“The Battle is Spiritual”

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Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

When it comes to science and technology, it is becoming aware that there are many dimensions to life on this planet that are unseen. The advent of Quantum Mechanics has begun to reveal the reality of yet other worlds within this one that we see and hear. There are “voices” that we hear in our mind that are not a part of a mental disturbance as some may theorize, but actual suggestions given to us from one of the other dimensions of the reality of our existence. A great example in the Bible is with Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. They were in one of those other dimensions that science is only now discovering and yet do not understand.

Just take a look around the world at all the death and destruction that is taking place let alone the ‘liberal’ attitude that is rising up to come against the Word of God (Who incidentally lives in one of these other dimensions and maybe all of them) and the fundamentals of a Christian life. It is a very real dimension that we all deal with every day and yet go about our daily routine totally unaware of. There are ‘unseen’ forces constantly attempting to guide us in one direction or another. The born again believer who is baptized into the Holy Spirit is very aware of this reality and of all I say today.

It is that unseen world that is moving us either toward the Creators Light or away from it into that very, very dark world of death and destruction. The Creator God has told us go throughout all the world and spread the good news of Yeshua, Jesus and how to avoid the traps of that vile enemy of the Kingdom of Light and Life. The war is on and it is a very real fierce battle for our souls. The Eternal perspective is so vast compared to this extremely brief moment that we spend here in this dimension of existence.

©2019 Sherwood A. Burton … all rights reserved

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“Dark – Light”

Light

Genesis 1:4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

In the beginning, darkness was on the face of the deep until God spoke light into this world. In Jewish culture, according to the commandment of God, a day begins at sundown and there is night, darkness till morning when we are able to see more clearly. It is the same with our lives, we enter this world from the darkness of the womb into the light of this world. Though we walk by the light of this world in the physical surroundings, in the spirit, we are actually walking in darkness until we get ‘born again’ by the Spirit of God and the true Light of life enters our consciousness. Until that time, we really are walking in the darkness of this earthly existence.

Isaiah 5:20a Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;

Have you noticed how evil television has become in the last few years, even some of the commercials are bordering on pornography. And the video games teach children the art of destruction and killing.The things that the God of Creation calls evil are somehow becoming commonplace in the church as well and even in the preachers. We are living in a very dark world today and must keep a close walk with God lest we stumble and fall.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

As the darkness gets ever darker, we, who follow the Lord of Heaven must keep our lights burning brighter and brighter. Amen

“Flesh and Blood”

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1Corinthians 15:50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;

Isaiah 40:7-8 Surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

We are born into this world as flesh and blood and the word of God says that we, as flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. That tells me that along the way of our life, something else must happen or take place in order for me to inherit that glorious Kingdom of God that is spoken of in His word, the Bible.

John 3:1-8  Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Jesus, Yeshua, came to show those who wanted to know, the way to inherit His Kingdom. It is not the flesh and blood that enters His Kingdom but the spirit of the man that enters. It is with the desire of the heart that will cause one to be able and willing to follow that narrow road to “life”. One must want to walk in His light and forsake the darkness of this physical world.

John3:19-21 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

We are born with a body, a soul and a spirit; it is the spirit that has the ability to go on beyond the shedding of the body. The word also says that the spirit is willing but the body is weak.

Enough for today!

 2019 Sherwood A. Burton … all rights reserved