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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Warrior's Prayer, #4
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower (Psalms 18:2)
When we Christians are busily engaged in church work we may or may not be building the Kingdom of God. But when we spend time calling on the name of the Lord, looking to Him for victory, He becomes our horn. He thrusts and gores His enemies until they flee before Him.
One thing the enemy strives constantly to prevent is a Christian entering union with Christ until it is Christ rather than the believer who is fighting the battle.
Throughout history the enemy has employed a multitude of devices to keep the attention of Christians on some thing, some doctrine, some project other than Christ Himself. Often these are worthy programs or works. But they do not threaten Hell.
The day will come, according to the Scriptures, when the saints are one in Christ in God. Then God in Christ will be dwelling in His fullness in the believers. When that hour comes the enemy is finished. It can be so today as we are willing to repent of our dead works and turn our complete attention to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The programs and efforts of men cannot build the Church. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can build His Church. The gates of Hell can never prevail against that which Christ builds but they always will prevail against that which religious men build.
The Lord is our "high tower." When we are born again our new inner man is raised in the Spirit to the right hand of God. We already have been placed above the enemy. Now we, through the help of the Spirit of God, are to bring our entire personality into obedience to the will of God in Christ.
The army on higher ground has the advantage. Our life is hidden with Christ in God. We have the advantage if we will keep our hearts stayed on things above and not on things on the earth.
Our body and soul still are on the earth. But God has given to us a "high tower" in Christ at the right hand of the Father. God's will is being done there. Now it is God's will that He be obeyed in the earth. Through prayer we are to bring the Life of Christ down into our body and soul so God's will is performed in the earth as it is in Heaven.
If we are faithful in battling through to victory in the earth, then, when the Lord Jesus returns from Heaven, we will return with Him and rule the earth with Him. Because we already are in Heaven at God's right hand the victory is ours. But we will go down in defeat if we choose to live in the earth in the flesh rather than in Christ in the Spirit.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:3,4)
We can never go any higher than we are now. The challenge is to bring our throne-life down into the earth so God's will is done in the earth as it is being done now in Heaven.
To be continued.