It is a fact that I am sure that none of us today would try to deny that everybody is looking for a life of freedom and pleasure, looking to get the best out of what life has given to them, and to find satisfaction from what to many is a meagre existence from day to day. I am here to tell you that in the words of the Lord Jesus Christ that are above, we have the very answer to that need.
The power of God will take you out of your own plans and put you into the plan of God. You will be un-mantled and divested of that which is purely of yourself and put into a divine order. The Lord will change you and put His mind where yours was, and thus enable you to have the mind of Christ.
The truth is, and sometimes it is an especially difficult one to face up to is that we are in an on-going spiritual warfare involving the everyday lives of every believer. The war will not cease until we find ourselves joining Jesus at His second coming, and then it will only be for a short 7-year period until we return with Him for the final onslaught.
We must not for one moment consider that the doctrine of the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ and the Rapture of the Church is anything other than an essential element of the Gospel. It is the hope given to those who are members of the Body of Christ. In fact, the Lord has gone to great lengths through the inspiration of the Scriptures to emphasis how important it is.
Trials, Skirmishes, Conflicts and Battles will all be fought but unlike a natural army – We may lose the odd battle or conflict, but we know the “Actual War has already been won”. I said earlier that Jesus declared “It is finished” and the outworking of that victory is manifested in His Resurrection where He defeated the last enemy Death. In “2 Chronicles 20:15” it says, “The battle is not yours but Gods”.