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Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:10-13

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Not much is said or written about the spiritual warfare we face in our lives.  Yet for Paul, it was very real.  I was talking to a candidate for ministry yesterday and we were talking about sin.  In talking about sin, the question arose concerning what is at work in our lives regarding sin.  The answer began with our personal choices – that we needed to own up to our responsibility in our sin.  I agreed – yet there was more I wanted to hear.  I tried to draw the candidate out – to get the candidate to talk about the spiritual warfare that was going on.

I used an example with the candidate.  I talked about the battles between two forces – one using primitive weapons while the other used firearms.  I said that in time, the firearms would overwhelm the primitive weapons.  I suggested that the primitive weapons would equate to our efforts to not sin.  Pulling ourselves up and striving to not sin is like using primitive weapons.

Ephesians 6:12 – 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

There is spiritual warfare going on – everyday – every moment.  If we try to do battle in the spiritual realm with human will only – we will be defeated more times than not – we will fail and sin – falling short of God’s glory over and over.  But – as Paul writes – if we put on the full armor of God then we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes.

Satan and his demons are running around the world – looking for someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8 –8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

More on this subject in Sunday’s message – July 4th.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 30, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | ,

7 Comments »

  1. This is a great blog Pastor Ray. More often than we should (never) we rely on our own strength to get us through the hard times. Its time to trust in our Lord 100%

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    Comment by Wes | June 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks Wes – you’re right – 100% of our trust should be in Christ – trust in His strength – not our weakness…

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      Comment by raymcdonald | June 30, 2010 | Reply

      • Trust all the way. Never open the window, not even a crack or satan will slither in and take control. Trust in Him 100%. Thanks for always staying true and keeping us reminded of the TRUTH Rev Ray! Lorie

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        Comment by Lorie Lowery | June 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. I believe this to be word on Rev Ray. I feel the battle raging at times. Some of my friends who go to other churches do not believe in Satan and demonic forces, but the Bible teaches about them and they are real. Yet we have the victory through Christ, even when the evil one battles us. Thanks for this reminder.

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    Comment by JR | June 30, 2010 | Reply

    • I pray for those who are in churches that don’t believe or teach about Satan and his demons JR. They are not being told the truth and so they battle with their own strength – or should I say their own weakness. Our strength is like God’s weakness – 1 Corinthians 1:25 – “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”

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      Comment by raymcdonald | June 30, 2010 | Reply

  3. I think the best examples of spiritual warfare in the Bible are the ones that Jesus prayed. I think that a very intense study with books written by experts in the field such as Kenneth E. Hagin would reveal that most Christians know very little about it and very little teaching is done regarding it. Sad…it’s the most powerful weapon that a believer in Christ has. To quote someone we all know and love, “Oh what God could do with” a church full of committed Christians who know how to do spiritual warfare like Jesus did!

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    Comment by Donna Lemmeret | June 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Donna – I agree with you – if we would just prayerfully put on the armor of God each day – we could – through Christ – have much more victory in our lives – thanks for your comments…

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      Comment by raymcdonald | June 30, 2010 | Reply


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