So Many Worldly Things

So Many Worldly Things
Author: Pat Aman…

I love History, I read at less one history book a month, along with my Biblical Studies and readings. American History is a very important part of our religious heritage.

I was reading the biography of Black Hawk. Black Hawk, a leader of the Sauk and Fox nations, decided to fight for the land that belonged to his people.
Black Hawk was born near the Rock River in Illinois. Black Hawk began fighting for his people soon after the Sauk were tricked into signing an unfair in 1804. Five Sauk leaders were tricked by William Henry Harrison. He gave them whiskey. While the Sauk were drunk, they signed a treaty that gave all of their land east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
Black Hawk was furious when he learned about the treaty. Black Hawk decided to fight the United States.

During the War of 1812, he fought with Tecumseh on the side of the British.
Black Hawk and his sons led a group of Sauk and Fox against the United States Army. The war became known as the Black Hawk war. Black Hawk and is men fought bravely, but the American Army had more soldiers and better weapons. The war ended in August 1932 when Black Hawk and his sons were captured. They were taken to Washington D.C. as prisoners.

After the war Black Hawk returned to his people and settled with them in Iowa. He remained there until he died in 1938. Although Black Hawk failed to keep his land, he is now admired for his brave fight to protect the rights of his people.

(Ephesians 6:10 – 12) says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against power’s, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

I know you are thinking where are you going with this?

Well, when I read this story the first thing that came into my mind was, “IF” the Sauk had not given in to drinking and became so intoxicated that they signed their land away, they still may have owned their land.

The devil will show us so many worldly things that look good that we become intoxicated with them. Then the devil will slowly reel us in to deeper sin and soon death.

Just as the Sauk were reeled in my whiskey, the devil will try to tell us that following him will bring us a better way of life. He will try to entice us to live for him.

The truth is, we have a real enemy who wants to destroy us. We have a real fight on our hands in the struggle to hold onto our purpose.

As citizens of the kingdom of God, we have become a threat. The enemy has been engaged, and the fight is on. We need to have an attitude of watchful readiness.

We must put on the whole armor of God, so that we may withstand all the wicked ways of the devil and his demons.

We must put on the helmet called salvation. The strongest battles are fought on the battleground of our minds. Now the blood of Jesus continually cleanses our mind from thoughts of insecurity, discouragement, fear and doubt.

And we are protected by righteousness and truth, because Jesus is our righteousness and He is the truth. We cannot trust in our own good works.

The enemy will defeat us if we try to stand on our own righteousness. Our only true freedom comes by hearing and abiding in the truth. That means I am who God says, I am. In Him I live and move and have my own being!

Also in one hand we need to hold a sword. In the other hand a shield. We must yield daily to the Holy Spirit who activated the word of God through our faith. Faith is the substance of our hope. When we wield the sword, we do it in faith in God’s promise to be faithful to His word. Faith is being persuaded that God is able! God’s word will defeat any enemy.

The battle we face daily is not with people or situations. There is an enemy who uses people and circumstances to try to steal our lives and our happiness. We are already defeated if we try to win this war in our strength with carnal weapons. We must take up- the weapons of the Spirit and learn how stand. We must stand our ground and courageously resist the temptation to surrender.

We are destined for warfare and dressed for battle. Watching in prayer, let us persevere like good soldiers to the victorious end!

Yes, Black Hawk did come back and fight, but because his enemy was stronger he was defeated and had to settle for less.

As soldiers of God, when we fight, we will win. We do not have to settle for less. Our Father owns all the cattle on a thousand hills, and He has enable us with the spiritual Armors, and our enemy is defeated.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2020 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” and Westbow Press a division of Thomas Nelson and Library of Congress Control Number: 2018910976…

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