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The Battle Is Not Ours Alone!

2 Chronicles 20:15c

For the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Some of us have a tendency to take everything personal and some of us try to tackle everything ourselves. For instance – God tells us to give Him our burdens and we take them back. Matthew 11:28-30 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” What seems to happen all too often is we offer our burdens to God only to take them up again as we get off our knees. We try to leave them at the altar rail only to pick them up again as we rise. This happens to me far too often. Does it happen to you as well?

We’re reminded often in Scripture that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual foes. Ephesians 6:12 – For 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. We cannot fight the fight against a spiritual foe with human means. We must have spiritual power to battle the powers of darkness. Continue reading

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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.

June 30, 2010 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , | 7 Comments

   

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