Sign Spoken Against #1: Anti-Israel

At the beginning of the Summer/Winter of this year (2013), Israel and Australia jointly issued two stamps commemorating the part of the ANZAC and the Australian Lighthorse in the historical development leading up to the re-establishment of the Jewish people back in the promised and holy land.  The stamps remember the victory over the Turks in Beer Sheva in the famous Beer Sheva Charge on October 31, 1917, in WW1.

In the Bible, YHVH God speaks through His servant, the prophet Isaiah, in chapter 11:11-12, saying that He would set up a banner/ensign for the nations, and would assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the Earth.  This He is presently doing, and He has ‘showed His hand’ for nearly 120 years now.

Here is a link which gives the raw intensity against this miraculous sign for our day, which is modern-day Israel, expressed against the issue of these stamps:



Viewing Beer Sheva from God’s perspective 

Gen. 21:31-33  — named Beer Sheva by Abraham, who planted a tamarisk tree and called there on the name of YHVH, the everlasting God

Gen. 21:12-20  —  Hagar and Ishmael encouraged and comforted and blessed in the wilderness of B-S, after being cast out of Abraham’s and Sarah’s house

Gen. 22:19  —  after offering up Isaac, Abraham and his seed were blessed by God, and Abraham with his son returned to and lived in B-S

Gen. 26:23-33  —  YHVH confirmed His covenant to Isaac in B-S,  who built an altar and dug a well.  Isaac’s servants found a well with water (“revival”) after the Philistines had filled in (“contention and quenching”) all the wells which Abraham had dug, and  the place was confirmed as Beer Sheva.

Gen. 28:10  —  Jacob also had lived in B-S

Gen. 46:1,5  —  on the way to Egypt with his sons and their families, Jacob (Israel) sacrificed to God in B.S. and received revelation, guidance, comfort, and hope

Josh 15:21,28; 19:1-2; Neh 11:25-30 — Beer Sheva originally given to Judah, but Simeon received it, but later was absorbed back into Judah

1Sam. 3:20  —  all Israel reckoned from Dan to Beer Sheva, the land’s major southern city in the northern Negev

1Sam. 8  —  Samuel’s sons were unjust judges in B-S, resulting in Israel asking for a king like the gentiles (other nations) had to rule over them

1Kings 19:3-8  —  Elijah ran for his life from Jezebel, and in his despair found rest, direction, comfort in B-S from the LORD, and rested under a white broom tree

Is. 35:1-6; 51:3  —  the desert will bloom and blossom as a rose and become as the Garden of the LORD, even as Eden

Beer Sheva was destroyed as a city in 701 B.C. by Sennacharib in the days of King Hezekiah. (2Kg 18:13)
After the return from Babylon, Beer Sheva was also re-settled. (Neh 11:27-30)
In l948 the city again became a Jewish Israeli city.

Beer Sheva 

–a place of divine revelation, comfort, direction, worship
–a place of praise (wells of living water), thanksgiving, gladness, life, sources
–seat of government representing all of the south ofIsrael:  intended to be a seat of righteousness and judgment (justice)
–judicial, administrative, commercial, and religious center

A Closer Examination of Amos 5:5; 8:14 : “The Way (Manner) of Beer Sheva”

–Amos preached and prophesied during time of divided kingdom –Judah and Israel– between c. 760-750 B.C.

–concerned with unrighteousness and injustice in the society, even while people practiced their religion without regard for the LORD’s love of lovingkindness (grace), righteousness, and justice

–a separation of “church and state” in the lives of the people, thereby severing the connection between faith, religion, worship, and daily life

1Kings 12:28-29  —  false worship instituted at Beth-El and Dan to draw people away from Jerusalem, as well as to exalt an alternative way and place to worship God

2Kings 23:8  —  Beer Sheva, with its wells from the Patriarchs, became a center for many to venerate some shrine (holy site) and to make pilgrimage there.  [see 2Chron 19:4; 34:6,7,37 for kingly initiative to restore true worship; also 2Chron. 24:1 (the mother of King Joash was from B-S)]

     –thus from Dan to B-S, the land and the people strayed from the one place and manner to worship and to offer sacrifices to the one true living God, and in doing so became less united as a people, and positive influences of the fear of the LORD within the society broke down.

     –“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem….” (Ps. 122:6)  From Jerusalem YHVH God has determined to place His Name, to blessIsrael (including B-S and theNegev) and the world.

     —Superstition:  vain (unsalted) faith (demon worship; pagan god worship; fear of demons)
–may be reverent, but without knowledge (ignorance)
–generally a practice of religion through slavish fear and of strong cultural or family traditions, not readily accepting the truth which sets one free and sanctifies.  (The Father is seeking worshippers in spirit and in truth).

     –Hardness of Judah (the southern kingdom and royal tribe) to the Word of God  (2Kings 22:13; Amos 2:4 —   B-S was located in Judah after Simeon’s tribal inheritance was absorbed by it.  [Neh 11:25-30]);  also true in Yeshua’s day (John 7:1; 11:7-8)


The Faithfulness of God to Beer Sheva, the City of the Fathers

  • Good and hopeful beginnings
  • Troublesome present
  • Glorious future

ISRAEL:  The People and The Land

Gen. 50:24  — Israel promised the Land of Canaan by the Word of – and on oath from-  YHVH God

Rom. 9:4-5  —  To Israel belong the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the Law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom concerning the flesh Messiah (Christ) came.

Is. 42:6; 49:6  —  Israel to be a light to the nations through the Light

Is. 41:8-9  —  Israel to be the servant of the LORD through the Servant

Deut. 28:13  — Israel to be the head, and not the tail, of the nations

Mal. 4:6  (3:24 Heb.)  —  the land blessed only through obedience and faith of its people (the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob)

Lk. 1:67-75;  Acts 3:13-26  —  the fullness of blessing only through repentance and faith in God’s appointed and anointed authority:  the throne of David and the rightful heir, the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah)

2Kings 22:13; Amos 2:4; John 7:1; 11:7-8  —  Judah (Judea), in which portion lies Beer Sheva (as Simeon’s portion was absorbed by Judah’s) is hardened to the Word of the Lord

Jer. 3:8; Rom. 10:2-3  —  Pride of Judah heightened through self-righteousness as being the visible remnant after the division and subsequent exile of the northern kingdom

Acts 7:51  —  Israel/Jews have always resisted the Holy Spirit of  God

Jer. 9:22-23  —  Boasting in wisdom, might, and wealth, rather than in understanding and knowing YEHOVAH and His truth, love, holiness

Deut. 7:6-8; Jer. 3:18; Dan. 11:29-45  —  The chosen Land and People of God, therefore embattled

Lev. 26:30-35; Rom. 11  —  in physical and/or spiritual exile, due to not sanctifying God’s provision of the Sabbath rest, through idolatry and rejection of– and consequent apostacy against and blasphemy of– the true God and His Son:  all resultant from unbelief, unrepentance (stubborn and stiff-necked; hardness of heart), tending towards dishonor, disobedience, rebellion

Hos. 4:12  — Israel full of spirit of harlotries (unfaithfulness, immorality, uncleanness)

Hos. 4:6; Ezek. 36:20-23; Mal. 1:10-14; 2:11;  1John 2:22; 2John 7  —  prevailing lying spirit (Jesus not the Messiah in Judaism) and antichrist spirit (denial of the Father and the Son in Islam, and also in Judaism concerning the specific truth of Messiah in Jesus):  hence the Name of the Lord is profaned and made a reproach through  misrepresentation (betrayal in some degree) and through false religion and worship done in God’s name.

Rom. 11:11-32  —  “Replacement theology” is prevalent among all three major religions, promoting pride and self – whether individually, nationally, religious affiliation – rather than humility and thankfulness  for the sovereign grace, mercy, wisdom, and faithfulness of God.  The LORD our God is one LORD, and He is the Creator and the Savior through (in) the Man Christ Jesus.

Matt. 25:3; Rev. 3:1, 15-17  —  nominal Christianity:  dismissing or de-emphasizing of new birth by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit; of Jesus being the Messiah, the unique and only-begotten Son of God; of theKingdom ofGod literally being fulfilled on the earth by the return of the Lord Jesus

JERUSALEM  (“inheritor of peace”)

Deut. 12:21; Ps. 76:3; Zech. 12:2-3; Matt. 4:8-10  —  the chosen city for theTemple and Throne of God on Earth, and so embattled for the rule over the world (either satanically or divinely)

Ps. 48:2; 122:6-8; Is. 62:1-7; Jer. 33:16  —  to be the city of peace and of righteousness:  the city of the great King

1Kings 11:13  —  represents allIsrael as seat of power and authority:  capital ofIsrael and of the Earth

Rev. 11:8  —  presently has spirit ofSodom andEgypt (immorality, pride, bondage to lust and sin, enmity against YEHOVAH God and His people)

Matt. 5:12; 23:37; Lk. 13:34; Rev. 11:8  —  city which kills the prophets and crucified the Lord

1Chron. 11:4; Lk. 21:24  —  a Jebusite city in origin and spirit;Jerusalem is trodden down (in order to reveal and establish God’s foundation) until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled

Ps. 122:6-8  —  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, that Beer Sheva will have her peace, too.


Covenant History:  Past, Present, Future

–the first covenant between the chosen of God with those outside His covenant was between Abraham  and the Philistine king, Avimelech (Gen 21:27).  BEER SHEVA was named by Abraham on the basis of that agreement, which has held up remarkably well through the centuries in which Jews have lived there.    Isaac also made (confirmed) the same covenant with Avimelech, and the name of the city as Beer Sheva.

Hagar and Ishmael were blessed, encouraged, given a future and a hope by YHVH God in Beer Sheva   (Gen 21:15-21).  Like Hagar his mother, Ishmael’s wife was Egyptian.

–Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer Sheva and called on the name of YHVH, the Everlasting God   (Gen 21:33).

–Abraham returned to Beer Sheva after enacting the faith he had in the Word of YHVH, God Most High, when he demonstrated his willing to sacrifice his unique son, Isaac, in Jerusalem.         (These last two points are simple weapons of truth for us against the lies and deception of Islam.)

–Isaac built an altar to YHVH in Beer Sheva.  Jacob worshipped at that altar on his way toEgypt.

–Beer Sheva is called the City of the Fathers; Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all lived there.

–Israelis referred to as being ‘from Dan to Beer Sheva’ (Eilat is not actually within the borders).

–Israel asked for a king like the gentiles, rejecting YHVH God as being their King.  Yeshua came to restore the Kingdom of God to Israel, and to the rest of the world, which He made.

–Beer Sheva burned by the Assyrian king Sennacharib in 701 BC.  It was not rebuilt as a Jewish city   until 1948, when the re-established State of Israel captured it from the Egyptians.

–The breakthrough for the restoration of the Promised Land back to the Jewish people came on   31 Oct 1917 during WW1.  Gentiles from  the farthest ends of the Earth – the ANZACs with the British – defeated the Turks and the Ottoman Muslim Empire in Beer Sheva, paving the way for capturingJerusalemand for the plan to establish a Jewish homeland in theLandofIsrael(then called Palestine).

–The Sepharadim (descendants of Spanish-speaking Jews who were expelled fromSpain during the   Inquisition) are beginning to return to the Negev (southerndesertofIsrael, including Beer Sheva; Obadiah 20)

–The Tribe of Simeon will inherit his portion of the land, which includes Beer Sheva, during the Millennial reign of Yeshua (Ezek 47:13 – 48:29)


Mt 24:6-14   signs of the end of the age and the return of Jesus

This evening we have obeyed with faith the Lord Jesus Christ in the two ordinances which He left believers:  baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Faith and life go on in the face of evil and suffering.  Love is stronger than death, and so is the power of an endless life.  Jesus said, “I AM the LIFE”.  By participating in the baptisms, by participating together in the Lord’s Supper, we proclaim our hope and confidence in the good news of God:  Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. . .and He will come again, and we will live with God!

This week in Beer Sheva we suffered a terrorist attack similar to what many other major cities inIsraelhave already suffered.  I received phone calls and messages from Arab and Palestinian believers expressing their sorrow and anguish with us.  At least one believer, Olga Farsevich, was seriously injured in the bus bombings.  Neither our city nor the righteous are exempt from suffering or from evil in this present darkness.  These horrible things go on every day somewhere in the world.  We tend to notice them more when it happens close to us.  Yet even then, LIFE GOES ON because Yeshua is risen from among the dead and seated at the right hand of the Father!

What can we say to these things?  We often do not have a satisfying explanation for specific causes and their consequences.  In the big picture we can say honestly that there is evil in the world and evil-doers.  If we are speaking only relatively, those same workers of iniquity could – and do – claim to be justified in their deeds of lawlessness.  Olga had plans to leave Beer Sheva on Wednesday – the day after the attack – and move to Maalot in the north to begin work at a drug rehab center managed by believers.  Was it God’s will that she go?  She will not be there soon but, God willing, later.  And we are talking here about only one individual out of the more than 100, not to mention their families.

What we can know is that evil must serve the Sovereign YHVH God, for NOTHING can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, and God works ALL THINGS TOGETHER for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose!  The reality of our faith is tried and proven by such troubles.  Jesus promised us that we would have troubles in the world, but to be of good cheer. . .He has overcome the world. . .and so will we by our faith in Him.  Roman Sokolovsky heard the gospel many times, but as far as we know never believed it for himself.  We went to his funeral on Thursday without the joy of his destiny (destination).

Our preparation for the troubles and trials to faith to come are not so much supplies of water and food.  We do not know whether we will be secure in our homes or whether we will be fleeing from place to place from persecution.  Our preparation is primarily spiritual.  Jesus told His disciples to watch and pray, that they not enter into temptation.  Their spirits were willing but their flesh weak (Mt 26:41). 

Some things we can do to exercise our faith so that we will endure through to the end victoriously are:
–be filled with the Holy Spirit for power to overcome
–obey God and do what He says
–sanctify ourselves in the fear of God
–rejoice in the Lord at all times
–watch and pray, believing and trusting God
–abide in the true Vine, Jesus, so as to bring forth good and holy fruit
–forgive one another while it is still ‘today’
–visit the sick and the prisoners and help feed the poor and the needy
–be faithful to always give honor to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
–pray for the [true] peace ofJerusalem, because her peace is also Beer Sheva’s and every other place
–love one another.  If we do not, who have known the love of God in Messiah, then who will?  We are His witnesses and His children.
–preach the gospel, for it is the power of God to save both the Jew and the Arab and the Greek and the   Roman and any other national or people group


Gen 21:29 – 22:19

   –Beer Sheva a place of covenant, under oath, with other nations of the land
   –Abraham called on YHVH, the Everlasting God
   –from Beer Sheva, God called Abraham to his ultimate test of faith:  to sacrifice his only and beloved
     son, Isaac, on themountHewould show him
   –the Angel YHVH called to Abraham from Heaven, after the interrupted sacrifice, to promise him with
     an oath that in his seed all the nations of the Earth will be blessed (Gal 3:8,16)
   –Abraham and Isaac returned to live in Beer Sheva

We are blessed together to be here today – Jews and Arabs, descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Ishmael, through Jacob and Esau – as heirs of the promise to Abraham by the true God that through his seed, even the Messiah Jesus, YHVH Himself is our exceedingly great reward (Gen 15:1).  Our father Abraham showed that he was prepared by faith to offer up Isaac, in whom all the promises were bound, concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, if necessary to fulfill those promises he received.(Heb 11:17-19; Gen 21:12)  Abraham loved YHVH His God!  Isaac loved his father!  Abraham loved his son, for he trusted that God would restore Isaac to himself. 

About 2000 years later, God the Father did sacrifice His only begotten and beloved Son, and did indeed raise Him up from among the dead, in order to confirm all His promises to those who have the faith of Abraham in the Word of YHVH.  What love that God should send His only begotten Son, Jesus, into the world that we might live through Him!  Jesus loved His Father!  God loved His Son, and he loves us as much!

After another 2000 years, we are gathered together here in the Name of Messiah Yeshua as brothers and sisters and joint heirs with Christ in the Father’s Kingdom, for which we also pray that His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  We worship the Lamb of God, through whom today is a blessing for all of us in Beer Sheva, the city of the fathers.  We, too, call on the Name of YHVH, the Everlasting God, and praise Him for who He is to us.

We remember, as we take the Lord’s Supper together, the price of having peace with God and with one another.  In Messiah we are children of God our Father.

Today in Beer Sheva, we confirm the LORD’s promises and blessings that He gave to Jesus, including those which He gave to Ishmael and to Isaac, blessings of hope from the God of all comfort.

We proclaim the good news that Yeshua HaMashiach/Jesus Christ is alone worthy to be God’s appointed King, and we serve Him who has bought us with the price of His own precious blood.


(Our congregation was attacked by over 1000 ultra-orthodox religious Jewish men, women, and children the following Shabbat after this message was given.)

I have been preaching recently on the need and responsibility we each and all have to dig up the clogged wells of our inner lives in order for the water of life in Christ Jesus to flow freely in us and through us for blessing and fruitfulness unto God our Father. We have a need and responsibility for knowing Him and the Lord Jesus both differently and freshly. This leads us to sing a new song.

Today I want us to consider together a picture which the Holy Spirit gives us through the prophets, and our response to it as those called by God to stand by faith in Him to fulfill His promises – even to Beer Sheva and the Negev.

Read:  Is. 41:17-20

Are you thirsty?  Thirsty for the living water which Yeshua promises to give to drink to all who whole-heartedly come to Him and glorify Him who is seated at the right hand of the Father!?  Do you consider yourself poor and needy for more of God, for more of Jesus in your life and in the life of the congregation?  YHVH, God of Israel, says that He will answer and will not forsake those who trust in Him to satisfy their thirst.  Indeed He will give even more than we could think to ask for.

Many of us are like cactus and like camels – suited to living in the desert, in dry lands.  We do not need water all the time, but we can manage with and preserve the relatively little water that is.  I really think that to make it in Beer Sheva, we need to be like this, and God in His wisdom knows what He is doing when He has called us or sent us to live here.  He, who knows us better than we know ourselves, has seen in our personality and character something that He knows  can endure in a place like this:  it is in our nature, and here we can glorify His Name. (As I think about it, it may also be a place to chasten some of His children who have forgotten Him in wetter circumstances, or who have forgotten that YHVH is also God of the arid zones!).

But even so, the desert is not God’s idea of the Promised Land!  The desert  is a place where He displays His “skills” and His love as a Shepherd – even as the Good and Great Shepherd.  It is a place where He tries and improves our faith and our willingness to humble ourselves to walk obediently and gladly in His ways.  It is a place where He makes us ready to enter into the good land which He has promised to those who love Him.

Beer Sheva is the chief city and the capital of the Negev – the wilderness (ערבה) and desert (מדבר) of Israel, and which covers more than 60% of the land.  Both physically (geographically) and spiritually, B.S. and the Negev represent the general condition of the whole world, which is mostly a spiritually dry wasteland. God wants to bless the world through fulfilling His promises toIsrael.  (Rom 11:11-15)  The Negev has a hope and a future by the Word of the LORD spoken through the prophet Isaiah.

ReadIs. 35:1-7

The Holy Spirit urges us here to be strong and courageous, and not to fear, for God will be for us and with us, even as Jesus reassures His disciples.  We have a rich heritage here in Beer Sheva, beginning with our father Abraham, embracing Jews and gentiles, and on to the great prophet Elijah receiving sustenance in the time of his great despair. (1Kg 19:3-8)  Upon this holy lump, despite present darkness, the sovereign LORD has spoken of a great redemption and future for the wilderness and desert.  It shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.  The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it.

Looking back to the passage in Is. 41, we notice in v. 19 that the LORD will plant different types of trees in the desert and the wilderness. These are not all trees suited to dry lands, but rather to Lebanon, where there is much rain and coolness.  Yet God intends to give such abundance of water in the Negev that even these trees will be able to flourish, and the desert trees will be transformed to thrive with this abundance.  Verse 20 states plainly that people will know that YHVH, the Holy One of Israel, has done it.

Brothers and sisters, do we want the Lord Yeshua the Messiah to be glorified here?  Are we both thirsty enough ourselves and desirous of God’s glory enough to want Him to give us rain from Heaven to make the Negev like Carmel and Sharon?  Do we want the Lord not only to have His cactus plants and camels, but also His cedar trees and cypress, which cannot thrive here except  that He pour out the living water of His Spirit of Holiness?  Physically, the Negev will have to wait for the Kingdom of God to come to earth at the return of the Lord Jesus toIsrael.  Spiritually, God is calling to us to call upon Him to fulfill His purposes in us, the Body of Christ, here…now…that the world will know that we in this small congregation can be witnesses to the truth of Messiah in Jesus:  different trees whom God has planted together, united in the Spirit, loving each other, at peace with each other.

ReadIs. 51:1-3

Believe God’s glad tidings for Beer Sheva and the Negev.  Our son Tal has a middle name, Shimon, because we believe the Lord’s promise to the children and tribes of Israel that Simeon will inherit his portion of the land which includes Beer Sheva. (Ezek 47 – 48)   You who pursue and who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, pray and intercede for our city to become as Eden, the garden of YHVH.  Let God give us a new song to sing as we pray and live in the hope of His great and precious promises.  Beer Sheva belongs to YHVH!  Beer Sheva belongs to the Lord  Messiah, Yeshua the Nazarene, King of the Jews!                 Amen.


Ps. 127:1  —  Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain

Watchmen protect and guard the interests of the owner/sovereign – in this case God the Father and His Son Yeshua the Messiah.  In the eternal wisdom of God, His strategy to win the war between the devil and Himself was that the Son of God/Son of Man would come into the world and be nailed to a cross as a sacrifice for sin, making peace through His cross to all who believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord, the Anointed One of God, who rose from the dead.  We overcome the world by believing in Him.  Our victory is in His victory.  By the poured out blood of Yeshua, God has redeemed (purchased back) the Land of Israel, the whole earth, even the whole of His creation, and has given all authority over it to the Lord Jesus.  The Kingdom of God will come!  Believers are properly watchmen when we stand in faith upon the Word of God regarding the Church and our authority as members of the Body of Messiah in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ to bring conviction by the Holy Spirit of sin, righteousness, and judgment to human beings, whoever and wherever they be.

God’s Interests in Beer Sheva

   –confessing and proclaiming the Name of the LORD Yeshua and make His name known (Jer. 23:27 – “My people have forgotten My Name”) and to sanctify His Name and make it honorable (Ezek. 36:22-23 —  We have profaned and made the Lord’s Name a reproach).  Yeshua the Messiah is LORD to the glory of God the Father!;

   –preaching the good news of salvation through repentance and faith in Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of the Living God;

   –holiness, righteousness, truth, mercy, peace in His people, His children;

   –unity of the Spirit among believers;

   –love towards God’s children and His house, as well as for the lost and the helpless

      –supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks for all persons, and for those in authority, both for our own well-being and for others to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2: 1-6)

Must therefore be aligned with God’s will and purposes

   –the gospel is neither partisan nor sectarian

   –the glory and the honor belong to the Lord Jesus Christ

   –all of God’s promises regarding the people andlandofIsraelwill be fulfilled

–Praying in the Spirit

   –does not require gift of tongues, nor exclude it

   –according to mind and heart of God the Father and the Son, who always pleased Him

   –modeled after the “Lord’s Prayer”

      –love of God firstly; love of neighbors as ourselves; proclamation of God’s Kingdom

Spiritual Warfare:  requires living faith in God’s sovereignty and His righteousness

   –covering the whole wall of the house and the city:  to carry out the work given us to do until the Lord’s return – preserving that which properly belongs to Messiah and the N.T.  inside, while at the same time keeping out what is not His

(I am sharing that part which I have been given presently.  We know in part and even that part is as looking through a cloudy glass.  We should each be able to bear witness to the truth by the Spirit of Truth.)

    –making one’s life a prayer:  submit to God and resist the devil, the flesh, the world

      –humility and meekness

   –not condoning or participating in what you know to be against the LORD and His Anointed One

   –honesty before God and man regarding our own sins and iniquities, but standing by faith in the truth of our justification by the grace of God

   –putting on the whole armor of God, with prayer

   –praise (sacrifice)

   –at various times may be fought on one’s knees, on one’s feet, on one’s face, with fasting