Pastor MJ used the example of the three prong terrorist attack in Paris, France on November 13, 2015 to share a good message. Three separate suicide bombers attacked at three diverse sites. The police determined that there were at least eight individuals involved. But there was clearly someone behind the scenes who coordinated the events. Pastor explained that what happens in the natural has parallels in the supernatural. Someone always wants to force their way on others.
Satan was jealous of God and wanted the worship for himself. When he was thrown out of heaven it became his objective to steal, kill and destroy the souls of God’s children. Terrorism is not new. Satan wanted what God had; Ishmael wanted the love that Isaac had and would do anything to get it. So war begins and continues.
When the enemy attacks he will always look for the vulnerable, soft points. He does not go first for the walls but attacks at the gates which are more vulnerable.The nation of Israel was warned that if they were disobedient then other nations would attack. “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land:...” Deuteronomy 28:52 (KJV). Once they get through the gates they will wreak havoc in the cities.
We must be diligent to guard the gate lest what is within will be destroyed. Isaiah 28:5-6 says that the Lord will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath, “to those who turn back the battle at the gate.”
Christians are experiencing attacks against homes, children, finances, and health. These are against the walls. These are grievous attacks but Proverbs 4:23 says to keep your heart with diligence. Your heart represents the gate to your spiritual life. We must fight to turn back the battle at the gate of our hearts.
Our best guard to turn back the battle at the gates is:
1. Apply the blood. (As the Passover in Exodus 12.) The blood can repel the enemy.
John 16. Even in Revelations saints prevail by blood.
2. Accept His counsel. Proverbs 15:22. Seek the advice of others of spiritual maturity who will stand with you at the gate.
3. Acclaim His glory. Psalms 100:4. Express Thanksgiving. Give God glory, it’s His anyway!
Give God thanks when you feel like it and when you don't. He is in control, therefore I am an overcomer.
Because it is Valentine's I thought it would be right to find a song of love.
I saw several and chose this one.Verses for Today:
Isaiah 28:5-6 (NIV)
5 In that day the LORD Almighty
will be a glorious crown,
a beautiful wreath
for the remnant of his people.
6 He will be a spirit of justice
to the one who sits in judgment,
a source of strength
to those who turn back the battle at the gate
Lord - I give thanks that you love us so much. I seek your strength and wisdom, daily guidance to turn back the battle at the gates!