Who Can Make War With The Beast?

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Dear brother Mike,


Hi F____,

Thank you for reaching out again. It pains me to know that you are so tormented. However, such an unsettled and anxious spirit is essential to being humbled and crushed and brought to your wits’ end by the Lord Himself who has raised up these stormy waves in your life:

Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

I hope what I have to say will be received and will give you the knowledge you need to have the peace of mind we are all seeking so desperately, and bring you out of your distress.

In our last correspondence you told me that Paul’s emphasis was upon keeping the marriage intact when he said “only in the Lord”, and that Paul was not telling us that if the unbelieving depart that a brother or sister is not under the bondage of that marriage.

The truth is that is exactly what Paul is telling us, and if you are not given to see that a brother or a sister, such as you, is not bound to your adulterous and lying ex-husband, then you are placing upon yourself and many other poor people who God Himself has made to “err from his ways and has hardened their hearts from His fear… after the counsel of His own will… for our sakes”, to never know the peace that comes with believing the truth of these verses of scripture:

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

God causes us to reap what we have sown, but nowhere in scripture does He ever blame us for what we have sown. He always takes credit for all things, “yes, even the wicked”.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

“Evil in the city” certainly includes any evil you or I have committed, be it any evil that takes place “in the city” from adultery to murder. What the men in your life have done to you will be dealt to them by God, just as my own sins and your sins against others and against God will be dealt with, and we will all reap what we have sown because we are told:

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.


Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

If we are not granted to see that it is we who live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, then “Why have you made us to err from your ways…” will appear to be speaking of some reprobate ‘over there somewhere’, but certainly not to me or you.

Nevertheless this is the truth:

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man [you and I] shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

So believe the Lord and do not place yourself or anyone else under the burden of being married to a man of whom the Lord has said “a brother or a sister is not under bondage” when the unbelieving departs:

1Co 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

The believing mate is never to leave the marriage “except for fornication”, “but and if the unbelieving depart, let him depart, a brother or a sister is not bound to that marriage in such cases, and is free to remarry “only in the Lord”, which he or she was not aware of when they married their unbelieving mate.

God does not “lead men to destruction” and then require them to continue in that state. Rather He then begins to burn out of us all the rebellious wood, hay and stubble within our hearts and minds. That is where you are at this time if indeed you are given to “tremble at… the sum of [His] word, and not at the interpretation of some man who is not even aware of the principle of “the sum of thy word” or “a multitude of counselors” (Psa 119:160 and Pro 11:4; 15:22; and 24:6).

I am praying that these few words will help you to see that your sins and disobedience really is a work of the Lord to demonstrate to you your utter helplessness against the beast within all of us:

Rev 13:4 And they [you and I] worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

You and I have demonstrated by our past lives that we cannot win any war against our beastly flesh. But Christ in us can do all things:

Php 4:13 I [you!] can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I am praying with you and for you.

Your brother in fervent prayer,


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