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The War Against Evil
10/9/2013

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

William Tecumseh Sherman, General of the Union army aptly stated, “War is hell,” and I would agree with him in that it can be a devastating, and ongoing battle against evil.  I haven’t personally fought in any physical war as an enlisted man in our military, but I can definitely say I have fought and continue to fight a spiritual war daily.  Truth is, we all have, as we are all at war with Satan and his emissaries, who have dedicated their existence to making attacks on the human race.  We are told of this battle in Ephesians.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

We are exhorted as Christian men and women, to fight the good fight – to lay hold of eternal life (see 1 Tim. 6:12), and we are told to prepare for this battle by putting on our Spiritual body armor (Eph. 6:12-17), and by being filled with God’s spirit (Eph. 5:18) daily.  Only then will we be equipped for battle.

Once we have been filled with God’s Holy Spirit, we are now prepared to fight, but we will use no conventional weapon such as a rifle or knife  – we will use the mighty weapons of God (2 Cor 10:3-5).  Any attempt to fight against the enemy without God’s assistance will end in loss (John 15:5).  We are told God’s weapons are all we need to pull down any stronghold of the enemy.  A stronghold is any area in our life where we are succumbing to the enemy’s temptation and are allowing ongoing sin to be present. 

We need to bring these lies—which come in the form of temptation—captive, and we need to identify with their origin and their mission.  They are temptations to fear, worry, doubt, to be angry, or to covet and lust.    We need to stop thinking upon them as fast as possible and discard them from our mind – replacing them with proper thoughts as outlined in Scripture (Phil. 4:8).  We need to start praying and seeking the Lord immediately. 

…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV)

We need to cast our mind upon the Lord and fill our mind with His promises and guiding commands contained within His Word – instructing us on how to use the truth to fight the lies of the enemy (cf. John 8:44). 

As Christians, the danger comes when we choose not to fight, whether out of apathy, fear, or just laziness.  We are not to become complacent or conformed to this world because the world is not our home (Rom. 12:1-2; John 18:36).

The temptation to stay away from any confrontation is one of the most deadly lies from the enemy.  By choosing not to fight, we are willingly becoming a lamb for slaughter.  By choosing not to put on your spiritual armor, you are inviting certain mortal wounds.  By choosing not to use the mighty weapons of God to fight with, we are simply conceding to defeat.  God has commanded us to stand fast, and to fight (Eph 6:13-14; 1 Tim 6:12).  He has commanded us to walk in faith and to call upon the name of The Lord Jesus in the midst of our battles.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn with respect to our responsibilities as Christian men and women with regard to engaging in Spiritual warfare?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you putting on your spiritual armor daily?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to be dressed for battle every day!  The war is coming to us today whether you like it or not, so let’s be prepared to fight!

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for instructing and equipping us for battle in the spiritual war.  Guide us in every battle Lord, and show us how to combat the enemy against his lies.  Reveal Your truth every time he lies to us.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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