I’ve never met a person that doesn’t want good health, strong relationships, and abundant living.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Spiritual Warfare”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Designed in Canva[/featured-image]
However, take a look around. Abundant life is pretty hard to find these days. It is my contention that the enemy of our souls wants to use poor health to make us ineffective for kingdom work, and rob us of the abundant life that’s rightfully ours.
We must understand that not every thought is your own…..
There is no need to fear the enemy or satan. satan is not omnipresent (everywhere). he’s not omniscient (all knowing) nor is he omnipotent (all powerful).
God is all of these things, and we are his children. He loves us with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) God cares for us more than we know. (Matthew 23:37) He will protect us, and he will never leave us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) (Matthew 28:20)
The Spirit of God is more powerful than any demonic force, or evil spirit. (1 John 4:4) As followers of Jesus Christ, we have God’s Holy Spirit living inside us, empowering us. God’s Spirit enables us to overcome the “flaming arrows” the enemy may send our way. (Ephesians 6:16)
This is not a physical battle. It is a spiritual one, (Ephesians 6:12) and it takes place in our minds. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) What are those “flaming arrows”? They are suggestions in our minds, given to us by intelligent, sentient, spirit beings with a fallen, evil nature.
Their desire is to convince us to think, speak and act according to their evil, nature. In essence, they want to live vicariously through us. This battle is a common one. (Joel 3:14)
We have power and authority over satan and his angels. (Luke 10:19) We must learn to exercise that authority, and win the battles going on in our minds. We are told to “resist the devil, and he will flee.” (James 4:7)
We must understand that not every thought is your own. It may sound like our voice inside our heads. But, it’s actually satan or more likely a demon acting on his behalf, influencing our thoughts. They play the ventriloquist.
We see this at work when Jesus was explaining that he had to suffer and die, and Peter rebuked him saying “this shall not happen”. Jesus wasted no time in letting Peter, and the disciples know where that thought came from by saying: “Get behind me satan.” (Matthew 16:23)
Just a couple of verses earlier, Jesus commended Peter for receiving a thought from God the Father. (Matthew 16:17)
We see this principle at work again in the book of acts when Peter says: “Ananias, why has satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?” (Acts 5:3) And, again when satan put into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus. (John 13:2)
We are all vulnerable to demonic suggestions. We must understand that not every thought is our own. It’s up to us to distinguish between our own thoughts, thoughts from God, and thoughts from the kingdom of darkness. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
The secret to finding the abundant life is spiritual warfare. The secret to spiritual warfare is tenaciously holding on to truth. To do this, we must take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) and reject any thought that doesn’t bring life.
Since the enemy uses lies to accomplish his desires, (John 8:44) rehearsing truth is crucial. Truth is found in God’s word. (2 Timothy 3:16)
A uniquely human characteristic that separates us from the animals is our ability to reason and use judgement. We all have a measure of right and wrong given to us by God. We commonly refer to it as our conscience. However, we primarily learn right from wrong by the study of God’s word, the bible. (2 Timothy 3:16)
We must understand that we are being bombarded with lies by the world, the flesh and the evil one. Not every thought is your own. We must be on our toes and stay sharp. We do this by meditating on God’s word. (Joshua 1:8) Otherwise we become prey for the enemy. (1 Peter 5:8)
To Be Continued…..
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