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Re: The Battle is Jehovah's

"Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude. For the
battle is not yours, but God's" (2Chr20:15b)

Most VW stuff is written to a little bit of everybody. This installment
is specifically to True Believing Christians. The rest of you are
welcome to read it, but it might not make total sense to you...

Dear Brother and Sister, if you have known the Lord for long, you have
experienced some things I do on a regular basis. I know that some
people I correspond with regularly, do. You know...it will be a day,
two days...maybe a week at a time...where there is just "something in
the air." Perhaps one's emotions are going all batty, and it has
nothing to do with hormones. Sometimes a sudden overwhelming sense of
"heaviness" comes over you. 'just can't "put a finger" on "WHAT IT IS!"

The answer as to "what it is" is found in that expression we often use
to express that it's there... It [IS] "something in THE AIR." Recall
that God's arch-enemy is called the "prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience." (Eph2:2)

The Church (Believers in Christ) has a most unique relationship with
God. The Holy Spirit resides "in" us. (Rom8:9) If "God is Spirit"
(Jn4:24) that means we have a most intimate relationship with Him. That
"oneness" about which Jesus prayed in John 17. Jesus said, "the
kingdom of heaven is taken by violence..."(Mt11:12) We know that the
Dragon is to be cast out of heaven (Rev12:9) ...but until then, there
is conflict in the heavenlies. So, if, "as in the days of Noah"
(Mt24:37) the Lord's "spirit" was "striving with man" (Gen6:3), and the
Holy Spirit indwells the Believer, does it not make sense that the
Believer is going to "be aware" of the conflict? After all, as a friend
reminded me, when I suggested this concept, "...we have the mind of
Christ." (1Cor2:16b)

Another friend came to the conclusion, wrestling with this recently,
The emotions are not mine. They are not of me. There is nothing I can
do to alleviate them. As a Believer, I must 'endure' until it lets up.

Yesterday (Oct27) as I was working on Ephesians for the LITV (c) 1998 
updates (BTW, Gen-Rev is finished and available at the website now), an
interesting turn-of-phrase caught my attention.  "Wrestling against
flesh and blood is NOT TO US..." (Eph6:12) You see, not only do we NOT
WRESTLE (as most translations word it) ...the battle ISN'T EVEN OUR
BATTLE! It never has been.  That's why the weapons of our warfare are
"defensive." (Eph6:13-18) By the way, the "sword", while able to
inflict wounds, is not a most ideal "offensive" weapon, as many
teach...but rather, defensive to glance off the blows that would come
our way. If we were to be offensive, the list would have included 
spears, javelins, arrows, battering rams, etc.  But our call is to 
hold-the-ground... "withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to 
stand." (Eph6:13)

The One on the offensive is the "Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, the Mighty One
of Israel." (Is1:24) He is the One "who shall go out and fight against
those nations, like the day He fought in the day of battle." (Zec14:3)
While these verses speak of God's avenging Himself on behalf of Israel,
His same purpose and determination is foreordained regarding the rest
of the sinful world, and satan.

While we are "In Christ" (2Cor5)17) the warfare is God's. So, while we
are in fellowship with Him while He is at war, we are protected against
the evil one by the armor He has provided for us. But we will feel the
buffeting that comes against Him. We may understand this even more
forcefully as this week winds down and culminates in satan's "high"
(low) day of UN-halloween.

But do not fear. Do not worry about these times of agitation and
heaviness. Rejoice in the fact that your name is written in the Lamb's
Book of Life, and that your relationship is such with Him that you are
privy to this warfare. But don't rest on laurels, because "we know that
everyone who has been born of God does not continue in sin, but the one
born of God guards himself, and the evil one does not touch him."
(1Jn5:18) As we see the time drawing close as we are "looking for these
things, be diligent, spotless, and without blemish, to be found by Him
in peace." (2Pt3:14)

"Jehovah does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is
Jehovah's..." (1Sam17:47)

Amen!