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Vs. 12 – Our battle is not against flesh and blood. The enemy of the Kingdom is not the Muslim, atheist, or even those of the World, though they may make things difficult for those in the Kingdom of God.
It is the power behind those philosophies and beliefs that work against God. It is not the individual that we are to battle but the enemy behind their words and actions!
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Recognizing the Enemy: Against the Spiritual forces of evil-rulers, authorities, cosmic powers, over this present darkness. Our enemy is deceitful and scheming, and far from incompetent. He will use any and every weapon at his disposal to separate us from the Kingdom. God’s Word tells us about him.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience… – Ephesians 2:1-2
Prince of the power of the air, the spirit at work in the sons of disobedience…
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. – John 8:43-44
Read Revelation 12… notice vs.10 dates when this happened. Where was the enemy defeated? At the Cross!
“Some of us don’t start fighting in the battle because we’re not sure we can win the war, but the war is already been won nearly two thousand years ago at Calvary. All you have to do is worry about winning the battle today. God can take care of tomorrow.”
– Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
“The truth of the matter is that the devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we lift our hearts to God.”
– Jim Cymbala, Fresh Wind Fresh Fire
David, a man after God’s own heart, said this in Psalm 4, But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. Like David, we too should first turn to God, trusting Him to take on our enemies, our troubles, and our failings.
If we want to be used of God then we must enter the battle, we must be kingdom focused. Our priority must be Christ the King and we must go to battle armored, sword in hand, on our knees in prayer!
Those who are used of God in this world are those who are Kingdom focused, those whose priority is Christ and His Kingdom.
We have to lift up our comrades in Arms (Brothers and Sisters)
“If we are going to intercede for others, we had better be sure that others are interceding for us. We need a prayer covering, especially when we enter an intense season of prayer and fasting. When we hit our knees, we pick a fight with the enemy. And the enemy will fight back. Make no mistake, there is a target on our back. The enemy wants to take us out, but he cannot touch us. He has no jurisdiction in our lives if we are covered by the blood of Jesus, but we also need a prayer covering.
Intercession is spiritual warfare. It’s not for the faint or the feeble. By definition, praying hard is hard. There will be times when our hearts are breaking because of a prayer burden. There will be seasons when the labor pains because intense because the Holy Spirit is birthing something new in us. And there will be times when we feel the enemy launching a frontal assault on our family or business or church. That’s when we need to say on our knees and pray through.”
– Mark Batterson, Draw the Circle
A praying congregation is not discouraged by the attacks of the enemy and his demons. They move forward on their knees, standing firm on the promise of God to never leave us or forsake us, standing firm, armored up and battle ready, we join in the battle! We intercede/pray for one another as we are commanded in vs. 18 and in James 5:16.
In Ephesians 6:18 – Praying in the Spirit…
The Word of God tells us in Romans 8:26-27, Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Next week we will look more closely at the Armor of God…
- Are you in the battle?
- How often to you join with others in the battle?
Suggested books: The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson & Draw the Circle, Mark Batterson