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Pastor J. Abraham Francois

A Battle Already Won

 

227 Pearl Harbor’s “What if”

          Pearl Harbor!  The morning of December 7, 1941, found 353 Japanese

airplanes swarming all around the Harbor site.  Within a couple of hours,

America lost 8 big battleships, 6 major airfields, almost all planes, and 2,400

men.  That happened at 7:50 AM in what was supposedly a surprised attack. 

But these are the startling facts:

          That morning at 7 AM, while the Japanese warplanes were 137 miles

(50minutes) away, two US soldiers on a small radar station in the Pacific

scanned the screen and saw dots and dots appearing, until the whole screen

was filled.  These soldiers notified their youthful supervisor, a lieutenant. 

No other office was around, that being a Sunday.

          The lieutenant thought these must be planes from California, and

without another thought, said these crucial words: “Don’t worry about it.” 

There would have been time to scramble the planes at Pearl Harbor, prepare

the battleships and shelter the men, but this lieutenant, at the most

responsible moment of his career, failed the nation.

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          1Pt. 5:8 – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as

a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”  KJV.

          From the days of Adam to our time, our great enemy has been

exercising his power to oppress and destroy.  He is now preparing for his last campaign against the church.  All who seek to follow Jesus will be brought into conflict with this relentless foe.  The more nearly the Christian imitates the divine Patter, the more surely will he make himself a mark for the attacks of Satan.  All who are actively engaged in the cause of God, seeking to unveil the deceptions of the evil one and to present Christ before the people, will be able to join in the testimony of Paul, in which he speaks of serving the Lord with all humility of mind, with many tears and temptations.  {GC 510.2}

          Rev. 1:17,18 – “And when I saw him I fell at his feet as dead.  And he laid his right  hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the firest and the last: I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death”  KJV.

          Eph. 6:10-12 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blodd, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]”  KJV.

          1John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith”  KJV

The Greek goddess of victory was Nike, which also happens to be the name of a United States aerial missile.  Both of them are named for the Greek work nike (NEE_kay) which simply means victory.  But what does victory have to do with maturing love?

          Christians live in a real world and are beset with formidable obstacles.  IT is not easy to obey God.  It is much easier to drift with the world, disobey Him, and “do your own thing.”

          But the Christian is “born of God.”  This means he has the divine nature within him, and it is impossible for this divine nature to disobey God.  “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world” (1 John 5:4, NASB).  If the old nature is in control of us, we disobey God; but if the new nature is in control, we obey God.

          Rom. 4:20,21 “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform” KJV.

1John 4:4 “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” KJV.

          Gal. 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” KJV.

          1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” KJV.

          II Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:” KJV.

          Jude 24,25 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from failing, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and fore ever. Amen” KJV.