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Spiritual Warfare: Battle of the Worlds

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Curtis Baker New Testament Theology 1 Instructor: Pastor Dale Evrist November 21, 2005 Spiritual Warfare: Battle of the Worlds When speaking of a war, it is always important to look at the beginning to see what started the conflict. With spiritual warfare, it goes back much farther that any of us can remember. It goes back before any of us were ever created. There is a good side and a bad side. There are oppositions, strategies, schemes, and battles to both win and lose. Before entering a battle or war, one needs to understand the who and what of the conflict. There needs to be a general underlying concept to the overall tactics. E. M Bounds takes spiritual leadership back to Isaiah 14:12-15: "How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. 13For you said to yourself, `I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. 14I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.' 15But instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths. ...read more.

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Some simply get discouraged and simply allow the tactics of the enemy to overwhelm them and to allow the enemy have his way without much of a fight. Personally, I think it is due to a lazy and misconception of the power of Christ. Hebrews 13:8 says that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." Much of our modern day Christianity believes that God does not work like that today. This just causes the power of Christ to do extraordinary things in our lives to fade away because of our unbelief. Some do not hold firmly to the truth and the word! Hebrews reminds us that God continues to work the way He did with the first century church and with the disciples (Rogers). We are given several ways to combat these feelings of unbelief. Spiritual warfare is a pro-active approach to our faith. We actively resist the devil when his hosts, or demonic influences, harass us. We should actively pursue spiritual disciplines that will make us stronger and better prepared. We come against the enemy when people are in spiritual bondage (Murphy, 62-3). One way that we do that is through prayer. We utilize prayer as "a weapon to penetrate strongholds that cannot be reached in any other way". Spiritual warfare is the putting aside of passive attitudes towards faith which keep us from commitment and cause us to pursue only those things that will benefit us. ...read more.

Conclusion

The helmet, breastplate, shoes, sword, etc., are all given to us to protect us in the war! Personally, and many others concur, that prayer and praise are two incredible weapons used to pierce the heart of the enemy. Through praying to the Father, it brings the situation to Him and he is able to now join with you in your battle. We are to ask all things to the Lord (Isaiah 45:11) so that he can work through us. We know the word of God and have it hidden in our hearts, so that when we do begin to have those thoughts of condemnation, we can go right against those thoughts with the truth (Romans 12:1-2). We wage spiritual warfare when we give radical praise to God in the midst of our need and lack. When we are thankful to God for all He has done and is doing, we are defeating the enemy. When we hold peace in the midst of the storm, we are warring with our God given spiritual weapons (2 Cor 10:4-5). Joyce Meyer closes one of her devotionals about Spiritual Warfare in a direct and perfect way quoting from the Amplified Bible. "Jesus said, 'Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you...[Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled]' (John 14:27). ...read more.

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