We are told we are in a spiritual war - a war of good vs evil. This war has been going on since creation but has culminated into something that can actually be seen physically today. This spiritual war is a war for the mind and its spiritual warfare is the conflict which exists between the devil and his agents and God and His supporters. In Revelation 12:7–9, KJV "And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." We are told of spiritual , why war but we are not taught about the how, why, when and where about this subject. Our pulpits have sold out to the world and only teach us what the agenda of the day is for society instead of God's laws, principles, statues and spiritual warfare - the tools, how to use them and how to battle the war. We are all physical beings living in both a physical and spiritual world. We forget that the war mentioned in Revelation is still happening today. We think that because we can’t physically see the enemy all the time that the war must not exist. But spiritual warfare is more insidious than that: it affects the soul, the very spirit of man. And in fact, the very DNA that controls our entire body systems. In order to understand how to fight this spiritual war in the physical realm which must know the tools to use to fight the war. God tells us what these tools are and how to use them. Let's take a look at these in detail. BATTLE PREPARATIONS
God has given us dominion over all things of this earth. He tells us in Genesis 1:26-28 KJV "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
He gave us the keys of the kingdom in Matthew 16:19 KJV "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Know your enemy. Sun Tzu tells us in The Art of War that “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” 1 Peter 5:8 ESV "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."
We are to overcome our worldliness. Galatians 2:20 ESV "I have been crucified with Christ. It no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Romans 8:7 ESV "For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot."
HOW TO ENGAGE IN A SPIRITUAL WAR
He gave us the armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"
He gave us assurance that He is fighting through us if we have surrendered to Him. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 KJV "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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."
He assures us that we will never be separated from God when in obedience. Romans 8:37-39 KJV "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Priscilla Shirer states "Everything that occurs in the visible, physical world is directly connected to the wrestling match being waged in the invisible, spiritual world," she said. "The effects of the war going on in the unseen world reveal themselves in our strained and damaged relationships, emotional instability, mental fatigue, physical exhaustion and many other areas of life. Many of us feel pinned down by anger, unforgiveness, pride, comparisons, insecurity, discord, fear. . . and the list goes on. But the overarching, primary nemesis behind all these outcomes is the Devil himself." The war we are in is real. Lucifer isn’t playing with us. The gloves have been taken off and is attacking us with all the force of his thousands of experience, preparedness and knowledge. The only way we can win these spiritual battles is by putting on the whole Armour of God. If we don’t put on the whole outfit that God gave us, we are not going to have the results we want. Everyone please read this over and over - the spiritual battle begins in the mind. We encourage you to grab your Bible and start putting on the Armour of God. And in a little while, we’ll be able to call ourselves Warriors.