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December 5, 2015

I have a cousin that teaches at West Point Military Academy. He says that one class you have to take is Religion and Ethics, because a large percentage of new cadets have neither. Raised in single parent homes, in public schools where situational ethics and the importance of self has raised young people to the ultimate in self-fulfillment. The Academy must now more than ever ‘tear down’ and ‘build up’ a new soldier. The only students that excel come from a family where going to war was a tradition, a multi-generational military family is a plus because they’ve already seen what deprivation, selflessness, honor and courage and responsibility means and were ‘indoctrinated’ as babies into the military mindset.

 

The Apostle Paul prepares the stage for Christians to conduct war, live like a soldier and fight the good fight.

Christian theologian St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430) and St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) are primarily responsible for formulating the theory of the Just War which has remained the majority Christian approach to war to this day. There are many variations on the just war theory, but these are the basics:

 

    There must be a just cause for the war.

        War must be waged only in response to certain, grave and lasting damage inflicted by an aggressor.

        The motive for war must be advancement of good or avoidance of evil.

        The ultimate objective of war must be to bring peace.

        Revenge, revolt, a desire to harm, dominate, or exploit and similar things are not justification for war.

    Every possible means of peacefully settling the conflict must be exhausted first.

    There must be serious prospects of success; bloodshed without hope of victory cannot be justified.

    The war must be declared by a legitimate authority. Private individuals or groups should seek redress of their rights through their governments, not by acts of war.

    The war must not cause greater evil than the evil to be eliminated.

    Non-combatants (civilians) must not be intentionally harmed.

    Prisoners and conquered peoples must be treated justly.

Psalm 144:1-2 ESV

 

Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

John 15:13 ESV

 

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Ecclesiastes 3:8 ESV

 

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Deuteronomy 20:1-4 ESV

 

“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’

We are in a war with spiritual forces, never doubt that, Satan knows he will lose in the end, but he also knows he can wreck our lives and make us ineffective as soldiers for Christ.

So we come to the second piece of armor.

The breastplate of righteousness. No Roman soldier would ever go into a battle without wearing his breastplate. At times, Roman soldiers used breastplates made of leather or animal hooves, although the most common breastplate was a solid piece of metal that covered the front of the soldier’s torso from the base of the neck to the upper thighs. This plate protected all of his vital organs, including the heart and the bowels.

In the Bible, the heart and the bowels are very significant because they represented the immaterial part of man. The word heart was often referred to the mind, and the word bowels represented the emotions. Proverbs 3:5 instructs us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 4:23 warns us, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”

In the original languages of the Scriptures, the bowels or kidneys are used to represent emotions. Many times when we are in a very emotional condition, such as worry or anger, we feel it in our stomach. The King James Version translates Philippians 2:1 literally, “… if any bowels and mercies.” Often the word translated “compassion” in English has the sense of “bowels” in the original Greek.

The point of all of this information is that our thoughts and emotions are to be protected from Satan’s attacks by the breastplate of righteousness. Some of Satan’s primary tactics are to influence people through false doctrine and reliance upon their emotions rather than on the truth of God’s Word. To protect the mind and emotions, the Christian is to put on the breastplate of righteousness.

This righteousness has two aspects. The first aspect is the righteousness of Christ, which has been imputed or credited to us: “To the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness” (Rom. 4:5). Righteousness refers to our right standing before God. Satan and his demons often attack the Christian by raising doubts about his salvation or his relationship with God, or by accusing the believer because of sin in his life. The only basis we have for response to such attacks is that our standing before God has nothing to do with our own righteousness but is based solely and completely on the righteousness of Jesus Christ. However, there is more to putting on the breastplate of righteousness than just enjoying our positional righteousness in Christ.

The second aspect involves our personal righteousness. This does not refer to our own goodness, for we have none. Instead, it refers to the righteousness and holiness that the Holy Spirit produces in our lives as a result of our growth in Christ, obedience to divine precepts, and living in dependence upon the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:15–26). This aspect is the progressive part of our sanctification.

Although every believer is positionally righteous in Christ, he is also responsible to pursue holiness in his life by being obedient to Christ and having his character transformed and conformed to the character of Christ. This process takes place in a believer’s life as he recognizes the sin in his life and then turns away from it to Christ. Peter also relates this process to dealing with the lusts of the flesh: “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:14–16).

This is part of what is meant by standing firm against the Devil. In James 4:7–10, we see that this concept is related not only to the idea of submission and humility but also to cleansing from sin. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Although the basis for the believer’s cleansing from sin is the redemption of Christ, believers still sin (1 John 1:8). The solution to sins committed after salvation is confession, admission of known sins to God (Ps. 32:5): “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Whenever a Christian sins, he is, in essence, giving his loyalty to Satan and rebelling like a child against his Father. At this point, the Christian is being influenced by either his flesh or the world to follow Satan in obedience. At the point of sin, the Christian opens himself up to satanic attack. Once this breach in his defense occurs, if he does not turn from his sin but continues in it, the toehold that Satan has in his life may be expanded. Eventually, the believer can be living in full-blown rebellion against God. At some point, the believer possibly can become involved with some aspect of the occult and become oppressed by a demon. This is exactly what happened in the life of King Saul in the Old Testament, and it eventually resulted in demonic oppression, severe depression, and involvement in the occult.

However, as with Saul, the solution to the problem of demonic oppression is to confess your sin and begin living in obedience to God. Many times God gave Saul the opportunity to turn from his sin, but because he never did, God continued to discipline him through the demonic oppression.

This same thing occurred in the New Testament. In two different instances, the New Testament tells about Christians who had fallen into serious and prolonged sin, and, because they failed to turn from it, they were given over to Satan for discipline (1 Cor. 5:5; 1 Tim. 1:20). The solution to this problem is never presented in the Scriptures in any other way than submission to the plan, precepts, and principles of God. If the believer does this, Satan will flee.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for those that have just been divorced, and have decided to “go wild”, because they’ve been ‘good’ for so long. FAIL

Pray for those that have convinced themselves it’s just a ‘little sin’ they can repent later. FAIL

Pray for those that would rather “have it all now” they will follow God when the are older. FAIL

BELIEVE THE TRUTH OR BELIEVE A LIE

 

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