Warfare

1Peter 5:8-9~a  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith,

As Christians, whether we know it or not, we are always at war…  with our arch enemy, satan.  And he is vigilantly seeking an opportunity to devour us.  But God has given us the weapons of and for our warfare… if we will just use them. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds).  Our warfare is accomplished through God and the utilization of His weapons…..and they are mighty!  God’s Word tells us that they are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds!  We must remember that our fight is not against flesh and blood!  Our battle begins in our mind.  Satan knows how to feed our mind, our thoughts with his lies and deceit.  If we listen to his lies for very long, we can begin to believe them. We may give place to them, thus, building on the initial lie planted.  Before long, satan has built himself a little kingdom, in which if allowed to continue, can turn into a stronghold.

God intends for us to be diligent, be vigilant, catching satan in his lies early on, and quickly dealing with him and his lies.  As we read in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, God tells us how to get this done.  The idea is to stop him dead in his tracks with the first planted lie.  If we let it stay, we will begin to mull it over and meditate on it until we begin to let it (lies) set in and take root.  The longer you allow his lies, his voice, to toy with you, the more you can buy into it.

2Corinthians 10:3-5 (amp)   For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

2Corinthians 10:3-5 (kjv) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

With the first suggestion (LIE) he speaks to us…. God tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 to cast down imaginations, strongs concordance says to take down, demolish and destroy it.  Imaginations can work overtime in our head, in reasonings, computations, thought and our conscience.  Sometimes I have just shouted out, shut up satan, in Jesus Name, be quiet and go.  Stop and listen to the voice… is it exalting itself against the knowledge of God.  Gods Word says, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.  Learn what God says you are, by reading and studying His Word.  That is how we can quickly recognize the lies…. when we have Gods Word(Bible) to compare it to.  The more of Gods Word you know, the more you will recognize satans lies. His lies cover a lot of territory.  He brings accusations against us and those we love and know.  He brings thoughts to cause us to fear, even though Gods Word says to Fear Not!

Isaiah 41:10 (kjv) Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

BTW: Do you know my Savior? Jesus is His Name.  The only Name given whereby men can be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Sharon Middleton

 

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