If you keep in mind that the god of this world – Satan – has been in control since the Garden of Eden, then it’s easier to understand how tough it had to be for Abraham to obey God, especially when He said, “Take your son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
Can you imagine how many demons screamed in Abraham’s ear as he rode his donkey? Can you guess what they said? Probably something like: “Don’t obey that voice! God wouldn’t ask you to do that! You will destroy your calling and ministry! Go home and talk it over with Sarah!”
You see, Mt. Moriah is not just any piece of land, but rather, it’s the most valuable real estate in the history of the world. This is where the Temple and Jerusalem were built. Thus, Abraham’s journey to the altar with his son was most likely one of the greatest spiritual battles of all time with every step being brutally contested by the kingdom of darkness.
The victory did not happen until Abraham reached for the knife to slaughter his promise – Isaac.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” (Genesis 22:12)
Abraham trusted the Lord so much that even if he were forced to sacrifice his son, he believed God would raise Isaac from the dead.
There are no u-turns in spiritual warfare. We must hear the voice of the Lord and keep obeying it until victory is achieved or until a new command is given to us by Him. Our faith must be focused on Him to work out all of the details, no matter what the circumstances look like to our natural eyes.
The #3 Rule in Spiritual Warfare: obey the voice of the Lord and don’t take any u-turns.
(Continued in Part 12)
5 responses to “Memories Pizza, Indiana, Christianity, And How Not to Win Spiritual Battles (Part 11)”
Thank you, Mr. Larry. I am writing these rules down. You could have another book here. :). Any thoughts about how to know it is God’s voice we are listening to? God bless!
Debbie, Debbie, Debbie, Debbie,
Thanks, I think. Just what I needed: another long series that never seems to end. I will answer and not answer your question about knowing if it is the voice of God in another series. God bless you. 🙂
ruh roh. Me and my questions!
Actually, they’re good ones. Thanks.
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