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The Weapons of our warfare


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THE Word of God establishes our hearts and makes us strong in faith and courage to fight this battle. The Word gives us a knowledge of God and puts in our hearts the weapons that God wants us to have with which to fight the enemy.

 

We can thank God that we are in the land of the free, the land of the open Bible, and that we have the Holy Spirit to guide us. We are won­derfully blessed in this country. How we ought to thank God and praise Him continually that we are here and that we are not bound or shackled by dictators and such like! We an take this Word of God and look up to God and say, "Lord, help us, and we will preach what You put into our mouths, regardless."

 

"Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

"Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 1-3).

 

At that early date, the faith had been going out of the Church. That was a long while ago, and Jude saw that condition. God gave him this message for His people, that they should earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints. He told the reason why this faith had gone out of the Church and how they happened to lose it. In the next verse it says:

 

"For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

"I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not."

 

This is the message God wants preached today, to stir up the people that they might earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints — the faith of our fathers, the faith which we very plainly see is being lost out of the world today. It is almost gone! Many of the major churches that once stood for the fundamental truths of the Gospel and for the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ, and His resurrection, and His power to save, today are denying those truths. Ungodly men crept in unawares with their insidious doctrines. They injected a little unsound doctrine here or there until finally the whole lump was leavened. The majority of those churches are contaminated with the same thing. Unbelief has come into the church today until you can find very few people who will take this Bible, this Word of God, and say: "I believe it all, from Genesis to Revela­tion; I believe the fundamentals; I believe in the Atonement; that Jesus Christ was the Son of God; that He was the Creator of this universe; that He was in the world, and the world was made by Him; that He was God manifested in the flesh, reconciling the world unto Himself; that He arose from the dead and ascended up on High." There are a few people who believe that. I am glad there are people in this building who would stake their immortal souls and lives upon that doctrine.

 

In the 8th chapter of Isaiah, the 20th verse, God said, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Some people do not take God's Word as it is ­and it is all inspired, for He said that all Scripture is inspired of God. God inspired it that the man of God might be thoroughly furnished unto every good work. God's Word is inspired. I am glad I believe it. Because we believe it, we know that we have passed from death unto life. We know that our sins have been blotted out, and we know God has imparted power to our lives to live a life above sin in this present world, in spite of the devil and false prophets and lying spirits.

 

Jesus said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." He has power in Heaven; He has power here; and He has promised it to us. "I give unto you power . . . over all the power of the enemy," and He does, too! In other words: "I will give you power to live and keep My Word."

 

A woman came to Jesus one time and said, "Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked"; but He replied, "Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." There is where the blessing is — upon those who are hearing the Word of God and keeping it.

 

His Word is not grievous, but it is the bread of life. God wants us to have this bread in our soul. Many have gone astray from the straight and narrow path, but we thank God that He is restoring the faith. I am glad the faith of our fathers is in this body of believers. There are plenty here who have that faith, and they would stake their immortal souls on it, and die rather than to give up or compromise; for they know in whom they have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep that which they have committed unto Him against that day.

 

You must know these things! This is no time to be guessing and wondering which is the right way, and which is the wrong way. God wants us to know which is right. He says that if we continue in the Word we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free. There is no one so free as the man who has found Jesus Christ. He is free to go forth and sin no more. No one else has that freedom. They may think they have it, but they do not. There are plenty of church people today who will deny the fact that anyone can live without sin. Maybe they can't live, without sin, but I know a people whose daily lives prove that a Christian can. I know that anyone who gets to Heaven must live without sin in order to get there; and, my friends, you can just bank on this: after you die there is no half­way place, or purgatorial fire burning to purge you from the sins you committed upon this earth. You must get rid of all sin before you pass on ­and if you do not, you are going to hell! You will go straight down, that's all!

 

God has provided a glorious salvation — and Jesus is no weakling. He has all power in Heaven and in earth. We have a wonderful Captain, a wonderful Savior. He says that no man can pluck us out of His Father's hand, for He is greater than all. There is only one way that we can get out of God's hand. The devil cannot get us out: we must sin out, ourselves ­and we do not have to do that. We can stay inside of God's wonderful hand, and He will lead us and guide us. He has promised that power. That is what the world needs today — to believe the Word of God, believe the doctrine, and believe the teachings of Christ. The one who does that will walk in the light and will get the experience God has in store for him.

 

God told us what an unsaved man is supposed to do. He said, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD." A wicked man or woman is one who has sinned and is away from God. He or she is going the wrong way. But when you hear a voice behind you — the voice of the Lord — saying, "This is the way, walk ye in it," turn around and walk in it. You have been going the wrong way. Turn around and return to God; and He said He would return to you. And when you return and make contact with Him you know then what salvation is. You know what a new birth is, you know what a new life is, what a real Christian experience is. It is victory in your soul, and power over the devil. The devil has gone out and Christ has moved in, and you have a new Master. That is the old-time salvation! It is a great thing to be born again. When you are born again you have the power to live a victori­ous life.

 

But God does not want you to stop there. Justification is only part of the armor. God tells us to put on the whole armor that we may be able to stand in the evil day, and then having done all, to stand. That means that after we have fought on the field of battle, and after the smoke of battle is over, and the clash of swords and steel and the roar of guns have ceased, we will stand victors on the field.

 

That is the reason our boys are coming back home with the old-time religion, with real power in their soul and a shine on their face. They had a foundation before they left here, and that foundation held them over there in the Army — where there is plenty of sin and iniquity, let me tell you! They come back clean. I was reading an article about some of the so-called religious boys who went into the service. They had grown up in a religious atmosphere, in some of these churches that deny part of the fundamentals; and when they went into the Army, where temptations surrounded them, the first thing they knew, they fell for those temptations, and it was not long before they were drunkards. I read of one young man who had been brought up religiously; and he disgraced the uniform, and the Army discharged him because of his drunkenness. That kind of re­ligion has no power.

 

But if you get real salvation, a foundation, the love of God in your soul, you would die before you would give it up. You are not ashamed of it; you confess it before men. The kind of people who fall are the ones who are ashamed of Christ. They don't show their colors. But if you have real salvation you are a good soldier in the Army of the United States, and you are also a good soldier in God's army; and you are not ashamed of it.

 

We are glad for the old-time religion. As we said, there is more to this armor than justification. There is sanctification. How the devil hates sanctification! People have lots of names for it; they will hedge around and say, "We believe it," and they talk about it meaning separation ­to separate yourself from the things of the world. It means more than that; it means cleansing from inbred sin and the carnal nature. It means holi­ness unto the Lord; it means a holy life, a life separated from all sin. That is the kind John Wesley set forth and was persecuted for and died for; but if he could see the church today, which he founded, he would turn over in his grave.

 

Life without sin! You say that that is a high standard. God is a high God, and He wants that kind of people. And when you are sanctified you are in a position where you are ready for the greatest of all blessings, the capsheaf, the crowning experience of your life — the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire. How the devil has counterfeited that and brought reproach on that wonderful experience until people are afraid to seek it because they are afraid they are going to get something, spurious. You will not get a spurious experience if you are truly sanctified. One man has been here fifteen years seeking for the baptism of the Holy Ghost and he has not received it yet, so you do not need to worry; it will cost you something to get the real experience.

 

It cost Elisha something to get the double portion. He followed close to Elijah; and when Elijah told him different times to "tarry here" until he should go farther he said, "As thy .soul liveth, I will not leave thee," and he followed until he came to Jericho. Then Elijah said unto him, "Tar­ry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan," and Elisha said, "As the LORD liveth ... I will not leave thee." He had had the call; he had felt something; and, no doubt, he told Elijah what he felt: "When that mantle touched me while I was plowing with those oxen on the home field, I felt something that day that has changed my whole life. I am not going to leave you now. I am going to have what God has promised to me. Yes, God promised something to me."

 

There "they two stood by Jordan." Elijah smote the waters of that river with his mantle; he sharpened his pace and started across. Right behind him was Elisha, so close that there was no chance of water getting between them; and Elisha got on the other side, too! As they walked along Elijah said, "Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee." Elisha said, "I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me." Elijah answered, "Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee."

 

You know what that young man purposed in his heart: "I'll be there! My eyes are open; I am not going to be asleep on the job. I am wide awake, and when you go I'll see you, for I want what you have." They walked along and communed together; and all of a sudden a chariot of fire came from Glory and separated them, and the Lord took Elijah up in a whirlwind. Elisha cried, "My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof." He felt a burden upon him; immediately he felt the great burden, that responsibility of the Prophet of God, and then he looked down — and there was Elijah's mantle! He took it up.

 

I can almost see that smile on his face and feel the thrill that was going through that young man's life. He then could say, "It paid me to follow close; it paid me not to turn back anywhere along the line. It was a hard thing; and it cost me something. I haven't forgotten what it took when I left my home, when I took those oxen and slew them, broke up the plow and made a feast, and called all the people around and said, `Good-by, Dad and Mother; good-by, Sister and Brother; and good-by, farm.' I have lost my desire for all these earthly attractions and I am going to follow God."

 

What a Gospel! It costs you something; but it will pay you one hun­dred per cent. That is the God, that is the Jesus, that is the faith I want to have. It will resurrect me when Jesus comes, if I am in the cemetery; it will raise me up in the Rapture, whether I am living or in the grave.

 

The Bible tells of a time when the Moabites were carrying out a dead man to bury him; and as they went along they spied their enemies, and they threw the corpse into the sepulchre where Elisha's bones were. And as soon as that corpse touched those bones of Elisha, life came back into that body. The man revived and stood on his feet. That power will remain in your bones, too, when your body goes into the grave. And the Word of God says that if the Spirit which. raised Christ from -the dead dwell in your mortal body, it shall also quicken you.

 

This Gospel, with all its power, appeals to me so well that I have stayed with it ever since I came in contact with it — thirty-seven or thirty-eight years ago. I have never seen anything better. No one holds a stand­ard higher than this Gospel. There are no preachers on this platform with a cigar in their pocket, or a package of cigarettes hidden away — and they haven't any shelf behind the door with a long-necked bottle on it. They are clean!

 

I heard this summer about a religious organization which claimed to have a wonderful standard. They claimed to be like us, and I was told that some of those preachers even smoked. I said, "That isn't our kind of re­ligion. This Gospel will clean you up." When God gets in you, sin goes out, and you hate sin; you hate the devil who put it in you in the first place, and there is a war on against sin and the devil. War was declared the moment God saved you, and He puts a spine in you and gives you power to wield the sword and go forth with victory.

 


By Rev J. Robbins
 

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