[I Kings 17:1-6 The Prophet Elijah ]
In Matthew 16:18,19 the Lord tells the Church that it has a two fold responsibility; To Build and to Battle, to not only be a Soul-Winner but also to be a Soldier of the Cross. Many Churches fail miserably in our ministry of being Salt to our culture, fighting back the waves of evil that Satan is attempting to flood our Nation with. True Revival in the Church is the only answer for stopping the flood of evil that is sweeping our land. Revival is the only hope of winning Souls to Christ in great numbers. Revival in the Church in America could sweep millions into the Kingdom in a short period of time, numbers that we will never see in our life time at the rate the Un-Revived Church is winning souls today. I am convinced that the Lord will never send Revival to a Church that does not care enough or is bold enough to take a stand against the evil within our ranks or within our Nation.
The Church may be intimidated by the Giants as David’s brothers were intimidated by the giant Goliath, but we need to ask the question he asked his brothers; “IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?” [1Samuel 17:29]
The Church often reminds me of a man that is Building his dream home and the Sewer Line that crosses his lot is busted and flooding the lot on which he is building his home with vile sewage, yet he ignores it, fails to try to stop it, and keeps on Building his dream home. The problem will be that when it’s built, neither he nor his children will be able to live there for the stench or because the City CONDEMNED it as unfit to be inhabited, as the Lord did to SODOM, and is soon to do to America. He should have not only Built his house, but he would have been wise to have Battled to try to stop the sewage that was flooding his lot, as well.
In 2 Timothy 4:7 we see the last words of the Apostle Paul, a man who recognized that his discharge from the Lord’s Army was imminent , and he would soon be leaving the battles of this world to others. The first boast that he made as he stood before deaths door was; “I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT…” There is no doubt that the greatest regret that a Soldier could face at the time of his discharge would be, if he HAD NOT FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT.
As we are Building the Lord’s Kingdom, let us not fail to Battle the Devils attempts to build his kingdom. As we work to see sinners Cleansed in the Blood of Christ, let us Battle to keep our Nation Cleansed from the Sin that put Christ upon the Cross.~Jack Woodard
1Corinthians 2:2; 2Corinthians 4:5