"Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:"
(Romans 7:20-22 KJV)
We will suffer in our flesh, whether we feed our bodies desires or deny its pleasures. We are constantly fighting between what we want to do versus what we know that Our Awesome God wants us to do. "All have sinned and fall short," but the blood of Christ has saved us from destruction. The battle is raging because we are given the power to overcome sin's grasps through the blood of Jesus Christ. There is no battle when there is no opposing side. It takes two, at least, to fight. When we are dead in our sins, there is no spiritual battle within us because there is not any spiritual life. The Spirit of God brings us to life spiritually, but we live in these bodies of flesh that still have a sinful nature. Thus, the battle rages in the lives of believers but the victory is assured because we are in Christ. This is our constant inner battle!
There is a coming "evil day," when the spiritual war will expand and the problems for believers will increase (Ephesians 5:15-16). This time will come in that future day when Satan's opposition will intensify, leading to the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the final destruction of Satan and his hosts (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 12, 20).
The Christian warrior is to be characterized by vigilance, so that he will not be caught off guard by Satan’s schemes, and so that he will be able to stand in the final days of confrontation. Therefore he needs to be aware of the Spiritual Battles that are raging in and around him.
Don’t you desire to be all that God wants you to be because He is so good that He only gives you good things? And don’t you want to have all that God wants you to have because He wants the best for you? If so, then you have to accept that there are forces set against you to prevent you from having any of these things fulfilled in you. And we must fight those forces in spiritual battles, in earthly battles and in inner battles.
[Adaptations and ideas taken from "Spiritual Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-20)" A study by Bob Deffinbaugh from the Series, "Ephesians: The Glory of God in the Church."]
This article seems to include what needs to be known by Our Awesome God's Christian children. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church at 9:30 AM every Sunday for Bible Study, Worship at 10:30 and another Bible Study is at 6:00 PM on Sunday evening. We have an Intercessory Prayer Team and Bible Study at 7:00 PM Monday and Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
(Isaiah 14:12, 14-15 KJV)
The above verse from the Book of Isaiah describes Satan's (Lucifer's) fall to earth and him starting his troubling of the nations of earth to dethrone Our Awesome God. When we talk about "spiritual battles," we are talking about there being a spiritual realm that we do not see and that we would like to ignore. But we need to believe that this spiritual realm exists because it does. Read Nehemiah 9:6, Luke 2:13-15, Ephesians 6:12 and then Colossians 1:15-16.
We all have the feeling, at times, that this world has more in it than we can see. If we can believe in Our Awesome God and Jesus Christ whom we can't see then surely we can believe in a spiritual battle that includes words, lies, deceit from Satan.
The Bible, Our Awesome God's Book, is filled with references to the heavenly realm (Numbers 22:22-25), a place that is physically invisible to our eyes today, yet very real in its existence. We Christians believe with the eyes of our heart, instead of just with the eyes in our head. There have been some who were able to see into the spiritual realm as physical images. (John in Revelation is one).
A portion of "spiritual battles" is the war within you between the flesh and the Spirit and it began in the Garden of Eden. It was the start of the second recorded battle between Satan and Our Awesome God in the war for God's place in heaven. Satan knew how much God loved man and chose to intercept men's souls (their allegiance) through lies and deceit in the Garden of Eden (the beginning of our spiritual battles). It is a battle between Satan and Our Awesome God and we are the pawns. So when we chose to sin, we chose to take Satan's side. Thus, we lose.
We need to know that the spiritual realm exists and that there is a spiritual battle for our souls so we can defend ourselves with God’s salvation and live eternally in heaven with Our Awesome God. Tomorrow, the Our Awesome God series will include "#2, The Earthly Battle."
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs which include Bible Study groups, Prayer Meetings at 7:00 PM on Wednesday and AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. See what you can do and learn!
Flo & Bill