Saturday, June 24, 2006

Take His Word For It!

Consider how GOD honors His Name: for His Name is HOLY Indeed! At the Name of Jesus Christ EVERY KNEE shall bow and EVERY TONGUE confess, that He is LORD! Yet there is something that GOD exalts above even His own Name! His WORD! PSALM. 138:2.
Review PSALM 119 and you will see over and over again the Psalmist addresses the WORD of GOD. Here are a couple verses from that Psalm for your consideration: 

"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever." vs 160 "I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil." vs. 162 "I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word." vs. 147

GOD created the heavens and the earth, and on the third day (yes a 24 hr period!), He created all vegetation: 

GEN. 1:11-12 

"Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after his kind and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed wsa in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good." 

Seeds are awesome lil gizmo's don't you think? Think about it, these are tiny little capsules that contain all the genetic information to produce another of its kind, in exactness and in the order that GOD has preordained. Lets say we have a seed from an apple tree. That seed, planted in the ground will germinate: with some sun, water and nutrients from the ground, it will sprout a root, and a stalk, eventually growing into a mature apple tree, producing fruit of its own, each apple containing more seeds to make more trees, fruit, and seeds.
Amazing, the order and creativity of our LORD!

In Luke's gospel, ch 8, the LORD Jesus speaks of a parable, of the sower. He tells us that the seed is "the Word of GOD" vs. 11. And like the seeds of the trees created in Genesis, this seed, the WORD of GOD will produce after His own kind once it is planted in a receptive heart and flourishes. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that we get the seed of GODs Word into our hearts and once it takes root, we become little gods, after GODs own kind!

There is only One GOD: 

DEUT 6:4 

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD" and He is represented in Three Persons: 

1 JOHN 5:7 

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

No, we don't become little gods, but as we take GOD's Word into our lives, we DO become godly! Contained in this seed, the WORD of GOD is all that JESUS our LORD is in His nature, in His integrity, in His Wisdom and Instruction, and most of all, His LOVE! We read, meditate, receive revelation and instruction, guidance, counsel and conduct ourselves in the way of the LORD and enabled to do so by the indwelling Holy Spirit, and we are then transformed by the renewing of our minds into the very image of Christ.
What sort of fruit can we then expect? Well, lets have a look! 

GALATIANS 5:22-23

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." 


and... don't forget 1 COR 13:1- 13, the Love chapter. Consider these verses and note that when you replace the word "love" with "JESUS" its a perfect match. What happens when you replace that word "love" with YOUR name? If you're anything like me, you realize you have yet some growing to do still! And how!
and also: 

MATT 5:1-16, these characteristics can by and large be applied to the LORD Jesus as well. Of course not everything here is a perfect fit, for our LORD is not spiritually poor at all, but He DID become poor so that we could be made rich. The LORD certainly never thirsted for righteousness on His own behalf, for thats a part of His integral nature. Yet He does thirst for righteousness in us!

These various passages quoted above are what I refer to as spiritual barometers; every so often its good to take inventory and measure up where we are at in our spiritual walks. Don't despair if you see you are lacking a lot, because the LORD is faithful to complete what HE has started. Are you saved? Born again? Is Jesus Christ your LORD and SAVIOR? Then you are HIS responsibility, and He has promised us He will finish what He started (I can start a zillion projects and not ever finish ONE! Thats not like GOD at all!) PHIL 1:6.

The goal which the LORD will actualize in the lives of all His saints is summed up in the verse, 

EPHESIANS 4:13 

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ"
The Word of God will not return void: 

ISAIAH 55:11 

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 

And just as surely He will bring to pass the world scene, as proclaimed in prophecy, so He shall complete that work in us which He has promised in His Word.

The Word of God is an invaluable resource; it is the only source of Truth provided in this universe. When it comes to Truth, God has the monopoly and its contained in the Holy Bible. There are no other alternatives, despite what the 'ecumenically correct' one-world religionists would say. If you want Truth, you must seek it in the Word of GOD, for as its been said: "If you're searching for truth, don't look within yourself... you're the one who's confused!"

Now you realize a significant aspect of the spiritual war we are in, for the Truth as it is written in GOD's Word is surrounded by the deception, deceit and lies that permeate this world, the ruler of which is Satan, "the Father of Lies". If you have any doubt, visit a college campus today, and sit in on one of the lectures of any professor: they will tell you that "truth is relative" or even "truth does not exist."

I beg to differ, Jesus Christ, The Word made flesh, is the quintessential embodiment of the Truth, and He is Alive and Well! Hallelujah!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Price of Blood




Gold. Diamonds. Silver. Emeralds. Bronze. Opals. Precious commodities that connote wealth, affluence, extravagance. What makes these materials of value and great worth?

Part of it is scarcity. The less there is of something, the more its worth. That's why various kinds of wood are generally valued less than metals of the finer sort.

Another factor in appraising that which is valuable is demand by way of desirability and attractiveness.
Yet what is THE most valuable commodity there is in all the world? In all the universe?


To answer that, one must consider what is the rarest substance there is, and how much of a demand there is for that substance.
Consider the spiritual values that the BIBLE deals in, most especially where the righteousness of the souls of men are concerned. Rom 3:10 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:"

ISAIAH 64:6
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."


There is not a single individual within all the realm of humanity that is righteous, and before God, our very best morality, ethical standards, and nobility are wretchedly pathetic and deficient of any value. With the exception of one individual:


The LORD Jesus Christ!
He and He alone is righteous before the eyes of the Holy God of creation. He is the spotless and holy Lamb of God! He and He alone could stand before GOD and claim that He fulfilled the Law in every respect of conduct, action, word and thought!


MATT. 5:17
 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

Compare this to what the Word says about the rest of us where the Law is concerned!

ROM 3:20
 "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin."


Imagine in the teeming oceans of humanity, this one drop alone possesses pure and holy blood! The value of this innocent blood would literally be inestimable! How utterly precious before the eyes and heart of the Father this Man is!


And yet the blood of Christ was shed! This precious, pure and chiefest of goodly commodities was poured out freely on OUR behalf! This blood, spilled over us, cleansing us from our sins, washing us pure of iniquities, removing every indelible stain and ruin that marred our souls, seemingly for all eternity!

1 JOHN 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 

1 PET 1:18-19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 

There is so much talk about "self-esteem" these days, and yet if we only understood the value that GOD places on us, how He esteems us so greatly, NOT because of our inherent worth, but because of the worth He has invested us with by the precious blood of His Son!

Now consider this: The LORD Jesus Christ told us that there are few that make it into heaven, for the way is narrow; many are those that go into perdition, for that way is wide and easy (MATT. 7:13-14). So of ALL of humanity, only a comparative few actually receive the salvation and redemption that GOD offers through the life and blood of the LORD Jesus Christ, GOD the Son.


Thus because of our rarity, how much MORE are we valued by the Father! Christian, if you are feeling worthless, and unworthy, if you think you will never amount to anything in the Kingdom of God, if you believe that the LORD looks upon you disparagingly then reexamine what has been done on YOUR behalf!

Consider the acronym for G.R.A.C.E. (G.ods R.iches A.ttributed at C.hrist's E.xpense) given freely to YOU! You wear the righteous garb of the LORD Jesus! You bear upon your brow the Holy Writ and the Seal of God's Spirit in your own spirit!



When GOD sees you, He sees someone whom His Son purchased Himself with His own blood, and stands as righteous as the LORD! This is something done apart from your own efforts, something attributed to you without any works accomplished through spiritual sweating, and grunting and exhaustive exercise and the hollow tenacity of human frailty to live holy in ones own strength!

Scripture says, "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins." No common blood was shed for you, but the greatest treasure in all the world below and in heaven above! Sins are washed, inquities cleansed, unrighteousness scoured clean, and with these all the penalties of eternal death and hell are done away. In their place: righteousness, holiness, sanctification, purity. These cover us as we are found "in Christ"!

Now smile child of God! Rest assured, that you, as you are now, bathed in the blood of Christ, are approved by your Father! And you are as esteemed by God the Father as He esteems His only begotten Son, the LORD Jesus Christ!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

War Objectives

Wars have been fought ever since Cain slew Abel. After that mono e mono, they've become more sophisticated and deadlier, but reasons for such conflicts haven't changed all that much. Wars have been fought for possession of land, for political and religious reasons, for resources.

The church, the ecclesia of the LORD Jesus Christ are also called upon to wage a war, but for entirely different reasons:


Incidentally, if you are a Christian, yet believe you are NOT in any sort of conflict with Satan's kingdom, or do not wish to be engaged in such, a word to the wise is in order . . .

When Jesus was tempted by Satan during his 40 days of prayer and fasting, one of the temptations he hit our LORD with was "All these kingdoms and the glory of them will I give to you, for they are mine to give to whoever I will, if you will bow down and worship me." Interesting to note, the LORD Jesus never disputed Satan's claim of ownership over this world. Later on, Jesus refers to Satan as "the prince of this world" LUKE 4:5-8; JOHN 12:31; 14:30;  16:11;  Paul refers to Satan similarly in EPH 2:2 and later he speaks of him as "the god of this world" in 2 COR 4:4.

There is no doubt that we, the church of the LORD Jesus Christ, the saints, the body of Christ, are on enemy turf! We are the light of the world, opposing the darkness of this age, and Satan will not take such an invasion lying down! Indeed, Peter tells us that he is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 PETER 5:8).

So, like it or not, if you are saved, you ARE in the very midst of a great spiritual battlefield: you have two options: become a casualty or get in the fight!
There are no neutralities on a battle field!

But going on, about the obejectives that's been passed down to us from HQ - the very THRONE ROOM OF GOD! -

Our objectives in this war are three fold:

1) The salvation of enslaved souls, chained in sin and death.
2) The sanctification of our own souls, allowing God's kingdom to reign more fully in our lives.
3) That God would be glorified as the only God above all powers, including Satan's.

In this First Objective, we who are the soldiers of the Cross and guardians of the Gospel, desire the deliverance of souls that are presently bound and blind in the kingdom of darkness.

Due to the fact that they are now children of disobedience, children of wrath, children of the devil (some might object to this statement and insist that we are ALL children of God as is commonly believed, and yet JOHN 1:12 states clearly that "...as many as received Him (Christ) to them He gave the power [ability, right, privilege, authority] to BECOME the children of God, even to them that believe ON His Name." emph. mine), Satan himself rightfully claims ownership over them, and their release is certainly something that he objects to with the greatest of vehemence!

Any time you share the Gospel with a lost soul, you are threatening to diminish the citizenship of Satan's kingdom by a factor of 'one'. If you don't think THIS is spiritual battle, you better re-examine the issue!

The souls of men are precious in the eyes of the LORD, for He is not willing that ANY should perish but that ALL should come to repentance! See 2 PETER 3:9

To what extent has the LORD gone to in order that these souls would be secured, safely delivered from hell, and granted all preparations for heaven?

The most beloved verse in all of scripture -


JOHN 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For all the lost souls that have ever been born, every single one of the trillions that have existed on this wayward planet, including those who are now alive, and even those who've yet to be born: the LORD Jesus Christ came down from the glorious perfections of purity and heavenly bliss and blessing . . . and purchased our salvation with His own blood!

And this gospel is our primary weapon in the arsenal of the Almighty, which He has entrusted to us, in this Christ-centered campaign of war!

To declare God's TRUTH and LOVE in His plan of redemption, and shining the glorious light of His Gospel in this fallen world, burdened with oppresive darkness, remember the G.O.S.P.E.L.

G.OD's

O.MNIPOTENT (All powerful)

S.ALVATION

P.ROCLAIMING

E.TERNAL

L.OVE/L.IFE!


The Omnipotence of God is His means and abilities to see that His will is accomplished.

The Love of God is His motive and heart's desire in the salvation of souls snared under the overwhelming power of blinding sin.

And so we must likewise arm ourselves with these; that is, we must by the power of the Spirit of God obey His will in all things, and acquire God's heart of love for the unloveable sinner (which we once were ourselves and would remain so, but by the grace of God).

Not by our power, but His; not by our own human love, but by God's own love, must we so engage in this warfare for mankind, against the great enemy that surrounds us in this world.
The Second Objective in this war is to keep ourselves in the love of God, and respond in kind by keeping His commandments, and fulfilling His will.

I personally believe that once a person genuinely receives Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit is granted as an earnest (EPH 1:14), one can never lose that salvation. I believe Satan realizes this as well, so he cannot rob a saint of his eternal life. What he can do is attempt to make a child of God ineffective, essentially making him an unviable worker and warrior in the Kingdom of God.

The enemy can accomplish this by getting us to live our lives dominated by the flesh, and disobedient to the LORD by not yielding to the Holy Spirit; walking in the flesh* (living for and gratifying self). Thus by not fulfilling the will of the Spirit, we are in opposition to how we are to conduct ourselves as in . . .  

GAL 5:16

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Thus some saints are shipwrecked, or made castaways (1 TIM 1:19; 1 COR 9:27).
* Remember to spell flesh backwards and set aside the 'h'; you get the word 'self'. Now add the 'h' which stands for 'human' and you get a good picture of what 'flesh' means primarily, in the scriptures.

I also happen to believe that God is NOT a God of second chances! He is a God of innumerable chances, that is, He is abundantly willing to forgive and wipe the slate clean, and begin again with the repentant sinner. What we have to remember, if and (more likely) when the enemy ensnares us into a compromised situation, is 1 JOHN 1:9: Lets read that one now: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Thus the admonition that we hear so regularly by our pastors, teachers, counselors: "Keep short accounts with God!" When you fall into sin and transgression, don't wallow in the guilt for this is what Satan would have you do; by this means he is able to beat you down, condemn you, keep you from the grace and forgiveness, from the opportunity by which God can and will forgive you! Anytime I feel condemned, even after I confess my sins, I like to read ROMANS 8, particularly from vs 32 on, but really the entire chapter is spiritual dynamite for demolishing demonic condemnation!

The Third Objective: Is the Glory of God! God is worthy to be extolled, worshipped, exalted, revered, honored and submitted to not only because of what He has done for us (the CROSS), but also for Who He is: that is, His integral nature of love, holiness, purity, justice, mercy and grace, all knowing and all powerful.

Satan hates God and resents that He is so worshipped, and craves such worship for himself. Its seldom seen as a form of spiritual warfare, but worship certainly is, as this is something our enemy is oppossed to, and desires to draw us, the church, away from.

Therefore it behooves every saint to make one's life one that is God-centered in worship according to the Spirit, and to the Truth, to be engaged in, not just in assembly, but privately as well!

God inhabits the praises of His people, and His people obtain a clearer view of God and all His ways through worship. Worship is a kind of window, a 'portal into the very domain of heaven', and we commune with God during such sanctified activity.

The glory of GOD is further revealed when a soul is regenerated and the Spirit of the KING sets up His throne, in residence upon that soul's heart! Its been said before, that "God doesn't save us, merely to get us into heaven, but also so that He might get heaven into us", that is Christ in you, the hope of glory COL 1:27.

The last entry I made entitled MARCHING ORDERS, I addressed issues of spiritual warfare, and the armor of God. With that and with whats written above, the Christian warrior can be fully equipped to handle the battle: for the battle is the LORD's and by none other than the Holy Spirit and His power (ZECH. 4:6)!

On the issue of prayer: one other thing: there can be no victory in any military engagement without proper coordination of the forces to bear, and this can only be accomplished by efficient communication with HQ; in other words at no time whatsoever before, during, and after engagements are we to lose contact with the Captain of the LORD's hosts (The LORD Jesus Christ) through prayer. We are to consult Him in every regard, concerning all aspects.

Once the smoke clears, and it's seen that the enemy is indeed defeated, the need to remain in touch is even greater: for we are at our most vulnerable when we have attained the pinnacles of victory. Satan will have one ace in the hole to throw at us when we achieve victory: spiritual pride!

Next time, I want to talk about the preciousness of GOD's Word and the Blood of the Lamb in this warfare we are engaged in!

NIKAEO AIONIOS AVRAS!

brother James

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Marching Orders


Soldier. Think about the sort of images and ideas that this word brings to your mind. Don't read beyond this point, just think about that word "soldier". What do you think about when you read that word?
Me, I think about discipline, training, sacrifice.
When engaged in battle, soldiers spend relatively less time in the actual engagement compared to the set up, and even all the training beforehand. Let alone the time when they are simply waiting for the engagement to begin.

God's training for us involves much discipline, hardships, instruction, tests and waiting on Him, long before He uses us in ministry and in spiritual warfare.

Much of Christianity today here in America is so comfort-oriented. It's almost like a self-help program: How can my life be bettered by Christianity? How can things be made easier for me? Will my needs be sufficiently attended to by Christianity?
Could you imagine a soldier asking such questions? An enlisted man asking these sort of questions of his drill instructor?? I don't think so!

And yet in a very real sense, we Christians are soldiers, warriors for God: unfortunately some in the history of Christendom have taken such ideas in a physical sense, and have killed in the Name of Christ. Of course, I'm talking about the Crusades, and the Inquisitions. This is NOT what Christ Jesus intended, nor did Paul the Apostle who was inspired to write Ephesians and 1st and 2nd Timothy.

2 TIM 2:3-4
"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." 

Endurance, that's another word I think of, when I think of soldier.

Jesus said Himself in JOHN 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Thus the life of a soldier has been called the "most noble profession."

And in the Great, Invisible War of the ages, waged between the quite literal forces of good (God and His followers, angels and saints alike) and of evil (Satan, his evil angels, and unredeemed humanity, whether knowingly or ignorantly), the climatic Battle that sealed the fate of the entire War, spanning time from before the creation of man, and will continue right up to the end, just prior to the actual destruction of heaven and earth, the climatic Battle was won by the Son of God, GOD made flesh, as He hung on that cross in Judea, 2,000 yrs ago!

Thus as Christians, we do not march TOWARDS victory, but FROM victory. This is why Paul can say in ROM 8:37 "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." We are more than conquerors, for conquerors in order to BE conquerors had to go out and well . . . CONQUER! Yet the LORD told Joshua in JOSH 8:1 "Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:"

Note: the LORD didn't say, 'I will give..." but rather, "I have GIVEN..." From God's point of view, it was a done deal. So Joshua and his armies didn't even have to fight? No, they had to show up, they had to do battle, but the victory was already assured, it was already given, it was as though it had already happened, just on God's say so. And God said so, as soon as Joshua dealt with the hidden sin of the people (namely Achan). Spiritual Victory rides upon the hosts of repentant sinners, who are cleansed, prepared and ready for the battle!

So too with our lives: we are given the promises of God, we have been assured of victory in Christ. There is nothing, Nothing, NOTHING that can be done with us, or to us that will EVER change that eternal truth. God's Word is truth, and though heaven and earth will pass away, His Word will NEVER pass away. His Word is more trustworthy than opening up your window and expecting to see the view of the earth and sky.

What are the weapons of our warfare? Paul tells us in

EPH 6:10-18

"be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places..
take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints"

I'd like to do an in-depth study on the armor of God (Look for it on The TRUTH Under FIRE!), but for now, let me ask you this: before a knight goes onto the battlefield, what does he get INTO? His armor, right? Well it's interesting that in Ephesians the phrase "IN Christ" occures 10x.

Jesus is our armor, that protects us from the onslaught of our vicous enemy that hates us violently with every fiber of his loathsome being (satan in case you hadn't guessed, heh). Whether you want to talk about the belt of truth... Jesus IS the Truth; the breastplate of righteousness... Jesus IS our righteousness; feet shod with the shoes of the gospel... Jesus IS the good news of our redemption; the helmet of salvation... the very name Jesus (Greek) is Joshua (Hebrew) which is a contraction of "YHWH saves."

So, our marching orders: lets get serious about our walks with the LORD! Let's be less concerned for our own comforts and wants, and focus on opening our ears and hearts to our KING, and say LORD lead me in Your will, empower me to obey and fulfill all Your will for my life, which belongs to You!

Let's get our Swords of truth, the Word of God dusted and off the shelf, read, learn, and apply to our lives; share with others to encourage and enflame them with the zeal and the love that the LORD would desire of us!
And among all the weapons in our arsenal, lets NOT forget prayer! If the sword of the Spirit is used for close-in engagements, you can think of prayer as catapults to strike the enemy at a distance.
What are we in this fight for? You may not believe as a Christian you are IN a war! In the daily grind of things, such an idea seems bizarre, but its true nonetheless.

May the Lord Jesus Christ Bless You All Way Too Much! NIKAEO AIONIOS AVRAS!


Friday, June 2, 2006

Ambassadors

American Heritage Dictionary defines "ambassador" as follows: A diplomatic official of the highest rank appointed and accredited as a representative in residence by one government or sovereign to another. Also: A diplomatic official heading his or her country's permanent mission in certain international organizations; an authorized messenger or representative.

The word in Greek, as used in the New Testament definition is pretty much the same as above. The two references used to express this word are found in 2 COR 5:19-21 and in EPH 6:19-20.

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.  For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, (G.O.S.P.E.L. G.od's O.mnipotent S.alvation P.roclaiming E.ternal L.ove) For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Sometimes as believers we can get confused as to who the enemy is; Paul stated that we "wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers," etc. Those are spiritual ranks of satanic powers, various demonic overlords all the way down to the 'Gehennan grunt' soldiers. Satan is our real enemy. That human being you encountered today that you wish you hadn't? They are ones that Christ died for, and loves eternally.

As ambassadors we truly are representatives of our Father's heavenly kingdom . . . or ARE we? I know that all too often, I am hardly a proper example of a representative of heaven. Ambassadors are supposed to exemplify all that is good and admirable about the country that they represent. As ambassadors we're to be skilled in tact, diplomacy, a keen mind that earnestly seeks a means of mediation; whereby we will be enabled to bring together those who are at times hostile towards the ambassador's home country, to our King and thus induct yet another citizen into the kingdom, via the born again experience, granted by the blood of our King, Himself!

I pray this day, and perhaps you might care to join me, that we will be empowered by the Lord to conduct ourselves as proper examples and representatives of His Kingdom, and of He, Himself. To be called an Ambassador of the Kingdom of God is a very high honor! Thus, may we honor our King indeed by exuding all those qualities that are most admirable and good in the Kingdom.

Oh! Incidentally, getting these issues clear, we then know who are real enemy is, that is Satan, and all them nasty principalities and powers who will be actively seeking to thwart our purposes in seeking those who are lost, and getting them reconciled to God. Interesting that in Ephesians chapter six, Paul discusses being an ambassador, an agent of peace, and yet in the passage just before that, he talks about the armor of God, and being a soldier of Christ.

As it says in my "KNYHT" profile: "To wage War and Peace is my mission!" War upon the kingdom of darkness and its authorities, Peace upon those souls of man that our LORD yearns to release from their sin and usher them into new life, boundless love, and eternal peace and joy!

Soon I think I will address the other side of this coin more fully, that is, being soldiers of Christ, and our spiritual warfare. NIKAEO AIONIOS AVRAS!