Spiritual Warfare 2010

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-18

Let’s glance at the bold type phrases from Eph. 6:10-18:

Ÿ  be strong in the Lord…

Ÿ  Put on the full armor of God…

Ÿ  For our struggle…

Ÿ  take up the full armor of God…

Ÿ  all the flaming arrows of the evil one…

Ÿ  be on the alert…

Perhaps the analogy of warfare explains why so many profess Christ and yet so few are Christians; many who go out to battle with Satan in a cosmic Coliseum, but the landscape becomes littered with the ruin of their conscience and defeat of their personal life. The challenge to a courageous spirit, to faithfully obey God, here exceeds the bravery of the very best.

I encourage our congregation to begin 2010 petitioning God for a holy determination and bravery to follow Jesus Christ. Cowards will never win heaven. Let’s not make claim to His Royal Blood unless we can prove our lineage to this heroic spirit: to be holy in spite of flesh, the world and devils. Please receive strength and great encouragement in the awareness that your calling is heavenly – it is Divine – it is from the throne.

Three important parameters involving this topic which may take three months.  First, spiritual warfare does not take place in the recitation of neat little phrases or theological statements. It engages prayer with passion, praise declaring the reality that the Lord has given you the victory through Calvary, and you’re going to make a fresh assertion of it until the opposition are under your feet and the triumph of Jesus is established in your moment.

Secondly, spiritual warfare is a real issue. It was that struggle with passion at Calvary that provides the foundation for us to a) draw on its power and, b) apply it to the isolated private personal circumstances of our lives. When this is neglected or ignored, the triumph of Calvary hasn’t been brought to bear upon that situation. Please be aware, there will never be an advance of the Kingdom of our Lord, in our personal lives or as a church, without engaging in battle against flesh, the world and the devil.

Finally, holiness requires continual spiritual warfare if it is to be maintained (Owen). The flesh, the devil and the world will strive to drive us away from true Gospel holiness to something very less.

Therefore, we are to resist the devil (1 Pet. 5:8-9) by taking up the whole armor of God.

We are to ‘flee’ (abstain-NASB) from fleshly lusts making war on the soul (1 Peter 2:11).

And we are to overcome the world by a faith that believes Jesus is the Son of God (1 Jn. 5:4-5). Let’s not settle for lazy, slothful performances of duty and abstinence of some sins for 2010. Instead, may we move in the three Scriptures in this paragraph with great focus.

Pastor Bill

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