Our Power is the Good News that Jesus Christ Brings
Jesus knew that to put sin and Satan to death, He would have to die Himself. The greatest act of love happened over a period of 33 years, culminating in His death, with His success proven by His resurrection. That act of love cost Jesus everything and, in giving everything, He bought the right to cancel sin, death and give new life. Jesus Christ gives justification, forgiveness, and a new life to all who have saving faith in Him. Jesus bought the right to restore the planet to its rightful purpose: To glorify God and enjoy Him forever!
Why So Much Evil?
"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time." The Bible
Humanity lives in a schizophrenia of trying to love itself, and at the same time doing incredibly cruel, evil things to the most vulnerable. The root sin of all of this is rebellion against God. Humanity will serve any master, as long as it isn't God.
The human race does vile things to itself: aborts its babies, commits sexual immorality, manipulates people with religions, abuses, and enslaves or exploits the vulnerable. The whole planet is groaning in the pain that we inflict on ourselves. The root of it all is a refusal to submit to God as our rightful Authority.
Fight Back the Darkness
"For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." The Bible
Our battle is a battle against spiritual forces which wish to hold every human in bondage and darkness. As we bring the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ into the darkness, the evil spirits respond in battle. With our weapons, God both pushes back the spiritual powers and He brings new life to humans planet-wide.
Our main weapons are: Truth, Prayer, Love, and Humility. With these weapons we resist Satanic forces, expose their lies, and bring bondage-breaking salvation to sinners.
Since we live on a battlefield, we sustain deep scars. Evil has no conscience and does not fight with sportsmanship. Evil attacks from within and without. It attacks from the outside through manipulation, temptations, and distractions.It tries to get in through relationships, selfish ambitions, pride, thought patterns, dreams, and burn-out. It uses our sinful natures to attack us emotional and spiritually. That is why we depend on the arm of God to bring love, truth, and justice. With God as our strength and protector and with His word as our thought corrector, we wield the sword of Light!
New Cracks Spread
Through the constant battles, we pick up new cracks in our clay vessels. We could have avoided those cracks by not entering the battle. But, in a strange, humble way, those cracks seem to leak more love, humility and gospel light out, thus spilling more hope into this dark world.
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. " The Bible
Victorious Against the Darkness
We live victorious lives because each time the Holy Spirit lights up another clay pot near us, we gain a brother or sister who will enjoy an eternity of glorifying God and enjoying Him. Jesus has chosen to extend His Kingdom one soul at a time, rescuing each of us from the clutches of the kingdom of darkness. We engage the battle on this groaning planet as the Kingdom of Light spreads to the darkest corners of humanity. This conquest against evil will culminate in the return of Christ! At that time, the universe will be folded up like a used-up jacket and burned. Jesus will create a new universe, one inhabited by all citizens of the Kingdom of Light. There will be no groaning, no rebellion, no slavery, no selfishness, no humanism, no sin or darkness there... Only billions of people living out their purpose in perfection: To glorify God in their lives, talents, and relationships and to enjoy Him forever!
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