by Dennis Marquardt

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War Stage! (4 of 6)
Series: Journey of Faith
Dennis Marquardt
Genesis 14:1-16; Ephesians 6:12-13; Romans 8:31-39

INTRO: All around us there is a battle raging, for the souls of men and women!

We must not and cannot afford to be complacent about fighting spiritual battles!

ILLUS: Raynald III, a fourteenth century duke in what is now the country of Belgium led his country but had a very serious problem ... he was greatly overweight; in fact his nickname in Latin was ''Crassus'' which means ''fat!'' During an argument with his younger brother Edward, Edward revolted against him successfully to take control of the country. Instead of killing his brother he instead built a special room inside the castle with 2 normal size windows and a near normal size door ... no bars or locked doors, the room was built around his fat brother. Because of his size he could not escape though freedom would have been easy for anyone normal size! His brother told him he could again rule the country when he could walk out of that room! Until then Edward would lead the country in battle! It seemed a simple matter for Raynald III, just lose weight and he could become the military commander of the country again! His brother Edward however each day would send to the room the most delicious of food items, instead of losing weight however, Raynald III actually got fatter! His younger brother when accused of cruelty had a ready answer: ''My brother is not a prisoner. He may leave when he so wills!'' Raynald III stayed in that room for 10 years and wasn't released until after Edward died in battle ... by then his health was so poor that he himself died within a year of regaining rulership! He could not lead anyone into battle ... he had grown too fat satisfying his own appetite much less fight anyone else! - Source Unknown

TRANS. SENT: We too as Christians need to realize we are to be fit for battle, while we may not always see ''war'' in the physical realm we are very much at war i ...

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