By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Our greatest threat (among others) lies in serving self interests rather than adherence to God's Word; with a policy of shelving God to allow the evilness of man to accomplish what God's Word condemns. Walking away from God creates havoc, mistrust, and many other ungodly factors that dominate in the hour in which we live.
When one breaches the wall of faith in God; allowing the ungodly to dictate policy, it opens Pandora's box of evils. In Greek mythology a story is told of a box sent by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open. She opened the box out of curiosity that loosened a swarm of evil upon mankind: a prolific source of troubles.
Scripture reveals: My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).
A Bible commentary noted: God's sovereignty is highlighted by the statement that His thoughts (purposes or intentions) and ways (directions) are higher than ours. He directs the affairs of earth's history in accordance with His wise and holy purpose.
Part of our greatest threat is when man attempts to ease God out of the picture and take control. Scripture reveals: Be no deceived: God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Part of our greatest threat is in sweeping God aside as noted in the history of the Jewish exiles who were taken captive and led to Babylon. A Sunday school commentary noted: Of all influences brought to bear on the Jewish exiles, none was more devastating than the attempt to make Jewish children to forget God, and godly values, teaching them the ways of their captors.
This is still a real threat today; in an increasingly secular society, with an agenda to alleviate God from the scene. In a world that is opening the door to the influence of Marxism, Socialism, and Communism which declares there is no God; with our greatest threat in seeing an effort to erase what was previously taught to the youth, and exchange it for the Critical Race Theory that has become so prevalent.
Frank D. Roosevelt stated: If the first of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands, the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our effort to keep them free. If in other lands the truths of the past are threatened by intolerance, we must provide a safe place for their continuation.
It is unfortunate that truth is buried in the past; no longer deemed suitable for learning; even if it would have helped prevent what is now taking place! There are those who seek to whitewash evil as the influx of ungodliness, part of our greatest threat, makes entry into many nations of the world.
A Sunday school commentary noted: Where there is no fear of God, no reverence for God, every evil can and will abound. The idea that humans will be good without God is a deceptive fallacy. When people are devoid of the truths of God's Word, they become morally corrupt, exceedingly evil, violent and destructive.
A Sunday school commentary asked: Which will it be Christian Biblical values or totally secular values? It is noted that eventually kingdoms crumble because they ascended to dominance on the shaky foundation of human ingenuity, political intrigue, and selfish interests. The time is coming when all powers and principalities will collapse under the weight of God's Judgment.
God, having power and authority to create, also has power and authority to destroy that which He creates. This was shown by the Flood (in the days of Noah). When humans become so evil (part of our greatest threat), that every thought and imagination of the human mind and heart was only evil continually, God destroyed the humans He had created (with the exception of Noah and his family).
There is a need to follow the example of a return to God, through repentance, as that of Nineveh. Scripture reveals: The word of the Lord came to Jonah (a prophet of God), saying: Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come before me (Jonah 1:2).
And as Jonah began to enter into the city, a day's journey (on the first day), he cried (cried out), and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown (destroyed) (Jonah 3:4). The people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth (a sign of repentance), from the greatest of them, even to the least of them (Jonah 3:5). God saw their work, that they turned away from their evil way; and God repented (relented) of the evil, that he had said that he would do to them, and he did it not (Jonah 3:10).
A Bible commentary noted: God did not change in His ultimate intention toward the Ninevites, rather they changed in their attitude towards Him. On the basis of that change, God could deal with them in grace, rather than in judgment as their failure to repent would have necessitated. Our greatest threat is in allowing evilness to reign; is to forego repentance, a renewal of our relationship with God, which Nineveh accomplished!
Part of our greatest threat is allowing government to become our Savior in times of need. There are those who accepts the handouts of government; being their hope and lifeline, rather look to self- betterment and well-being. Socialism, which some are seeking after, makes one depend on government which equates to control rather than independence.
Faith in God as one's provider and protector is greatly diminished with with the government acting as one's big brother. The goal of Marxism, Socialism, and Communism is total dependence; with control of the masses being its target. Part of our greatest threat is not realizing this is happening; until the web of deceit, completely captures its intended victim!
Many forces of evil are attempting to wipe out Christianity; to erase any trace of its existence. Jesus undermining such an attempt, said: You are Peter (representative of the Church), and upon this rock (the foundation of Christianity) I will build my church: and the gates of hell (opposing forces of evil) shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).
Christianity is in a warfare; and Scriptures relate as to who our opposition is: We wrestle not against flesh and blood (man), but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take (take up) the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand (Ephesians 6:12-13).
The armor of God consists of: Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation, and the Word of God. Scripture reveals: Pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (Spirit of God), and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:19).
A Bible commentary noted: Praying is linked to stand. Always means on every occasion. Prayer is indispensable. In the Spirit signifies, that with the Spirit of God's help, prayer for divine aid is to be made. Watching means being vigilant in every matter of prayer. We are to pray not just for ourselves but for all saints. Spiritual warfare is both an individual and corporate matter.
Scripture reveals: The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh), but mighty through God to the pulling (tearing) down of strongholds; casting down every imagination (argument), and every high thing (evilness of man) that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought (doubt) to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
Part of our greatest threat is in failure to exercise what God has granted us as believers in Christ! Scripture reveals: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).
A Bible commentary noted: The Christians light is to clearly shine forth into the darkness of human depravity. Darkness is the absence of light; and darkness alone cannot dispel the light, but the smallest light can dispel the greatness darkness.
Part of our greatest threat to humanity is failure, as a Christian, to allow God to manifest Himself through us, as light in the midst of darkness (sinfulness and ungodliness) of this world; not to keep silent but to promote the truths of God's Word!
Scripture reveals: The servant of the Lord must not strive (quarrel), but be gentle to all men, apt (able) to teach, patient; in meekness instructing (correcting) those that oppose themselves, if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth (2 Timothy 2:24-25).
In Apostle Paul's last testament; just prior to his death, he reflected who his source of strength was, in saying: At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding (despite it all) the Lord stood with me, strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever (2 Timothy 4:16-18).
Scripture reveals where one's real security lies: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). The 46th Psalm assures us that God is our place of security in an insecure world; God protects through giving His people assurance and comfort. In times of chaos, devastation, destruction, terrorism, disease, and all types of abnormal behavior, is one looking to God or man? If man, one is looking to the wrong source; and this is part of our greatest threat in the hour in which we live!
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