Consider the Lilies..: What is Spiritual Warfare? Really?   

Oct 11, 2012

What is Spiritual Warfare? Really?

Often when we think of spiritual warfare we think of things like exorcisms, deliverance sessions, and walking through a house with a Bible and a crucifix, splashing holy water while shouting "get thee behind me Satan!"

Sometimes on very rare occasions those things might be necessary, but they are only a temporary solution..  And that is not true spiritual warfare..

“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
Matthew 12:43-45

What good does it do to go through rituals, shout out deliverance passages from the Bible, and chase away demons, when you do nothing to keep them from coming back?
A good offense is the best defense..  As a former Satanist (a big one) I can tell you that you don't have to shout, or get excited, or rant at the enemy..  It doesn't have to be scary or dramatic..  Besides, if all you bring to the fight is a lot of yelling and a couple of Bible verses, you won't last long anyway..  
True spiritual warfare is how you live..  It's about your attitude, your behavior, and your faith..
Paul teaches us in Ephesians what true spiritual warfare really is..

 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:10-18

Standing on the truth, living righteously, holding your peace, living in faith, receiving your salvation, and declaring the Word  is what real spiritual warfare is..  Praising God through your struggles, living with humility, denying your flesh, fasting, and learning the Bible, is real spiritual warfare..  Being kind, serving others, giving to those who have less than you do, is spiritual warfare..  Guarding your heart, your tongue, and your mind, is spiritual warfare..  Obedience to God is spiritual warfare..

Praise God, read your Bible, forgive, show grace and mercy to others, live well, be obedient, and love Jesus..  You don't have to fight, Jesus has done that..  You just have to resist..
So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 (amp)
That's it..
Really..

1 comment:

  1. Great post! Your last line says it all. Resist. We are to stand firm! Our only offensive weapon is the Sword of the Spirit. The rest is all for defense. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts. It sounds like you might have a pretty interesting testimony!

    ReplyDelete

Love your comments! Thanks so much!