Fit For Engagement – Introduction continued

The foundation is made up of the apostles and prophets: “having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,” (Ephesians 2:20 NKJV).The prophets mentioned in this verse are the Old Testament prophets who pointed to the Messiah, the Christ, the King of all creation, who was standing in the midst of those men declaring the Kingdom of God and the defeat of the kingdom of darkness. In Matthew 16:19 Jesus declares that these men will receive the “keys of the kingdom” which will open the door to a whole new beginning for the human race. They will have authority that comes from heaven to “bind and loose” both in the heavenly and earthly realms. Those keys are:MESSIAH’S PRESENT REIGN: Jesus is already seated on His eternal throne. He is above all principalities and powers (Ephesians 1:19-23; Colossians 2:15). The nations are already His (Psalm 8).THE HOUSE HE IS BUILDING: this house is the work of the Spirit through living stones built together for the dwelling place of God. It is the house that God promised David in 2 Samuel 7.A WHOLE NEW GOVERNMENT: Jesus’ enthronement brought a new government from Jerusalem above (Galatians 4:26). Jesus judged the government of apostate Israel and removed it. He established His Kingdom government on the earth. That government consists of a five-fold gifting of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors or elders, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). This government was established to govern Israel (Galatians 6:16). It also consists of a kingdom of priests made up of believers. Jesus Himself being the High Priest (1 Peter 2:5-9).THE MANDATE that both Adam and Israel of the Old Testament failed to fulfill: which was to deal with evil and to build a godly community upon righteousness and justice that the nations would desire to come and receive their King.Many of God’s people stumble when affliction and persecution come into their lives because they have not read, or they have not believed the words of Jesus Christ. Jesus wants to keep us from stumbling. We must accept His Word and be filled with His Holy Spirit in order to not stumble but to stand firm. Paul expressed it this way: “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,” (Ephesians 6:13–14 NASB).We live in an evil day, but the enemy’s time is short. His complete defeat is near. Jesus judged him in His victory on the cross. Jesus overcame Satan in the power of His resurrection, “the genesis” of which began in hell itself! Jesus commissioned the church with the assignment of cleaning up the mess with the help of the Holy Spirit. As His servants, we are to declare to the world the freedom that Christ has made possible from the kingdom of darkness. The Holy Spirit makes available to every believer the overcoming power necessary to live above the system of the world: “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’” (Acts 2:40 NKJV).We are to believe the words of Jesus as given to His first disciples. We are to be prepared to be persecuted for His name’s sake. We are to be filled with His Holy Spirit and stand firm, resisting in the evil day. We must earnestly pray: “Lord, grant me grace to stand and not stumble. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit every day. Use me to demonstrate Your overcoming life in the power of Your Holy Spirit and lead others to the victory You have purchased.”

From New Book – Fit For Engagement

PERSPECTIVE: That You Might Not Stumble
These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.

John 16:1 NASB

It should be of no surprise that the world hates true believers. The systems of the world are against everything that God has established. The three major systems of the world that resist God’s plans and purposes are:

Government, which is driven by ego and pride to control people.
Economic, which is driven by greed and separates classes of people.
Religion, which seeks to oppress the masses through fear and domination.
God the Father has His plan called The Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is ruled by a benevolent Father through both His Son who is full of grace and truth, and the Holy Spirit from whom flows righteousness, peace, and joy: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NKJV) and “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17 NKJV).

What a contrast between the Kingdom of God, full of grace and truth, and the world’s systems dominated by the kingdom of darkness controlled by the devil (also called Satan, Lucifer, and the enemy). Jesus defeated those systems through His overcoming life. He sent His Holy Spirit to overcome those systems through us as “Spirit-filled” and “Spirit-led” believers. The world will persecute us just as they persecuted Jesus and the early church. Jesus warned His disciples about persecution concerning the times in which they lived. The disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, squared off against the powers of hell manifested through the systems of men and overcame even unto death. His Word of truth rings true in our day as well: “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (Revelation 1:18 NKJV).

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:17–18 NKJV).

Christ Jesus told Peter about the authority he would receive: “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18–19 NKJV).

The Rock which Jesus Christ spoke of was Himself. He is the “the Chief Cornerstone” of the house which God had promised David that He would build for him. The apostles that the Father had given to Jesus and everything that the prophets spoke in the Old Testament concerning the Christ would become part of the foundation of that house. The foundation is made up of the apostles and prophets: “having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,” (Ephesians 2:20 NKJV).

Introduction Fit for Engagement

Many times, pesky weeds or thorny vines grow in the midst of a bush or plant and choke out the life of an otherwise healthy plant. If you ignore or just clip away at the weed or thorny vine, it will continue to rob healthy life from the bush or plant. You must get down on your knees and confront the root system of the weed or vine in order to free the bush or plant so that it can live and bring forth its full beauty.

In a similar fashion, evil is located at the root of sin. When it comes to evil, too often we only deal with the symptoms and not the real problems. The seeds of evil need not be planted, because they are already in the soil; pre-existent in the spiritual realm and in the human heart:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV

What needs to be planted is what is contained in the good seed of the Gospel; that is, the goodness of God. Good must be planted, cultivated, and tended.

This book will help you, the believer, understand the basic issues you face as followers of Christ Jesus. Our repentance and exercise of faith toward God by receiving Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross of shedding His blood to wash away our sins and conquer the kingdom of darkness, allows us to live a victorious life over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Jesus Christ was raised from the dead by the Holy Spirit and now lives in resurrected life and power above all principalities and powers.

The essence of the Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is found in the Holy Spirit. He is the promise of the Father given to the Son:

“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Luke 24:49 NASB

The Holy Spirit seals our redemption and guarantees our victory:

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

Ephesians 1:13–14 NASB

Through the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us as believers we are fit for engagement. It is possible, therefore, to overcome evil in our personal lives and help others overcome evil as well. As believers, we are to live by the power of the Holy Spirit in victorious lives that demonstrate the victory He has accomplished and the transformation He has given to us. Only through God’s Holy Spirit is it possible to conquer the three enemies we face: the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Final Thought
My hope is that this book will provide the foundation stones for you to build a truly victorious life under God’s direction. God has done that for hundreds of believers who have experienced this teaching and embraced the truths which have been established in the Bible.

Introduction Fit for Engagement

Many times, pesky weeds or thorny vines grow in the midst of a bush or plant and choke out the life of an otherwise healthy plant. If you ignore or just clip away at the weed or thorny vine, it will continue to rob healthy life from the bush or plant. You must get down on your knees and confront the root system of the weed or vine in order to free the bush or plant so that it can live and bring forth its full beauty. In a similar fashion, evil is located at the root of sin. When it comes to evil, too often we only deal with the symptoms and not the real problems. The seeds of evil need not be planted, because they are already in the soil; pre-existent in the spiritual realm and in the human heart:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV

What needs to be planted is what is contained in the good seed of the Gospel; that is, the goodness of God. Good must be planted, cultivated, and tended. This book will help you, the believer, understand the basic issues you face as followers of Christ Jesus. Our repentance and exercise of faith toward God by receiving Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross of shedding His blood to wash away our sins and conquer the kingdom of darkness, allows us to live a victorious life over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Jesus Christ was raised from the dead by the Holy Spirit and now lives in resurrected life and power above all principalities and powers. The essence of the Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is found in the Holy Spirit. He is the promise of the Father given to the Son:

“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 NASB

The Holy Spirit seals our redemption and guarantees our victory:

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13–14 NASB

Through the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us as believers we are fit for engagement. It is possible, therefore, to overcome evil in our personal lives and help others overcome evil as well. As believers, we are to live by the power of the Holy Spirit in victorious lives that demonstrate the victory He has accomplished and the transformation He has given to us. Only through God’s Holy Spirit is it possible to conquer the three enemies we face: the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Final Thought
My hope is that this book will provide the foundation stones for you to build a truly victorious life under God’s direction. God has done that for hundreds of believers who have experienced this teaching and embraced the truths which have been established in the Bible.

PERSPECTIVE: That You Might Not Stumble “These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.” (John 16:1 NASB)

INTRODUCING GEORGE RUNYAN’S NEW BOOK

FIT FOR ENGAGEMENT – A Spiritual Warfare Manual for the Twentieth Century

Contents

Foreword. xiii

Introduction. xvii

Principles of Truth. 1
The Life of Christ in You. 13
First Principles of the Doctrine of Christ 25
Our Three-fold Salvation. 49
We Are to War Together and Not Alone. 63
Evil 73
The Garden of Eden. 85
The Baptism of Christ Leads to an Encounter with the Devil 95
The Agony of Gethsemane. 101
Declaration of Judgment 111
The Three-fold Mandate. 123
Put On the Whole Armor of God. 129
Are Demons Real?. 147
Onward, Christian Soldier 173
APPENDIX.. 191

About the Author 197

INTRODUCING GEORGE’S NEW BOOK

SOON TO BE RELEASED 

FIT FOR ENGAGEMENT – A Spiritual Warfare Manual for the Twenty First Century

Contents
Foreword ……………………………………………………………… xiii
Introduction …………………………………………………………. xvii
1. Principles of Truth ………………………………………………… 1
2. The Life of Christ in You …………………………………….. 13
3. First Principles of the Doctrine of Christ ……………….. 25
4. Our Three-fold Salvation ……………………………………… 49
5. We Are to War Together and Not Alone ……………….. 63
6. Evil …………………………………………………………………… 73
7. The Garden of Eden ……………………………………………. 85
8. The Baptism of Christ Leads to an Encounter with the Devil  95 

9. The Agony of Gethsemane …………………………………. 101
10. Declaration of Judgment…………………………………… 111
11. The Three-fold Mandate …………………………………… 123
12. Put On the Whole Armor of God ………………………. 129
13. Are Demons Real? …………………………………………… 147
14. Onward, Christian Soldier ………………………………… 173
APPENDIX ……………………………………………………….     191
About the Author ………………………………………………….. 197