December 13 2006 at 10:57 PM
I took the leisure of reading a little on Martin Luther. His boldness to take a stand against the teachings of the Catholic Church was admirable and courageous we all must admit. It seems he had to defend his position repeatedly and done so in faith and truth as well as determination. ……….
.Challenges come in life when we least expect them. We can determine defeat immediately if we wish or we can determine to fight for truth in righteousness.
The one caution must be to remember the words of Scripture; that our weapons are not carnal and that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. The weapons of our warfare our mighty through prayer; they pull down the strongholds of darkness. They deliver us from evil. We cannot war after the flesh. We cannot repay evil for evil. We must put on the armor of God; truth, the gospel, righteousness, faith, our salvation, and the war-winning Word of God, our blessed sword. Carnal weapons formed against us cannot then prosper.
What are carnal weapons? Lies, untruths or half-truths, gossip whether it be truth or imaginative, slander, accusations, murmurings, name-calling, wrath, malice, insults, those of this sort are all carnal means of fighting.
I think the hardest part of the battle is choosing to lay aside these weapons as a means of fighting back and/or revenge.
We must choose to fight through prayer, through truth, in righteousness. When we stand in those things and remember the battle belongs to the Lord, then we allow ourselves the peace that passes all understanding.
Read this if you will from Jeremiah 51:36; Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.
Read too, if you have the chance in Lamentations 3:59-66.
In Ezek. 25:15 and through the next few verses, the Lord deals with those who have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart.
And most of us know in Romans 12:19 that we are told not to avenge ourselves and that vengeance is the Lord’s (and let us not forget that He says that He will repay).
I don’t know about you, but I would rather have the Lord repay a person’s evil because we are told in the book of James that the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.
We must fight our battles according to the directions that God has laid out in His Word.
He made the system we live in therefore He knows how it best operates. We must trust Him. We must let Him battle for Psalm 24 tells us that He is mighty in battle.