Spiritual Warfare (1)
“The weapons we fight with…demolish strongholds.” 2Co 10:4 NIV
In Bible times when an attack was launched against a city, a first strategy was to bring in a battering ram,demolish the gates and defeat the inhabitants. Today you are at war with Satan! Only when you
recognize that, is victory possible. And the good news is, “The weapons we fight with…have…power todemolish strongholds.” But you must “Put on the whole armor of God” (Eph 6:11 NKJV). It’s not
ing you pick up and wear when you feel like it. And you’ve got to keep it on, because the Enemynever lets up. He wants you to think he’s equal with God. He’s not! God is omnipotent, omniscient, and
omnipresent; He can do anything, anywhere, anytime. No question, Satan is a formidable foe, but there
are limits on what he’s permitted to do (See Job 1:12). Your mind is command central; it’s where victoryor defeat is decided. Paul told the Corinthians, “I fear, lest…your minds…be corrupted” (2Co 11:3 NKJV).
atan knows Christ’s return is imminent and he’s ratcheting up the opposition (See Rev 12:12). The way
you win the battle is through: (1) Praise, the garment that protects you (See Isa 61:3). (2) Abiding inChrist, your source of spiritual growth and fruitf
ulness” (See Jn 15:8
10). (3) God’s Word.
“living…active…sharper than any two
edged sword” (Heb 4:12 NAS), and it’s designed to defeat the
Enemy. When Satan comes against you, combat his lies with what God says. (4) Walking in love toward
others. It’s impossible to be victorious when you’re wrapped up in yourself.
Spiritual Warfare (2)
“Our struggle is…against…spiritual forces.” Eph 6:12 NAS
When the first plane hit the World Trade Center we thought it was accidental. When another plane hitit, we kne
w we were under attack. Dr. Robert Jeffress says: “Knowing the source of the problem iscrucial…a navigational accident demands one response. A hostile strike requires a completely different
strategy. Every day our world is invaded by what we consider random events. Couples divorce, so we
develop marriage enrichment seminars; drug use increases, so we educate our children to ‘just say no;’
pornography among Christians rises, so we organize accountability groups; churches threaten to split, sowe hire arbitrators to help with conflict resolution; Christians battle depression and suicidal thoughts, so
we medicate them with the latest drugs. Please understand, I’m all for [such programs], but what if thesource is more than random events and we’re under Enemy a
ttack? Would we change our strategy?
Through Scripture we discover there’s an unseen world and it’s at war. Paul writes: ‘Our struggle is notagainst flesh and blood, but against…spiritual forces of wickedness.’ You can’t just shrug your shoulders
‘I don’t have a dog in that fight.’ You’re living in the crossfire of this spiritual war…the Enemy’s
determined to destroy everything and everyone important to you. And those who dismiss such words asbeing over the top
do so to their own detriment. Marti
n Lloyd Jones said, ‘Not to realize you’re in aconflict, means you’re so hopelessly defeated and you don’t even know it.’ We’re in a very real war, thestakes are high, the enemy skilled, armed, and determined. The possibility of losing…is real. You must
aware of what’s happening and be prepared to fight.”