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We have all heard about Spiritual Warfare and being more than a conqueror in Christ, but some who don’t yet know God don’t fully understand what this warfare really means. Effective spiritual warfare and being a conqueror actually requires a battle!
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Effective Spiritual Warfare – We Are Soldiers of Jesus
You see, some people view faith in God as a crutch; they think that it is escapism. They believe we want a nice trouble-free life, floating on clouds all day with the Hallelujah chorus playing in the background.
They think we are weak so we choose faith. But the reality is quite different.
The moment you are saved it is like enlisting in an army; God’s army!
In joining the army of God you immediately enter the heat of battle. It is an age-old battle in a war that has been waging on for several millennia. The battle between God’s elect and their enemy.
You see, before I was saved I made plenty of mistakes. I had to suffer the consequences of those mistakes, as we all must.
But that was it. I only had to deal with ME and the dumb mistakes I made. I posed no threat to this enemy who, at the time, I wasn’t even aware of.
Once I was saved it all changed. I now had a very real enemy. I had an enemy who wanted me to forfeit my eternal inheritance and blessed assurance.
An enemy who wanted me to denounce the God I just gave my life to. An enemy who wanted me to run at the first sign of trouble.
One who thought if he just turned the heat up high enough I would run for the hills. An enemy who wanted me dead, quite honestly. He wanted me to say…
THIS IS TOO HARD!
I CAN’T FACE THESE ATTACKS!
I WAS BETTER OFF BEFORE I GOT SAVED!
Let’s face it. He didn’t care about me before I was saved! I was irrelevant to him. But now….oh NOW he cares…
Effective Spiritual Warfare – Having Spiritual Strength to Be More Than a Conqueror In Christ
Am I weak? No!
Weak would be doing whatever I want! Weakness would be giving in to the lusts of the flesh. It would be thinking if I call the shots and make the rules then I don’t have to answer to anyone but myself and this enemy that I don’t even believe in will leave me alone.
Weak would be refusing to admit that I wasn’t my own god!
Weakness would be not wanting to give up ALL my vices and face ALL my inadequacies and give my life over to God and face all these battles and attacks head on (although not without help).
No! That is not weakness. That is strength!
A strength that can only come from the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
A strength that comes from having the honesty to admit I am NOT all that and I do NOT control everything! Strength that makes me admit that although the world DOES in fact revolve, it just isn’t around me!
You see, we are at war, and warriors don’t run! Warriors stand and they fight! Warriors follow their commander!
Effective Spiritual Warfare – Victory in Jesus!
Yes! We have victory! But victory over what?
Victory is defined as “an act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.”
Defeating an enemy or opponent.
We have victory in Jesus but we have victory in battle!
We have victory over sin and death!
We have victory IN Him and THROUGH Him but to have victory requires opposition.
Romans 8:37 says:
“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (KJV)
Being a conqueror requires a battle! Being a conqueror requires a war! Being a conqueror requires an enemy to conquer!
If you believe that then you have never faced the devil head-on. You have never experienced a dark night of the soul. You have never felt an evil so thick it was palpable.
It is a war! No, there is no cloud hopping here!
Effective Spiritual Warfare Requires The Armor of God
If Jesus didn’t expect me to do battle then why did He arm me?
“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:11-18 (KJV)
Is Faith in God a Crutch?
I don’t see a crutch on that list!
There’s no crutch in my arsenal. I have armor. I have weapons. I have a Savior. I have a Commander and King. I have the Word of God!
2 Corinthians 10:4:
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…” KJV
I have a Commander of this Army of God and THROUGH Him I have the victory! I am more than a conqueror in Christ!
Effective Spiritual Warfare – We Are More Than Conquerors
Let me make this clear, it says WE are more than conquerors IN Christ. In other words, He doesn’t surround us in a spiritual bubble and keep everything bad out. We go through bad things and we go through attacks!
God never said weapons wouldn’t be formed. He said none would prosper!
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper…” (NKJV)
There WILL be attacks, just as in every battle!
But He DOES make sure we are armed, equipped and have back up for when the battles rages at our doors! And He DOES ensure we have the ultimate victory! We DO overcome these attacks when they do come and we do it THROUGH Him if we put on the armor of God and…
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he WILL flee from you.” James 4:7
(KJV – emphasis mine)
Victory IN Jesus; it is ours!
You ARE more than a conqueror in Christ!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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