'For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12)'. He has chosen us as co-workers in the establishment of His Kingdom and the destruction of the kingdom of darkness. God is waiting for His people to rise up and take hold of the victory He purchased on the Cross.
Spiritual warfare is a life lived. It is embracing the truth and living daily, aware of the enemy and committed to God. It is knowing that God has left it up to us. If we do not drive back the powers of darkness, they will not be driven back. If we do not rebuke the enemy, he will not be rebuked. If we do not reduce the evil in the world, it will continue to grow. Spiritual warfare is not a fragment of Christianity. It encompasses everything we do. To be a Christian is to be a spiritual warrior. To be as spiritual warrior is to walk consistently and victoriously through life, with Christ at our side. 'The enemy has been defeated because of the blood of the Lamb and by our testimony (Revelation 12:11)'.
The reason a defeated devil has consistently beaten a so-called victorious Church is because we are always fighting one another. We can be so earthly minded, fighting our fight in the earthly realm, that we are of no value in the heavenly battle. We fire our canons in the wrong realm. If we are not fighting in heavenly places, we will fight in earthly ones. God wants His people to be an army that influences the world and drives back the powers of darkness. We must see the threat we are to Satan as intercessors and recognize our significance in the earth as agents of God. Our diligence in prayer is not to wake God up, nor to beg Him, negotiate with Him, nor convince Him. He is already convinced and willing to help, to bless and save us. This is His character. He is trying to wake us up, and convince us!
Aware of the Devil, Impressed with God!
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UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST
Satan is the Diabolos, the one who brings separation, which is the opposite of unity. One of the greatest tragedies of the century in the church has been the divisions that have remained among us. A great strategy for warfare is to divide and conquer. If it is possible to take the enemies troops and cause them to concentrate on several fronts at one time, it is possible to defeat them. There is one thing that I think Satan truly fears and works day and night to combat. It is that one thing which Jesus himself prayed for just before He went to the Cross. It is the one thing that will convince people that the church has something exceptional that the world does not. It’s UNITY in the body of Christ. 'Under His direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:16, 2-6)'.
Unity is a powerful means of warfare and is one of the biggest factors in the unseen realm. Jesus said: 'Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven (Matthew 18:19)'. However, He was not referring to something that affects God’s willingness to answer; He was showing us something that drives back the powers of darkness. The devil hates unity. This should be obvious by the amount of division, betrayal, undercutting, and factionalism he constantly sows among God’s people. When we fight and have any part in breaking up relationships, whether in a marriage, a church, or between different parts of the body of Christ, we give the devil great advantage. The wolf will always separate the sheep to devour them. We must refuse to be any part of division. We must humble ourselves, put things right, forgive people, go the extra mile, and be tolerant. If we work for unity, it will keep the door shut to the enemy.