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L. A. Marzulli

A Call To Battle!

1 John 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.  

When we take a look at this verse we see three separate categories.  The first that is presented, is Fathers.  We see that the qualification for that position is that you have known him that is from the beginning.

The second category is that of young men ( and young women).  The qualification here is more detailed and sobering because we read that these young men have overcome the wicked one!

The third is little children.  The qualification here is that they have known the Father.

I want to dwell on the second category, because I think that what is being said here has been lost through the centuries and perhaps for the most part, ignored.  John declares that these young men have over come the wicked one.  In the next verse he amplifies his statement telling us that:   I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

Here we see three qualities that are in these young men.  They are strong, the word is in them, and they have overcome the wicked one.

I believe that John is addressing three categories of Christians and some of us never move out of the little children stage.  In other words, we have not overcome the wicked one.  We have not won our battle with Satan.

This battle is what I want to dwell on today.  I believe that until we win our battle, over sin, with the wicked one, we remain trapped in the little children stage of spiritual development.  I have seen men and women who are decades old in their faith, yet remain trapped in this first category.   This is critical for us to understand, as unless we win this battle, and it is different for each of us, we can’t move up to the front lines of ministry, for if we do, we will surely be cut down.

Where does this battle take place?  It takes place in our minds and our weapons to fight it are not carnal but spiritual.   Here’s how it works.  The enemy of our souls can read our DNA.  He knows who we are better than we know ourselves and his strategy is such that he will go out of his way to make sure we do not fulfill our destiny as Christians.  He will sabotage us at every turn.  He will whisper lies, cause distractions, place us on false trails, and keep us in bondage to sin.

You will notice that John tells us: and the word of God abideth in you,

This is how we win our battle with the Fallen One.  When a thought comes into our minds we need to check it against what the scriptures say, which is why reading the word and putting it into us is so important.  When Jesus was tempted in the desert he responded by taking his sword, the word of God, and countering that attack of Satan.  We need to follow His example and learn to wield our swords.  Sadly many of us fail to do so and thus remain in bondage to sin and the lies that the Fallen One whispers to us.

In closing today’s post.  I met a person recently who talked about their past and how because of it wondered if they were saved.  This was an easy one to answer as the counter stroke from our sword to hack apart the lie from the enemy, is:  I am a new creature in Christ, old things have  passed away!  I instructed this person to take up their sword and strike down the thought!  To put on the armor of  God and use the sword of the spirit to get the victory!  This is what sets us free and moves us from being little children to men and women of God who have won their battle.

Once it is won, we more than likely will find ourselves on the front lines, as we know, by experience how the battle is won.  When Paul  tells us to take every thought captive, he’s not joking.  It is the way in which we get the victory over our flesh and then Satan.  Let’s be bold and pick up our swords for the days are evil!

20 thoughts on “Sunday Bun!

  1. Amazing post LA! Thank you so much for this insight. The Lord has really been teaching me this last month to take every single thought captive, which is new for me in the sense of taking EVERY thought captive. Our preacher, Matt Chandler, was saying that when we do this, we are humbling ourselves and walking in obedience. That when we don’t take our thoughts captive, we are being walking in disobedience, (wow, that was convicting for me!) hence: take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Thank you for this blog post, it is great confirmation and teaching for me, as I’m sure many others! Keeping you and your family covered in pray, especially as you prepare for your trip at the end of the year.

  2. Wow! What a timely article. I was just praying to God this very morning, as I do so very often, for his help in overcoming the sins that I just can’t seem to shake. I often wonder about the reality of my salvation since I never seem able to overcome the weaknesses that plague my flesh. This Sunday Bun really spoke to me!

    Thanks L.A.

  3. The enemy of our souls can read our DNA. He knows who we are better than we know ourselves

    Wow — isn’t that true!

    I appreciate the reminder about reading the Word and the part that plays in our battle.


    Tom Horn is on C2C tonight (Prophecy of the Popes): second through fourth hours. I don’t know if his co-author will be there as well.

  4. Our sermon this morning was two versus later, 1 John 2:15-17. Our pastor just doesn’t say it quite like you do. I like the “hit the nail on the head” approach as you do, instead of “beating around the bush” several times, but never quite getting to the point. Thank you for being succinct. And Amen.

  5. AMEN! Thanks LA, it is so wonderful that you can see so much in one little verse. The Bible is so unexhaustable! It is also a lot of fun when you see something new in a verse you’ve read a dozen times.
    Keep up the good work. GOD bless you and yours☺

  6. “The enemy of our souls can read our DNA. He knows who we are better than we know ourselves”

    When he, the evil one looks at us he sees Jesus.We are the new creation whether we act like it or at whatever level we comprehend it at this present time…as we are growing daily/moment by moment.The good work He began in us He will complete.He has promised us this~ We are being conformed into His Image by Him and in that we can trust…otherwise what a fearful thought ~

    “For I will not leave you alone, but I will send you the Comforter,the Counselor,the Teacher (Paraclete) and he will lead you and guide you into all truth!”

    And yes LA I agree most definitely… take up the sword of the Spirit~as always good message!
    ~ winds ~

  7. Hey now that should be the theme for these troubled times — Overcoming with Jesus!

    1st Corinthians 13
    11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

    12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

    13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


    Looks like the grown-up part is not lovin’ your own life but loving others — even when they definitely aren’t lovin’ ya back. Because that’s what Abba does.

    3 types of love:
    a. that of child for a parent
    b. that of siblings to each other (cp. philadelphia)
    c. that of parents for the family (cp. agape) … and they loved not their own lives even to sacrificing themselves



  8. What a wonderful blog! You are 100% correct. Your words bring great encouragement. Thank you sir.

  9. Agree with all, except shocked to think Enemy can “read our DNA”. How can he be that powerful? Can he read our thoughts? I was taught he can’t read our thoughts.

    • “Give no place to the devil.” “Resist and he will flee.” Don’t underestimate that old snake, but don’t give ’em any credence for having any particular capability. Probably lost most of it anyway.

  10. Thank you for your closing statement I too in the past thought ‘ what if I am not forgiven? only to realize now that I am a new creation! Thank you Lord for making me new! And for forgiveness.

  11. Thanks for the reminder to pick up my Sword and fight back when ol slew foot comes arounds and tries to whisper nasties in my ear!


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