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The War of the Saints

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7175 How Do Wars Begin?

A boy once asked, “Dad, how do wars begin?” “Well, take the First World War,” said his father. “That got started when Germany invaded Belgium.” Immediately his wife interrupted him. “Tell the boy the truth. It began because somebody was murdered.” The husband drew himself up with an air of superiority and snapped back, “Are you answering the question or am I?”

Turning her back upon him in a huff, the wife walked out of the room and slammed the door as hard as she could. When the dishes stopped rattling in the cupboard, an uneasy silence followed, broken at length by the son. “Daddy, you don’t have to tell me how wars begin; I know now!”

Tan, P. L. (1996, c1979). Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations : A treasury of illustrations, anecdotes, facts and quotations for pastors, teachers and Christian workers. Garland TX: Bible Communications.

What Causes War? (1)

    1. War Defined
    2. War Discovered Titus 3:9; 1 Timothy 6:4
      1. In our Desires
      2. Among our Members

What Does War Consist of? (2a)

    1. Lust - To have the affections directed toward something, to lust, desire, long after.
      4860 Disorderly Conduct In Church
      A congregation of the Church of God in Christ in Wichita, Kansas, has asked a court to stop four of the members from disrupting services. Bishop Graze Kinard says the four have run through the sanctuary moaning and shouting while he tried to conduct services. He alleges that they shut the pastor’s Bible while he was preaching, took away the pastor’s microphone and hit him over the head, and pinned down the pianist’s arms. Police have had to step in several times, and the congregation has dwindled from 600 to fifty because of the trouble, complains the bishop. The trouble apparently stems from a battle over control of the church, say police.
      Tan, P. L. (1996, c1979). Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations : A treasury of illustrations, anecdotes, facts and quotations for pastors, teachers and Christian workers. Garland TX: Bible Communications.
    2. Envious - to envy, be moved with envy

The Solution - 1 tim 6:8

What is the Cure to War? (2b-3)

    1. COMPASSIONLESSLY PRAYING IS NOT PUT THROUGH: Proverbs 21:13 whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard.
    2. UNCONFESSEDLY PRAYING IS NOT PUT THROUGH: Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
    3. IDOLATROUSLY PRAYING IS NOT PUT THROUGH: Ezekiel 14:3 “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?
    4. HEARTLESSLY PRAYING IS NOT PUT THROUGH: When prayer is mechanical there is no response from the Lord. Matthew 6:7 and when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
    5. BITTERNESSLY PRAYING IS NOT PUT THROUGH: Mark 11:25-26 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
    6. NAMELESSLY PRAYING IS NOT PUT THROUGH: John 14:13-14 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
    7. LOOSELY PRAYING IS NOT PUT THROUGH: John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
    8. UNBELIEVINGLY PRAYING IS NOT PUT THROUGH: When prayer is offered in unbelief there is no response from the Lord. James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
    9. UNHARMONIOUSLY PRAYING IS NOT PUT THROUGH: When prayer is offered in an ungodly marriage there is no response from the Lord. 1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered
    10. FAITHLESSLY PRAYING IS NOT PUT THROUGH: 1 John 5:14-15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
      Dr. John Barnett

God’s goal is not to give human beings what their own impulses demand; his goal is that human beings will learn to love what he loves. It is not that God does not want people to have pleasure, but that he wants to train them to take pleasure in what he knows is truly good. Carson, D. A. (1994). /New Bible commentary

Psalm 133:1

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