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July 10, 2016, 11:48 PM

Your neighbor is not the enemy...

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." - Ephesians 6:12  (NIV 2011)

I know that there has been a great deal to digest over the past week.  Many have taken the opportunity to spew more than their fair share of inappropriate words that have accomplished absolutely nothing.  Some have chosen to take actions that have brought even more opportunity for others to share their "words of wisdom."  Some have taken action that will forever change how we, as a society, interact with one another.  Some have chosen to ignore the entire thing and stick their head in the ground and hope that it goes away.  And, some have simply chosen to turn to the ONE that can actually do something about all this.

Ephesians reminds us of an important point that I believe is worth pointing out again and again.  "Our struggle is not against flesh and blood."  Whatever you want to think or do, consider this simple truth that God's word gives to us...our struggle is not against each other.  We do not have to keep beating each other up with our comments and our actions.  If we want to be mad at someone, let's be mad at the source of evil...the father of lies...Satan.  Let us focus on the common enemy who deceives all.  Is this a simplistic view of the world?  Maybe so, but it is a biblical view of how God created His people to believe.  It's not an easy view, otherwise God would not have also instructed us to "put on the full armor so that we can stand against the schemes of the devil."  It may be a simple view, but it's not always easy.  However, it's worth it as we follow the will of an Almight God watching over His children.  Imagine how God feels when He sees us beating one another up,,,that's not His will, but our will pushing through.  Your neighbor is NOT the enemy!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

 


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