One thing a have noticed is that most men live in a fantasy where they are the ultimate action hero. They believe they have skills they never trained. They also believe that they are way more prepared for satan than they actually are.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7 ESV
The Hebrew word used is Yir’ah
fear, terror, fearing
awesome or terrifying thing (object causing fear)
fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety
Son, it’s important that everything flows from the fear of the Lord. What I mean by that; is it is impossible for someone to truly get knowledge without reverence to God. You can have degrees in 50 different disciplines and the Bible will still call you a fool if you say that there is no God.
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.
Psalm 14:1 ESV
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.
Psalm 53:1 ESV
What if you were a scientist that created robots like Astroboy, Megaman or Baymax. You made the programming needed for your creation to function. You created the environment in which your creation can thrive. You created it with a fully functional body and all the cutting edge tech inside. You even gave it A.I. ( artificial intelligence) with the ability to learn and create.
Then imagine that your creation started to learn. It started to create. It started harnessing raw materials. Then It gets awards and fame throughout the land.
All of sudden that robot starts to feel pretty good about itself. It starts to think that it will be better off without it’s creator. So it tries to destroy the creator. What would you think as your creation is coming to get rid of you? Would you think this robot is malfunctioning. Yes, because you know what it’s incapable of knowing. That if you are not in the picture it can not function. The robot doesn’t know you were there in the background of every endeavor making sure all systems were functional. You are the reason it has the ability to learn and create. It was using the hands you built to harness the raw materials. It’s very existence is because of you.
What would you do?
God is the foundation to all things. The fact that we can gain knowledge is a testimony to the God of the universe. He has created us to guard and garden (Genesis 2). So that means God has put in us the capacity to learn, cultivate, invent, and harness the raw of the earth to make beauty. Through God we are called to make gardens (homes,churches,communities ).
However you cannot do any of this effectively without the fear of the Lord.
A fool does not fear the Lord. Since all knowledge comes from God. A man that tries to separate himself from that source is foolish.
So fear the Lord. Fear and tremble at his power. Fear Him because He can destroy both soul and body ( Matthew 10:28). Remember that fear is just the beginning. Let it lead you to obedience.
I was talking with a group of men, and the subject of the persecuted Church in other countries and the growth of such churches came up. You know the saying that the church had the most growth during extreme pressure. Basically the Chinese Church would benefit from going back underground because they will grow spiritually. Not because of the persecution but because of what the persecution produces: community, a common cause, an overall dependence on Christ. There was a longing for that type of persecution to happen in the western church not for the persecution but for what the persecution produces. We realize that what the western church is lacking is community, and a common cause and dependence on Christ.
So the question is why.
Why does it seem that the church in America is unaware of the persecution they are under? Why does it seem that the American Church is powerless? And what can we do?
Let me tackle the first question. Why does it seem like the church in America is unaware of the persecution they are under? The answer is simple. The seducing power of comfort and circus.
Comfort: a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.
Because society’s obsession with comfort has bled into the church. We avoid anything that gets us out of the state of ease. We avoid real life communities for Social media, podcasts, YouTube, and blogs. Because it’s easier to act like you know what you’re talking about virtually. Instead of going through the awkward and uncomfortable times of getting to know someone in person flaws and all. Men avoid Brotherhood and women avoid Sisterhood for the same reasons. We choose to be miserable and lonely because it’s uncomfortable to do otherwise. We choose to leave the raising of our children solely to the youth pastors and government schools because obeying God when he says
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4 ESV
is just too uncomfortable.
We refuse to eat meat so we can shove a heaping spoonfuls of lukewarm mush down our gullets. Because chewing is just too…you know… uncomfortable. So we sit comfortably ignoring the signs of War. We ignore the millions of babies being murdered every year by Planned Parenthood. We ignore the thousands of men committing suicide every year because of lack of Brotherhood and the lack of strong community. We ignore the millions of families impacted my divorce, absentee fathers, Jezebel mother’s and dysfunctional households. Instead of quenching the fiery darts of the wicked one with our faith. We sit idly by watching the darts hit everything around us. We sit because it’s comfortable and getting up takes too much effort. In this war in the Foxhole we plug our ears and cover our heads with our blankets because it’s too uncomfortable to fight.
Circus is just another way of saying entertainment. The glittery, clown filled tightrope-walking, trapeze flying, dopamine drip that keeps you distracted from what’s going on. So intoxicating that you won’t dare look away for fear of missing out.
In the circus sermons turn into motivational speeches about how you can “get yours “and be “a better person”. In the circus worship music is turned from worshipping God to self worship with Christian glaze so it goes down easy. In the circus the Thrills are not too thrilling.The risks are not too risky. There is just the right amount of excitement to keep the audience on edge of their seats. There is just enough to keep them engaged, entertained and wanting more. So like the churches during the Holocaust while the Jews were getting sent to concentration camps. We turn up the circus to keep us distracted from the horror that is right outside the door. We are detained by entertainment.
Why does the Church in America seems so powerless?
We are being choked slowly by the serpent. The serpent cannot defeat the Church but he can suffocate different bodies of churches. By subtly squeezing the life out of the people. That is how snakes constrict. They apply pressure until the prey exhales Then It squeezes until the prey is unable to breathe. Now it can devour its prey whole.
So every time a man avoids responsibility and Brotherhood. Every time a pastor changes a sermon because the women might throw conniption fit. Every family that is lonely because the same people talk to the same people every Sunday. Every loud , immodest dressing girl and effeminate boy in the youth group. Every woman “pastor” allowed in the pulpit. Every “Jesus is my boyfriend” song and Joel Osteenish “Christian” book. The serpent squeezes a little tighter.
What can we do?
Rely on what Christ has done.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
Because Christ has overcome the world.( John 16:33) We can overcome through Him.( 1 John 5:4-5) We must fight for the faith. We must fight the good fight. We must unsheathe the word of God and attack the dragon. We must storm the gates of Hell. We will not fail because God is with us. (Joshua 1). We fight for the King.
The Wrap up.
We are under intense persecution. However it is subtle and under the camouflage of comfort and circus. Satan is trying to constrict the church bit by bit. The serpent wants us distracted from the battle. However we must fight the good fight of Faith. Through the power of Jesus Christ we will overcome the world.
I was reading a book by N.D. Wilson called the “Outlaws of Time” and something a character said in the story struck me. Sam Miracle ( the hero character in the book) just had a big loss. Horrified at his condition he says something like, “I look like a nightmare.” Without skipping a beat the mentor says “Every hero needs to be part Nightmare”. That hit me like a spinning back kick to the stomach.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Matthew 5:9 ESV
There is this strange notion that Christianity is about passively letting evil have its way in this world. That we Christians have no business resisting evil. Some even believe that defending yourself or your loved ones is unthinkable. I don’t think the Bible teaches such things. I am convinced that the Bible teaches that sometimes throwing a punch is the most peaceful thing you can do.
Case in point in the book of Nehemiah you see the walls of the temple being rebuilt. While Nehemiah and the rest of the men of the city are making progress they are threatened by outside forces. Threatening to destroy their progress,peace and their lives.
Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?” Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!”
Nehemiah 4:1-3 ESV
Nehemiah when he heard the threats did not cower in fear. He prayed to the Lord and he and the rest of the men stood guard with sword in one hand and trowel in the other. They prepare themselves to fight to defend the peace of their city from the enemy. They were prepared to make peace by fighting.
So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
Nehemiah 4:13-14 ESV
The fact that Nehemiah was willing, ready and able to face conflict head-on was the very reason they were able to rebuild the walls in peace. Being a peacemaker is not about avoiding conflict. It’s about being willing to face conflict for the sake of peace. Sometimes the most peaceful thing you can do is to throw a punch.
I almost fell for it! There is a trap right in front of us. The lgbtqsrtuv are trying to claim this month as their own. So as Christians we should combat every post they post with a post of our own to fight back…right?
It seems to me that the lgbtqsrtuv+-$#@?!; folks are walking to and fro seeking whom they may devour. Or at least who they can call a bigot, homophobic, transphobic and all around meany pants. Also it is important to point out that they are not really walking. But stalking and staring at anyone who does not bow to deepest most bend-over-ist 👈(not a word) bow to their pride. They have turned the furnace up ready to throw/cancel anyone who points and laughs at Bruce Jenner in a dress or Billy Porter as a fairy god mother. They have put the bait in our children’s T.V. shows and commercials. They want you to react. They want you to comment on their post of blatant rebellion. It is a trap.
“To win 100 battles is not the height of skill, to subdue the enemy without fighting is.” ~Sun Tzu
In a fight, it is just as important to know when to attack not just how to attack. Sometimes, you have to rope-a-dope. Or in this case Rope- a- non-binary trans- pansexual human person. A technique made popular by Muhammad Ali where you let your opponent tire themselves out punching while you move, dodge, block and absorb every sissyfied limp wristed punch. You let them swing and screech and attack you until they tucker themselves out. Then when they think you have given up you strike. You strike fast and hard. You strike without letting up. You strike with your Christian family being God honoring. You strike with your Strong Christian marriage. You strike with your strong local church community. You strike for the kingdom. You strike because Jesus is LORD. You strike because ALL must obey. You strike and strike and strike.
But do not fall for the trap.
One day little James bopped into Random Politician school. He saw that everyone was eating a chocolate sundae with whipped cream and sprinkles. He immediately started slapping the cold treats out of their unsuspecting hands. Running like a ninja on 50 Red bulls; he twirled and twisted though the students leaving a sea of ice cream and tear. Just before he was able to finish his mission of ice creamicide James was scooped up and whipped into the principles office.
There Mr. Authority glared across his desk at James. With a look in his eyes like he was holding back the fury of 1,000 dragons, then he spoke. “What in the world were you thinking” said Mr. A. James still exhausted from his exploits gathered his composure and simple said “dog poop”. Confused Mr. A repeated “Dog poop?!” James began to explain how when he was walking home from school yesterday he saw something going on in the school kitchen. He watched as the Populars were in the freezer helping with the ice cream extravaganza that was today. James said he saw them scoop out what he thought was ice cream and stir it into the other ice cream. A fact that he thought was super strange. Then he smell something foul. Like a skunk wrapped up in a dirty diaper dipped in vomit foul. James said he realized that they weren’t making double chocolate sundaes. They were making doo doo chocolate sundaes.
Mr.A suspiciously looked at little James. He thought to himself that James is usually a good kid but this story was far fetched. So he said have you tried the ice cream? No Sir! Said James. Mr A. Said Why? It was good when I ate it. Little James said Sir, dog poop is still dog poop even if everyone is eating it!
A day later the Random Politician School was closed due to a mass illness.
We have all heard, read, and saw Disney take their stance. They are against a law that will protect children from being exposed to “sexual education” from kindergarten to 3rd grade. Why? I think that the Lgbt+ mafia knows the influence that Disney has over families and they want it. They know that to continue to push their agenda they need to get allies younger and younger. The earlier you expose, the easier it is to convert. Satan knows to destroy a society he must destroy the home.
So with that being said, here are 3 ways to Fight the Good Fight.
1. Keep calm
Fear is how the enemy keeps you paralyzed. The more panicked you are the more power satan welds. But you are not afraid. You are a mighty man of valor. You have the armor of God equipped with the sword of the Spirit. You can and will face the dragon of perversion with confidence. Knowing this-
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31 ESV
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
You are a husbandmen. Created to tend the garden that God has put in your care. As a husbandmen you are to not only rule and shape your garden, but also give your garden what it needs to flourish. Your household is that garden.
God made the household for developing joyful warriors for His Kingdom. The enemy knows this fact and wants to keep you distracted from this mission. The serpent will stop at nothing to get you and your family on the road that leads to death. We must be warriors in our gardens.We must do what the Bible says.
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4 KJV
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV
3. Stand your ground
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 ESV
Don’t stop. Dig deep roots and stand for a thousand generations. For your children’s children and beyond. Fight for it and do not retreat. The enemy will roar and hiss like a dragon. But you serve the Dragon Slayer which makes you are lesser Dragon Slayers. Stand your ground.
And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
Nehemiah 4:14 ESV