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    We are at War!

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       For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,  against spiritual wickedness in high places.    Ephesians 6:12

     

       We all know that things happen to us because of the physical circumstances around us.   We also know that sometimes these could be due to mental or emotional situations.   But, what about the spiritual realm?   What if many seemingly uncontrollable or unwarranted circumstances in our lives were caused by unseen spiritual entities?

       Ever had the feeling that no matter how hard you try or no matter what you do, things just seem to go wrong?   Do you feel like your being manipulated or controlled?   Do you seem prone to accidents?   Does incurable sickness or disease run in the family?   Does poverty or hardship always seems to plague the family?   Do suicidal tendencies run in the family?   Do you have uncontrollable anger or extreme fear?   Are you constantly lying?   Is there constant discouragement or rebellion?   Do any of these sound remotely familiar?

       No matter how you deal with them physically, mentally, or emotionally, they still persist in your life.   Could it be, could it just be, that the root cause of these things are spiritual instead of physical, mental, or emotional?   Could you possibly be dealing with generational spirits and/or generational curses?   Could you be facing territorial spirits or demonic entities in the spiritual realm?

       Please do not think I am saying everything is caused by these demonic spirits.   We still live in a physical realm and still have our mental and emotional problems.   Note: in no way can any one use manipulation or control by demonic entities as an excuse for any violence or wrong of any kind.   Each person was created with 'free will' and 'freedom of choice' and is solely responsible for their own actions and own choices.   It is our own choices and words that allow the demonic control in our lives.

       Many people would be surprised though, even shocked, at how much they allow their physical lives to be controlled or manipulated by the spiritual realm.

       The Good News is, we have the victory over these demonic spirits through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, by the Power of His shed Blood on the Cross of Calvary.

       Many born-again Christians have absolutely no concept or any real understanding about the spiritual ream.   The spiritual realm is real and affects our every day lives just as much as the physical realm we live in.

       Ephesians 6:12 makes it clear that we are in a life and death struggle for our lives.   We are at War!   Even though we live in the physical realm, our real struggle is with a real enemy in the spiritual realm.   We are at War!

       What most people don't realize is who our struggle is with.   We are in a life and death battle with Satan and his horde of demons.

       We must come to the realization that this war, this bitter conflict, is not with each other.   This intense life and death struggle is not with fellow humans.   We must grasp the intensity and finality of this battle.   We have got to understand, we are in a no rules barred, anything goes conflict with hordes of demons, principalities, powers, and evil spirits.   We are combating hand-to-hand, face-to-face with territorial spirits, mind blinders, and tormentors.   We are battling eyeball-to-eyeball, shoulder-to-shoulder, head-on, with generational spirits, messengers of Satan and every perverse foul demon there is.   This struggle is real, it is vicious, and it is deadly.

       So why study about the spiritual realm, about Satan, about demons, about spiritual warfare?

       John 8:32, 36 says, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

       Do we really believe that the truth sets us free?   If so, what truth?   All truth?   How about the truth concerning the power of darkness?   Does that truth set us free?

       Everything we know about the enemy comes from the same source from which we learn about God: the Bible, the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit.   The Bible proclaims that all Scripture is edifying, and doesn't worry about giving the devil too much publicity.   If the Word of God takes time to acknowledge the devil and reveal his schemes, we must give those portions of biblical truth equal time and consideration.   Even the truth about the enemy can make us free.   It is not dangerous to know all that the Bible teaches us about the enemy; it is dangerous to remain ignorant of what the Bible has to say.

       Many will cry, we don't study or talk about Satan and his demons because we don't want to give them any glory.   When you spend so much time talking about them you're just giving them glory.

       My answer to that is 'bull'.   Before any nation sends it's troops into battle in a foreign country, it will teach them all they can concerning their enemy.   Who he is, how he operates, his weaknesses, and his strengths.

       Every good soldier goes into battle well prepared.   Not only is he appropriately armed to defeat his enemy, but he knows what to expect when he arrives on the battlefield.   More importantly, he understands the nature of his enemy and of the war in which he is engaged.

       The Word of God is full of scripture after scripture doing just that.   By studying the scriptures we can come to 'know our enemy', who he is, how he operates, his weaknesses, and his strengths.   We can know that he is a defeated foe!   The more I understand and know about my enemy, Satan and his horde of demons, the better I am able to put them in their place, 'under the feet of Christ Jesus'.

       At the same time, we are able to understand 'who we are in Christ', our weaknesses, our strengths, our armor, our weapons, etc.   As we gain this wisdom and knowledge, we are able to 'wage a successful and victorious warfare'.

       The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.    John 10:10

     

        The thief (Satan and his horde of demons), having been defeated by Jesus, through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, have one thing in mind.   The total destruction of something very precious to God, all humanity.   Satan and his demons will do anything and everything to destroy us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

       While we should never be awestruck by the enemy's activities, we must learn to see what he's trying to do in our lives.   We must be able to say, "this is a move of the enemy", or "the devil is behind this".   If we can recognize the devil's attempts to hinder us and those around us, we will know where, when, and how to act.

       Many will say, 'not so, Jesus defeated Satan and his demons, they have no power over us'.   Actually, that is only half true.   That is like saying 'now that I am saved everything will be a bed of roses'.   God's Word never promises once we are saved life will be all roses, but to the contrary.   It says Jesus came to bring us 'abundant life', but, there would also be trials, tribulations, and persecutions.

       The truth is, Satan and his horde of demons are constantly tempting us, trying to get us to live a life of sin.   It is through unconfessed sin that they are able to manipulate and control us.   They are constantly seeking ways to attack and destroy us.  

       Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:    I Peter 5:8

       But the Word of God tells us to 'Resist the devil and he will flee' from us.   Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.    James 4:7

     

       Question:   If Satan and his horde of demons are not able to attack us today, then why does the Word tell us to resist him?

       Jesus defeated Satan and his demons on the Cross of Calvary!   By His shed Blood, the Life He gave, and His Resurrection, Jesus conquered the devil and his demonic host!

     

       And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.    Colossians 2:15

     

       Satan is a defeated foe!   But he and his hordes are still free and still have the ability to cause havoc, destruction, and death.

     

       The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.   The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.    Psalms 110:1-2

     

       God, the Heavenly Father, told Jesus, His Son (our Lord), to sit down at His right hand, until He made His enemies (Satan and his horde of demons) His footstool (or brought them under His Authority and Rule).

       Zion, in the Old Testament, can be a type and shadow of the Church today.   The Heavenly Father not only told His Son, to sit at His right hand, but also told Him how He would place His enemies under His feet.   He would send the authority and power of Christ Jesus through His people, the Church, to put His enemies under His feet.

     

       But this man (Jesus), after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God (the Father); From henceforth expecting (or waiting) till His enemies be made his footstool.    Hebrews 10:12-13

     

       Jesus gave the born-again believer the power and authority over Satan.   God, through His Son Jesus, has commissioned His people to take back, through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, what was lost.   That being, the Human race and this earth we live on.   We are the 'Enforcers'.   Jesus won the War!!   We, through the Holy Spirit, 'enforce the victory!!

       When we were born-again we were 'delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the Kingdom of God'.

     

       Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:   Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:   In whom we have redemption through his blood, even forgiveness of sins:   Colossians 1:12-14

     

       As born-again believers we are soldiers in the Army of God!

     

       Thou therefore endure hardness,  as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life;  that he may please him who hath chosen him to a soldier.    II Timothy 2:3-4

     

       The moment we become Christians, we automatically enter into the Army of God as a soldier.   It has nothing to do with personality, gifting, calling, or background.   Spiritual warfare begins with recognizing that we are already in the midst of it.

       As our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus has given us all authority and power over Satan and his demons.

     

       And he said unto them,  I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.    Luke 10:18-19

     

       Notice:   1)  Jesus gave us complete and absolute power and authority over all demons of hell.   2)  Jesus gave us complete and absolute power over all the power of the enemy.   3)  Jesus also stated that 'nothing the enemy could do shall by any means hurt us'.

       Now, here is what we must understand, as long as we confess our sins and are 'washed and cleansed' in the Blood of Jesus the enemy can't harm us.   It's when we walk away and get ourselves out from under the protection of God that the enemy can do us harm.   People who over emphasize spiritual warfare totally eliminate any sense of personal responsibility by calling every wrong choice and every selfish, sinful action the handiwork of the devil and his demonic horde.

       We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not;  but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself,  and that wicked one toucheth him not.  I John 5:18

       We must have attitudes of 'No Mercy', and 'No prisoners taken' when it comes to Satan and his demonic horde.   Spiritual Warfare requires a 'go for it' kind of spiritual guts that engages the gears of true faith.

       We continually allow Satan, whom we know was defeated, to push us around and take advantage of us.   We often act more like victims than the Victors Christ intended us to be.

       As children of God, we need never be victims.   Every Christian is meant to live in continuous victory through Jesus Christ.   If we understand the Biblical principles of spiritual warfare and how the enemy operates, and if we stand against him, we will overcome, we will be Victorious.

     

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