Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

ARMED AND DANGEROUS

            Armed and Dangerous

                                     January 18, 2015

 

 

“10 ¶  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12  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. 13  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. 14  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- 19 ¶  and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20  for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Eph 6:10-20 NKJV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Empowerment with Grace

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

 

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (II Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV)

 

It takes an infantry to win a war, make no mistake about that. It requires the strategies that only the logistics of obedient, well trained forces can execute. But the strongholds, the bulwarks...the bunkers are only defeated by elite teams that make it their mission to concentrate effort to defeat the enemy.

This is God’s role in our lives. We can read and study His Word. We can speak and act upon His word, but only his empowerment and Holy Spirit intelligence can provide us with the insight to confidently approach situations in our life that if approached in the flesh, we will surely falter in overcoming.

 

Paul speaks here of a “thorn in his flesh”. He even so much as tells us that he considers it satanic in nature. He inquires of God to remove it, not once, but three times! God’s response is not to clear the obstacle, but rather to inform Paul that there is a higher realm at work on his behalf. He tells Paul... “my grace is sufficient for you”. He further tells the apostle that in the midst of Paul’s infirmity and inadequacies, he is made strong. Zechariah 4:6 tells us that it is not by might or power...but by the Spirit of God that we overcome.

 

We must learn to accept the dynamic of life that the battle is the Lord’s! (2 Chronicles 20:15) We need to settle it in our hearts that God has established an order for the universe and that includes an order for our lives. No doctrine of man or philosophy or train of thought will ever interrupt the fact that God is in charge...He knows your situation...and that He has empowered you, but His empowerment is most effective in our lives when we rest in Him.

 

 

The deception of lost identity

 

Colossians 2:8-10

 

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:8-10 NKJV)

 

The secret of secular man’s defeat and folly is the comical concept that man is actually in control. Here in Colossians 2, we encounter a powerful statement telling us that philosophy and silly theories...even among the religious...is designed to cheat man out of God’s best. I always try to rationalize it this way: I am only human...I propose that I, a human, am going to somehow outwit whoever fashioned this entire universe without my help. I, with a straight face intend to solve all of the mysteries of existence within the confines of a mind that I can only maximize less than 20 per cent of its use. I cannot solve mathematical queries about the natural functions of the planet on which I live without a super computer...and I somehow am going to seriously propose that I know ANYTHING about creation or any of its facets.

 

Atheism and agnosticism rotate around a set of presuppositions that amount to nothing. They have a theory that somehow all of this happened accidentally from nothingness. I, on the other hand, have a God whose Word is ancient and He repeatedly takes full responsibility for everything and everybody in the universe. Who, exactly, is operating in denial here?

 

These theories and presuppositions that God does not exist...again...according to God’s own Words...are fashioned to rob man of his true identity rendering him powerless and dead. Verse 10 tells us that we are complete in him...that means that without him...we are INcomplete. The lies regarding God’s eminent role in our lives is not simply a matter of opinion, it is a matter of hope versus hopelessness.

 

 

 

Armament with enlightenment

 

2 Corinthians 10:1-6

 

Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ— who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (II Corinthians 10:1-6 NKJV)

One of the most erroneous teachings in the modern church is this concept of continually waging war against Satan. When will we get a grip on the fact that he is not to be feared? He is simply to be continually reminded that his lies and his deceit are out in the open. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. That means we do not struggle in the flesh against things that have already been overcome in the Spirit. The scripture goes on to tell us that they are MIGHTY IN GOD. That means we have NOTHING to do with the effectiveness of the weapons. If you notice in Ephesians 5, The whole armor of God is comprised of five defensive devices and only one offensive...that being the Sword of the Spirit. Note that it is THE sword of THE spirit....not YOUR spirit....its the Word of God...which again, you have nothing to do with except to receive it and use it.

 

The war we are involved in does not require tedious warfare sessions. It does however require us to be intercessors and worshipers. This is how we activate and implement God’s Special Forces into our lives. We cannot strain and struggle to make something happen...but we can shout Glory and watch heaven come down on our behalf! Our war is not done through our own power ,but is released into a situation through our prayers.

 

We are called to change the course of situations not by our own efforts, but we are called to watch God’s power flow through the lives of believers who have minds that have been subdued to the effects of worldly thinking. We have been renewed to think as God thinks and not as the world thinks. When we take our thoughts captive...we cause the culprits that can quench God’s work in our lives to be taken captive. We have been born to be successes. When we realize who we are...what we were called to do...and how we have been equipped to do it, we will see the miraculous take root in our lives!   

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