Today's Bible Readings
      Exodus 22
      Job 40
      John 1
      II Corinthians  10
''Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." (II Corinthians 10:5)
            In the days following September 11, 2001, the American people rallied with intense patriotism to do whatever was necessary to retaliate against a terrorist enemy who had demolished buildings and devastated entire cities and cost the livesof more than 3000 in the U.S. alone.  Following a few weeks of rallying our allies, the U.S. Government moved with great retaliatory force against the country of Afghanistan.  It was not a time for dialogue and talking. It was a time for war. U.S. and allied troops demolished the infrastructure of Afghanistan almost immediately, and then set about to discipline the proper leaders for rebuilding their government and infrastructure. President George W. Bush called this a ''war against evil'', and he was right. The Child of God is always involved in a war against evil, and we must be more diligent in the armies of any earthly nation.
            There are some things in our life that need to be cast down. There are some things in our human nature that the saint can only destroy through sheer neglect, but there are other things that have to be radically pulled out and violently cast down. They must be demolished. There are times when we are not to fight, but only to ''stand still and see the salvation of the Lord..." (Exodus 14:13). Every fault or theory that attempts to raise itself up against the knowledge of God is to be immediately pulled down and demolished by drawing on the power of God.
            The Christian life is not a Sunday afternoon picnic. It is a holy war. The believer finds himself in a spiritual warfare every day of his experience with Christ. The warfare is not against sin - Jesus Christ conquered that in His redemption of us. The conflict is waged in overturning our natural life into a spiritual life. This is never done easily, nor does God intend that it be so. It is accomplished by an act of the will, a volitional choice. As believers, we must make moral choices. We decide to be holy and we are able to determine that some things in our life will be demolished. You must never allow moral sin, evil thoughts, ungodly attitudes, and impure activities to take root in your life and establish themselves. You must never think that these things will just disappear of themselves. You must make the choice and determine in your heart to cast them down immediately.
            There are some other things that must be disciplined. This is another difficult aspect to the strenuous nature of sainthood. In our Lord's life, every project was disciplined to the will of His Father. So much of the work among Christians today knows nothing of discipline. Few bring every project and every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. My mind, marriage, ministry and mission must be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. We are not only to be committed to Jesus Christ for salvation but also to be involved in a disciplined commitment in our total being to Him. This means that each believer must recognize the responsibility to ''be transfor1ned by the renewing of his mind...'' (Rom. 12:2)
            Today, we will have the privilege of praying for the Republic of Cyprus. The country has been divided as a result of the Turkish invasion of 1974, and occupation of the north. The Greek and Turkish populations have been separated: the North calling itself the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and the South claiming the whole island as the Republic of Cyprus (ROC). The Republic of Cyprus is internationally recognized as the legal government of the whole island, and only Turkey recognizes the TRNC. Most all the Christians are numbered in the Republic of Cyprus and make up approximately 95% of the population.  In the Republic of Northern Cyprus, Christians still represent 75% of the population, and Moslems 23%.  As one would expect, much of this Christianity is in name only. So what is the greatest need here for prayer? There is not a problem in the nation of Cyprus that could not be solved with spiritual awakening among all the churches. Pray for awakening, awareness of needs around them, and the anointing of God's Holy Spirit on the church.
''There is no power like that of prevailing prayer - of Abraham pleading for Sodom, Jacob  wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow, David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in the sweating of blood . Such prayer prevails and turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power, it brings fire, it brings rain, it brings life, and it brings God."  Samuel Chadwick