September 30, 2013
(Eph 6:10-13) Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord and in the might of his power. Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore, take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day and to stand in all things perfect.
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“I went against my enemies and they are no more.” This was a common testimony of victory written by kings during Old Testament times. The goal of war was total annihilation of the enemy; from their rulers, right down to the family guppy. The motive was not about power, but the removal of influence.
Reading the accounts of warfare in the Old Testament can leave one feeling the outcomes were a little over the top for our modern acceptance.
Today, we are against genocide. Instead, modern warfare endeavors to inflict enough mayhem upon the enemy until they cry “uncle” by signing an article of surrender.
But this does not mean the old approach to warfare is no longer relevant. It still has its place in spiritual conflicts where we battle against the powers and dark forces that challenge us within.
We must not enter into spiritual warfare hoping to bring our enemies to a gentleman’s agreement to no longer bother us. Spiritual enemies never honor such contracts. As long as they remain within, they will attack.
Our goal must be the complete destruction of these spiritual influences. The victory must be all-inclusive and perpetual, destroying both the enemy’s stronghold and influence on our nature.
So how are your spiritual battles going? Are you vanquishing the enemy or trying to achieve an armistice? You will never have complete victory until you can testify, by the help of God: “I went against my enemies and they are no more.”
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Our mission to the culture lies at the heart of what it means to be leaven, light, salt and the soul of the world as the early Christians taught. However, we do need to remember that the task we face is first, at root, a spiritual struggle that will first be won in prayer, stepped into a new Christian missionary movement by the compelling witness of a vibrant, orthodox, faithful Christianity that is culturally engaging, relevant and compelling to the new pagans of our age.
The contemporary re-emergence of ancient paganism is not the path to authentic human freedom and flourishing but to misery. The Christian understanding of the dignity of every human life and the truth about marriage and family is not some outdated notion of a past era but the framework for a future of true freedom. We are living in a new missionary age.
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