This installment is being started on Memorial Day, but may not be finished for posting today. In any case, I can’t say “Thank You” enough for anyone who has served in any capacity in the Armed Forces, especially thankful to those who gave everything to make it possible for me to write and speak freely about the things I believe God is inspiring me to write openly and publicly. Again, I can’t say “Thank You” enough.
But let’s get honest and serious now. There is one soldier that needs to be honored that we never think about because he didn’t serve in the armed forces. He wasn’t part of any country and never set foot in the United States of America. In fact he never heard of us. But he fought the greatest battle of all and lost his life after being captured by the enemy. The name of this soldier, is Jesus Christ.
How many of us think of Jesus being a soldier, yet his battle was spiritual, against the largest and most formidable enemy force of all time. This enemy has been behind every war fought all through history. Most of the time, this enemy influences both sides of the battle. This enemy caused the fall of man from The Garden of Eden. The Commander in Chief of the enemy was the angel of light and the most beautiful of all. When Jesus said:
(John 8: 12) “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (Bold added)
He openly challenged the “light” of the Commander in Chief of the Enemy. This is the enemy that declares even to our culture of today that He offers enlightenment to mankind. Every person, every group, every church, and every religion that speaks of “enlightenment” has been influenced by this enemy. Jesus came to expose their false “light” by demonstrating the true light from God.
(Colossians 2: 15) “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
The only way the enemy could bring a charge against Jesus was to conspire against Him using lies and lying witnesses.
(Matthew 26: 59) “Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;”
The enemy is found in the highest levels of authority and leadership. Anyone who can challenge their authority or leadership is an open target for their attacks. They scored their greatest victory by capturing and condemning Jesus Christ to death, but their victory ultimately insured His victory. He beat them at every battle in life. They were livid with anger and jealous of His power and authority. They held nothing back of their anger.
But how can I be talking about people in authority and about the forces of evil at the same time? This is how the Adversary, The Devil has worked to control culture and mankind all through the ages. He works to establish and keep people who will do his bidding in the highest levels of authority in every area of life, leadership, and training. The Devil offered Jesus the fast track to power and notoriety, and Jesus refused the fast track because it required giving all His worship and allegiance to the Devil.
(Luke 4: 5 – 7) “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.”
This, by no means, implies that everyone in authority worships the devil. However, it should be noticed that the devil cannot offer a temptation that he couldn’t fulfill. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have been a temptation at all. The devil said in verse 6, “for that is delivered unto me” and he was telling the truth. Adam delivered all the power and glory of all the kingdoms of the world to the devil when he ate the forbidden fruit. Jesus obeyed God in every way to return the dominion of authority to all the kingdoms of the world back to body, soul, and spirit individuals who worship and obey God. He fought the spiritual battle against the devil on equal terms as Adam and won, but the requirement for winning the war was death.
Jesus fulfilled all of the terms of obedience that God required to purchase mankind back from the power and authority of the devil. He fought the fight we couldn’t fight because he was perfect and without sin just like Adam. Even Judas Iscariot recognized Jesus’ innocence.
(Matthew 27: 4a) “Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.”
While all men are imperfect, Jesus alone was perfect, meaning His blood was pure and not corrupted by sin like our blood. Only He could fight the spiritual battle against the devil himself and win. He had to be able to withstand every form of temptation and pressure that the devil could muster and remain sinless. No other man on earth could do the same without cracking. Only the finest soldiers in the world can relate to the kind of temptation and pressure a truly evil enemy can do. Especially if they spent any time at all as a prisoner of war. Jesus last day before the crucifixion was spent entirely as a prisoner of war, a convicted criminal, and finally execution on the cross. Jesus fought with honor and integrity. He fulfilled His tour of duty and every mission from His commander, God.
Oh, you say, Jesus wasn’t an armed warrior, it’s a disgrace to call Him a soldier worthy of Memorial Day. Let’s see how He was armed. Our list of spiritual armor is found in Ephesians 6: 13 – 17.
- 6: 13 Whole armor of God (Gilley Suit)
- 6: 14 Loins girt about with truth (Abdominal Belt)
- 6: 14 Breastplate of righteousness (Bulletproof Vest)
- 6: 15 Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Army Boots)
- 6: 16 Shield of faith (Blast Shield)
- 6: 17 Helmet of salvation (Helmet)
- 6: 17 Sword of the spirit which is the Word of God (Sword)
It appears that Jesus was as fully armed and protected as any soldier today. We can’t keep looking at the Word of God through the eyes of the flesh and expect to understand anything. When we dare to consider things in the Word with spiritual eyes from God’s point of view, the story changes. Jesus was armed and dangerous. But entirely by the spirit.
Memorial Day honors our soldiers. Especially to remember those who have given their lives in defense of our country. But I’d like to propose that we also remember the one and only soldier of the spirit who gave His life to purchase humanity back from the authority of the devil. He was victorious in every spiritual battle. When it seemed that the devil won his greatest victory, God kept an “Ace up His sleeve” in that Jesus needed to give His life, in order to win the war against death and take the power of heaven and hell from the devil.
Matthew 28: 18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
He spoke these words after His resurrection when the victory was won. What better example do we have of a soldier doing his duty in the face of insurmountable odds and winning the war for the home team. The home team just happened to be mankind. The enemy was the devil himself. The battles were all spiritual and the war was won to free man’s soul from certain doom and destruction. By His victory, anyone who desires can now become spiritual and have their relationship with God restored. Maybe every day should be Memorial Day for Jesus Christ. After all, His victory by His death, gave us life. His victory by the resurrection and ascension gave us the Holy Spirit.
To celebrate Memorial Day every day of the year is silly. Jesus gave us the ceremony of communion as a way to remember Him. But better yet, He made it possible for us to know Him personally as well every day of our lives. Because we have the Holy Spirit, He is living within us and we are complete in Him.
Colossians 2: 10 “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”
It is that completeness that makes us spiritual and able to build a relationship with God. If you want to know how to build that relationship with God and have Jesus at your side every day of your life, my book will reveal the practical truths to help you need. It will also show the dividing line between truth and empty religion.
This installment to the blog took me a week to write because of a miracle that God made possible in our life. Since we got this place, we knew that we needed to paint it. But my prayer was for us to install siding instead in order to update and help insulate the aluminum on the outside. We were given siding by someone we didn’t even know. They were replacing the siding on their home to change the color and gave away the old siding. My wife just happened to notice the announcement and contacted the person. In fact, she was the only person to contact him in the manner he requested. We had to drive two hours to get the siding, but it was enough to cover our home and it was also the color we wanted. I was working all week to install white, vinyl siding over our home. At the same time, my wife used bleach to clean the siding and it looks as good as new. This is an answer to a three year prayer. God never said that He always answers our prayers immediately, but He hears us immediately and will supply all our need.
Philippians 4: 19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
I’ve learned long ago that every one of my prayers get answered eventually. All I need to do is thank God for the answered He provides and diligently wait and watch for the answer to happen. I’ve also learned that there are also counterfeit answers that happen as well. God’s true answer always comes peacefully in a manner that helps everyone. The counterfeit answer always comes with trouble. Driving two hours to pick up siding is not trouble, it is a small price to pay for 14 squares of siding. Cleaning that much siding is also not trouble, it was a job that would be done sooner or later anyways. Now, it doesn’t need to be done for many more years. This is the God I love and serve. I know He loves me and cares for me. I know that He loves you too. What have you got to lose by reading my book. If you don’t want to purchase it for yourself, go to your library and request them to purchase the book and it will be available for you to read anytime and when you are through, someone else can read it as well. You won’t have to spend a dime of your own money to get a book from an author you don’t know. All you have to do is make the request, (or suggestion) to the librarian and wait a few weeks. Then your prayer will be answered and you can learn how to build a similar relationship with your spiritual father. Here’s the link to give to your librarian: https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Radical-Christians-Practical-Defeating/dp/1973675021 If you want to get the book yourself, the picture below has the same link, but it’s active when you click it.
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Thank you for voting for my book. But most of all, thank you for reading it. I know it will change the way you think about God because He will become living and real for you. God is not a tyrant that controls you and lives far off beyond outer space, He loves you and cares about you and your family. He is as close as your breath and lives within you as soon as you make Jesus your lord and savior.