Standing Guard

When God brought Israel out of Egypt, they were free from the power of Egypt, but they still had battles to fight in the wilderness of the Sinai.  When they entered the Promised Land, they still had battles to fight.  The most important battles were spiritual in nature – fighting against: false gods, idols, corruption, immorality, and division.  God told the people in Leviticus 18, “I am the Lord your God. So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life. You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the Lord your God.” -Lev. 18:2c-4 NLT.

The people of Egypt and the people of Canaan had been led astray by false gods into beliefs and practices that would lead them to destruction and death, both physically and spiritually.

Christians are engaged in the same spiritual warfare.  We face the same problems today as the newly freed people of Israel did.  Popular culture is being led astray by false gods and teachings that are destructive to our bodies and souls.  We see so much immorality and chaos in our world today because people are living apart from God.  They engage in a wide variety of behavior that is sinful in God’s sight, thinking they are free, only to find themselves held captive by those same sins.  The devil promises freedom but delivers enslavement to evil and self-destructive behavior.

How can we protect ourselves from being enslaved by sin?  How can we help others to find freedom from the power of sin?  As Christians we may not be able to stop the moral decay and destruction of our society, but we can try.  In doing so we will save ourselves and others.  The Church, which is made up of all true believers in Christ, is to point people to Christ – calling them to repent of their sins and turn in faith to Christ to forgive their sins and to cleanse them from all unrighteousness.

We have the Word of God and we have the Spirit of God.  We must stay strong in our commitment to Christ and be alert to the weapons of the enemy, for we know his attacks will come.  Often the enemy attacks in ways we least expect, like a submarine torpedoing a ship in the dark of night.  He seeks to make this life miserable and to bring us to eternal damnation and separation from God.  We need to guard our faith carefully.

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