Waging enteral, spiritual warfarePublished 12:00am Saturday, October 19, 2013
Every day there is news about some tragic event that has occurred. There is a war going on, but it is not in a country in another continent. It is a war that is far deeper than that. It is not a war between two sides. It is war that happens every day. It is a war that has devastating consequences. It is a war that can affect every person in some way. This reminds me a passage of scripture found in Ephesians 6:12, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.”
There is a greater war. There is an unseen force of evil and wickedness. This is not something new; it goes back to the beginning. I believe the Bible includes the wrongness and wicked acts of people to help us realize that people need strength beyond their selves overcome this greater war. Throughout history man has pondered the question of suffering. Suffering is the consequence of choices. Some choices we make for ourselves. Other consequences are the choices of others.
“From within come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a man.” (Mark 7:21-23)
Do you see or hear about events that occur that falls in to one of these categories. All people are in the same situation. We are defiled. There is hope that is available to all people.
“In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer I (Jesus) have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) We do not have the ability to conquer that which defiles us.
“We are more than conquerors through him (God) who loved us.” (Romans 8:37) Have you noticed that there are three areas of this warfare; that which defiles a person, tribulation in the world and evil powers?
“Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) If you want to begin conquering the three areas of warfare the first step is salvation. The Bible says that Jesus is the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. To receive God’s solution to this warfare is to admit your need for salvation, believe that Jesus is the Christ, and call on God to save you.
Salvation will not make your problems go away but you will have resources available from God to be conquerors. The second step is get involved in a bible preaching church. Being involved is not just attending but utilizing all the opportunities that are offered at the church that will increase your knowledge of the bible. The third step is developing a support group. Find a group of believers that you can rely on and meet with that you can share about your spiritual journey.