Spiritual Warfare: Arise, Fight, and Never Give Up!

  The Christian life is spiritual warfare.

Remember, you are not fighting against human beings. Your fight is not with flesh and blood.

Who Are Our Enemies?

Principalities
Powers
Rulers of the darkness of this worlds 
Spiritual wickedness in high places

 

Here are four facts about our satanic opponents:

They are numerous. They are principalities and powers. They are rulers. They are authorities. These different expressions describe the many different ranks and categories of evil spirit beings.

They are powerful. Don’t think of Casper the Friendly Ghost or of some nice spirit beings who like to play tricks on you. The demons are real and they aren’t on your side. J. B. Phillips calls them “spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil.”

They are wicked. They follow no moral code. They live only to do the devil’s bidding. They are opposed to all that is good and holy and right.

They are clever. Paul speaks of schemes and diabolical plans. Do not be deceived into thinking the demons are stupid. They are morally corrupt but as spirit beings, they possess enormous intelligence. Like spies working for some lethal enemy, the demons know the weak spots in our armor. They lie in wait, looking for a chance to pounce.   (Ray Pritchard)

 

GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-18‬ ‭ESV‬E94C977D-FF3D-4880-94EB-9397721A99D7

 

“Ephesians 6:13–18 is a description of the spiritual armor God gives us. We are to stand firm with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and by praying in the Spirit.

What do these pieces of spiritual armor represent in spiritual warfare? We are to know the truth, believe the truth, and speak the truth. We are to rest in the fact that we are declared righteous because of Christ’s sacrifice for us.

We are to proclaim the gospel no matter how much resistance we face. We are not to waver in our faith, trusting God’s promises no matter how strongly we are attacked. Our ultimate defense is the assurance we have of our salvation, an assurance that no spiritual force can take away.

Our offensive weapon is the Word of God, not our own opinions and feelings. And we are to pray in the power and will of the Holy Spirit. Source”

I have often thought that Satan’s greatest tool is discouragement. If he can’t get us with lust, if he can’t trap us with anger, if he can’t induce us to dishonesty, if he can’t lure us into profanity, if he can’t lead us into compromise, if all those things don’t work, he still has the tool of discouragement. That often works against us when nothing else will.(Ray Pritchard )

Christians, be not afraid of Satan; he is only a creature of limited power. Is he potent? Your Captain is omnipotent”  (Issac Ambrose from the book “The Christian Warrior” first published in 1660)

 

2 Timothy 4:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

 

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