Opposing Forces

For far too many Christians engaged in the battle between right and wrong, the “feeling” has become: “”Lose some; win some.” “There’s always going to be this struggle, but hang in there and do the best that you can.” This kind of thinking is flawed! We can know more and more victory, if we understand what’s going on. Picture the heart (mind, emotions and will) as a battlefield. God and Satan are both after control in our hearts. Satan has weapons and strategies; God has weapons and answers. Satan knows how to battle. Many Christians don’t know how to counter the devil or to use the superior weaponry that we have. This won’t change until we are willing to be trained and disciplined. We can’t coast through discipleship and expect to be strong and effective. We have to “buckle down,” exercise and practice. Being a Christian isn’t a game or hobby; it’s warfare! We need to know our weapons and how to use them. Our minds, emotions and wills must be engaged, strengthened and disciplined. How can we experience this? This experience can be ours by a very determined mind to do serious Bible study and prayer. We study God’s Word, come to understand it more and more, and become adept at using what we have come to understand. We won’t initially be skillful but, as we keep at it, we will become effective. God will train us, using His Word, through people, preaching, teaching, books and other media. In II Corinthians 10:3-4, we are told: “….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 strong holds....” Our weaponry is listed in Ephesians 6:11-18: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” James Montgomery’s hymn, “The Christian Warrior,” speaks to this: “The Christian warrior,–see him stand in the whole armour of his God: the Spirit’s sword is in his hand; his feet are with the gospel shod; in panoply of truth complete, salvation’s helmet on his head: with righteousness, a breastplate meet; and faith’s broad shield before him spread. He wrestles not with flesh and blood, but principalities and powers, rulers of darkness, like a flood, nigh, and assailing at all hours. Nor Satan’s fiery darts alone, quench’d on his shield, at him are hurl’d; the traitor in his heart is known, and the dire friendship of this world. Undaunted to the field he goes; yet vain were skill and valour there, unless, to foil his legion-foes, the trustiest weapon were “all-prayer.” With this Omnipotence he moves, from this the alien armies flee, ’till more than conqueror he proves, through Christ Who gives him victory. Thus, strong in his Redeemer’s strength, sin, death, and hell, he tramples down, fights the good fight, and wins at length, through mercy, an immortal crown.” Selah! Without constant and serious training in the Scriptures, contact with Headquarters by prayer, and the disciplined use of our weaponry, we will know defeat. Victory is for those who will use God’s means.   Ron

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One thought on “Opposing Forces

  1. I have found that so many believers are fighting the wrong battles; things that aren’t really important and not at all spiritual. They are drawn away from the real battle and sidetracked on things that don’t really matter in eternity.

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