The Good Fight of Faith   2 comments

Espadon-Morges

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I know that my great-grandfather would have disapproved of the milkshake with alcohol I sampled recently.  I passed on it after several sips because of the taste, not any moral objection.  I have consumed alcohol without ever becoming intoxicated.  Most of what I have sampled simply tastes too bad for me to want more.  So I prefer simple tea instead.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Eph. 6, 10-20 and 1 Tim. 6, 12

This is Paul’s favorite figure.  The Christian life is a warfare–not against flesh and blood but against “spiritual hosts of wickedness”–Eph. 6, 12.  To win this fight one must be in desperate earnestness.

1.  Fight a defensive warfare.  Sin assails us personally; we must repel its assaults.  To yield is death.  There is no hope for one who fails here.

2.  Fight an aggressive warfare.

(a)  Take the strongholds of sin for our captain.  Public evils that harm souls must be drive from our land.  e.g, the saloons and lawlessness

(b)  Sin in the hearts of others must arouse our hearts.  We must do all we can to bring them to Jesus that he may cast out Satan.  Somebody ought to care that others are unsaved.

3.  We must have spiritual weapons.

(a)  Take the sword of the Spirit, God’s word.  Without it we have no weapon with which to fight.

(b)  Prayer is indispensable.  In so doing we receive strength for the conflict.  The great battles are won through prayer.

4.  The soldier has a sure reward, even eternal life:  worth the greatest cost.  Be intelligent, brave & loyal soldiers.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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