Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Know Your Enemy
Isaiah 14:13-14 "For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the side of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." The enemy said he would ascent into heaven, to take charge. He said he would exalt his throne above the stars of God to rule over all creation in God's place. He would sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north to lead in all worship services that were meant to worship God. He would ascend above the heights of the clouds to break into God's most private secret haven. And he would be like the most High, to drive God out and take His place. The enemy still fights against God by doing battle with God's children. "We wrestle not against flesh and blood." We must know his ways and be on guard. We are never so much like the enemy as when pride rules in our hearts. The cure for pride is worship. Pride focuses on self; worship puts the focus on Christ, (John 4:23). There is the pride of self will, the pride of self effort and the pride of self glory. The answer "Nebuchadnezzar lifted his eyes unto heaven and his understanding returned" (Daniel 4:34). Look to Jesus and give yourself to Him. Jesus came to "Heal the broken hearted and set the captive free." God does not deliver us for our sake but for His sake. He frees us so we can fulfill His purpose, ( Isaiah 61:1-4). Many Christians battle with a spirit of fainting. In Christ we obtain comfort for mourning, garland for ashes, gladness for sorrow, the mantle of praise and thanksgiving instead of weariness and heaviness. Freedom comes through brokenness, repentance, humility and trust. Dr. Ken Copley is available for counseling, conferences, and local church meetings.