Sunday, May 19, 2013

Don’t Fight the Prisoners of War!


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When the dragon realized it had been thrown down to the earth, it tried to make trouble for the woman who had given birth to a son.  But the woman was given two wings like those of a huge eagle, so she could fly into the desert. There she would escape from the snake and be taken care of for a time, two times, and half a time.

The snake then spewed out water like a river to sweep the woman away. But the earth helped her and swallowed the water that had come from the dragon's mouth. This made the dragon terribly angry with the woman. So it started a war against the rest of her children. They are the people who obey God and are faithful to what Jesus did and taught. The dragon stood on the beach beside the sea.

Revelation 12:13-18

When you refuse to recognize that you are at war and that you have an enemy who wants to destroy you, the outcome of that conflict is almost inevitable. There are governments that even today are making the foolish mistake of pretending that they have no enemies and that there is no war. If that continues, it will not end well.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, it is imperative that you recognize who your enemy is and that there is indeed a war still raging. The Bible clearly says that our enemy is not "flesh and blood." We are not at war with human beings, no matter how evil they may be. Evil humans are all recoverable because of Jesus blood. The worst human enemy you have on this earth today may tomorrow be your brother in Christ. We are not fighting against wicked men.

The Bible says that we are at war with "principalities, powers and powers of the air." Satan himself is the enemy not the men and women who are enslaved by him. The Devil wants you to attack those who are his captives. He wants you to destroy those men and women who have come under his power. As followers of Jesus our job is to free those who are captured by Satan not to destroy them!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to see who my real enemy is and by the power of Your Word enable me to engage him in battle. And Jesus show me today how You can free those who have been captured by Satan. And may You be glorified forever. Amen."

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