The Spoils of Battle!

When one country defeats another country in a war, the victor takes over the enemies’ land and goods. “To the victor belongs the spoil,” the saying goes. This is also true in the Spiritual realm, with a significant difference. When we are born physically, we are born spiritually dead. (See yesterday’s article). Satan’s agenda moves smoothly on, until God intervenes Then, Satan’s sway is threatened and the battle is underway. He fights to retain his influence. God seeks us and offers freedom from Satan’s influence. The battle intensifies! Will I open myself to God’s deliverance or will I choose continued slavery to sin? I respond to God’s offer and He enters my inner being reconnecting me with His Spiritual life. However, Satan still has a toehold in my inner being and he will resist eviction with a mighty effort. God has given us the method for victory over Satan in II Corinthians 10:3-5: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds); casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” Every inch of ground to be taken in our inner beings depends on the quick and firm application of the appropriate Scriptural teaching. Let me put it another way, and this is the significant difference: as we draw on God’s promises, follow His principles, and obey His commands and instructions, the enemy loses ground. The Word, becoming more and more the basis of all that we are, do, and say, cleanses, purges and purifies within. This leaves less and less ground for Satan to occupy and he loses more and more influence in our lives. This is what Jesus meant when He prayed: “Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy Word is Truth” (John 17:17). The third stanza of “The Old book and the Old Faith,”  (By Geo H. Carr) speaks to this: “‘Tis the Book that tells us of the will of God, and the Saviour’s teachings while the earth He trod, how He soothed earth’s sorrows and relieved its woe, thro’ Whom strength is given to conquer every foe!” Selah! Every victory leaves Satan with less and less ground in our lives. God’s Word is the weapon to take more and more ground away from the enemy and for God to occupy!  Ron

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