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What else can I say? There isn't enough time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. Their faith helped them conquer kingdoms, and because they did right, God made promises to them. They closed the jaws of lions and put out raging fires and escaped from the swords of their enemies. Although they were weak, they were given the strength and power to chase foreign armies away. Some women received their loved ones back from death. Many of these people were tortured, but they refused to be released. They were sure that they would get a better reward when the dead are raised to life. Others were made fun of and beaten with whips, and some were chained in jail. Still others were stoned to death or sawed in two or killed with swords. Some had nothing but sheep skins or goat skins to wear. They were poor, mistreated, and tortured. The world did not deserve these good people, who had to wander in deserts and on mountains and had to live in caves and holes in the ground. All of them pleased God because of their faith! But still they died without being given what had been promised. This was because God had something better in store for us. And he did not want them to reach the goal of their faith without us.
Hebrews 11: 32 - 40
When your life is pleasing to God it displeases the world! That simple truth is often hard to grasp.
There are only two sides in the Cosmic struggle of Good and Evil! God, who created everything and everyone desires that all men choose to walk the way of Righteousness as followers of Jesus Christ. But Satan who is the father of lies, wants all men to die with him forever in the fires of Hell! God wants everyone to have the choice of which side they will join.
Those on the side of Good reflect the Heart of God and desire that men and women who have joined the Enemy be redeemed from their Hell bound condition. Those on the side of Evil simply want to persecute and destroy followers of Jesus!
Followers of Jesus have the ultimate weapon though, it is the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. God not only Created everything there is with His Word, but His Word penetrates the life of a man or woman who is lost and puts them in contact with Jesus Christ!
Satan is not powerless, but he does have less power! Remember that love is more powerful than hate! When you love your enemies and bring them the message of Jesus, you can destroy forever the power of Satan in their lives!
"Lord Jesus, make me a better soldier today in the struggle between Good and Evil! Praise Your Holy Name now and forever. Amen."