The Daily Paine

The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos.  The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.”

“The authentic Christian minister possesses faith thick as the crust of the earth.  Those scam artists I mentioned were as dust scooting across the surface.”
–John Vermillion

There are again the rumblings of war and destruction.  North Korea and Iran are developing nuclear weapons and now testing the means of delivery.  Russian jets buzz our ships and China is making aggressive gestures.  What are we to do?  Oh me, oh my.
We are being distracted at home by the media and their disparaging agenda.  Whether you realize it or not, there is tremendous conflict taking place.  Depravity will be with us until Jesus comes.  That brings a glaring question, “Whose side are you on”?  It is time to take a stand, especially in the fight against evil for the sake of our family.  It is time to stand between them and the onslaught of the enemy. 
There are a couple of things that are extremely dangerous at this time.  The first is that so many are oblivious to the battle.  They just go on day by day ignoring the sounds and sights of the battle.  Call it compromise, call it complacency, whichever, it is dangerous and the lives and souls of loved ones are at stake.  The second problem is that many of the chosen of Christ have joined the enemy in the battle.  It is time to realize that this world is the enemy of God.  If you don’t believe that then throw away the Scriptures, for it is very plain. 
A.W. Tozer wrote, “We have so degraded our religious tastes that our Christian service is largely exhibitionism.”  Seeing some of the “worship” taking place actually makes me ill.  We reject the Holy Spirit and have pseudo-worship and pseudo-Christianity.  “We resist Him [Holy Spirit], disobey Him, quench Him, and compromise with our hearts….  He has come to comfort.  He has come to teach.  He is the Spirit of instruction.  He has come to bring light for He is the Spirit of light.  He comes to bring purity for He is the Spirit of holiness.  He comes to bring power for He is the Spirit of power.” (Tozer)  And yet…
We better learn how to fight!  It is very interesting that peace will finally come when Jesus mounts His warhorse and takes up His sword and returns to the earth.
I served in the U.S. Air Force.  On the Great Seal of the Air Force is the symbol of a thunderbolt.  The swift power of a lightning strike.  If you have even been in an electrical storm you should understand the power in a lightning bolt.
It made my attention go to the throne of God.  “And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” (Revelation 4:5, NASB)  Try to visualize that.  Power!  Light!  A tumultuous sound!  It is an awesome display of the throne.
Then it reminded me that God often uses lightning bolts as one of His weapons.

“And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.”
–Zechariah 9:14 (NASB)

“The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.”
–Psalm 77:18 (NASB)

Talk about an display and then use of power!  Nothing can compare; nothing will be able to stand when the Lord of Hosts takes up arms against His enemies.