- Man tells us that the world is getting better;
God says they will become increasingly worse.
- Man says that peace among nations is close at hand;
God says there will be wars and rumors of wars, kingdom against kingdoms…
- Man expects to win the battle against disease, famine, and hardship;
God says there is to be fearful judgments of disease, famine, and hardship.
As we survey the fabled “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” the second one we are exploring is the one who represents “War.” (We previously reviewed last time one of the most dangerous “mistaken identities” of all: the White Horse(man).)
As we explore the classic literature regarding the “art” of warfare, we, of course, encounter Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, Richardson, Herman Kahn, et al. The history of man has included the essential skills to defend himself, his country, community, and family. It is impressive to realize how the continued regard of the classical literature continues to influence the most modern strategies.
However, as the technology has increased, so has the scale of violence. It was the economies of scale that created the nation-state with the advent of gunpowder, etc. This has escalated to the point where the 20th century was the bloodiest century in history. Jesus warned us:
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
— Matt 24:22 KJV
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Throughout the history of man, philosophers and theologians alike have struggled to understand the complicated nature of mankind. The Psalmist tells us simply that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. The deeper we search into the physical makeup of life itself, the more we can be truly overwhelmed by the complexity and diversity of life.
The Mystery of the Mind
With all of the awe and wonder surrounding the physical marvels that allow our existence, the one aspect of man that intrigues me the most is the mind of man. The mind is more than our brain. Although our actions are primarily controlled by our brain, there is more to the brain than just orchestrating functions in our body. It is the centre of our intellect; it produces the view of the world we see through our mind’s eye. It has been said that the brain is like a committee of experts sitting in a windowless room. The brain generally operates on 3 levels:
- The subconscious mind
- The unconscious mind
- The conscious mind
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God’s supernatural power resides in every Christian, but it requires a submitted and sanctified life in order to partake of it. The outworking of that power—the fruit that is produced—is the hallmark of a true disciple.
To “love” God means “being totally given over to Him,” “relinquishing our wills and our lives to Him,” and “putting Him first in everything we do.” When we love God like this (being open and cleansed vessels), not only will His Love be able to come forth from our hearts, but also His supernatural power.
The source of all power is God. It’s His saving power, His pardoning power (Matthew 9:6), His infinite power (Matthew 28:18), His power over nature (Luke 8:24), and His life-giving power (John 17:2; John 10:10). “For there is no other power but of God” (Romans 13:1).
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Please continue to pray for Nancy!
The melanoma is back, not only on her nose, but also in her lungs. She has begun treatment using a brand new drug specifically designed for melanoma cancer. She is also using several natural therapies. She continues to rely on the Lord for healing, just as she has
been all along.
Read the full updates about Nancy at the King’s High Way website.