Spiritual Warfare – Part 2
Last week in Part 1 of this series we began to look into what the Bible says about Spiritual Warfare. It is clear in God’s Word that a Christian who is fully surrendered to the Lord will experience spiritual warfare in his/her life.
Especially if you fully commit in your heart to faithfully serve God and join Him in His kingdom work and mission.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:10-12
Now we will continue to look into God’s Word to see what He says about spiritual warfare. And how to get through the difficulties and battles victoriously.
Spiritual Warfare In Kingdom Work & Missions
“I know your afflictions and your poverty – yet you are rich ! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.” – Revelation 2:9-10
We experience a lot of spiritual warfare, especially right before we are going to share Christ with a lot of people in a school or event, or immediately after we have seen God win a great victory. In fact, things can get pretty difficult and crazy.
We see a lot of difficulties, such as things breaking in our house or on our car. Or conflicts with people. Sometimes people attack us verbally for no apparent reason. Or all of a sudden we will get sick, in the midst of our evangelistic events. It may be people that are helping us from a church get sick. We have actually seen a pastor from a church helping us have heart problems right at the beginning of a school outreach event. And many times we can feel the very strong oppression of the enemy.
Spiritual Warfare Is Difficult
Don’t get me wrong – we love serving the Lord and sharing Christ with others, and helping churches to make disciples. But at times things get very difficult. That is why missionaries and pastors need your prayers. We are human and we are weak. We get tired, yes even cranky. And we make mistakes. The battle is far too difficult for us, and the enemy is too strong for us.
I can only imagine how difficult it is for people who are serving in places like the Middle East where it is very dangerous to witness for Christ. These precious servants could lose their lives at any moment. I have a great amount of respect and admiration for these faithful servants of the Lord.
Praise God that we serve the One who is far greater than he that is in the world. The more difficult spiritual warfare is, the more grace and strength God gives. The key is to humble yourself and submit to God, and fully rely on God.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” – 1 Peter 5:6
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4
Hope And Assurance In The Midst of Battles & Spiritual Warfare
Another reason that we can have hope and assurance in spiritual warfare is that God has given us His Word. He has given us promises that He will lead us to victory. God cannot lose. And we are on God’s winning team.
For us, the strong spiritual warfare we experience is a sign that God is about to do something wonderful and great. And the enemy is not happy about it. Although it can be very difficult, God always comes through and leads us on to victory.
Some of God’s Promises For Spiritual Warfare
Here are some of the many promises concerning the work of sharing Christ with others & making disciples, and the victories that God will give us.
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us victoriously in Christ, and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14
” For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” – Deuteronomy 20:4
” Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.” – Isaiah 14:24
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” – Romans 16:20
“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:11
We want to encourage you to fully commit and surrender yourself to God. And join Him in His kingdom work and mission. There is still much to do in the world today. God is mightily at work, and He is waiting for more people to faithfully join Him. You will experience more joy than you ever thought possible. Even despite difficulties, and yes even despite suffering.
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