Joyful Warriors Manifest as Salt and Light
The heathen rage glorifying their sin and filling the world with spiritual darkness. Many believers see the state of the world and mistakenly, enter into war with unbelieving sinners. Religious and political leaders create and use this misconception to isolate and control groups of people. (A people divided against one another are not likely to stand up against religious and political corruption.) Though we are called to wage war against sin, our battle is not with unbelieving sinners. We are to battle our own sin and stand up to sin within the ranks of believers. Jesus resisted His personal urge to sin to the point of death. Those of us who Name Him must also, ask ourselves what we are willing to die for and resist the sin that crouches within. As Jesus spoke truth to power when He confronted the Pharisees, the religious hierarchy of His day, believers must also, stand up to corrupted church leaders and professing believers who habitually practice sin. Believers who live as the heathen live and aid ear-tickling religious leaders in becoming rich and powerful, in Jesus Name can make no difference in a world governed by sin and death. It is those joyful warriors gaining victories with the sin in their own hearts, which manifest themselves as salt and light and thereby, preserve a society.
It isn’t secular heathens who are bringing on the fall of the western world. It isn’t homosexuals who have destroyed marriage and created fractured families. It is those believers who’ve chosen to follow the dark light of traditional religion rather than the true light of the world, Jesus, who have lost their preserving saltiness and allowed the enemy a strong foot-hold in the culture. It is believers who are complacent in pursuing pleasure, indulging themselves in sexual sin, pursuing material wealth, and wallowing in addictions who are responsible for the corruption over-running our civilization today. It is believers who count the blood of Christ as nothing more than a cloak for evil, who have tarnished Jesus’ Name and made God powerless in the minds of the heathen. There is no joy in disobedience and it is no wonder that so many modern church goers are sour rather than joyful. Sitting in comfortable chairs, in beautiful buildings, enjoying material wealth, they don’t realize that they are poor, blind, and naked before God. He sees every heart and every sinful action of those He called out of the world to serve His purpose. Those who remain true by resisting the sin within and obeying His commands will be preserved but those who have lost their savor by the unrepentant practice of sin, He will spit out of His mouth!
The world lies in sin and darkness filled with lost souls. Never has the need for salty, light-filled believers been so great. Jesus return is nearer than ever before and those believers caught in complacency will experience anguish, weeping and gnashing of teeth. It is sin that dims the light of Jesus living in our hearts and it is sin that leaves believers ineffective in preserving a culture. My prayer is for every Christian soldier to return to the true battlefield and diligently resist sin and stand up to those who name Jesus but tolerate and lead believers into sin for purposes of their own. May all true believers including me, look to Jesus for ourselves and follow only Him, in personal obedience. May each be transformed from complacent sinner/saint to joyful warrior manifesting as salt and light and lead the charge to revival. May we be found faithful when Jesus returns.