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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Every generation that has ever existed has had battles unique to the age. Adam and Eve had a battle that was the beginning of all the battles to follow. This was the first and the worst of all battles with the greatest of consequences…sin entered into the world. (Romans 5:12) This was the battle for the dominion of mankind. However, while Satan succeeded in the temptation, God had already a plan from the foundation of the world to redeem mankind from the curse of sin. This victory is won in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ to pay for the sin of the world. The victory is won when we accept Jesus as the “Lamb that taketh away the sin of the world.”
Other battles follow and are based on the first and worst battle. Governmental battles, doctrinal battles, social battles, righteous living battles, as well as others have faced every generation of people. Along the way, many battles crossed the pages of history at the same time. Battles between government and Christianity were constantly being fought. Daniel found himself in the midst of such a battle. Dan. 6:1-5 should be read and notice v.5. They went before the king to make a law that they knew Daniel would not obey (v.7-9) and Daniel responded in vs.10-11 WHEN IT IS HOPELESS, WE ARE NOT HELPLESS!
1. We can pray. Even though prayer and Bible reading have been long banned from public schools, we can still pray. We should not be ashamed to pray in public. Daniel prayed in public in defiance of the government. This world needs to know that there are still some Daniels in the world that “obey God rather than man.” ( Acts ) If you are saved, there a many reasons you should pray in public. First of all, it is right and secondly, the world needs to be reminded that there is a God in heaven and there are people of faith on the earth. WHEN IT IS HOPELESS, WE ARE NOT HELPLESS! WE CAN PRAY!
2. We can be an example of boldness. (Acts 4:5-31) In v.10 Peter told them they crucified Christ and in v.12 that Christ is the only way to be saved. Then in v. 15, the council had a meeting concerning how to deal with these Christians. Verse 17-18 gives the plan: “Threaten them, that they speak henceforth to man in this name…and they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.” Peter and John responded in vs. 19-20, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more that unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Then there is more threatening, v21 and yet vs. 23-31 tells us they continue to praise God, and magnify Him and quote Scripture. Read Psalm 2:1-6. When it is hopeless, we are not helpless! We can be just as bold as those who curse, use filthy language and blaspheme God.
Many Churches have surrendered the white flag of surrender and have let Satan and his crowd take the world without a fight. How do you think the Apostle Paul “Fought a good fight” in 2 Tim. 4:7? The answer is found in vs. 1-6. In Ezekiel 22:30 God “Sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land.” We need some Christians today who are willing to stand between the world and God “for the land.” We need some solid Christians who will get in the devil’s way, and boldly put up some resistance to his wicked work! (Eph. 6:10-18) In Acts 7, Stephen, “full of faith and power” preached a strong message and in v.51-56 it turned personal, they stoned him. He did not say, “Wait a minute, I’m sorry I offended you; I’m sorry I judged you and spoke so bluntly to you.” He died for the testimony of Christ. When it is hopeless, we can pray; We can be bold; and we can stand for Christ and He will stand with us. Acts 23:10-11; 2 Tim. 4:16-18
Friend, if you are a real Christian, pray, be bold and stand up for Christ.