Today’s Bible Teaching and the song is about “our strength and our stand ” as stated in Ephesians 6:10-11 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV) “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the assaults of the devil.”
He’s My Hiding Place (The Bishops)
The battle began in Garden of Eden
When Satan laid hold on the soul of a man.
Sowing seeds of destruction and fear all down through the ages.
To lead men away from that beautiful land.
As the battle goes on, many soldiiers have fallen.
For the enemy forces have weakened their will.
But I’m trusting in One who has never lost a battle.
For sin was defeated on Calvary’s hill.
And He is my sword and shield in the heat of the battle.
He is my Councilor and friend full of mercy and grace.
My Jesus is steadfast and true when the world stands against me.
He is my cleft in the mighty rock, He’s my hiding place.
When the children of Israel came up to the Red Sea
They were unwilling to give up their lives to the Pharaoh’s command.
They called on a mighty God and the waters divided.
And safely He led them across the dry land.
And He is my sword and my shield in the heat of the battle.
He is my cleft in the mighty rock, He’s my hiding place.
He’s my hiding place.
As we have learned from our last teaching we can not stand in our strength because we are weak and have no power against the enemy. The enemy is watching us to see what our weakness is, if we have unconfessed sin, that sin becomes an arrow that we give to Satan to use against us. Our unconfessed sin also seperates us from God and He will not hear our prayers and even turns His face from us, Isaiah 59:2 (NLT) “It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, He has turned away and will not listen anymore.” (see also Romans 11:17- 22, Matthew 7:)
Many Christians get mad at God and will stop going to a fellowship, reading the Bible or praying because they are upset, mad, angry or disappointed with God for not answering their prayer/s, when it is their fault because of their unconfessed sin or by not truly having a relationship with Him which is evidenced by their life style. When we do this, we are giving an arrow to Satan, Satan will then put that arrow in his quiver and wait for just they right moment to use one of those arrow that we gave him and shoot it back at us. He does not wast His arrows.
Therefore when we pray we need to make sure that we have His armor on by His strength and filled with His power (Holy Spirit and the Word of God) to stand against the enemy. The Bible always tells us to put on and keep on the armor of God, NEVER to take off or remove it. We are also commanded to always be praying at all times. “Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (AMP)
It is through prayer that the battle is fought, and before we pray make sure that we have confessed all sins and truly repented NOT feeling sorry that we got caught. We need to follow our King, Lord and Savor as we face our enemy never turning our back on the enemy because the armor that we have on does not have a back plate (Eph. 6 only mentions a breast plate)and by doing so exposes the open and vounderable area to the enmey and we will get hurt.
Our prayer life needs to be like Jesus prayer life was, and other mighty warrors of Gos like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this about Intercessory Prayer, “A Christian community either lives by the intercessory prayers of its members for one another, or the community will be destroyed. I can no longer condemn or hate other Christians for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble they cause me. In intercessory prayer the face that may have been strange and intolerable to me is transformed into the face of one for whom Christ died, the face of a pardoned sinner. That is a blessed discovery for the Christian who is beginning to offer intercessory prayer for others. As far as we are concerned, there is no dislike, no personal tension, no disunity or strife that cannot be overcome by intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the community must enter every day.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hated by the enemy and the enemy worked through evil men to destroy this mighty warror. While Dietrich Bonhoeffer Was In Tegel Prison he said this prayer “O God, early in the morning I cry to you. Help me to pray and gather my thoughts to you, I cannot do it alone. In me it is dark, but with you there is light; I am lonely, but you do not desert me; My courage fails me, but with you there is help; I am restless, but with you there is peace; in me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience; I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me. Father in Heaven praise and thanks be to you for the night.”
Just like Jesus, Satan thought that he finally defeated Dietrich Bonhoeffer by getting him executed, BUT while on his way to be executed in Flossenbürg concentration camp on April 9, 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer with his armor on and sword in hand gave one final blow to the enemy, “I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer, before taking off his prison garb, kneeling on the floor praying fervently to his God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer. At the place of execution, he again said a prayer and then climbed the steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued in a few seconds. In the almost 50 years that I have worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.”
This is how we need to engage the enemy in battle and walk in the victory that Jesus has already won. Remember that the Battle is between Satan and Jesus and can only be fought in His strength, with His armor on, using His power and making a stand, with shield in hand and the sword at the ready. The question is are we ready to engage the battle and fight?
The next teaching will be on engaging the battle through prayer.