The Missing Component in Christian Belief Today
As a child, you may remember being afraid of the dark. Aside from the monsters that most certainly lived under your bed, lurking in the blackness were unknown dangers that threatened your well-being to such a degree, that it occasionally sent chills throughout your entire body. And you may also recall that there was only one solution to this grand menacing force... the switch on the wall. One flick of that switch and in an instant, the darkness fell to the ground, admitting defeat to the overwhelmingly superior influence of the light.
Of course, as you grew older, the darkness probably delivered less and less impact, until eventually, you became indifferent to its influence, and as a result, you most likely began taking the great power of the light for granted too. This simple analogy is an excellent start point in understanding a missing key component in most Christian worship and pursuit today. In the book of John 8:12, we are taught that Jesus made an amazing claim, when He said:
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
Much like our childhood battle in the night, Jesus warns that journeying through the darkness is the problem, and that His great, unparalleled light is the solution. And how do we access His light?
By following Him.
Christianity today encourages us to follow Jesus by believing in him, by committing to Him, by worshiping Him and by adhering to His gospel as it has been interpreted from the Bible. They talk of His wonder and majesty, and they talk of being saved, they talk about His glorious light but unfortunately most seem to avoid discussing the menacing darkness from which they are hopefully delivered; the darkness that Jesus pointed to as such a grand concern.
But did Jesus simply intend that we only be followers and worshipers, or did He also desire that we be leaders and warriors in his cause? Are we victims in need of constant care or are we victors endowed with power from on high, power, that if exercised, can overcome all of life's most pressing concerns? In 2nd Timothy 2: 3-4 (NKJV), the apostle Paul seems to indicate the latter:
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
According to Paul, we are truly soldiers of Jesus Christ, enlisted by the Savior himself. But can we possibly please Him who enlisted us, if we are completely unaware of this calling? Now a soldier is not a passive participant in a conflict or battle but they are actively engaged in taking the fight to the enemy. But as referenced in the passage above; is there really a battle raging about us on a spiritual level? Again Paul helps us answer this question. To the Corinthians he wrote:
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, (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)
So there is a war and we have been provided weapons. How many of us are currently using these weapons to defeat this darkness in our lives and in the lives of those we love? And what of the darkness? As warriors, shouldn't we develop an understanding of this menace if we wish to be party to its defeat? So where does our Savior wish that we begin?
While in The Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus gave his disciples some important guidance in this regard when he said:
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
It's interesting that he counseled them to watch and pray rather than pray and watch. Most of us would probably make prayer the priority when seeking deliverance from darkness, but Jesus placed the emphasis on vigilance.
Vigilance. So that is the first step. The apostle Peter appears to agree when he encourages us to:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)
So we are soldiers of Christ. We have been instructed to be vigilant. We have been given weapons that should obviously be used in the fight. And we are not just fighting the generality of darkness, but more specifically, the devil, the prince of darkness, the adversary of our souls. So tell me this; is anyone around you discussing this at all? Is your church pastor or teachers teaching you about the weapons of our warfare and how to use them to defeat the devil in your own life? Are they teaching you to be vigilant as Jesus instructed, and are they educating you concerning the tactics of your enemy, in order to make that vigilance fruitful? Or do they appear to be reluctant to even bring the subject up and if it does come up, do they tend to pass over it quickly?
And finally, do they avoid uttering the name of our spiritual nemesis, Satan, Lucifer, the Devil? You see the truth is, as children we were right. There were monsters lurking in the darkness. Spiritual creatures that desired greatly to harm us. Devils that would follow us around the rest of our lives. And the solution was and still is very simple... the light. Jesus is the light that defeats the darkness and the evil that dwells within.
Just as our childhood concern regarding darkness diminished with maturity, so has Christian concern relating to this evil influence faded in the new, "more enlightened" age in which we now find ourselves. And this complacency not only weakens in our minds the power of The Light of the World, Jesus Christ, but it diminishes the perceived need for His healing and delivering nature.
An Unparalleled Opportunity
We at Christian Family Guardianship would like to invite you and your family to participate in an paralleled opportunity. If you, like many other believing Christians, feel that there is something lacking in your worship. If the problems of life are overtaking you and those you care about. If you feel tired of being a passive bystander, waiting for a solution, and perhaps, you are ready to act like a soldier in Christ's service, but don't know where to start. We can help.
You may believe the popular teaching that as a Christian, Satan cannot access you and your family. We will illustrate how this can be one of the most erroneous and dangerous beliefs that a Christian can hold. You may be surprised to find out that the devil is intimately involved in many if not nearly all of life's most pressing problems and issues; marital discord, the breakup of the family, behavioral issues, addictions, emotional conditions, and even disease and misfortune.
You may suffer from one of these conditions; perhaps depression, and everyone around you, including the doctors, are treating it like something with which you must just live and manage. Has anyone informed you about the brutal dark spiritual influences that are attacking you daily, the very authors of all of the suffering, hopelessness and regret with which you are being encouraged to coexist?
Perhaps you or someone you love is wrestling with issues that rule over or have turned over your lives. This day we speak a blessing over you and your loved ones and we boldly say, "No more!" Our core message is to proclaim freedom to the captives, in this life and the next by way of the power of Christ's atoning sacrifice. We proclaim that enough is enough and it is time, this day to begin taking back your life, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Again as fellow brothers and sisters in arms, we invite you to join us in this quest. Our page entitled, "The Solution" outlines the path that we will follow in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ, to break free from the captivity of the enemy of our souls; to break his grip on our families, our futures, our hearts and minds, and our blessings.
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