Battleground Earth 5: The Power to be One - David Mitts
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Last chapter we realized that justice in the earth comes from a recognition that we have an adversary who feeds on conflict. His methods or as the scripture calls them, schemes are oriented around inflaming passions that bring division. These are the actions of the roaring lion who is Satan.
"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1Pe 5:8 (NASB)
Satan is not only a name of a being but a spiritual energy which brings accusation.
"Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. "For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time."" Rev 12:10-12 (NASB)
What is interesting is that at the cross, Yeshua became our intercessor. He sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf.
"Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us." Rom 8:33-34 (NASB)
So, in the courtroom of heaven, there was an accuser who accused us before God, day and night but Revelation tells us that the accuser was thrown down. What threw him down? The blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and the not loving our life even when faced with death. As a result of these 3 things Satan is no longer in the throne room of God and is now here on the earth.
He is here with great wrath, a deep anger against God and against what threw him down, the blood of the Lamb, the Word of our testimony, and our willingness to lose our lives for Yeshua’s namesake.
This is our foundation. In the court of Heaven, these are our defense against the accuser who used to be able to accuse us based on our sin. Our sin caused us to fall short of the glory of God.
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Rom. 3:23 (NASB)
The glory of God is our destiny our purpose. When we received Yeshua, His blood cleanses us eternally from all unrighteousness. Unrighteousness is our inherent unrightness before God, the stuff of accusation. Let’s read on in Romans 3:24-26
"being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." Rom 3:24-26 (NASB)
Yeshua, Jesus, shed His blood to be our righteousness and intercede for us in the courts of heaven. So, we stand being made just, which is called being justified. Our faith in Him ends the accusation before the Father! We are now declared overcomers.
It is in this place that justice can begin to come to man. There is no justice in the courts of chaos called the opinion of man. Man is doomed to self-justification efforts which are truly vain imaginations. They are fantasies and illusions that vaporize when perspectives and allegiances change.
Ask yourself how you could declare Yeshua through the Hosannas as King of kings and then cry out for His crucifixion? You don’t think you could? Anyone could. Disloyalty is in the heart of man. Man is self-centered. Man is defensive of our concepts of righteousness and correctness. We declare words of love in one moment and then hatred the next.
"But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?" Jas 3:8-11 (NASB)
This is a universal issue. The reason a virus could stop the world is because words have power and death words have power sometimes greater than life words. Think about it. The facts are in. Fear and the voices of fear stopped the world.
That is the dilemma of life, our man-centered ideas of right and wrong. The knowledge of the tree of good and evil, being addicted to being right and terrified of the shame of being wrong. We will twist anything not to be shown to be wrong.
So, what do we do in this dilemma? We embrace true justice. Let’s look at our second deliverer-judge in the Book of Judges and see some insight. Turn with me to Judges 3:12
"Now the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD. And he gathered to himself the sons of Ammon and Amalek; and he went and defeated Israel, and they possessed the city of the palm trees. The sons of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years." Jdg 3:12-14 (NASB)
The second conqueror who enslaved Israel for 18 years is the combination kingdoms of Moab, Ammon, and Amalek. Moab and Ammon are the peoples who descended from Lot and were the product of the daughters of Lot copulating with their father. The Amalekites were a nomadic desert people who had a deep racial hatred for Israel. They were Israel’s perpetual enemy through the period of the kings and all the way to Esther and the evil Haman, who was an Amalekite.
You have an alliance of racial hatred with a kingdom built on the back of incest and all of the shame that can result from that heritage. Yet, God allows them to conquer and enslave His chosen people because of their unbelief and idolatry.
What I want to point out as we are pressing in for justice is that without God, there can be no true justice. Man’s anger does NOT produce righteousness.
"This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls." Jas 1:19-21 (NASB)
There is an implanted word that is able to save our souls. We have to water the seed of the Word that has been planted in our hearts. The scriptures warn us that anger even in the service of a righteous cause can cause us to sin.
"BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity." Eph 4:26-27 (NASB)
The “adversary” is always looking for someone to devour. How? Through judgments. He lives on conflicts. Backing up one verse in Ephesians 4:25, Paul tells us:
"Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another." Eph 4:25 (NASB)
You might say, Aha! I’m just speaking the truth! BUT are you living as if you are members of one another? Are you treating your enemy as yourself?
Let’s see how God deals with slavery to racism and incest in Judges.
"But when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for them, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man. And the sons of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab." Jdg 3:15 (NASB)
God raised up Ehud. Ehud is a name from the word Echad, or oneness. So, God’s response to the evils of racism and incest was to bring forth oneness. He was a Benjamite. Benjamin is a composite name; ben means son and yamin means right. So, Benjamin is son of the right and often the word hand is added. But Ehud is left-handed. So, we see a composite picture of oneness a left-handed son of the right hand. One of the fundamental divisions is handedness. The world is mostly designed for right-handed people. Yet God chose a left-handed son of the right-handed to bring oneness, echad.
I think this especially important today as we argue and align to the right and the left. God calls us to be one, echad.
"that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;” John 17:21-22 (NASB)
We have to resist the polarization that is driving our world today. This is the roaring lion seeking the devouring of people. Instead, we need to lead by serving through the love that is ingrafted in our hearts. Yeshua did not say that we would be known by our “rightness”. He said we would be known by our extraordinary love.
"and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."" Joh 17:26 (NASB)
Daily practice of building self-esteem. Each day this week set a goal to fill in the daily sheet. Live prayerfully in the question of how our lives are demonstrating His love, His Name?