We must recognize we are in a war. It’s a spiritual battle. Don’t you hear the battle cry?
In our culture we see this happening before our very eyes each day as we see the war on children, the family, and the gospel. It’s a war on God’s Word and ultimately a war against God.
In this ultimate battle, nobody is neutral.
Rest assured, God’s going to win. That’s a done deal.
The question is why and who?
Why, I believe it is because in His sovereignty and ultimate awesomeness, He created us in His image with many unconditional qualities including free will. These characteristics allow us to have incredible talents and abilities like love, imagination, creativity and so forth but there is also a steep downside. God obviously thought the upside is worth it.
Ultimately, God wants ready and willing followers NOT to take people by force. By faith not by force is the way salvation works. Be thankful that He is long suffering and relentlessly patient. Yet, He will not be mocked or put up with treason or the non-committed. His human infantryman consist of invited volunteers. It’s a divine militia not a bunch of mercenaries nor by forced draft. He demands and deserve allegiance and obedience to the chain of command. Jesus is the rightful King, not you nor anyone else.
Isn’t it awesome that King Jesus eats and partakes with His soldiers?
I light of the aforementioned, who is for Him and who is against? He knows, do you?
Our victory is His, our victory is in, by and through Jesus Christ alone.
Again, if you are not with Him, you are against Him. Of course those are His words, not mine. It’s not my opinion, it’s the King of kings!
Whose are you? After all, the saying is correct, ‘Its not just what you know but who you know’.
If you aren’t in His army then by default you are on the other side’s. If you are not on active duty already, does it make sense for you to enlist on team Jesus today?
The bottom line is the greatest act of love is to give one’s life up for another. As we all know, Jesus did that up on that old rugged cross. Since you are alive, read John 3:16. If that resonates, read the whole book of John, then start at the beginning of the New Testament and read it, then the Old then keep on keeping on. Here is a link to a nice free Bible online.
I believe it stems from the consequences of free will as we live in a sin laden world. This inevitably causes us pain which prompts us to seek a higher power. Our suffering prevents our being too complacent in our puffed-up prideful ego of self.
As we humble ourself, God is endeared and prompts us to respond to His love, thus we believers are grateful. He is then glorified all the more, as He should.
God Himself experienced the ultimate suffering on the cross. He suffered physically a terrible painful death. But immeasurably worse was the spiritual suffering as the sin of all mankind was laid upon Jesus as the Father removed His divine presence and tore apart the unity of the trinity between the Godhead for a moment. That’s incredible. Incredible love. Imagine that. Watch out the Passion of the Christ movie.
That’s what my God did for me and you. That’s why Jesus deserves praise forever more.