Our Weapons!


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This has weighed heavy on me for some time and I have fought with it in myself and at times seemingly by myself for so long but tonight as I lay in bed, (yep an hour ago and no sleep) these thoughts keep coming back to me and I KNOW it is the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart and mind. You see, I have a love-hate relationship with the news. On the one hand, I feel it is important for any of us, especially Christians, to stay informed as to the goings on in the world. But on the other hand, I see the rampant corruption in high levels of one government or another and my passion for what is right and what is wrong flares like crazy!!

The trouble is it isn’t righteous anger as much as it is the flesh wanting what I presume is rightfully mine. I live in America, we pride ourselves on living by a fair Constitution that guarantees certain rights to ALL of its citizens. But, like so many others, I see those “rights” eroding away and I get torn between patriotic pride and what the Bible says is important!

The truth of the matter is this; and this is what the Spirit has been trying for the past weeks to drill into me and I believe so because of the dawning of a New Year; that as a CHILD of God, I am a citizen of a totally different Kingdom; a Kingdom that is based in the Spiritual Realm, a Kingdom that is of the spiritual for the spirit and not for the flesh. Yes, I am a citizen of the U.S. of A. but that is in the natural, and only secondary to my true citizenship.

When I surrendered my life, my will, my ALL to my Lord and Redeemer, Christ Jesus, I gave up citizenry in this natural order of things and became a citizen of the spiritual Kingdom of our Heavenly Father. This land is no longer my home, these so-called rights we have a tendency to want to cling too only tend to muddle up what our true mission as a citizen of Heaven is meant to be! You may not totally agree with me, but I gave up those so-called rights when I became a spiritual citizen reborn to a new and spiritual way of life. Yet the flesh still wants to hang on, to drag us down, to slow us up and to hinder us from our real goal and mission in this life, this calling; to be an example of God’s Love and Christ Jesus’ Redeeming Grace and Mercy to others and to do all that we can spiritually AND naturally to love others to demonstrate that spiritual change that is and can be a hope to all!

I have read so many wonderful and Spiritually Anointed messages the last few weeks that show me exactly what the Holy Spirit is calling the Church to do and to be! It is one confirmation after another that we are to get back to what identified the “Church of the Nazarene” meaning of Jesus, and that thing that identified the True Church was active Love for one another. Not in saying I love you to one another, but in DOING love to one another and not just other “churchy” people, but all those around us as we have the power and ability to do.

This is NOT protesting our right to this Amendment or that Amendment as in the United States, but in loving those who choose to rob us of those rights. In praying for their salvation. That is how you bless those that persecute you, you PRAY for their eyes to be opened spiritually and their spirit to be reawakened! Doesn’t the Bible explicitly tell us that if someone wants to take our jacket, give them our shirt too!? God, our Heavenly Father will NOT let us go naked! His promises to His children are true!!!!

Why do we cling to the things, the material things and the supposed rights that this world has to offer us when we aren’t even claiming to be citizens of this world??!! The Bible tells us we ARE in the world, we are just no longer OF this world!!! As a LOVING Christian man or woman, why are we afraid that we need to protect ourselves from the evil in the world? I have never been much of a “pacifist” per-se, because I have always been able to speak my mind and not always for the better of it. But, doesn’t our Heavenly Father also tell us in HIS Word, His Living Word, His Faithful Word, that if evil falls upon us do not seek to repay evil with evil for vengeance IS His and HE will repay?!

Now when you think back to all the examples written down in Scripture of how Jesus handled things, can you not in all honesty SEE the strength of His character by LIVING the very Word of His Father? It is no wonder that Jesus, the Anointed One IS the Living WORD and dwelt in our midst!!! AND, He still dwells in our midst in the form of His Holy Spirit, sent back to strengthen, guide, comfort, etc., etc.

It is hard to watch the things going on in the world and realizing it truly is getting worse; but there IS truth to that old saying that “it is always darkest before the dawn!” There is a greater darkness coming, but there is an even greater LIGHT that will be coming quite soon after and it is our job, our calling, our mission to let people know the truth; and to demonstrate the truth in actual loving of one another and not clinging to the things of this world that will soon disappear anyway!

The greatest weapon we have is not for use against flesh and blood; against the natural world, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” – 2Corinthians 10:3-5.

And;

Ephesians 6:10-13, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

For the word of God is livingOur greatest weapon, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12.

Jesus demonstrated and gave us the example of His true love for mankind, by dying on a cross that was meant for each of us, but also by fulfilling the Whole Word of God! If we are truly Christians, then that means we are followers, disciples of Christ Jesus. Christ means the Anointed One and as Christians, TRUE Christians then we also are followers of the Anointed One and are to help others become a reflection of the Anointed One by being a reflection of the Anointed One, Christ Jesus ourselves!

In closing, we don’t accomplish that mission by fearing what the world has in store for us or what the world may take from us. We fulfill that mission by showing the world how much MORE it can have where it counts and where what they gain will never perish! “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2Corinthians 4:16-18.

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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 40+ years and a young yellow lab whom we affectionately named Bella.
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7 Responses to Our Weapons!

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Hey Brother Roland

    Well said and more. I am sure you know I totally agree with your perspective here, as I have expressed my own opinions on this fairly recently!

    Railing and screaming against the things we are taught are sin simply don’t accomplish a thing. I am not saying some things aren’t sin, because they are. But frothing in a person’s face won’t change them a bit, but it will make them hate us.

    Why would we expect the unsaved to act any different? Did we act any different? Heck for that matter do we act any different now? Only God can change hearts and that is what we need to be talking about, not waving signs and banners.

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  2. Cate B says:

    Five thumbs up….. 😀

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  3. paulfg says:

    Dear Brother Roland, after one hour of sleep I would be many things. Yet able to write such a calm and quite piece as this would not be one of them. Congratulations on the power of your Spirit! 🙂
    I see many posts of concern along the lines “where is this world going to”. And I wonder whether in Jesus’ day – the “instant global news” we enjoy had been present – then would the pace of occupied Roman Empire life have been better or worse? Would it have been doomier and gloomier than we imagine reading the bible? The reason Jesus was lifted high was simply because of the hopes of a nation of deliverance from oppression. Yet we read little of that in the gospels.
    But we do read of the occupied army at times in relationship with Jesus – but just as another drawing together of those in need.
    And I wonder. Is it too easy to grow weary and despondent? To forget the individual flashes of kindness, the many moments of tenderness, the multitude of “good people” who will be good if they can connect one-to-one.
    It has always wowed me how much good there is in people. The anonymous passers by. The grey and silent majority. The “masses”. Yet I can recount many stories of individual wonder when “real people” were invited to be “real” with each other. And out flowed kindness, warmth and love.
    So I wonder this – when we are lulled into “labels think” will we always see a stereotype rather than a real person – and if we always accept the global “news labels” as how it is – we will never see the real wonder of real people.
    I think Jesus showed us how. And I kinda like the way He did stuff. And there is a groundswell of others drawing themselves up in Him and saying the same thing.

    (and He gave me a real end-of-year present in today’s communion!!)

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    • Thanks Brother. I needed the confirmation and the much needed advice. There seems to be so much “in your face” today and I truly DO love people. I know what you mean by the “everyday” people for I try to make it a habit to get to know those around me too.
      And yes, I believe the media certainly does add it’s peculiar “perspective” in the “instant now” type of coverage. I have always had an issue with passion, zeal as it were when it comes to right and wrong and I have never been afraid to point it out, in myself as well as in the world. But I haven’t always been Christ-like in that passion and it has taken me a long, long time to come to grips with the carnal side of my trying to walk in Christ.
      I don’t believe today it’s one of those “masks” we talked about before for truly anymore, what you see in me is what you get. I love the Lord, I love discussing Him, His love, His example with others. I can’t wait to see Him face to face and yet I know He is not through with me yet.
      Lately it almost feels like He is emptying me out and giving me thoughts at a rate almost too fast to catch. It’s almost like trying to force-feed an invalid (which I have had to do in the past) and the goal is to get as much into them without a majority being wasted. Not a pretty picture I know, but sometimes that’s how it feels.
      In the past I have been open in many ways to the moving of the Holy Spirit and He has increased my faith AND my awareness of His constant presence through those times. This time, it almost feels like a river flowing faster and faster and I’m just trying to stay afloat with the flow!
      I know, I have sensed for some time that a revival is coming. I don’t think it will be quite like those I have witnessed or even heard about in the past. It almost seems like this one will be a wave or a flood that will wash over the whole globe. I think we are living in a great time in history concerning the Lord, but it is hard at times to see what must come with that “revival.”
      Anyway Brother, thanks for hearing me out. I truly appreciate your perspective AND insight. I have always known that we need one another as Brothers and Sisters and I have learned long ago we need to be open in honesty with each other so we don’t go “off” on some tangent that is not Biblical and all the more when we are not affiliated with a denomination and I do tend to spend time with more independent ministries. All the more reason why I look to Brothers and Sisters with a heart after the lord in the “blogosphere!” God bless you Brother!
      P.S. Must have been a day for grandkids!!! Love you and hugs to you and yours!!

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      • paulfg says:

        “In closing, we don’t accomplish that mission by fearing what the world has in store for us or what the world may take from us. We fulfill that mission by showing the world how much MORE it can have where it counts and where what they gain will never perish! ”

        Must have been a day for me missing the obvious! 🙂 Thank you for your kindness in your reply!

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