CSN Sunday Edition – Messages of Light – 4/26/2020
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“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God…” 2 Timothy 1:7-8
The United States of America that citizens knew at the beginning of this year, is no longer the same country that people see now. Depending upon one’s fundamental perspective, that may be bad or good. Additionally, this COVID-19 disease has “worked its spell” on the people of this nation, but also the peoples of the world. Several nations have not only been ravaged by the pandemic but by another real, yet invisible enemy. So, the world as most people knew it, has also been changed. Most people who understand anything about the places they are living in understand the toxic environments in which they live – and they know that they are not only toxic or deadly from the natural pathogens in nature. Toxic environments have been in the world for quite a long, long time.
One of the sources of toxicity is the corrupt or toxic natures of human beings who are so truly self-absorbed that they do not respect the value of life itself. The ones who are the worst, are those who do not respect the value of human life. That manifests in many different ways. While people of faith perceive this time as an opportune time, those who respect only fame, fortune, and power see opportunity, but for themselves. It represents.a completely different opportunity. For those who have eyes; they can see this. For those who have ears; they can hear this.
For those of faith, this can be viewed as a truly transformational period in which to renew and strengthen their own faith or relationship to God, and to strengthen their relationships with family, friends, and loved ones. On the other hand, people without any serious faith promote fear and fan the fear into flames of panic within the minds and hearts of those who have the audacity to hope for a better future. Good and humble people recognize that a different perspective exists within the minds of those who are out for their own gain or self-aggrandizement. Many will seek to spread or to amplify fear. And in times like this, fear can be an advantage to those who desire to control or manipulate those around them, and that manifests in a number of ways,
Such a dichotomy has existed throughout the course of human history. I imagine that the duality of hope vs. despair or panic, or more plainly, of faith vs. fear could be traced all the way back to the different points of view between Cain and his brother, whom he killed. These two points of view as we know them are present within humanity today. And, the inevitable dilemma is that these two viewpoints are diametrically and fundamentally opposite from one another. And tragically, one view has no regard for the value of human life. People of faith often harbor deep and genuine respect towards human life — even towards those who harbor a lack of respect for human life. God’s son taught us this love for life. Our Founders created a nation upon the foundation of the ideal of the value of human life and liberty. Yet, there are those in this nation today who represent an extremely self-absorbed, self-centered, and often an absence of self-respect, as well as an absence of respect for others — even a lack of respect for human lives. People need to hold on to faith in times like these.
As people of faith perceive this transformational period, once again a majority of people around the world are presented with a fundamental choice God has given humanity from the beginning: a choice between a path of faith and one filled with fear. We have in our power the ability to listen to the voices promoting faith, or the ability to the voices promoting fear. In light of this, these two messages today are from two individuals who perceive the present reality of this COVID-19 pandemic from a more faith-filled perspective.
We feature a clear message of how to avoid Satan’s traps along our paths from Apostle Tim Taylor, the Founder, and overseer of Kingdom League International & the 1Church1Day strategy. He often shares more very biblically-based messages with his league of churches, and we are fortunate to have our brother-in-Christ as an ally in this fight against the powers of darkness at work presently throughout this world.
The second message is a message of positivity. It is from another brother-in-Christ, Dr. Robert Owens who wrote it after Resurrection Sunday. The words of Johnny Mercer’s song took me back to happier times. Dr. Owens is a minister as well as a professor of history and religion as mentioned in his brief biography that follow his message.
These words are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the “David Project.” Please receive this message as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their hearts. As it was written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 – KJV
May we humble ourselves, seek His face, repent, and turn from wickedness – even if that may mean one’s failure to see our adversary and God’s enemy. Turning from our wickedness may also mean discerning Satan’s traps of fear and negativity, and our failure to see as our Father in Heaven sees.
The following is an excerpt from an article with the same title. A link to the original article can be found at the end of this excerpt.
IED = Improvised Evil Device – pic Business Insider
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 says (emphasis mine), “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
The Greek word translated “war” means to “execute the apostolate.” Apostolate literally means the “office of apostle.” The word translated “warfare” comes from the Greek word that means “apostolic career.” The word translated “thought” is the same word used in 2 Corinthians 2:11 which says, “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
The word translated devices means a perception, or the intellect, or a device, mind, or thought. Now that…. is revealing!
The real warfare begins in our minds and in our thoughts. Second, Satan’s goal is to trip up our thinking. He does this by setting traps in our thoughts and minds and God gave us the apostolic gift specifically, to help with our strategic thinking. Satan’s goal is to blow up God’s plans in people’s lives while Jesus calls us to follow Him and Jesus’ purpose is to destroy the works of the enemy (1 John 3:8).
Satan’s devices are like the IEDs (improvised explosive devices) used by Islamic terrorists to kill, maim and destroy using great violence or the threat of violence to intimidate and manipulate a people to comply with their wishes. Unbridled fear is a very useful tool for the devil and his children.
Paul’s admonition in 2 Timothy 1:7 gives insight into how to guard against unbridled fear. He says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” God did not give us a “spirit of fear.” But He has given us love perfect love which casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). He’s also given us power and the ability and the choice, to develop a disciplined thought life. When we do that we can pull down strongholds, arguments, and every proud thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
In spiritual war, I have a different definition for IED. I think the devil also sets IED’s (improvised evil devices). They are his traps meant to trip us up in our thinking.
How does he set these traps and what are his goals? I submit to you Satan’s goals and techniques are revealed through his nature and his name. For example, consider John 8:44 which says, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
Satan is first mentioned in scripture in 1 Chronicles 2:11 and in Job 1:6-7. In Hebrew, his name literally means adversary or opponent. In John, he is called the devil and identified as a murderer and the father of lies or habitual liars. Devil means false accuser or slanderer. These are the tools of his trade.
The devil sets his IED’s (improvised evil devices) using lies, slander, and false accusations. He uses these tools to ensnare people with their words. He wants to trap us in our thinking.
Satan is also a murderer. It’s his nature. It does not matter to him what it is. He’ll murder the truth and people’s reputation. John 10:10 says he comes to kill, steal and destroy. So beware of his “mind” fields. He will deploy as many devices as he can.
How do we disarm these demonic IED’s?
We meditate upon God’s word to get it from our head to our heart and pray:
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against
the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
The complete original article can be found here:
As we hunker in the bunker and wait for the Death Angel to pass over it’s good to remember that being negative is positively one of the worst things we can do. Not only is it a waste of time, but it’s also depressing. God tells us in many ways “Do not worry” more times than He tells us “Do not steal.” And we all know what stealing is. Can any one of us by worrying add a single hour to our life or add an inch to our height?
As with almost anything that happens it doesn’t take long for Christians to start asking, “Do you think these are signs of the End Times?” The Bible tells us we’ve been in the End Times at least since the writing of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament. All I can do is repeat what Luke told us so long ago, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads because your redemption draws near.”
Wars and pandemics shake our world. In a moment we’re in a brave new world wondering, “Will we ever get back to the way it was?” Things can seem so dark, so forbidding, so bleak it’s easy to lose our focus on Christ and the life He’s given us in the middle of so much sickness and death. If we focus on the negative, we may lose sight of the positive reality: Christ triumphed over death. He conquered it through His death on the cross where He died so we may live.
He lived a life of love and perfection. He died a death of hate and rejection. He rose to share joy and perfection. Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Accept Him and find life. Reject Him and reject life.
God is so vast yet so personal, so sublime yet so simple. We are His creation, yet He adopts us as children. He sustains the universe and all that’s in it, yet we ask Him to find us a parking space at MegloMart. The wisest humans who’ve ever lived could never devise a system of religious rules or disciplines that can lead us through the snare of the flesh to the liberation of the spirit. Or, as Paul expresses it, “For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.”
In these times of stress, we need to stand strong, keep our eyes on the prize, and refuse to waver. The government may try to become our all in all but believing that will be the surest way to fall. We may be riveted on the daily briefings and the emergency alerts in the natural, but in the spirit, we need to turn our eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.
“Don’t be misled; no one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others — ignoring God! — harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.”
Here’s some good advice from the days of a war long ago which was also based on truths from the Bible:
Johnny Mercer began his #1 hit by saying, “Gather ’round me, everybody.
Gather ’round me while I’m preachin.’ Feel a sermon comin’ on me. The topic will be sin and that’s what I’m ag’in’. If you wanna hear my story then settle back and just sit tight while I start reviewin’ the attitude of doin’ right” Then he crooned:
You’ve got to accentuate the positive
eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
But don’t mess with mister in-between
You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
have faith, a pandemonium
Libel to walk up on the scene
To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the Whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do
just when everything looked so dark
They said we better
accentuate the positive
eliminate the negative
latch on to the affirmative
But don’t mess with mister in-between.
As I reflect upon the Resurrection, I can see this is still good advice today.
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Excerpt: Wars and pandemics shake our world.