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3 Thoughts On Spiritual Warfare

Recently we’ve been discussing spiritual warfare at my church.  Anytime this topic is broached, it seems, you always land in Ephesians 6 to discuss the armor of God.  Certainly  you don’t have to limit yourself to these verses to have a conversation or a sermon about  it, but you definitely can’t ignore it either.  As I have thought about spiritual warfare over the past couple of weeks, I’ve realized three things that we should all be aware of in our spiritual lives.

We Are At War

It really is war

I’m not sure enough of us really take spiritual warfare seriously.  Granted, too many people want to think a demon is behind every rock or that if something bad happens the devil made them do it.  But do they really believe they are in a war?  Too few really do.

If you are in a war, you have to be prepared for two things: defend yourself and fight.  As my pastor said, and we could ask any soldier, if the military is not in an actual war, then they will train for the day they are in battle.  We may not see evidence of the wars or battles in our lives presently, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming.  We must prepare to defend ourselves against the enemies attacks.  We must be prepared to fight with the weapon the Lord has given us.  We cannot wait until the enemy confronts us to get ready.  He is ready to shoot his fiery darts at us and roams around seeking who he can devour.  He is at war with us and it’s time for us to acknowledge it.

Put On Your Armor

We have to put on our armor

If we are at war with an enemy, then we need to put our armor on before we meet him in battle.  Are we really wearing the belt of truth or breastplate of righteousness?  No enemy in war will wait until who he is attacking is fully clothed.  That would be silly.  Our enemy isn’t waiting until we put our armor on before he attacks us.  We need to put it on and sleep in it and eat in it.  We don’t know when the attack is coming.

Leave Your Armor On

Don’t take the armor off

If we put the armor on, we cannot be found taking it off.  We can’t assume the battle is won and we can relax.  We must keep the  armor on.  The attack will come when we least expect it and that is when we are most apt to take the armor off.  Don’t do it.

You and I are in a battle every day.  The ultimate war is won.  We must prepare ourselves for the assault that will come as the enemy attempts to take as many of us out as he can.

What would you add to spiritual warfare?

  1. February 27, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Be prepared for all contingencies. There are times when running is the best thing. There are also times when standing and fighting is the best thing. I believe strongly in spiritual warfare. Frank Peretti may not have been that far off in the reality of what occurs in places we can’t see.

    • February 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Bill, to use football speak, we need to keep our head on a swivel.

  2. February 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    A great book about this is The Fight by John White. I highly recommend it.

  3. February 27, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I’ve seen it actually pretty recently. It’s usually obvious to me when God has been speaking to me in new ways and drawing me closer. Soon after that I’ll start to have stuff go wrong that has no explanation for going wrong, in areas that get to the core of me. Always a great reminder to put on some armor…

  4. Dan Black on Leadership
    February 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Great points, once we start to lay down our guard the enemy will try and attack us. That’s why it’s important to be closely connected with God and always praying. However, it’s easier said than done:)

    • February 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Or another way to say it is to walk in the Spirit. I’m with you in that.

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