This is the PERFECT VISUAL of SPIRITUAL WARFARE!
Spiritual warfare is both a war in the heavenlies and a physical everyday experience. It has very real human casualties because Satan uses physical forces to wage war against believers. The scripture teaches us that those who give themselves over to the satanic evil that is here on earth are flesh and bone just like you and me. They are as much filled with the evil as we are redeemed by the blood of Christ and clothed in his righteousness which is only through His sacrifice. When you make the decision to embrace evil you become evil. It’s one of the first lessons we learn in Scripture.
Genesis 4:7 (KJV) If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
That was God Himself warning Cain that sin was at the door to his heart through his mind and about to overtake him. It was his choice to listen. Yet Cain chose to give himself to that evil and jealousy made him kill his brother. It brought death.
Spiritual Warfare is fought through prayer, worship and God’s word by flesh and blood believers. Prayer as spiritual warfare is throughout scripture. Using God’s Word which does not come back void, is exactly the weapon Jesus showed us in the wilderness by answering Satan with the Scripture as it was written. Since Satan is a legalist and knows scripture, Jesus, humbled himself for our sake and became fully man, yet was still fully God, was confined by the law at that time. So if Satan could have had Jesus even break one tiny part of the law, then Jesus would not have been the spotless lamb and never qualified as the blameless sacrifice in our place. Jesus LOVED US so much that He REFUSED to allow the sin of selfish desire to overtake him and defeated Satan with the power of God’s word. It still has the same power!
Now that Christ died for our sins and has made a way of redemption for us, Satan is powerless against us if we are clothed in Jesus righteousness! The power of his blood is greater than the fallen angel who must bow to God’s authority as a created being and NOT equal with God but His underling. He will NEVER be as powerful as God. Don’t make that mistake. The only weapons that Satan can use against us are in the earthly realm whether spiritual or physical because he has a limited domain. He attacks our minds with thoughts, gets us to turn to lust, anger, sin, murder, all forms of EVIL, he attacks our earthly bodies with disease, our world with natural disasters, and has men do evil in his name to destroy the beauty of what God intended for us to live in as perfection. He wanders the earth, going to and fro, seeking whom he may devour. Using people who are weak and blind to do his dirty work. Should we be afraid, NO! God makes us a promise.
No weapon formed against us will prosper!”
Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV) No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
So, while some may see the verse and the title of “Spiritual Warfare” and think they don’t go together, but I beg to differ. I believe this is a COMPLETELY accurate representation of God’s word and Spiritual Warfare. The Armour of God is a complete representation of the weapons of our warfare. We are to be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.and we have the ability to confront both Satan on a spiritual level through the Holy Spirit who lives within us, and physical threats that seek to destroy our families, our nation, our government, the nation of Israel, defend the weak and those who cannot defend themselves, victims of violence, rape, abuse, human trafficking, poverty, the hungry, mentally ill, physically sick, disabled, the homeless, like defeating ISIS and terrorists who are killing Christians and others and even the everyday battles we fight at our businesses, work, home, school, etc. Most of all the SPREAD THE GOSPEL!
He gave us the armor to FIGHT BACK!!
We are called to be PEACEMAKERS not PEACEKEEPERS
We have never been called to be “peacekeepers“, we have been called to be “peacemakers“. There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE. Peacekeepers tolerate all forms of evil to “keep the peace”. Peacemakers stand up and make those who perpetuate evil on others in the name of tolerance accountable for their actions. Freedom is not free. Tolerance of one groups needs by obliterating another’s is the fundamental flaw of our society today. We have begun to delineate our value of humanity based on whether you think like we do. This is evil to the core. It is the deepest kind of evil that exists and history is repeating itself right now. We have a generation who has never known the effects of the holocaust and the lessons of “never again” and have chosen to thumb their collective nose at all things holy and just.
Peacemakers will NEVER sacrifice truth on the altar of public opinion.
If we as believers let ourselves believe that “God’s love” for others means that we tolerate evil and celebrate sin, then we are being the biggest hypocrites in the history of mankind. For us to truly love others means that we will speak truth and be willing to not only fight with all we have, spiritually through prayer, worship, praise and God’s word, but also physically with the “sword” or whatever weapon of warfare we are blessed with to defend our nation and others. Whether a pen and paper, our own or collective voices, tactical military weapons or the guns used by law enforcement & law abiding citizens for personal defense. Our HIGHEST honor to all those who serve in uniform and sacrifice for the safety of others. Please know that we profoundly thank you for your service!