Sunday, June 14, 2009

Spiritual Warfare

This morning I am feeling very "je ne sais quoi"...free...lightened...optimistic. I am only a little surprised by this because lately I have been burdened, so burdened, yet last night I engaged in spiritual warfare that has proven effective and successful. Spiritual warfare that I had been disregarding for weeks.

So many times, it can be so easy to brush off spiritual warfare as only for someone else to engage in, like your pastor or that great saint of a lady who God seems to favour ('God is always coming through for her'...); however, the reality is that we are all call to engage in spiritual warfare and we are all equipped to do so. (Book of 1 Timothy Book of 2 Timothy Book of 2 Corinthians Book of Ephesians ...)

Ephesians 6:10-18 (New International Version)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

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.

Therefore 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.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Everyday we are faced with battles, some days we might feel like fighting, some days we are too oppressed to even consider raising words and resolve of victory, but we must, we must persevere. And when we can't find the words, let the Holy Spirit - just allow and let the Holy Spirit. Ask other Christians to pray for you, sometimes it is necessary that we include our brothers and sisters to engage in warfare on our behalf, this is something that we should not be ashamed of, we are called to relationship with God and with others. We look out for one another in sincerity and in Godly affection.

Be encouraged this day knowing He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,[j] who[k] have been called according to his purpose.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written:"For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."[l]
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[m] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)

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