Spiritual Battlefield Part 4

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Mark 8:36 states, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”  The victors of this battle gain more than the world could begin to offer….we gain eternal salvation.

While the best rewards come after we have left this world, there are a few rewards that will benefit us here on earth.  Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”  The Peace of God is a wonderful thing to have.  We all know that this world is full of trials and tribulations, but when God gives us peace, these trials and tribulations are easier to work through and move beyond.

We also have the relationship that we build with Jesus by following his Word.  This relationship allows us to receive and use spiritual gifts which benefit both ourselves and others.  1 Corinthians 12:7-11 tells us, 

“7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

Jesus tells us of the rewards waiting for us after we pass from this life in Revelation 3:5-8 

“5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”

We are also told in Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

No tears, no death, no pain, no sorrow, and eternal life with Jesus?  Those sound like wonderful rewards to me!

Read Spiritual Battlefield Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

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Spiritual Battlefield Part 3

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This battle is between Jesus’ Church, and Satan; along with Satan’s system.  We are told in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  We must remind ourselves that the battle is not between men, churches, or even other denominations. The enemy would savor nothing more than to have us fighting amongst ourselves.

Who are our allies in this battle?  All the other peculiar people, of course!

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” 1 Peter 2:9

You have been called out of the darkness.  You have been brought into the light.  You are a warrior on this battlefield.

Who are we battling against?

We are told in Ephesians 6:12 that we are not battling against flesh and blood.  We are not battling other men.  We are battling against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

In short, we battle against Satan and his system.  Satan prods us to question the Word of God…..”Did God say that?”  Satan is the author of confusion.  Satan’s system is set up to push us farther from God and the Truth.  He wants to keep us far from the light and trap us in spiritual darkness; and our human nature is often very willing to go right along.

This, not the church down the street that doesn’t do things the way you think they should be done, not your neighbor who is a nice guy but never goes to church and cusses like a sailor, not your coworker who challenges your beliefs any time he catches you in the break room; these compile a short list of who we are battling.  We must not get caught up in fighting a false enemy while allowing the real enemy to gain a stronghold in our lives.

So are we powerless and ill equipped against this enemy?  No!  As warriors God supplies us with the “whole armour of God”.  We must put on this armour daily in order to  continually be at the ready for battle.  This is explained in Ephesians 6:13-18 

“13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

 

Read Spiritual Battlefield Part 1 Here and Spiritual Battlefield Part 2 Here

Spiritual Battlefield Part 2

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Now that we know what the battlefield looks like, we have to ask ourselves a very important question.

What is the purpose of the battle?  In other words, why do we even need to fight the battle?

This is a question that must be thoroughly answered so that you will understand the importance and scope of achieving victory in this spiritual war.

One of the first things you must realize is that you have been destined to fight this battle for yourself.  You are fighting to gain and keep your own eternal salvation.  As the hymn goes “Above all else, I must be saved.”

When the judgement day arrives, you can’t say “But God, look at all the people I brought to you.  Doesn’t that count towards my salvation?”

Our salvation is dependent upon us reading the Word of God, and striving to live the way it instructs us to live.

Psalm 119:11 instructs us to “hide thy word in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.”  We were not given the Bible as a novel to read, be entertained by, and then place on a shelf to be forgotten.  We are to “hide it in mine heart”, in other words, we are to make it part of us.  How can we make God’s Word part of us?  By living according to the ways God clearly describes in the Bible, and not according to the standards the World expects or allows.  There are things God expects of us that go completely against what the world allows and vice versa.

Another reason we must fight this battle is to help others  gain salvation.  If we allow the Word to be watered down and pushed into the shadows, it makes it harder for those who are seeking the Truth to find it.

Those who are striving to learn about Jesus need a safe haven where they can learn more about Him.  Romans 10:17 tells us, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  How can those who are seeking Jesus hear unless someone tells them.  Romans 10:14 states, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

We must fight this battle so that we can continue with the great commission. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Matthew 28:19.

I want to quickly point out here that the scripture says we are to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…..not names.  Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are titles, not names.  1 Timothy 3:16 states, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”  John 1:1 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” He then continues in John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”  Jesus dwelt among us, so the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost is Jesus.

 

You can read Spiritual Battlefield Part 1 Here