It is a spiritual battle we have been facing.

Lately, in this election year of 2016, there is a rumor that “they won’t let him win” .  .  .  Who ‘they’ are, who ‘he’ is, is not the point of this idea I present to you.  It is this:  we are in a spiritual battle.  It is intensifying lately, I think you will agree!  But “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4).  And we are but ‘little children’ against a giant.

Your battle and my battle is “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).

So, what do we do?  “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”  Take “.  .  .  the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  The description of your amazing armor:  “the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, the shield of faith” is in Ephesians 6.

Having done all you can do, you will stand.  “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony. . .” your testimony counts! (Revelation 12:11).

No matter which candidate is elected, the one you like, or the one you dislike (or the one you dislike the most) God is the ultimate ruler.  If you are on God’s side you are on the side of the winner.

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Sometimes I wonder where is a true Church? Where is a group of Christians that believe and practice carefully the bottom line of a successful life: The Holy Scriptures? Where is a Church where the bottom line is not money but the moving of the Holy Spirit in a humble, authentic congregation?

Today I read a Holy Soup Blog. It described a pastor who stopped in the middle of a sermon, opened it up to the congregation and “never went back” to sermons as usual.  The congregants participated with their own expounding of the Bible and with sharing testimonies of Jesus at work in their lives.  They departed from the half-hour lecture that no one remembers once outside the doors of the church.

The Churches we have visited lately are very disappointing. The music is so loud; my husband gets Vertigo, (dizziness and nausea). We have had to leave several immediately. Neither my husband, nor I can worship when the decibels are high to the point of feeling it in the chest. The exhortation from Scripture, “Play skillfully with a loud noise” (Psalm 33:3) does not mean a threat to hearing loss.

We left one church we attended for a few weeks when the pastor invited: “Everybody come to the Communion Table; it doesn’t matter what you believe, where you are. Just come.” The last sermon we heard there was something like this: “I studied and studied to come up with a message about baptism, but I threw it all out. I will just speak from my heart…” Your heart, pastor? Your message was not even from the Bible!

Here is a prescription for a church which, oddly enough, may be found in the Bible:

“How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.”
(1 Corinthians 14:26)

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You can have inspiration. It is a gift from God. We are gifted people, all of us. And every one of our gifts comes from God. The Bible tells about God’s gifts to mankind:

“You have gone up on high; you have led captivity captive; you have received gifts for men, yes, for the rebellious also, that You might dwell among them, O Jehovah God.” (Psalm 68:18).

In the New Testament, too: “Therefore He says, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men.” (Ephesians 4:8).

An expression of the gifts of God in us shows up in the world around us, such as: technology, medicine and art. They are also expressed in our heads and hearts: the Law of God, the Ten Commandments; the knowledge of good and evil, the knowledge of right and wrong. It is just there.

The media while, ignoring God as much as possible, unintentionally shouts it aloud by holding a politician to it when a moral law is transgressed. They may not acknowledge a moral principle as coming from God, but there is no other origin for true morality. When it is convenient morality jumps to the forefront of the public conversation. That is good because it shows that the moral law is written in all of us, admitted or not.

We know we should be faithful to our spouse. We know we should not slander. We know we should not murder. We know we should not covet . . . it’s written in our hearts.

How great that we as Christians can look up, be inspired by our Creator, look for his gifts in us and allow His ways and means to be expressed through us. Here is how we find our purpose, discover our gifts and make a difference.

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Deborah described in the Book of the Judges is the character description we should look for in a woman who leads politically, or leads anywhere. She was one singularly noble, honorable, a wise woman who became Judge of the Land.

She called herself “a mother”; she was a wise protector, known as the wife of Lapidoth; obviously a proud wife, but famous for her fairness and wisdom.

She was known for her courage, General Barak would not go to the battle without her by his side. When a vicious enemy threatened the land she was the deliverer because of her courage, her wisdom; and because the LORD led her. Deborah was a prophet, a judge, a mother in the land, and a wife.  She had no downside, no past to hide.  When victory over their enemies came, she was the one who led the women in a song and dance.  Deborah was also feminine.

So, to seek out a woman as a leader, where is a mother figure?  Where is a woman who holds fast truthfulness and honor?  If a wise woman, a mother, a wife and a Judge is what we need I do not see one in a prominent position in our culture.

Look for wisdom, courage, purity and a love and pride in Country in any and every leader.  Is God, and the wisdom of Scripture on their tongues?  Is truthfulness in their speeches?  Does any potential leader have honesty, fairness and humility in their character?

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The Judges in the historical land of Israel: we surely can learn wisdom

…if we will.

Read their short stories in the Book of Judges:

JOSHUA Judges 2
OTHNIEL Judges 3
EHUD Judges 3
SHAMGAR Judges 3
DEBORAH Judges 4
GIDEON Judges 6
TOLA Judges 10
JAIR Judges 10
JEPHTHAH Judges 11
IBZAN Judges 12
ELON Judges 12
ABDON Judges 12
SAMSON Judges 13
1Sa_15:1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.
1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

1Sa 16:11  And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

1Sa 16:12  And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

1Sa 16:13  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

The history of the Kings of Israel are I and II Samuel, I and II Kings, I and II Chronicles FYI

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