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Spiritual warfare? Isnâ€™t Jesus the Prince of Peace?Â Yes, He is. Â But just listen to these Bible verses . . .
The weapons we fight with . . . They have divine power to demolish strongholds. . . We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. — 2 Cor. 10:3-5
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devilâ€™s schemes. Â 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. — Â Eph. 6:10-12
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. — James 4:7
In all these things we are more than conquerors . . . (Nothing) shall separate us from the love of God — Romans 8:38-39
War imagery catches the epic proportions of what goes on in the supernatural realm.
And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us
– – – from â€œA Mighty Fortress Is Our Godâ€ by Martin Luther
A pro-active approach to being a world Christian -Â â€œTeam members must be committed to intercession and spiritual warfareâ€ — Daniel Psaute, missionary in the Balkans
Commitment to spiritual warfare
1. Uses a biblical world view
Takes seriously Biblical warnings about an enemy.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion — I Peter 5:8
Recognizes supernatural forces beyond human knowledge and control.
Like Job we donâ€™t behind the scenes — ‘Flaw of excluded middle’
2. Adopts an â€œat warâ€ attitude
No longer â€œplaying it safeâ€
Willingly making those sacrifices which God asks of us
Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus — 2 Timothy 2:3
We share in Godâ€™s victory — the empty tomb — only when we also share in Godâ€™s loss: the cross.
Desires to be on front lines
Thinks like an overcomer
3. A tighter focus
Guards against distractions or having â€œyour buttons pushedâ€
Recognizes the Enemy wants us entangled
Pursues what moves you toward the objectives
(Thatâ€™s why we donâ€™t smoke, drink or chew or go with the girls that do).
Understands importance of keeping eyes on Lord, not on your abilities.
4. Disciplines thoughts and actions
Takes sin seriously
Embraces spiritual disciplines that strengthen and prepare
Guard your heart
Welcomes accountability structures
Stays alert to Holy Spiritâ€™s leadings
Righteous living in obedience to Godâ€™s Word
5. Makes prayer central
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective — James 5:16
Diligent, intentional prayer is crucial to every aspect of our strategy — Missionary Dan Psaute
Prayer is not what we do when we donâ€™t know what else to do. Prayer is what we do.
Prayer is not what we do when we donâ€™t have a clue on how to begin. Prayer is how we begin.
Prayer is not how we seek for a strategy. Prayer is our strategy.
We are at war with demonic forces not because of who we are, but because of who we serve.