Summary: We are in the middle of a spiritual war that many Christians are unaware of. We need to learn to look toward heaven as Jesus did in Matthew 14.
Looking toward Heaven
Illustration: Current Event
Headline: Judge declares NDOP Unconstitutional.
US District Judge Barbara Crabb said the holiday violates the “establishment clause” of the First Amendment, which creates a separation of church and state.
Comments- have nothing to do w/whether- NDOP- constitutional or not- we can argue that point.
Warning: As Christians- guard against an emotional response- examine it as a constitutional issue.
Aside: Establishment Clause
The term “separation of church and state”- not part of the original constitution or any of its amendments.
The idea- wall of separation- came from- letter- by T Jefferson to- Danbury Baptist Association- assure them-government would not interfere w/church.
Back to the ruling that NDOP is unconstitutional …
you can interpret as want- not a Kingdom issue.
What is a Kingdom issue is that there is a spiritual battle raging today for- hearts/minds of people.
Judge’s ruling- in response to- case filed by-
Freedom From Religion Foundation- group of self-proclaimed atheist/agnostic.
Atheist- does not believe in- existence of- a god/gods.
Agnostic- believes- existence of a God is unknowable- not committed to- existence/non-existence of God.
The world is at war- people are being injured- countless lives lost in battle after battle.
The war we are in is not- Afghanistan, Iraq, terrorism- but the battle between good/evil.
It is an invisible war that began when …
Satan was cast out of heaven (Rev 12:7-9)
The war escalated in- Garden of Eden- Satan attacked- first man
Jesus fought the battle daily in his earthly walk,
the battle continued at the cross, and
we fight the same battle today.
Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. NASU
We are in the middle of a spiritual war of …
angels vs. demons,
good vs. evil, and
light vs. darkness
The battle affects every area of our lives, every day depression, divorce, addiction, anger, lust, greed
No one is immune to this battle- we must all deal with the affects of this struggle- in heavenly places.
The conflict exists because Satan wants the glory that is due the Creator for himself.
In Eph 2:2, Paul calls Satan …
the prince of the power of the air …
His desire-to be seen as God/steal the glory for himself
Since the beginning of mankind, Satan …
1 Pet 5:8 … prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. NASU
He works to deceive men to praise, worship, follow, align themselves w/something or someone other than- Creator.
Satan works to divert our attention away from God.
From Darkness to Light
Jesus Christ made it possible for us to turn from-
good to evil,
darkness to light,
Satan to the power God.
Through the blood of Christ we are no longer subject to the whims and purposes of the devil.”
Col 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, NASU