True Followers of Jesus engage in Spiritual Warfare

The war between what the flesh wants and what the Spirit wants

John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.'

True Disciples of Jesus are His Soldiers and are called to fight the Evil Powers of Satan.

It does not matter who the person is that is dying, they need to fall in love with the Lord Jesus Christ and it is us Disciples of Jesus who help them to do that. We fight Satan and his followers who wants them lost.

Ephesians 6:12 'For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.'

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Doctrine of Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare is against:

  • The Devil
  • The flesh
  • Enemies
  • The World
  • Death
  • Often arises from the opposition of friends or relatives

Is not after the flesh
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Is a good warfare

The charge to Timothy renewed
1 Timothy 1:18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.

Is a good fight of faith
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Spiritual Warfare to be carried on:

  • With the Father God, his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ making their home with the Soldier
  • Empowered by the Holy Spirit of God
  • Under Christ, our Captain
  • Under the Lord's banner
  • With faith [But not blind faith]
  • With a good conscience
  • With steadfastness in the faith
  • With earnestness
  • With watchfulness
  • With sobriety
  • With endurance of hardness
  • With self-denial
  • With confidence in God
  • With prayer
  • Without earthly entanglements
  • Soldiers are professed Christians who are the true friends of God and man.
  • Mere professors do not maintain Spiritual Warfare
  • a) Those who are actuated by hope and fear, or in other words, by self-love or by selfishness.
  • b) Those who are actuated by public opinion.

True Born-again followers of the Lord Jesus:

  • Are all engaged in it
  • Must stand firm in it
  • Exhorted to diligence in it
  • Encouraged in it
  • Helped by God in it
  • Protected by God in it
  • Comforted by God in it
  • Strengthened by God in it
  • Strengthened by Christ in it
  • Delivered by Christ in it
  • Thank God for victory in it

The armour of God
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

The whole of the armour must be fully worn

They who overcome in the Spiritual Warfare shall:

  • Eat the hidden manna
  • Eat of the tree of life
  • Be clothed in white raiment
  • Be pillars in the temple of God
  • Sit with Christ in his throne [WOW!]
  • Have a white stone, and, in it a new name written
  • Have power over the nations
  • Have the name of God written upon them by Christ
  • Have God as their God
  • Have the morning-star
  • Inherit all things
  • Be confessed by Christ before God the Father
  • Be sons of God
  • Not be hurt be the second death
  • Not have their names blotted out of the book of life

New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

Being a True Soldier for Christ Jesus the Lord of All

I am led in Battle by the greatest Leader there has ever been. Him, the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God the Father.

My "Lord!" My "Saviour!" My "Commander!" in the heat of Battle. My "Hope!" when the Battle is not going well. My "Master!" whose Will must be done by Me. My "Judge!" whom I will have to stand before and give an account of my life. My "Avenger!" who will deal with all my Persecutors, my Enemies, unless they get saved saved by His Perfect Gospel.

It is no longer I that live, but Him who lives in Me. The life I live in my Body is by faith, heart trust, in my Lord and Saviour who took my punishment even though He had done nothing to deserve it.

Finally, to any False Christian, an unconverted person who calls Jesus, "LORD!" yet refuses to obey His Teachings and His Commands.

YOU ARE AN ENEMY OF GOD AND A FRIEND OF THE DEVIL

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