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WHAT IS  SPIRITUAL WARFARE?

SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS THE WAR BETWEEN YOUR FLESH AND SPIRIT. YOUR FLESH REPRESENTS THE DEVIL ATTACKING YOUR SPIRIT TRYING TO KILL, STEAL AND DESTROY YOUR LIFE, BUT DON’T WORRY BECAUSE GOD IS FIGHTING BACK ON YOUR BEHALF. YOUR SPIRIT REPRESENTS GOD FIGHTING TO PROTECT YOU AGAINST YOURSELF AND EVIL SPIRITS. A GOOD EXAMPLE IS IN THE BIBLE, 2 Corinthians 10:1-6. THE CORINTHIANS CRITICIZED PAUL AS IF HE WERE A DOG THAT BARKED LOUDLY, BUT ONLY AT A DISTANCE.

THEY SAID THAT PAUL SEEMED RESERVED IN PERSON BUT VERY BOLD IN HIS LETTERS. THEY SAID THIS BECAUSE PAUL WROTE TO THE CORINTHIAN CHRISTIANS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO STAY IN FAITH/JESUS. THEY ACCUSED HIM OF BACKING DOWN IN ANY FACE-TO-FACE CONFRONTATION. THEY SAID HE WAS A MAN WHO WALKED ACCORDING TO THE FLESH/DEVIL. HE IS ACCUSED OF THIS BECAUSE OF THE PERCEIVED CONTRADICTION BETWEEN HIS GENTLENESS AND HIS TOUGHNESS. PAUL ADMITTED THAT HE WALKS ACCORDING TO THE FLESH IN THE SENSE THAT WE ALL DO. HE IS A FLESH AND BLOOD HUMAN BEING, AND HE STRUGGLES WITH THE SAME THINGS THE CORINTHIAN CHRISTIANS STRUGGLED WITH. HOWEVER, PAUL WANTS TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT HE DOES NOT WAR ACCORDING TO THE FLESH/DEVIL. WHEN PAUL FOUGHT, HIS WEAPONS WERE NOT MATERIAL BUT SPIRITUAL, SUITED FOR SPIRITUAL WAR.

WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING?

OK, DON’T GET ME WRONG SOME SPIRITUAL WARFARE COULD BE THE ENEMY USING OTHER PEOPLE OR EVEN IN YOUR INNER SELF, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU ARE GOING TO PHYSICALLY FIGHT IT.  EPHESIANS 6:12 SAYS “FOR WE DO NOT WRESTLE AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES “.  

PAUL’S IDEA HERE IS MUCH THE SAME AS IN 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-4: FOR THOUGH WE WALK IN THE FLESH, WE DO NOT WAR ACCORDING TO THE FLESH. THE FACT THAT IS THE REAL BATTLE IS NOT AGAINST HUMANS IS FORGOTTEN BY MANY CHRISTIANS, WHO PUT ALL THEIR EFFORTS IN THAT DIRECTION, BUT THE BATTLE IS WITH THE EVIL SPIRITS OPERATING IN THEM. THAT IS THE FACT OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE. PAUL USED A VARIETY OF TERMS TO REFER TO OUR SPIRITUAL ENEMIES. WE SHOULD REGARD THEM AS BEING ON MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS AND OF MANY DIFFERENT RANKS, YET THEY ALL HAVE ONE GOAL: TO KNOCK THE CHRISTIAN/BELIEVERS DOWN FROM THEIR PLACE OF STANDING ON THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD, THAT THE REAL ENEMY WHEN WE’RE IN CONFLICT IS NOT WITH HUMANS BUT WITH THE EVIL ONE.

 HOW DO WE FIGHT?

DON’T GO OUTSIDE AND THROW PUNCHES AT THE AIR, IM NOT TRYING TO HAVE YOU LOOK CRAZY. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A WAR IT IS SPIRITUAL, NOT PHYSICAL.  EPHESIANS 6:13 IT INTRODUCES THE IDEA OF THE “ARMOR” OF GOD (THE BELT OF TRUTH, THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, THE SHOES OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, THE SHIELD OF FAITH, THE HELMET OF SALVATION, AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT) WHICH IS THE PROPER RESPONSE TO SPIRITUAL WARFARE. TRUTH IS REPRESENTED AS A BELT WHICH BOTH PROTECTS OUR STOMACH AND GATHERS UP OUR GARMENTS SO THAT WE CAN FIGHT EFFECTIVELY.

RIGHTEOUSNESS IS REPRESENTED AS A BREASTPLATE WHICH PROVIDES ESSENTIAL PROTECTION FOR THE MOST VITAL ORGANS. WE CANNOT BATTLE AGAINST SPIRITUAL ENEMIES IN OUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS (OUR OWN WAY OF THINKING) THAN A SOLDIER CAN EFFECTIVELY FIGHT WITHOUT HIS BREASTPLATE. THE SHOES OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE IS REPRESENTED AS THE PROTECTIVE SHOES (OR SANDALS) WORN BY A ROMAN SOLDIER (OR TENNIS SHOES WORN BY ME AND YOU TODAY). NO ONE CAN FIGHT EFFECTIVELY OR EFFECTIVELY GO ABOUT HIS BUSINESS WITHOUT THIS EQUIPMENT. FAITH IS REPRESENTED AS A SHIELD, PROTECTING US FROM THE FIERY DARTS OF THE EVIL ONE, THOSE PERSISTENT EFFORTS OF EVIL SPIRITS TO WEAKEN US THROUGH FEAR AND UNBELIEF.

SALVATION IS PICTURED AS THIS KIND OF HELMET, PROTECTING AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE BODY. A SOLDIER WOULD BE FOOLISH TO GO INTO BATTLE WITHOUT HIS HELMET. THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD: THE IDEA IS THAT THE SPIRIT PROVIDES A SWORD FOR YOU, AND THAT SWORD IS THE WORD OF GOD. .THE “ARMOR” OF GOD IS THE STRATEGY OR RESOURCES YOU CAN USE TO FIGHT SPIRITUAL WARFARE.  WITHOUT THE STRENGTH OF GOD AND THE PROTECTION OF SPIRITUAL ARMOR, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO STAND AGAINST THE ATTACKS OF SPIRITUAL ENEMIES. WE CAN ONLY STAND WHEN WE ARE EQUIPPED WITH ARMOR GOD HAS GIVEN US IN JESUS CHRIST.