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A Weapon Hardly Ever UsedPosted Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 10:30 AM
Zachariah 4:10 says, "Who can despise the day of small things?" Folks may despise those who oppose wickedness and especially the evil of alcohol as being some radical fringe group, hardly large enough to create any change. Our weapons in the Culture War are not carnal but are spiritual. Paul gives us a list of those weapons and armor in Ephesians 6:10-18. Prayer, both intercessory and imprecatory, is our greatest weapon when accompanied by the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and by the Shield of Faith.
But there is yet another weapon to accompany prayer. It is the anointing oil. Most of us are familiar with James Chapter 5:14,15 which says, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." But there is yet another puropose for the anointing oil.
Isaiah 10:27 (KJV) says, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." Several translations add the word, oil to anointing. Alcohol is just one example of a mighty yoke of bondage. But there is a weapon that can break that yoke! The anointing oil, accompanied by prayer is the weapon that can destroy that yoke of bondage!
Carrie nations used an axe to destroy the places which sold the awful yoke of alcohol. Well, she may have done more harm than good. Vigilantism is never right and usually has the opposite effect. Generally, vigilantism puts a bad mark on what is supposed to be a good cause. We Pro-lifers have really been hurt by the idiotic and tragic burnings of abortion clinics and killing of abortion doctors. Two wrongs never make a right!
So, with the whole armor of God, with prayer and some anointing oil, we can break the yokes of bondage. We can pray for an end to the awful bondage of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pronography, abortion, etc. We can pray for the those addicted to such things. We can pray for the victims, family members and friends who suffer the consequences of such yoke of bondage. We can pray for those who continue to sell those things that harm bodies, souls, and our community, that they will be convicted of what they are doing and will somehow stop their actions.
As Christian soldiers, let us avail ourselves of the entire spiritual armory!
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds" (2 Corinthians 10:4).
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.