“And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.””
Genesis 3:13-15 NKJV
מלחמת קודש (Holy War)
There is nothing worse than a sin nature. We are decendents of Adam and Eve, and thusly we are given naturally to sin. When I consider my life, I must look at all of it from the perspective of one caught up and cursed.
When I look back, I see all the bad decisions made, all the sinful motivations and all the things that I have done. When I did try to do good, it was not due to righteousness, but to gain some kind of advantage. Worse, I was trying to appear virtuous, thus attempting to hide my sinfulness. Since becoming a Christian, I have gained much ground in the holy war inside of me, as the flesh, hungry for sin, battles the Spirit, renewed daily.
This morning, I read through chapter three of Genesis, I was reminded of where it all began. From that moment, God declared war, and victory over sin. In the darkness of the moment, God had provided a solution to the problem. Human history is the portrayal of that holy war, as the evil one strikes out at God’s creation. It is also the story of God seeking to lead His creation to a better way, one leading to life rather than death.
The pages of Scripture are full of battles, as the evil one seeks to pull creation toward its own will, and against the will of God. Time and time again characters in the bible opt for fleshly solutions, and suffer loss. Kingdoms fall, kings disgrace themselves, and the ordinary people pay the price. So many casualites.
The war has raged through the ions and epochs, and rages on today. Still more casualities. All praise be to God. He provided the solution and the victory from the foundation of the world. This Christmas, let us remember the victory that the Lord promised in the face of defeat.
“But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.””
Matthew 1:20-21 NKJV
Christmas is the time of year that I am reminded of that holy war, and the victory that the Lord has given us. He promised she, who became known as Eve, the promise of delivery, of pardon. God has shown that He is faithful. Jesus came in the fullness of time, and lived life among those born in sin, to bring that relief. He lived a sinless life, taught of the kingdom of God, and provided the sacrifice to atone for the sins of the creation.
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
Galatians 4:4-5 NKJV
He won the holy war over my soul, and is transforming me day by day. He has also given me a story of how He has given me victory over sin, how I have a new life, how He has brought healing to one who is a casualty of war. He has changed so much of me. It shows in every part of my life.
Brothers and sisters, let us tell of the war that we have been made victorious in by the power of God. Let us share the story of how Jesus went to the cross, died a cruel death, and saved us from our sins. Tell of coming to Jesus and seeking forgiveness, of the repentance from sin by the power of the Holy Spirit, of future victory as we no longer are slaves to that sin.
For many of our brothers and sisters, the holy war is tangible as many have been persecutred to death for the cause of Christ. Let us not delay in bringing the Good News. The war’s end is coming, and we know the outcome. We knew from the beginning. It is all about casualties, of victims made victors. Let us engage in the battle, each day as we take up the armor that the Lord has given us.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJV
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