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"PROVOKED" By Franklin Trainer.


Operation: Redemptive Love

June 18

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."  Ephesians 6:12


"... you have discovered the sweet spot of spirituality."  

If it seems that your Christian life is a battle and the whole world is "against" you, cheer up, for you have discovered the sweet spot of spirituality (cf. John 16:33).  A struggle of immense ramification is at play in every child who is right with FATHER.  The thin veil separating the terrestrial from the celestial may conceal the real arena of conflict for the believer, but it is none the less real.  Our war is waged on  three fronts: the internal, the external, and the eternal; a.k.a., the works of the flesh, the ways of the world, and the wiles of the devil.  Give ground on any of these and the enemies of faith quickly flank in an all out effort to rout your righteousness.  Is there a worse sight in all the annals of war, than a saint under siege?  "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"  There can be no allowance for passivity, no negotiation with the adversaries, and no thought of surrender; it is hand-to-hand, death do us part, winner take all! 

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."  It is uncertain who began to market Bible Christianity as a movement of milktoast, but it wasn't its FOUNDER.  "And having spoiled principalities and powers, HE made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it."  Operation: Redemptive Love, was launched in the violence of HIS cross; a coup de grâce of inexplicable love, which still has the forces of darkness in full retreat.  "... we are more than conquerors through HIM that loved us."

Confidence is an invaluable commodity on the battlefield.  "What shall we then say to these things? If GOD be for us, who can be against us?"   While marching to Zion, be ever mindful that the TRIUNE GOD triumphs for us in this tri-fold war; and any who doubt the outcome of this eternal epic, has failed to read the last chapter of Heaven's Field Manual. 

"But the saints of the MOST HIGH shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever."

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For Love of Country

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
(French author)


"Everything is good when it leaves the hands of the CREATOR; everything degenerates in the hands of man."