The Cross and Resurrection

Without the cross there would be no resurrection story; without forgiveness there is no cleansing. Thank God that the lamb of God died, so that we might live an eternal life in heaven. The resurrection of Jesus is proof that God’s holiness was satisfied by the Father pouring divine wrath against sin on Jesus at the cross. Forgiveness and mercy are now available for all who place their trust in Jesus for salvation.

~Stephen Beagles

Sacred Warriors

Sacred warriors fight for what is right,
With God given strength and awesome might;
Fearlessly they walk this sin-filled land,
Disrupting evil forces dark at hand.
Making light of all that’s good and true,
They stand among the earth’s most precious few;
Raging through the darkness with a fury born of God,
They plunder satan’s army and upon his kingdom trod.

~Stephen Beagles

Promise

His promise still remains
He will never change
He’ll see us through the pain
And peace he will arrange.
Why now does he promise
To give us life anew
We do not deserve this
But someone does love you.
There are deep red bloodstains
Those who believe are few
But the fact it still remains
Jesus died for you.

~Stephen Beagles

Spiritual Warfare: By the Blood of the Lamb

When it comes to spiritual warfare, most people either ignore the devil or focus on him. The only way to fight the devil is to focus on the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Evil spirits exist and their main objective is to destroy our faith in Jesus. They don’t worry much about the people who are already under their control, but they do worry about the influence that the Spirit of God has over people who are searching for truth.

While fallen angels cannot possess a Christian, they can oppress and torment representatives of Jesus Christ. We cannot fight them in our own wisdom and strength, and the only way to overcome these battles is to pray, praise, and to saturate our minds with the truth of God’s word. Lucifer is the father of lies, and he flees from the king of Truth–Jesus Christ.

One of the biggest traps that Christians can fall into is extremes. Evil spirits are happiest when they can turn a Christian into a “double agent” and work havoc from within a christian home, church, or community. Jesus warned us about false Christs and false prophets. Don’t forget that it was the temple priests who called for the crucifixion of Jesus.

It is possible for a person to become earthly minded and be of no heavenly good, but it is more likely for a christian to become overly concerned with spiritual extremes to be of no earthly good. God wants us to be practical and balanced in using our mental, physical, and spiritual gifts. Yes, we must hate sin–but we must love the sinner and do everything in our power to let them know of God’s love for all his created beings.

The gospel is the power of God, and Jesus said that the cross would be the magnet to draw people into a love relationship with himself. The cross is the central focus of God’s message to the world. This is the message of truth that God has given us to proclaim. This is the message that makes the devil flee, and gives us the strength to break the spiritual bonds of evil.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.

Revelation 12:10-12, NIV

~Stephen Beagles