Friday, May 22, 2015

Is It Spiritual Warfare?


Is It Spiritual Warfare?
Ephesians 6:10-18

I have asked myself many times, “Is this Spiritual Warfare?” If it is, “What do I do?” The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, tells Christian’s what to do during times of Spiritual warfare. Some people think that everything they encounter is the devil’s doing, but this is not so. Satan cannot be the cause of all things because human beings still have the old nature within to deal with. Satan has the reputation of being a murderer and a liar. He works openly in the wickedness of this world and secretly in the false religious systems. We cannot be ignorant of his wicked schemes or of his evil devices. We must endure hardness and fight as good soldiers because the Bible instructs every believer to do so (2 Timothy 2:3-4).

When a believer is saved he receives the power of the Holy Spirit, the same power that defeated Satan on the cross. God’s power indwells every Christian making this power our resource of strength in times of spiritual uncertainty. We have the power of God available to us to resist Satan. We are not asked to bind, or cast out Satan, but to resist and not to give place to the devil (James 4:7; Ephesians 4:27). 

How do I resist or keep from giving place to Satan? 2 Corinthians 2:11 says, "Be not ignorant of his devices."  Satan’s devices target the believer’s mind. They bring false teachers with wrong doctrine into view to destroy and divide believers. His schemes are relentless and persistent, but Christian, God has provided us with protection through His Word. I Timothy 6:11 encourages us to “Flee youthful lusts," flee temptation, "and follow after righteousness." To resist the devil, flee temptations, and stand firm in the power of His might, is to be clothed in the Whole Armor of God spiritually, and mentally prepared for the battle of a life time. 

Lord, may I be prepared mentally and spiritually to fight the good fight until You come.

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