July 21, 2022
Whether we want to admit it or not the Christian life is a battle. There are those who will tell you that the Chris-tian life will be peaches and cream, if you pray and keep a good attitude. They tell you that if you will follow their template for life that seeks health, wealth, and prosperity you will find it always. These people who teach this are liars; they are false prophets. They are primarily “for profit” charlatans. Now, mind you, there is nothing wrong with financial success, but never use it as a sign of God’s blessing on you and your endeavors. Our relationship with Christ cannot be summed up by material success alone. In Matthew 5:45 Jesus reminded those who were hearing him preach that Blessings come to bad as well as good people. Material blessings are not a sign of God’s blessing. Scripture tells us that to follow Jesus will be a struggle. Matthew 16:24 tells us, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” In that day, when you saw a fellow carrying a cross over a hill you knew that he was not coming back! To deny oneself and to carry your cross does not sound much like health and wealth. Our treasures are to be laid up in heaven, not on earth. Jesus constant-ly warns His disciples in John 16:2–3, “They will ban you from the synagogues. In fact, a time is coming when any-one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 They will do these things because they haven’t known the Father or me.”
When we look at the world around us today and we see the evil and wickedness we understand now that the Church is the enemy of our world. The things that our Bible calls evil are now being called good and things that the Bible calls good and wholesome are seen by the modern culture as backwards and even evil (see Isaiah 5:20). As Jesus said, “these things happen because they do not know the father nor me.”
Beginning on Sunday morning, July 24 we, as a church, are going on a journey to understand where we stand in our culture and in the world. The point of this is to seriously look at Spiritual Warfare and how we, as Christians, should see the world, and understand our role in the City of Selma. We must be thoroughly equipped to go forth into battle. Without preparation we will sorely lose. Satan’s desire is to destroy the work of Christ in this world and to use the Church for his own benefit. Remember that the “Anti-Christ” is the one against Christ. Our battle is not with flesh and blood…
As we go through this series, we will be examining who are players in this battle, who are the soldiers, who is the true enemy we are going up against (the devil, the world, the flesh, and death). And we will consider our weapons of war (Ephesians 6:14-20) in the weeks ahead. Some of these things may surprise you as we examine them. Please pre-pare your hearts for this soul-searching time. God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light