Spiritual warfare: WEek 1

Frank Park | Founding & Senior Pastor

Starting this week, I’ll be doing a devotional series about spiritual warfare.

As a pastor, I’ve talked to my share of people who have been shot emotionally - whether it be marital strife, physical sickness, financial strain, etc. As a result, many start questioning God’s goodness and we forget that it’s not just us and God, but that there is a third variable - Satan and demons. And we live in a day where we try to explain everything away with an “ology” - psychology, biology, sociology, physiology and we omit the spiritual. The reality is that live in a broken world and things are not the way they should be. That not everything is God’s will, but there is also God’s enemy.

The Apostle Paul talks about this in one of his Epistles - The book of Ephesians. This is one of the final words of God through Paul and he talks about the deeply spiritual all the way to the deeply practical. Paul talks about salvation, relationships, marriage, parenting and work, but he ends the letter with spiritual warfare. God wants to bless your relationships, bless your marriage, bless your parenting and bless your work. However, if we neglect and omit the existence of Satan & demons, we are essentially going into war with one eye closed.

Ephesians 6:10-24
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts. Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.

Here is what we know from this passage: We have the church, we have God, and we have enemies against God and His people. Not just individuals, but the whole CAPITAL C - CHURCH.

That Jesus loves us & Satan hates us.
That Jesus has plans for us & Satan has plans to oppose us.
That Jesus wants to bless us & Satan wants to undermine those blessings.

Make no mistake. IT IS A WAR.

Unfortunately, many Christians do not know this, because we live in a moral therapeutic culture that has reduced Jesus into a life coach who gives you tips and tricks to better your life for your glory.

God doesn’t exist for our glory. Rather, we exist for His and the more strides you and I make with Jesus, the more resistance we will feel. The more we advance His Kingdom, the more shots we will take. That we as followers of King Jesus are not to take the path of least resistance, but the path of greatest glory.

In the coming weeks, we will talk about things that any soldier needs to know in any war.
#1 - Know your enemy
#2 - Know your King
#3 - Know your weapons

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