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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President, Probation Challenge


CHICAGO, IL – Have we forgotten that we are suppose to be soldiers in the Army of the Lord? The LORD thunders at the head of His army; His forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?  Joel 2:11.

Have we forgotten that the Church is liken unto a hospital for the spiritually wounded and for their healing? Have we forgotten that we are instructed the principles of God in the Church (which is the body of true baptized believers in Christ) and then afterwards the healed returns back into the highways of life to spread the gospel of Christ?

We are in a spiritual warfare!  The scriptures clearly states: “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”  Ephesians 6:10

When we make a conscious decision to settle into our own biased ways, not obeying the laws of God who we committee to as our chief commander, we become established in the wicked ways of the world. When our heart becomes callus, cold and careless, how then does one realize they have  strayed away from the biblical land marks… and how can we realize that we’re calling  right wrong—and wrong right?

God in his infinite wisdom knew that humans would have difficulties tolling with the spiritual principalities of darkness! These dark areas of life would be brought-on by man and woman’s sinning and falling from grace in the Garden of Eden. Unequally God knew that Satan would seize that garden experience as an opportunity thereafter to effect every human’s life.

Is there a command in serving in the army of the lord:  Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

God looking down the corridors of time saw you and I forthcoming and knew that Satan would at every turn seek to rob, steal and kill all followers of his son Jesus Christ! But God through Christ intervened and foiled each evil-trap!  Weather we care to believe it or not, we are at war with the evilness that follows the dictates of Satan who is not a friend, but enemy to those who love God.

In the army of the Lord, many pits and landmines are set with the expectance of blowing saved-warriors off the planet. Where are the dangerous zones in life? Only God reveals to each faithful warrior what, when, where and how!

How could any human survive the trauma put into place by Satan’s designed to swallow-up the believer? Well, God gave his believers a ‘trump card’ which represents great power over the head of Satan, and is wisely known as the Whole Amour of God! That armor was then and now known as The anointed word of God!  It is the anointing that breaks every yoke that binds us.

The historic documented experience of which the bible speaks are full of precious promises—which are wrapped up in hard-core-truths, coupled with great word of wisdom… and it all became authority in the flesh when spoken from  the mouth of Christ the Lord! Yes, those anointed and appointed Holy Scriptures would lead followers from earth to glory.

· Christ gave the believer the blessed assurance that; Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. John 8.  Christ gave a word determining who might come to rob from the believer; Ye shall know them (deceivers) by the fruit they bear. If a tree brings forth apples, how then could it produce peaches?

· We have been command to watch as well as pray.  Know all deceivers … which would include those saying they come in the name of the Lord.  Know those who honestly labor among us.

Watch for those who are Sayers rather than Doers. Always remember that Satan is a thief:  John 10:10. The thief cometh but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have [it] abundantly.

· John 10: 10.

· A thief can be whomever or whatever: Ministers, Politicians, Teachers, Doctors and yes, those that falsely labor among us. Satan is transformed into an angle of light—with the end being destruction.

In the army of the Lord but not for the love of money: John 10:10.

The Lord speaks to the Rich:  “1. Rich and wealthy among us: Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you]. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.  3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.“ James 5: 1-3. Thus says the Lord and not I!

With the word of God as a map to glory we will dodge the pitfalls that laid in wait for us! Christ has quite an advantage, for He sits high and looks low, which means he is able to note those sinful traps set to entrap (incarcerate) us. We have only to  remember that Satan has only the power we grant him. Knowing the promises of God, how can we become lost in our daily travels when the navigator (God) of the earth is at the helm?

Because of some political ambitions and their aim to mislead God’s people (for the sake of money), voters have been side-swiped by perpetrators who invoke the name of God for spiritual references. These spiritual misuse of Biblical dialogs have been used by large in the African American and Hispanic communities… primarily because of their  great love for the Savior.

Blacks have more than often suffered at the hands of political betrayers who would have the public believe that they are the hope. Then coming down the pike is Satan knowing the love for certain fruit will bring what they desire… however, Satan will counterfeit all desires to fit his means to destroy.

We now laboring under the foresight of God, ought not to judge, but merely serve as a fruit inspector.  As a dutiful inspector, you will know them (deceivers) who come among the believers as wolves dressed in sheep clothing! Note that many deceivers wear smiles and even carry a bible which they dare to read!

2 John 1:9-11. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

Example the tree and its bark while observing its foundation! Now ask yourself the question: Is the person seeking to sell their political conviction… on a firm foundation or planted on sinking sand?

We are mislead on many fronts simply because we opt to avoid God’s biblical plan of salvation and in doing so… refuse The Christ who choose for us… Life and Life more abundantly. Stay a loyal solider in the army of the Lord and don’t retreat until you hear the voice of God commanding that we do so!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is founder and president of Probation Challenge and The PCC Internet Network

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org—The Truth Network

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