Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
We must be aware of our true enemy and be prepared
This morning we begin with a principle that we should never forget which is the fact that as long as Satan is the god of this world, we must be aware of our true enemy and be prepared, willing, able and ready.
Are you aware?
Are you prepared?
Are you choosing willingly?
Are you able?
Are you ready?
1PE 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
To answer to that question is that we need to study certain passages, especially those Old Testament passages where I like the book of Job all the way to the last book King Solomon wrote which is called the Song of Solomon.
However, I always like to read the book of Job because the book of Job is not just the oldest book in the Bible but it is also the first book that introduced God’s people to us the doctrine of the Angelic Conflict.
Look at the oldest book, the oldest chapter, and the oldest verse, and right before our eyes is the Angelic Conflict and yet the majority of believers do not know a thing about it.
The real problem is that they don’t even want to know.
If they wanted to know, they could know but they don’t really want to know says JOH 7:17.
JOH 7:17 “If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself.
I like that because I coined five manifestations of the letter (S) which are all important and represented the grace privileges of our Lord.
- Salvation (Where it all begins)
- Sealing (Divine Protection)
- Sanctification (Set apart as Holy ones for God)
- Searching – (Motivation of PVTD )
- Seeking. (The PPOG & PSD.
So, the first so-called dilemma that we face is how to handle people that you love who no longer come here but you are still in touch with them in some way…but there is no true fellowship between the two like there was before.
Now, the Sermon on the Mount that we just read from is a collection of the sayings and doctrinal principles that our Lord taught His listeners.
It is found in the Gospel of Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7, which emphasizes His moral teachings not His spiritual one.
It is the longest of the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament, and includes the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, and central tenets of Christian discipleship.
The first one was written by the Apostle John, not the Gospels, or the book of Revelation, and it was basically written to the churches at Ephesus.
The apostle John was dealing with a similar problem that Timothy also had to deal with it in the home churches Ephesus.
Most of all, the apostle Paul had to deal with same problems that the Apostle John had to deal with, but Paul was stuck in Corinth with the same type of problems as John and Timothy.
As the greatest apostle of them all was continuing to grow in God’s grace and knowledge, Paul was about to send the one man who he could rely on to handle the problem that all these men were facing.
We can tell a lot about Titus by his name, reputation, and responsibility.
For example, in 2CO 2:13, Paul said that he had no rest because he couldn’t find Titus who Paul said, worked hard and had no rest because Paul couldn’t find Titus.
Now, we have noted that Judas Iscariot was a traitor, and the interesting thing is that traitors are always remembered.
- The traitor is usually someone close to you that has become so familiar with you that they believe that they’re more qualified to do what you are doing, Psa 41:9, 55:12-14, 20-22.
- The traitor is usually someone who is bitter about their own personal failures; HEB 12:15.
HEB 12:15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
- Many times the traitor can have a good personality and even give the appearance that they are leaders.
JOH 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
- The traitor can also be very sincere, very emotional, but most of all, very arrogant.
Absalom was very sincere, very emotional, but most of all, very arrogant.
- The traitor also likes to look for others who have an axe to grind against the one they are betraying.
- The traitor is usually jealous, covetous, envious and lustful of what the victim of their betrayal has.
The traitor likes to get as many individuals involved in his betrayal as he can so that the betrayal will have some credibility and believability.
You give the betrayal some credibility and believability.
You bully people into supporting something that is evil without them even knowing it.
You put them in a position of supporting the betrayal, which is very difficult for them to get out of, unless, they make some drastic decisions.You cause them to get involved with the evil behind the betrayal which can be used in the future to keep them committed to the traitor as well.
- The traitor is usually promised some form of personal promotion and prosperity for his betrayal.
- The traitor leads others in his betrayal with lies and inventions, corruption, distortion, inaccuracy, misrepresentation, perversion, defamation, and slander.
- The traitor works behind the scenes for a long period of time and waits for something to reach its peak, and then it’s time to strike.
- The traitor looks for individuals who can easily be swayed into joining the betrayal.
- There are some traitors who never face the one they have betrayed, they let other’s do their dirty work.
- The traitor will use you as a steppingstone as they are trying to climb the ladder of success.
- Many traitors assume that the victim of their betrayal has overlooked their talent and ability.
- Many traitors bear a grudge from a sense of grievance or frustrated ambition.
- The traitor makes false accusations and remember that those who make accusations and judge others are usually guilty of the very thing they judge others for.
- The traitor thinks that he should be in a position of authority when in reality he does not have the leadership ability to be there.
Lucifer was the Messiah’s personal angel.|
Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery.
Korah, the cousin of Moses, betrayed Moses.
Absalom was the son of David.
Judas was close to TLJC.
And by propaganda I mean distortion, lies, rumors, and indoctrination or garbage in the soul.
- The traitor must be clever, personable, hypocritical, sly and arrogant.
And, if he is not sly and clever, remember that in the spiritual realm, we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, etc.
- The traitor is usually dissatisfied with his circumstances and his niche in life and he wants to be promoted beyond his capacity.
- And then our last principle, in trying to wipe out others, the traitor inevitably wipes out himself.