Friday, October 21, 2011

"Capturing The Enemy - Part 5"

"And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you." 1 Corinthians 12:21

All week we have been talking about the things that I have learned from a dream I had earlier in the week. This morning we are going wrap it up- although there are many lessons still yet that we can learn from it.

In the dream the others- who were my allies- would not come and help in the capture of the enemy. What we see from this is that when someone doesn't do their part, it makes it harder on the others. It is just like our physical body. When one part isn't functioning properly another part has to compensate and work harder to make up for what is lacking. For example, when a person is visually impaired, their hearing has to go into "double-duty" to make up the difference. Everything would be so much easier for them if their eyes functioned at full capacity. If these allies had been doing their part the task before us would have been easier, quicker and we would not have had to stretch ourselves as far.

Capturing the enemy was as much for their benefit as it was for mine. They should have joined the battle for their own sakes- they had as much to gain. When the enemy was captured, they were able to enjoy the freedom that came through his defeat, they just weren't able to share in the joy of being the victor. Reminds me of the story of Barak. He enjoyed the freedom that came from the destruction of Israel's enemy Sisera, but the honor of the victory did not go to him it went to a woman- Jael.

The last thing I want to say is something that a friend pointed out to me. When these people weren't willing to help, when they did not join us at all, we did not get discouraged and give up. We did what we needed to do and captured them. So many times it feels like we are the only ones who are willing to do anything. So many times it feels as if we are all alone- even among those who profess to be our brothers and sisters in Christ. But we cannot be discouraged by that. We must go on. It is like the chorus says, "Though none go with me, still I will follow. No turning back." That must be our theme song. Our motto must be: "I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back." We must daily determine that we are going to do what we have to do even if no one else does. We must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. We must keep pressing for the mark. We must keep our eyes on the prize. We must continue pursuing. We can't quit or give up, and we can't let the fact that they have, influence us to do the same.

Not everyone is going to go with you- even those who seem the most spiritual, but we must continue on. All the disciples but one forsook Jesus in His most trying time, but He continued to follow the plan and will of His Father and went to the cross. His example is the one we must follow.

Have a great day. You must continue to go on with the Lord whether anyone else does or not.

For further reading:
1 Corinthians 12:20-22
Judges 4
Philippians 2:12
2 Timothy 4:12

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