WHO IS ON THE LORD'S SIDE?
Josh.5: 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?
15 And the captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
God is on no one’s side. He calls everyone to come before Him and worship. Leave the things of this world and find a sacred place which shall have no end and which has no shadow of turning. The world plays all kinds of moral high ground and power struggles games, but we have been called to bow before Him, and speak His words, and remain humble and broken before Him. We care not about the cares of this present world. They are like the chaff and the wind. They are here today and gone tomorrow. They are not only a distraction away from our precious Lord, but they are set against His kingdom even if they seem like they fight for something right.
On Tuesday the conservatives were dancing because of the Supreme Court decision removing a section of the Voting Rights Act, and then just 24 hours later the liberals were dancing and the conservatives were decrying the court because of the decision concerning DOMA. And both decisions were of a 5 to 4 vote. It’s better than a Laurel and Hardy cartoon and people get apoplexy over it on both sides. But when you are on the Lord’s side the decisions have already been made.
Oh dear brothers and sisters do you not see to whom we must run? Are your eyes so blind that they cannot see that this world is an enemy of the Holy One? Are we so absorbed by the things of this world that we leave the shelter of His wings and go chasing after that which has no eternal substance? These are the days in which hell has emptied its evil spirits and they now roam with a designed viciousness around the world. But do not be deceived. These spirits know how to be pro-life and pro-traditional marriage and how to categorically state how they believe the Bible but all the while they have come as angels of light but are doing Satan’s bidding. The systems of this world are like cotton candy…once placed in the mouth they disappear as nothing. They are like running on a treadmill, burning up energy, but going nowhere.
Turn your eyes and ears and hearts toward Jesus alone. The spirit of the world is powerful and has a wicked undertow. It continues to sweep believers into many a fallen endeavor that is not only worthless in God’s kingdom but is counterproductive to the everlasting gospel message. When we are on the Lord’s side we reject all the labels of man. I am not a conservative or a liberal; I am not a Republican or a Democrat; I am not an American or a German; I am not some denomination. Although I may seen as such by some men, in truth I am a servant of Christ who has been redeemed by God’s grace through the blood of the Lamb. I cannot have a greater moniker and I take no glory in anything but Christ.
It is most sad to see how many professing believers are moved by the ebbs and flows of this fallen world. Do you believe that before gay marriage was made legal that righteousness reigned? Marriage is nothing more than a piece of paper recognized by the government. But in Christ marriage is a sacred covenant which is recognized by God. Unrighteousness reigned in Noah’s day just like today.
But did Noah attempt to change the culture or did he get involved with earthly endeavors? No, he had a call from God and he continued to build the ark. We as believers also have a call from God. We are now living arks that carry the presence of God within us. Look past all the fallen commotion and do not pin any of your hopes upon anything on this earth. It is all like withering grass and fading flowers. Only the Word of God will last for all eternity.
This world does not need legislation or morality or more money. This world needs redemption which is only found in Jesus. Let us, His body, be Jesus to these precious souls and refuse to sell our birthright for some political and moral pottage. The calling we have is the most sacred calling anyone can have while still in this earthly habitation. Better to be a doorman in God’s house than to be the king of all the earth.
I wish to relate a story which was reported in the magazine “The Voice of the Martyrs”. It is a great periodical which brings to our attention the realities which are so often lost in American evangelicalism. Oh my dear brothers and sisters who claim His matchless name, we are blinded by our culture and so often miss the glory of God being truly manifested in the lives of His servants around the world.
His name is Pastor Matak and he ministers in Sudan. In 1982 he was arrested and then arrested again in 1986. He spent the next 8 years in prison where he endured much torture. He was beaten relentlessly with wooden slats and iron rods. Electrodes were attached to his ears, his genitals were crushed, his fingernails were pulled out, and he was whipped with wires. Even through the most unthinkable agony this servant of Christ would not renounce his faith. Upon his release Pastor Matak told his fellow believers that “God showed me that “I am with you”. God reminded me that the body can die but the soul cannot.” He said to his tormentors, “You can torture me, but if you kill me, I will just see Jesus Christ!”
This precious pastor’s testimony and witness has been used by God to lift up Jesus and His gospel message. Is this not the way of Jesus? Can you compare all the political nonsense with the glory that is revealed in the servants of Christ who endure such hardships but still give Christ all the glory? This, my dear friends, is only a glimpse of how God is manifesting Himself in the hearts and lives all over the world. And in the most violent places on earth God’s glory shines brightly in and through believers who remain faithful under the most trying of circumstances.
You see, we do not call God to come to our side. We run to His side and there we live and breathe and have our being. God will not be used for the strategies of man. The Captain of the Lord of Hosts calls those that are His to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The ground we walk upon is holy ground. Drenched with and made holy by the blood of the Lamb, we now are crucified with Christ and the lives we now live we live by the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave His life for us. Amen. Selah.