The position of the Spiritual Warrior
Here we stand in the midst of a fallen world, while the spiritual battle rages all around. Satan and his fallen angels work night and day to preserve their kingdom, from the advancing Kingdom of God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
THE BATTLE IS OVER THE SOULS OF HUMANITY, as Satan works to keep lost humanity from finding salvation, blinding those who are perishing.
HE ALSO WORKS TO PREVENT THE SAINTS (the saved) FROM ADVANCING the KINGDOM OF GOD through a catalog of weapons and tactics.
For those new to the faith, the reality of spiritual warfare can be a shock. However, the LORD THROUGH SCRIPTURE has PREPARED US TO EXPECT the war and the attacks.
If God is so powerful, why doesn’t God just eliminate Satan and his of fallen angels? Many of us ask this question ourselves in the midst of the struggle. Why do we have to struggle with Satan, and go through his attacks? Have you ever found yourself asking this question? If you have, you are not alone, when we struggle and feel helpless; sometimes it is hard for us to see any good in the struggle.
One thing we need to remember is God does not need angels or humans, to do His work or us. He is completely able to accomplish His will. If he made the universe, including the spiritual realms, at the command of His word, He could finish it at the command of His word. However, God chooses to use us, and allow us to participate in His work. In the process, we the saints (believers in Christ) transform into the image of Christ. Satan serves the purpose of the Lord, because his attacks cause us to grow, being more like Christ ( 2 Corinthians 3:18).
Imagine if you as child growing, never experienced pain, or failure, then as an adult you were expected to cope with pain or failure. How do you think you would handle the trials of adulthood, without having the trials of childhood? When we fall off the bike, or struggle to learn to walk, falling and crying we are being transformed into adults, through trials. In the same way, when we struggle spiritually we are being transformed, the Holy Spirit is conforming us to the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us, urging us to pray.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8;26
Through the process of spiritual warfare, the redeemed are tested and tried, learning to trust and depend on the Lord. In the spiritual war Satan’s hands are tied, he is limited in what he can do; God knows our limitations too, not allowing more then we can handle.
The spiritual war
As we see from scripture SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS VERY REAL, and involving both the physical and spiritual worlds. In our physical world, we see the effects of this spiritual conflict, between angelic and demonic realms.
Through scripture, God has revealed to us the supernatural world, vying for the souls of humanity. This struggle involves us, whether we want it or not, once someone comes to Christ they become SATAN'S MORTAL ENEMY, rather then his mortal victim. Satan understands the stakes of a saved soul used by the Lord.
Before the person is saved Satan’s goal was to keep the person in darkness, by blinding the lost from seeing the gospel. All this changes when someone comes to the light, Satan’s goal shifts from keeping a person lost, to defeating the “new” believer, to keep them from living a victorious life. He wants them to be defeated, in bondage, wallowing in the struggles of their life. He (Satan) wants to keep them becoming effective warriors for the Kingdom of God, he does this through his attacks. God uses these same attacks to advance His kingdom, through them the saved, learn to the way of the spiritual warrior.
This war however is not primarily played out in the physical world, but the spiritual as Paul states in Ephesians chapter 6. It is imperative for everyone who serves in the army of the Lord to understand just how and why the enemy battles. For this reason, Paul makes a the distinction between the two realms, the physical and the spiritual. Our battle takes in spiritual places, even though it may seem to be physical, the source is spiritual, in heavenly realms.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
Before we continue to understand the spiritual war and the role we play, we should have a clear understanding of the nature of spiritual warfare. Let’s make sure we have a clear understanding of the background of spiritual war, in relation to the Christian.
1.Who is our enemy?
First our enemy is Satan, a fallen angel of the cherub order (Ezekiel 28:14), who deceived 1/3 of the angels who followed him in rejected their Creator (Revelation. 12:4), the Lord God of the Bible. He along with his horde of fallen angels (demons) unite in their assault against humanity (Ephesians 6:12). They work through fallen humanity, who is deceived by Satan (John 8:44).
2. What is the spiritual war?
The Spiritual war is a war between the forces of God, including angels and saved humanity versus Satan and his fallen angels (Luke 4:8-9). The battle is for the souls of souls of lost (I Corinthians. 4:3-4), to bring them to salvation. Satan has blinded the eyes of those who are perishing, so they stay in their lost condition. Our goal is to advance the kingdom of God on Satan’s territory, through the power of the Gospel, which transforms lives, bringing the lost to salvation (Matthew 28:18-20)
3. Where is the spiritual war fought?
The Spiritual war is being fought in heavenly realms (Ephesians. 6:12), on the battlefield of the minds of humanity (I Corinthians. 4:14). The physical world is merely a byproduct of the events taking place spiritually. When souls come to salvation, territory is taken away from Satan. He and his fallen angels control geographic areas, keeping souls under in a lost condition. When the Gospel is advanced on enemy territory, Satan looses control.
He looses territory, when minds turn from his control, to Christ.
4. When does the spiritual war take place?
The war started at the fall of the angels, and the battle was transferred to earth when Adam and Eve fell. Satan became the god of the age, he exercises their (Adam and Eve) dominion over the earth. Satan works to prevent the lost from being saved, by keeping them in blindness to the gospel.
When a person is “saved” by being “Born again”, they are removed from Satan’s power, they now have Holy Spirit power. At this point, Satan begins his battle to destroy the testimony and walk of the newly saved believer.
5. How is the spiritual war fought?
Satan wages war on two fronts, the spiritual and the physical
front. In the spiritual front, Satan controls areas of the physical earth, through the fallen angels who rule over spiritual principalities (Ephesians 6:12,
Daniel 10). Satan is behind deceptive teachings to keep regions under darkness.
This battle is also fought in the minds and hearts of humanity. Satan opposes the advancing Gospel, because it frees minds from satanic deception.
To summarize these five points:
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