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Monday, November 10, 2014

Winning the War Inside of You

In review of Ephesians 6:12 it says, “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.”

Bottom Line:
We are not fighting other humans, but rather powers, rulers, authorities and other evil spirits of the dark spirit world.

What this means to me:
I must remember that my struggles are not against other humans, but rather against the forces and evil rulers of the unseen world and against a huge number of spirits in the spirit world.

One thing that I need to keep in mind is that I’m constantly at war; an invisible one. This is a war I’ll be engaged in until I die.

The Bible tells me that I have three mortal enemies who are out to destroy my life and everything God wants to do through it:

.The world — the dominant value system around us
.The flesh — the old nature within you
.The Devil — a real being that's out to “kill, steal, and destroy” along with his demonic minions.

The Bible teaches me that, “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” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).

A victory for this war won’t come through bullets or tactics. Within this war, all that matters is Jesus. I need to make him the general of my life, the one I let e in charge of the battle plan. Simply being a believer is not enough for this war. I need to let Jesus become my Lord.

Many believe in Jesus, however to find victory these things, Jesus has to be more than just someone I believe in.

Romans 7:24-25 says, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (NIV)

The answer to an all-consuming battle I’m in isn’t a self-help seminar, a new book, a conference, a psychology, or a therapy. I’m reminded that It’s Jesus. I need to make him my boss always, not just sometimes. I can look to the example of the Apostle Paul. In Romans he makes it clear that he is at the end of his rope. He can’t win the battle on his own. His only hope is “Jesus Christ our Lord.”

It’s time for me to put a new sign over my life that says: “Under new management.”

Spiritual warfare takes place all the time. However I’m likely at my weakest, when I’m detached from God, or tired or just plain cranky. I need to be careful during this times and try to quickly turn my situation around by absorbing Jesus into my life and following his direction.

I believe that so much of what people have problems with in life can likely be traced back to some form of spiritual battle. Unfortunately, our culture is not conditioned to recognizing and even accepting Jesus. This is why its important for myself to help others, when they experience problems in their lives. I can help provide personal example and testimony from my own life. I won’t be able to convince anyone. I can only witness, which is what God wants me to do.

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