OUR WAR

As Christians, we fight a different war than the world. For ours is not a “carnal” war, but a “spiritual” one.

And as such, our weapons and methodology of fighting this war is unique … and can only be accomplished in the power of the Holy Spirit.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:14-16)

As children of God, our Father has given to each one of us in the Body of Christ special gifts and qualities that begin maturing the moment we are born again. We are like snowflakes in His Kingdom … each one exquisite in their own right, perfectly formed and different than any other.

But just as each snowflake is made out of the same material and formed through the same process, so we as God’s saints endure a process that will eventually lead to our perfection.

One part of that process is spiritual warfare. And though that terminology might conjure up images of demons being cast out and great exploits being done in the name of Christ (which can certainly be a result of it), the “kernel” of its manifestation hits a lot closer to home. It begins in our own hearts.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Notice the direct inference of “warfare” being made to our own thoughts and imaginations. The scripture is exhorting each of us to “pull down” the “strongholds” of our own thoughts and imaginations that are not in alignment to the “obedience of Christ” … who is the Word of God! That is where we find TRUE knowledge and the “perfect will of God” for our own individual lives.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

The Word of God (not the words of men) is the main “weapon” Christians possess in their arsenal to always be victorious over their enemy, Satan.

In this day and age of rampant evil trying to overflow the Earth, no Christian need fear what lies ahead if he keeps his sword of the Spirit polished and razor sharp. Let not the words of men (that are continually being broadcast worldwide) “dull” the blade of that mighty weapon which God has placed in our hands.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

The days may arrive when each Christian may be called upon to…

“…give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15) 

“Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.” (1 Peter 3:16-17)

A heart that has already been prepared and armed with the Word of God will be overflowing with spiritual “discernment”, held in reserve for the time when circumstances may require its use (i.e. discernment in and of itself is an invaluable weapon for the Christian).

“For (Christ) will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” (Luke 21:15)

Though the Spirit of God may move upon us at times to intercede for our nation and the world at large, as Christians, we are not called to perfect all of the political, social and financial ills of this life. But we ARE called (as circumstances may present themselves within our own sphere of influence) to be WITNESSES of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We should be using this time now to further prepare ourselves as we promote the Kingdom of God upon the Earth, and not be overly engaged in worldly machinations that have no real eternal purpose nor produce any eternal fruit.

So…

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5)

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7)

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)

“Wherefore … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)

 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

“Holding forth the word of life…” (Philippians 2:16)

…to all those whom the Lord may bring across our path in the days to come!

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