In the face of constant attacks against the church, we must be uncompromising and rely on the Holy Spirit. ~~~ We all have a part to play in warring for each other’s deliverance. Saul sent out the message for all the fighters to join him for the sake of this people in Jabesh-Gilead. And you know from our study in 1 Corinthians that every believer that belongs to this church has been given a gift, or maybe better fitting terminology for our purposes today is a weapon to fight the enemy and encourage and build up the church, which, when used consistently makes the people say, “We are glad!” Attacks upon the church are constant, whether they come from within or without. Compromise is not an option. Compromise to the attacks only makes us weaker. We must pursue and depend upon the Spirit of God together. Our posture is never one of comfort or ease in this world. Our posture, although one of being joyful and abiding, is at the same time a posture of warfare. Do we think of ourselves as people who are going to battle together? With one another instead of against one another? Are we going to battle depending upon the Spirit to deliver those who are under attack? Of those who feel helpless, of those who are not sure if there is anyone in their corner who will fight for them, of the hurting, the threatened. Listen, when one among our flock is attacked, we are all attacked. We are family in that sense.
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