There is a story of a Rabbi and a Pastor that went to a boxing match. They sat there and watched the fighters warm up. Suddenly, just before the start of one of the bouts, a boxer turned to the corner and knelt down in prayer.

The Rabbi asked the Pastor - "Do you think that will help?"
The Pastor replied, "Not one bit…the man can’t box”.

2 Thessalonians 3-10
For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:

Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Sometimes we run into the Christian attitude where a believer has no interest at all in anything but supposedly spiritual issues. They seem to think that as long as they have their salvation…nothing on this earth matters at all.

Say to them - We have terrorists running around killing people. They will say – Oh…just be nice to them and love them and they will become Christians and we will all live happily ever after. Or something like – Oh…its OK, God will protect us.

Say to them – Man…your family is starving and your house is falling down. They will grudgingly look up from their bible and say – God will take care of it…God will feed us.

They are so focused on lofty and uber spiritualism that they will not lift a finger or squeeze out one drop of sweat to do anything but turn a page. They are of no use to anyone….believer, seeker, or unbeliever. They are willing to allow the world we have been entrusted to – to fall into the hands of the forces of evil.

MATTHEW 25:19-29
After a long time the lord of those servants came and took account with them.
And so he who had received five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, Lord, you delivered five talents to me. Behold, I have gained five talents above them.

His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.

He also who had received two talents came and said, Lord, you delivered two talents to me. Behold, I have gained two other talents above them.
His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.

And he who had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew that you were a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter.
And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the earth. Lo, you have yours.
His lord answered and said to him, Evil and slothful servant! You knew that I reaped where I did not sow, and gathered where I did not scatter, then you should have put my money to the exchangers, and coming I would have received my own with interest.

Therefore take the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents.
For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will abound. But from him who has not, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.

Now listen – I am not going to tell you that God doesn’t care what we do here, and that he will not provide. He does and he will, but He is not the God of Laziness. He does not expect us to sit around open-mouthed like baby birds waiting for an air mail delivery of our daily bread.

Yes He wants us to pray to Him for blessings, for help, and for the desires of our hearts. But He also wants us to get up – if we can – and to do something about it. Faith has Feet…or so the saying goes.

But won’t God just do it for us if we pray hard enough? That is usually a question we get from folks who think it is unfaithful to act and not simply wait around for God to get tired of us asking.
The Hebrews in the OT fought horrible battles against incredible odds in the days of Joshua and David. Even in Jericho, the novice Hebrew army had to at the very least march around the city. Couldn’t God have just snapped His fingers and made Jericho disappear? Sure….but the Hebrews needed to put some action into the soup along with the faith.

We mentioned David. He went up against a battle-hardened Phillistine Special Forces Commando giant that the rest of the Hebrews were terrified of. And he killed him deader than $1 gallon of gas. And not finished, he chopped the giant head off and raised it high as if to say – LOOK WHAT GOD CAN DO!!

Why didn’t God just vanish Goliath and save the Hebrews the need to fight? God knows more than we do. He knows we need the battle. We need the struggle. The Hebrews in general and David in poarticular needed the battle, the risk of the fight, and the ensuing victory.

The battle…the struggle, cements our faith. We fight because we believe. The lofty never do that. The ensuing victory makes your faith real and adds value to it.

Otherwise, without that, what is your faith really worth? What value does the faith of those who never risk anything have?

Today my friends we have many battles before us. The moment you accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and God, you enlisted in the Army of the Most High God, and joined a world at war. Pick a battle and attack boldly. Once you have Goliath’s head, go get another one. Don’t worry…you won’t run out of Goliaths. If you do...remember the God who provides...He will kindly bring you another Goliath to behead.

Were to begin? Begin at home.

1Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his family, he has denied the faith and is worse than a hethen.

This means it is YOUR job….your MISSION to FEED, TEACH, PROTECT, and LEAD your family. This means spiritually, emotionally, economically, AND physically. Men….it is YOUR job. Your wife is your right hand second in command. This is your cross…your mission. Your orders from the Most High God are to pick it up and move out.

Is it hard? Yes it is. So what….toughen up. Christians need to stop whining and crying about things. They need to do as Christ did – Cowboy up and get it done.

God didn’t make you to be a weak fearful pumpkin boy whose eyes well up with crocodile tears at the first sign of difficulty. Not at all. He made us all of sound mind and a strong spirit. He made us for combat against evil and the sons of evil. Look what He tells Joshua…one of my favorite scriptures .

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

Commanded….not suggested.

So pray that the Lord God of Hosts will make you strong to prevail in those battles, not that we will keep battles from you.

Now this is important. Providing for those entrusted to you means your family…but in some case it may mean those outside your family whom the Lord has put under your hand or leadership. Providing means the necessities of food. Any Christian leader feeds thoe entrusted to him before he himself takes a bite.

Providing also means protecting. This could be spiritual or physical. Listen…if this nation keeps on its current path, one day what we are doing will be against the law. Or physically persecuted by evil men with evil intentions. What will you do then? What would be your first reaction if someone came in here like they did at the New Life Church in Colorado, to kill a bunch of Christians?

What will you do Oh lofty and spiritual Christian?

Your mission has not changed, but it has gotten harder. Will you deny your God to get along in society? Or will you pray for divine strength and holy ferocity to give your account in the fight. And arm yourself spiritually as well as physically to say a strong NO to those who would have you say no to God? Doing what we can physically but trusting the outcome to God.

How about your little ones....those entrusted to you? Have you educated them about the world? That is part of your job as well since you will not always be there. Protecting them is so much easier if they have been educated about the dangers. Make certain they are prepared and wise as serpents. Your little ones need to know there is evil in the world and they need to recognize it. Ignoring reality will not change it. It didn’t work for the ostrich and it won’t work for you.

Providing also means leadership. Do you tell your family to live a godly life and then not follow your own advice? Lead from the front…lead by example.

Want a good example? Look at Christ. The real Christ not the sedate, sissy boy Christ of modern mega-churches. The Lion of Judah who tells us to be strong at the same time you are kind and to be courageous at the same time you are loving. THAT Christ. Be like Him and see how it changes your family.

When you look beyond your own house…providing, and specially leading, may entail defending the faith. This may not only mean physically defending the faith as we discussed earlier, that part is easy. It may mean defending the faith against government intrusions, false teachers, you name it.

How will you deal with a deceiver – a false teacher? The lofty will quietly go home and pray, never wanting to offend or make waves. You know what those empty souls are praying for? For a real Christian like you to jump into the scene and put the false teacher in his place with our God smiling in the background.

How did Christ deal with false teachers and deceivers? Did He just ignore them? Did He watch His words lest their self-esteem be shattered? No. He called them out. He got in their face. I recall reading references to Him calling them hypocrites, blasphemers, brood of vipers, right there in front of everyone.

Do you realize that under the standards of many churches today, Christ would be judged as insensitive and mean spirited? He even called Herrod a “fox”. In those days it was the equivalent of calling someone a lotiony-handed metro-sexual (and I am being kind in the translation)!

Today the sons and daughters of the Most High God will look at their shoes and keep quiet lest they say something that might offend, and apologize for their faith through mumbled lips as they scurry off to their prayer closet. NO…BY GOD!

When faced with one of these magicians of false religion challenge him. Train yourself in the word like a soldier trains with a rifle so you can fight and destroy him. Think of how many will likely be saved from the wrong path when you prevail, and how many may be lost if you turn into a chicken boy. Stop thinking you need to be politically correct so you do not devolve into worthlessness. Christ was not that way. You should not either.

Listen…there is a reason why God put you there in front of the false teacher. That is your cross. Pick it up and fight with it.

Here is a good one…one that is avoided in most church discussions.

How will you vote?

Will you vote with the mindless masses as they jump in one suicidal leap into the abyss of godless liberalism –

Or will you vote for those who are also Christians, who most think like we do, who will do all they can to defend the faith in their assigned offices, who are in the same army of God as you are?

What sort of a nation would we have if Christians did these things? How many of us are out there? We would change families, cities, states and even the country itself!!

Think of your little ones, entrusted to you by God. If we don’t fight for the faith today….for their future faith, what sort of world will they inherit? And what of their kids? You don’t want them growing up wearing a burka and praying to some wannabe pseudo-god from Arabia do you? So fight the good fight while you are here.

Do your part – now here on earth. And not just evangelizing, but defending and promoting the faith with your words, your example, your actions, your vote, and even maybe your blood.

Nehemiah 4:14
And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people.

Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your homes.

We are at war in this world. Pray that God makes you equal to the task, and then take your place in the battle.