This is a message by my cousin, Edward Jeffries.
Most Christians, church folks don’t know the definition of “Spiritual Warfare.” I believe it is a subject that is not preached and taught in enough churches of today.
From a Christian perspective, spiritual warfare is the cosmic war of good versus evil.
1. Its battles are fought daily between God and Satan.
2. Its battles between the Christian Church and the world system ruled by our spiritual enemy; and within every child of God.
3. Its battles between the Holy Spirit and the lust of the carnal flesh. The clear meanings of good and evil, as defined by God rather than man, are revealed within the verses of the Holy Bible and the life of Jesus Christ.
a. 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.
Adam and Eve experienced the first human “battle” with Satan in the garden, and because of their fall, he has continued to try to destroy mankind ever since. Even though we have been in a cosmic war ever since the beginning of time, God has provided us with what we need to defeat our enemy. This verse is important, because it explains that our weapons of warfare are not the normal ones, rather they have divine power to destroy anything that Satan throws against us.
b. Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
God the Father, is always fighting for us, and it is he that blesses continually. He knows that we are waging a war, so he provides us with the spiritual weapons and blessings we need in the heavenly places. He has not left us alone or abandoned us in this spiritual battle.
c. Ephesians 3:10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and power in the heavenly places.
The church is the bride of Christ, and as such the Lord has granted us his manifold wisdom. This discernment has been given to us to help us stand firm against Satan’s wiles. Being a part of the church, I believe will help us wage an effective spiritual war against our greatest enemy.
d. Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
God loves us so much, and in this verse He is warning us about our greatest enemy, the devil. He points out that we are indeed in a battle, and so we must clothe ourselves with appropriate armor. If we do, then we will be able to stand against the enemies schemes.
e. Ephesians 6:12 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.
I believe this verse of Scripture describes what spiritual warfare is all about. Apostle Paul explains that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but we are actually fighting against powers and forces of evil in the heavenly places. Our fight is not necessarily against other human beings, but rather we need to fight Satan and those rulers and authorities of darkness that seek to destroy us.
Brothers and Sisters, God gives us the individual pieces of armor that we need to put on to fight the battle.
f. 1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies made concerning you. that by them you may wage the good warfare.
Just as Paul encouraged Timothy, you and I must be encouraged and stand firm in the spiritual battle that we are facing. Apostle Paul reminded Timothy, just as we are reminded about the encouraging prophecies we have received , God was using to equip him (us) to wage the good warfare.
WE MUST REALIZE THAT THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Have a Blessed Day.