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The Faithful Remnant

Photo of In God We Trust - The Faithful RemnantPersecution

Horrific images of twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya raises the question, has the world gone mad? History has shown that persecution against groups of people due to differences in race, religion, social, or political beliefs have existed in the past, occur today, and will continue to take place in the future.

Persecution against a group of people can take the form of beheadings, beatings, physical torture, murder, isolation, rape, imprisonment, or slavery. History is filled with examples of man’s inhumanity against man; the Holocaust, genocide in Rwanda, the “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia, and September 11, to name just a few.

Two Gods

How can we make sense of inhumane and barbaric acts that occur against humanity? The Bible is very clear that there are two gods. God, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Devil, the god of this world. 2 Corinthians 4:4 states: “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” The Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

The Fall

The prophet Isaiah describes the fall of Lucifer. Ironically, the meaning of the Latin word, “Lucifer” means “light-bearer.” Lucifer was once the angel of light, second in command to God. As a result of pride and egotism, Lucifer wasn’t satisfied with being second in command. He wanted to be God. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:12-14).

Revelation 12:7-12 describes the war that took place in heaven where Michael and his angels fought against the Devil and his angels. Eventually, the Devil and one third of the angels were cast out from heaven. “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12:12).

The Devil and his devil spirit kingdom work in the lives of people, culture, religion, and the environment to steal, kill, and destroy. John 10:10 states, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Who is the thief? He is the Devil, the god of this world who steals, kills, and destroys. “I am come” refers to Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, who came to give us the more than abundant life.

By Their Fruit

How do we distinguish between the one true God and the Devil and his cohort of devil spirits? We distinguish between the genuine and the counterfeit by the fruit that is produced. Whenever we see killing, stealing, or destructive evil, we know that it is the Devil and his devil spirits who are behind the scenes using people as conduits to implement his evil acts throughout the world. In contrast, individuals who are born again and have accepted Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10) can walk by the spirit of the one true God, manifesting the fruit of the spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering [patience], gentleness, goodness, faith [believing], meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Benefits of Speaking God’s Word

Deliverance

The first century Christians in the book of Acts demonstrated courage, determination, and boldness in standing for the one true God in the midst of intense pressure. Prior to the day of Pentecost, the apostles were hiding behind closed doors. They were afraid of the religious leaders who persecuted those who were followers of Jesus Christ.

However, when the day of Pentecost arrived, the twelve apostles received power from on high and the gift of holy spirit (Acts 2:1-4). It was the power of the holy spirit that energized Peter to boldly testify that Jesus, whom they crucified, God raised from the dead and made both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:14-24). When Peter and John were called before the religious leaders and were commanded to not speak or teach in the name of Jesus, what was Peter and John’s response to these threats? Their response was, “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). This is what our response should be. God has blessed and delivered me from so many challenges in life that I cannot but speak and share my stories of deliverance with others.

Spiritual Growth

Another benefit of boldly speaking God’s Word is that when you speak, you grow spiritually.

Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not
return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and
it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

The word “void” means empty and “prosper” means accomplish successfully. When we speak God’s Word with believing, God will bring to pass the miracles, signs, and wonders according to His written Word.

God’s Word says that when we are in Christ, we are “a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

2 Corinthians 5:18-19
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus
Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us
the word of reconciliation.

God has called us to reconcile men and women back to God by speaking His Word. God has also given us the word of reconciliation to minister His Word to others.

Back Down the Devil Spirit Realm

A third benefit of speaking God’s Word, is that when we speak, we are backing down the devil spirit realm and its influence over people’s lives.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

As Jesus Christ responded to the devil’s temptations with “it is written” in Mathew 4:1-10, we too can respond to the fiery darts of the wicked one with “it is written” with God’s Word. First John 4:4 declares, “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.” Throughout the Bible, God tells us to “fear not!” We are reminded that “one man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God” (Joshua 23:10-11).

Faithful Remnant

Who are the faithful remnant? We are!  We are the faithful remnant who have the audacity to believe God’s Word, confess God’s Word, and share God’s Word with others. With the love of God burning in your heart, let’s get busy speaking God’s Word and reconciling men and women back to God!

Note: Parts of this article were taken from the author’s book, Biblical Solutions for Daily Living – Developing a Vital and Personal Relationship with God, See Chapter 4, on “The Spiritual Competition.”

All scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. Explanatory insertions within a scripture are enclosed in brackets.

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