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The God of Angel Armies (a Timeless Truths blog post)

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Are you frustrated? Do you feel like everything is coming against you all at once? Do you feel helpless to change your situation? Do you have faith to believe there are things going on behind-the-scenes that you can’t see? Things having to do with the unseen war between good and evil; between light and darkness? If so, as a child of God, you can have confidence that you don’t have to fight the battle alone. You have the God of Angel Armies on your side … and you can trust that He will fight for you! Want an example? Consider 2 Kings 6:14-17 (ICB), “Then the king sent horses, chariots and a large army to Dothan. They arrived at night and surrounded the city. The servant of Elisha got up early. When he went out, he saw an army with horses and chariots all around the city. The servant said to Elisha, “Oh, my master, what can we do?” Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid. The army that fights for us is larger than the one against us.” Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, open my servant’s eyes. Let him see.” The Lord opened the eyes of the young man. And he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” So, who was leading the horses and chariots? Bible scholars believe it was angels … angels directed by God ready to protect Elisha and his servant. Through faith and through the power of Elisha’s prayer, the servant was able to see not only physically what was surrounding him (the earthly army), but also spiritually what was surrounding him (the angelic army). And, since the angelic army was being directed by God (the Creator and Master of the Universe), the servant had every reason to be confident that the earthly army was no match for God’s angelic army … especially since the Creator is always greater than the creation. 1 John 4:4 (ICB) puts it another way: “My dear children, you belong to God … God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world.” So, with that in mind, the timeless truth to remember today is this: no matter what you are facing, if you are God’s child than you can have confidence to trust and believe it will all work out according to God’s plan … everything will be okay because God is in control … sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning! So, take heart, it’s not over until it’s over! Pray and ask God to open your eyes today so that you, too, may see for yourself (through faith believing) that there really are more on your side than you could ever imagine; God is fighting for you, pushing back the darkness! Believe it, then see it!

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Defense (a Timeless Truths blog post)

footballWhen you think of the word “defense” what comes to mind? Perhaps you’re a sports fan and you think of your favorite football team … or perhaps you’re working at a government agency that deals with defending the rights of others. Maybe you’re in an abusive relationship that you’ve been trying to get out of for quite some time and, to you, defending yourself has become a way of life. Whatever the case, there will always – somehow – be a need for defense. With both good and evil in the world, someone, somewhere will always need to be defended against the “bad guys.” Fortunately, for someone who is a Christian, we don’t have to go it alone. We can fully rely on Jesus to be our Defense. Psalm 118:14 (NIV) says, “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Also, Romans 8:31-34 (NIV) tells us, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” So, here we can see that we only need to look to Jesus to help us and defend us in our time of need – in whatever it is we may be going through. Practically speaking, maybe you were talking to someone in your household and you were (innocently) making a request for them to help you with housework. All of a sudden – seemingly out of nowhere – they get all bent out of shape and get irritated at you. Wanting to “defend” yourself against their anger, you start to explain why you need the help. However, you quickly realize they aren’t open to listening to your explanation. Instead of continuing to try to defend yourself, you leave the area and go to a private place to pray. You lift up the situation to the Lord. You ask Him to defend you against the other person taking your request the wrong way. You know in your heart, your attitude was not one of trying to control them, but, rather, was simply a humble request for help. You also remember that (according to Ephesians 6:12 (NIV), “… our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”) Because of that, you are aware that it is actually a spiritual battle and it must be fought with spiritual weapons. These “weapons” are listed in Ephesians 6:13-18 (NIV) as we read, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Therefore, when you are in the midst of the battle, you can be praying and asking the Lord to help you and defend you, but you also must be “in agreement” with Him (meaning that you also need to be exercising faith that He will defend you… you also need to be holding up the “shield” of faith so that the other person’s implied accusation doesn’t penetrate your heart, but, rather, is deflected off (since you know that it’s not really the other person you have an issue with, instead, it’s really the “spiritual forces of evil” that are trying to pit you and the other person against each other.) When you let your own “defensiveness” go and give it to the Lord and allow Him to defend you and you remember His faithfulness in the past as well as a way to exercise your faith now, you can expect Him to work it all out for you – on your behalf – as you do your part in trusting and believing in Him and His power to come to your defense. So, the timeless truth for today is to allow the Lord to come to your defense – no matter what you may be facing. All you need to do is take your situation, your issue with someone else, or whatever it may be to Him and trust and believe He will come to your defense!

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