray today that you will not fear this world; that you will trust in God alone; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will wait upon God; and that you will know that God hears all of your prayers.

Amos 3:7 God Always Warns

Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7

Amos brings out many warnings of coming judgment and destruction against various nations, including Israel. Their destruction is because of sin and rebellion against God. As Amos is giving these warnings, he reminds the people that God never does anything without revealing what He is about to do through the prophets.

Knowing what God is doing or going to do is a question that many people have all the time. People want to know how God is going to deal with a situation in their lives. They want to know when God is going to bring down judgment on those rebelling against Him.

If a person is open to hearing what the Bible says, he will be able to see that a lot of things that are occurring in life have already been prophesied about. The things that God is doing or is allowing to happen has already been promised by God.

Jesus and the prophets prophesied of trouble, persecution, hatred, sin, rebellion, natural disasters, and wars. At the same time they prophesied of judgment, destruction, building up, restoration, salvation, life, healing and more.

God is still doing things to this day. As each day goes by God is giving warnings of what is about to happen. He continually warns of coming judgment upon all people. At the same time He warns of salvation and restoration that He will bring to those who follow Jesus.

Jesus did not just suddenly appear on the earth without warning. God had already revealed what He was going to do. In the same way, Jesus will not suddenly re-appear at the second coming. God is already giving warnings.

In your life, God is wanting to do many different things. For each of those things, God is giving you a warning or revealing what He is going to do. Read the Bible to see what God says He is working on doing.

When a person is following Him with all of his heart, what does God say He will do?

When a person is rejecting God and following the world, what does God say He will do?

It will be no surprise as to what God will do, if you are willing to listen to God. He will reveal what He is going to do.

I pray today that your heart and ears will be open to hearing God; that you will understand the plans God has for you; that you will know what God is doing; and that you will live your life following Jesus.

Joel 1:13, 15 Weep And Mourn

Put on sackcloth, you priests and mourn; wail, you who minister in before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and the drink offerings are withheld from the house of God. Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. Joel 1:13, 15

Destruction of Judah was imminent. The enemy was already closing in on the nation and God was ready to destroy the nation. All of the people had chosen to walk away from God and follow other gods, no longer did the nation follow God. After many warnings, God chose to destroy the nation. Now, Joel is calling all the people to weep, mourn and fast. The destruction would be great, because it would be brought on by God.

Although Judah had been destroyed, and Israel has been restored, there is still a great destruction coming soon. There is a time coming when Jesus will return to end all life on this planet. The planet earth will be destroyed.

When that time comes every person will be divided into one of two groups. One group, who has chosen to follow Jesus, will be changed and brought to heaven for eternal life. The other group, who chose to reject Jesus will be condemned in hell for eternity.

No one knows the day or hour when that will happen, but everyone can be sure it will happen. All the prophecies of Jesus have been fulfilled so far, so that there is  no reason to doubt this will not occur also.

As a believer, this news is a bittersweet message. On one side it tells you that you will be going to heaven to live for eternity with God. On the other side it also tells you that billions of people will be destroyed and condemned for eternity.

Take a look around you and notice how many people do not know Jesus as their own personal Lord and Savior. Most likely, it is the majority of people. Even if it is a few, you should be weeping and mourning for those who are lost. Weep and mourn at the destruction that is coming.

Now, because it has not happened yet, go out and tell someone about Jesus. Spread the gospel message to all, so that all may be saved from the coming destruction.

I pray today that God will reveal to you the times you are in; that you will see those who need Jesus; that you will weep for those who need Jesus; and that you will be a witness for Jesus in this world.

Ezekiel 21:6-7 Groan Because Of The News

“Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with a broken heart and bitter grief. And when they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand go limp; every spirit will become faint and every leg will be wet with urine.’ It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Ezekiel 21:6-7

Ezekiel had been given a message of destruction and the people were not believing it. Now God tells him to groan because of the news he has been given. The people would not understand the groaning because they did not believe the message.

Hearing bad news all the time often deadens the senses. When a city starts to hear of news of major crimes in its city, at the beginning everyone is shocked and get worried with the news. As the major crimes become more common place, most people stop being so shocked. It just becomes a natural part of life. The cares of the crimes have dropped off because of how common they are.

Today there is news of a coming destruction. It is not necessarily the destruction of a specific city or nation, but the destruction of the world. The news is that Jesus will come back for judgment upon the world for all those who chose not to follow Him.

When that judgment comes, all men will tremble in fear. The horror will be greater than anything the world has ever seen. People will want to kill themselves to attempt to avoid the horror of it. At the end of that destruction, every person who does not know Jesus as Savior will be cast into hell for eternity. Then the horror of burning for ever without God begins.

As a believer you know this news. It is coming and there is nothing that can stop it. You should be groaning before the people of this world with a broken heart. A broken heart seeing people dying and getting ready to be destroyed for lack of faith.

Your heart should be patterned after God’s heart, one that breaks at the thought of anyone not being saved. Seek God for every open door to tell others about Jesus and the news of what is going to happen. Seek to save as many from destruction as possible.

I pray today that you will know the news that God has for this world; that your heart will break as God’s does for the lost; that you will tell everyone about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Ezekiel 11:13 Weeping For Others

Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?” Ezekiel 11:13

God was giving Ezekiel visions of what was coming to the nation of Israel. There was going to be judgment upon the people for the sins that they had committed against God. As he was seeing these visions, some started dying. Ezekiel then saw that the nation would go through extreme punishment and he wondered if God would completely destroy everyone. He cries out to God for mercy upon the people.

There are times when one can look at some of the destruction that is occurring in the world because of sin. People are being killed on a regular basis. Families are being pulled apart. Nations are being split up. The destruction is real.

In the middle of watching all of the world going through destruction, one can also see the destruction of churches. There are people in churches that are being destroyed by sin. This is not just persecution, but destruction because of personal sins in their lives.

Various churches are following the ways of the world and claiming to know God. In the process of doing this, they are bringing down people who want to know God and serve God. There are many who are in these churches that are striving hard to live for God, but are feeling the punishment upon the church because of the sins of others.

Many in the church see these things and just state that they had it coming because of sin. There is no sorrow for what is happening, only judgment.

Ezekiel cried out to God for those few who still believed in God and served Him. Rather than call down judgment upon the people, you must cry out as Ezekiel did for God’s mercy. Pray that God will spare the remnant who are striving to serve Him from the judgment against others.

As a believer, you must be a part of the remnant who will serve God with all of their hearts. Seek to know and understand God’s heart for His people. Call upon God to preserve the remnant and not destroy everyone. As you do this, be the light to others as to how God wants all to live.

I pray today that the remnant of God’s people will be spared of destruction; that all those who claim to believe in Jesus will live for Him; that you will have the heart of God for others; and that you will be a shining light of Jesus to those who are mislead.