The Christian battle, see how and what is going on in the Spiritual Realm and the way Yeshua showed us!
A battle is going on in the spiritual realm:
There is a battle going on in the spiritual realm and you are a part of it, wether you like it or not.
When you are unsaved, you are on the Devil’s side without even knowing it.
He will use you to hurt others and to bring people down, to steal and to lie and to destroy, whether you are aware of it or not.
When you accept Jesus as your saviour; you declare war against Satan and his hordes.
You are for God, or against God. There is no demilitarised zone in the spiritual realm.
You cannot choose when war is coming to your country. When you do nothing in a war, you will become a target. Bombs will fall on your house or the enemy will kill you. You cannot just sit and hope that the war will go away but you can go and help fight the enemy.
Your country will equip you with the right weapons to help fight the enemy or you can sit and wait till the enemy comes to kill you. You cannot stop the enemy without weapons.
If you do not pray or have faith, but still expect to overcome, you are not being realistic.
God is mobilising His Spiritual army and Yeshua wants you to become an effective mature soldier for Him. God has called you and in so doing so He also equips you for the war that is going on.
He calls you the day you accept Yeshua - Jesus as your Saviour.
Many children of God are been trained as specialists in warfare but, are powerless, why?
They do not miss a church service but they don’t share what they have learned, the Good News. They are like the Dead Sea, they only receive the Word and receive blessings - but there is no outlet. That scenario leads to death and decay.
If you have ever been in a real battle, you will know that having a weapon, but "not using your weapon" is of little use.
So go and become a fearsome enemy to the kingdom of darkness and become a part of what God is doing now.
God wants us to go into battle against Satan to take back what he has stolen from God’s children and we must start to use what God has given us to war against the enemy.
God gave us Spiritual weapons to conquer the enemy. The enemy is not flesh and blood or carnal but is spiritual. We must fight spirit with spirit and bind the enemy and break down all his strongholds.
Ephesians 6:10-12: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. (KJV)
We must go out into the lost world and go pray for the sick and heal them, mend the broken hearted, cast out the devil and lift up the weary soul.
We must go out and go rescue the lost so that they can be saved from hell. We also have the power to unleash God’s blessings onto mankind.
God has given us His mighty weapons. We must do, not only talk.
Ephesians 1:18:I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future He has promised to those he called. I want you to realise what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people
I must become like Him Jesus, He showed us the way to life, how to speak the truth (the Word),
He showed the way trough the access to life in God that He has for us. In light there is life and growth and without it, death. We must start to live holy because God is Holy. You must do now more good than bad things.
1 Peter 2:9: But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Romans 8:29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Putting on Christ; to live the modern-day Yeshua.
Ephesians 4:22-24: Regarding your former way of life, you were taught to strip off your old man which is being ruined by its deceptive desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new man, Which was created according to the likeness of God in righteousness and true holiness?
I want to challenge you to imitate Christ.
Most Christian’s today look like the people in the world. There is no difference in their speech, their looks, or their actions.
You often hear people of the world make comments about Christians saying that if you are a Christian, I certainly don’t want to be one.
When people hear you are a Christian, they do not
want to do business with you because Christians have cheated them somehow or the other.
What a shame, generations before us, and modern-day Christians - are not living up to the name of Christianity. It hurts to see children of God acting like children of darkness and the light is not visible in them. Yes, we are all human and make mistakes, but what is wrong in these Christian’s lives.
Are there Christians that live the example that Yeshua (Jesus) set?
The modern-day Jesus:
A group of salesmen were on their way home from a convention. They wanted to be home before dinner. In their rush, they bumped over a table of apples. The apples flew everywhere.
Without stopping, they ran to the plane to board. All but one!!! He paused, looked back and experienced compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his friends to go on without him, asking one of them to call his wife and explain his delay. Then he returned to the girl, - who was crying softly, - tears running down her cheeks in frustration, - reaching helplessly for her spilled apples, - as the crowd swarmed about her, - no one stopping to help.
The 16 year old girl was totally blind! The salesman knelt on the floor with her, - gathered up the apples, - put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, - he took the apples that were bruised and set them aside in a basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl," Here, please take this money for the damage. "Are you okay?" He asked. - She nodded through her tears." I hope I didn't spoil your day."
He said. As the salesman started to walk away, the blind girl called out after him, "Mister...." "Mister...." He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes .She continued, "Mister, are you Yeshua (Jesus)?" He stood there stunned.
Then slowly he turned and made his way to catch the later flight, with that burning question pounding through his mind: "Are you Yeshua (Jesus)?" (Author unknown, from an old E-mail).
This story is really touching, this person is surely an example of how to live like Jesus in today’s modern-day lifestyle.
What was his secret?
People come to Christ Jesus when they are born into the Kingdom of God but that is where most Christians stop.
They do not know or are not taught that they must strip themselves of the old man, renew their minds and be clothed with the new man, which has the nature of Christ.
Striping off the old man!
Ephesians 4:22: Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything--and I do mean everything--connected with that old way of life has to go. It's rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life--a God-fashioned life.
Colossians 3:8-9: we must get rid of our temper, irritability, meanness, profanity and dirty talking. We must be done with that old life. It's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes that me must strip off and put in the fire. (The Message Bible)
The word speaks for itself. These things mentioned in these scriptures are the fruits of a world that is rotten, yet we find them visible in the lives of "Christians".
You cannot move forward spiritually without putting off the old man because it will cause you to fail.
If you are one of them, living with these visible fruits, get rid of the old man, you are new in Christ Jesus.
You would not put a new clean white suit over a dirty oil smeared body, would you?
No, the clothes would be ruined.
Some Christians are like that when they try to wear the old man under the new white clothes.
First wash the old man away with the water of the word and with the bleach of His blood and become white as snow.
The text shows us that we must take off the old man because it is in direct opposition to God’s word and His Holiness.
After stripping off the old man, we must clothe our self with something new.
We feel naked and insecure because our comfort zone is gone.
In its place we must do two things: we must renew our mind and clothe ourselves with the new man, The righteousness of God.
Renew your Mind.
Renew your mind!
How are we going to do that?
Ephesians 4:23:be renewed in the spirit of your minds" (NKJ)
The battle for your soul is fought mostly in your mind and if you do not renew your mind (your way of thinking); you will fall back in the old sinful ways.
Romans 12:2:we must not be conformed to this world: but we must be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
When we were in the world we were always thinking how to score and cheat and lie our way through life. but now you we are challenged to change our way of thinking.
Some people had to learn a new language after coming to Christ because they did not know how to speak without swearing.
Stop feeding your mind with worthless newspapers, TV programs and magazines, but feed your mind with the word and start thinking of God and how to live the word. Think of ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Think positive thoughts and always look for opportunities to spread the Gospel, God’s word will renew your mind and you will find new challenges and ideas to extend His Kingdom.
It is God’s will that our minds be conformed to His word. We must be transformed to the mind of Christ, through the Holy Spirit. Christ is my example and He should be yours as well. When Satan tempted Yeshua (Jesus) in the desert, Yeshua (Jesus) answered him with the word.
He used the life-giving word as an answer.
I want to challenge you to start giving answers to modern-day problems out of the word of God, as Yeshua (Jesus) did.
Stop thinking worthless thoughts.
Ephesians 4:17: In the Lord's name, then, I warn you: do not continue to live like the heathen, whose thoughts are worthless.
Ephesians 4:23: And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude].
We have taken of the old-man, renewed our mind with Christ’s mind.
God Created a New man for us to put on!
Clothe yourself with the new man!
Ephesians 4:24: it says – "and to clothe yourselves with the new man, - which was created according to the likeness of God - in righteousness and true holiness".
Romans 13:14: instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) Christ, and do not obey your flesh and its desires.
The text shows us that we need to put on the new man to become Christ-like and to move into Gods perfect will.
When we are born of God, He creates something new inside of you, something that wasn’t there before, a likeness of Yeshua.
God made your dead spirit alive through rebirth and the blood of Yeshua. You don’t have to go look for it, it is inside you, and the only thing you have to do is to activate the new – man!
We must now clothe ourselves and live up to that image.
We are ambassadors and we have a responsibility towards Christ, if you love Him you will follow Him. You must - think - act - live and - walk like Jesus. He healed the sick, cast out demons and did many miracles. If you are covered with the new man, these fruits should be in your life.
If Jesus stood here before us today will you be able to stand in His Holy Presence, or will you shrivel up in shame because of your hidden sinful lifestyle?
Be holy because He is Holy.
You don’t become holy just because you have repented and are reborn, it is a continuous process.
You have to start working on the old man that was implanted by many years of wrong living; you must put on the new man and live everyday to be a better person than the day before.
Make it your goal to be more holy than the day before.
Someone once said that you must be put on like a glove over the life of Christ. The glove is totally useless without the hand, so it is if you do not put on the new man.
The body is giving life to the glove and body and substance and it also takes on the form of the hand. So you must also take on the form of Christ.
Some people hear the Gospel but do not fully understand the power and freedom of it because they don’t want to try to pattern their lives after Christ’s words and His lifestyle. By doing that you will be restored to the original man Adam, his health - same privileges - power - wisdom and knowledge. All this is yours and more. You will discover a brand new world – a new way of living.
Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not obey your flesh and its desires.
A godly lifestyle will bring substance and life, sin brings destruction and death.
When you are reborn in Jesus Christ, you must get rid of the old ways of thinking and living. You cannot put on a new suit over oil stained body because the oil or sin will show through.
So wash yourself with the blood and word and clothe yourselves with the new man Yeshua and be conformed through the Holy Spirit into the new image of God created in you. It is Gods will and it pleases Him when you think and act like Yeshua.
I want to leave this burning question with you! - Do people mistake you for - "Jesus"?
Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church.
It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.
The new man:Testimony:
One evening just before sunset a friend and I were standing in the garden of my house and talking about Yeshua (Jesus). I was a new-born child of God and not jet schooled in the ways of God’s Word. I had just begun my new journey in Yeshua (Jesus) and did not know and understand how I was in Him.
I was reborn, baptised in water and the Holy Spirit and I was striving to holiness with God’s Word as my guide.
A woman came strolling down the road. She was drunk and she was wandering all over the road, making a big noise.
As she came near to our corner, she stopped in her tracks and she began to shout in a loud voice, saying that she saw Yeshua. I looked around to see Him as well, but did not see Him.
She then shouted even in a louder voice, that she saw two Yeshua’s now. She was looking straight at my friend and I.
That was when I realised that this woman (or the demon spirits in her) could see the light of Yeshua in us.
I then knew that I began a new journey with God Almighty forever. I realised that I had become like Yeshua, a new man in Him and that demons in the spiritual realm could see that. I realised that these demon spirits were afraid of me, as they were of Yeshua.
My new journey had begun with Yeshua and it is like when a child is born into this World. The easiest part of having a baby is the birth, and the difficult part is raising the child. It is the same with us. The journey has now begun and the tough part is being a child of God. With Yeshua I will make it and so will you. He will bring to pass the good He has started and begun in you.
Philippians 1:6: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:
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