Sunday, January 10, 2016
Waging War by George W. Beasley
No matter what version of the Bible you are reading this passage remains constant in it’s message to followers of Jesus. There is a war and it’s waged against us.
Revelation 12New Living Translation (NLT)
The Woman and the Dragon
15 Then the dragon tried to drown the woman with a flood of water that flowed from his mouth. 16 But the earth helped her by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that gushed out from the mouth of the dragon. 17 And the dragon was angry at the woman and declared war against the rest of her children—all who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.
18 Then the dragon took his stand on the shore beside the sea.
You might think that everything is ok. But, think again. The people we see everyday, the people we meet every day and the people we love everyday are in a battle. For the most part they don't even realize it. They smile, they laugh and they look as though life is good. Even writing this story has had it’s difficulties. I’ve had some strange dreams lately. I’ve been on edge and fighting to find time to write these few words about the enemy waging war against us.
In war you don't show your weakness, you don't show your struggles. In war you survive. The passage is clear that the enemy is angry and has declared war on all of us who maintain our testimony for Jesus.
One thing we must remember that we all are jacked up and are a complete mess. We can’t buy into the lie that maintaining our testimony for Jesus means we are perfect. We are not! Standing with our commander “Jesus” is our testimony. No matter where you are right now and what you've done Jesus loves you and is fighting the war with you and for you. He wants you to win! Drop the mask and the unreality and ask your friends for help in this war. Do it together!
Don’t give up! You are close to the victory. The battle is most difficult near the end but let me assure you, you will win. It doesn't even matter if you fall during the battle, our commander, Jesus will pick you up. He will pull you out of that pit, He will stand you on your feet and give you strength to move forward. Jesus loves you!
Think about where you are in life right now. Did you ever think, you would end up here? I never thought this would happen to me? Hell no you didn’t. That’s the war that is raging around you and in your life. It’s a war! Wake up!
So, what’s next? After every battle there is a time of relax, a time of peace. Enjoy those times as the war will continue. Note verse eighteen, the dragon took his stand on the shore beside the sea. The enemy stands but so do we. Get up and fight!
You might have been knocked down, beat up, broke, busted and disgusted but you are still alive. That means one thing, you are still in the battle, you're not out! You as a believer already have the victory so claim that. Fight for what you know is true and fight with all your might.
Stand strong for those that will come after you. They will need you!
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