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February 19, 2011, 1:00 AM

The Battle Is Not One Sided!!

We are in a War…

This War is not in the physical realm…

This War is in the spiritual realm…

There is an enemy named Lucifer…

There is an enemy called flesh…

Both of these are at war with our spirits & our minds…

Ephesians 6 says it like this: 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.

The spirit world is very much real and there is a constant war being waged by the enemy of our souls and his minions, there is also a constant battle between our spirit and our flesh…

The war is inevitable…

If you choose to live a holy, consecrated life then you are going to have to be willing to go to war…

So now we know that we are in a war…

The next question is…

Are we fighting or just being beat…

So many times when it comes to Spiritual Warfare we say “Man I’m Battling” or “I’m in Warfare right now” but we are really not battling……..we are being beat…

Why???

Because battle means a combat between two persons, a battle is not one sided…

A one sided battle usually means that someone is being beat or that they are gearing up for their next assault…

Hopefully it is the latter and not the former…

So many times I fear that we say we are in the battle but in reality we are doing no warfare…

There is no prayer going up…

There is no fasting taking place…

The Word is not being read like it should…

If I am on the front lines…

The enemy is shooting at me…

my gun is just laying beside me not being used…

I’m hollering to my comrades “I am in a battle”…

They look at me like I’m out of my mind…

Why???

Because I am not engaging in combat…

Instead I am standing idle while the enemy barrages me with bullets…

I’m not in a battle because I am not using the weapons that have been made available to me…
2 Corinthians tells us: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…

 
We have been given weapons…
 

Eph. 6 tells us about the weapons…

13Wherefore 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. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Gird up your loins with truth…

  • Truth is your protection…

Protect yourself with truth…

Speak truth to your enemy…

When your enemy comes in with lies and doubts….

Stand tall and speak truth…

  • The Breastplate of Righteousness…

Righteousness means to be free from guilt or sin…

Wear Righteousness on your chest…

Wear righteousness over your heart…

The Breastplate of Righteousness covers more of your body then any other piece of armor…

The Breastplate covers the vital organs…

You must cover your spiritual vitals with Righteousness…

  • Feet shod with the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace…

The Gospel of Peace is simply Good News…

Walk in the Good News…

What is the Good News…

Good News is simply “Good News”…

Good News = “Satan I am bought by the blood of Jesus”…

Good News = “Satan I am a child of the King”…

Good News = “Satan I am a overcomer”

  • Faith is our Shield

Faith is perhaps the most vital weapon…

Faith shields us from unbelief…

As long as I have faith, unbelief cannot prevail…

Faith that “I Will” overcome…

Faith that “I Will” be victorious…

Faith that no weapon formed against me shall prosper…

Faith…

Faith is vital to my survival…

Faith is our shield…

Faith is our protection…

  • The Helmet of Salvation…

Why should I wear Salvation on my head??

The word Salvation in the Greek means deliverance and preservation…

The Helmet is wore upon the head…

The Helmet protects the mind…

The Helmet of Salvation delivers my mind…

The Helmet of Salvation preserves my mind…

The battle is usually won or lost in the mind…

It is important to have my mind constantly delivered…

Delivered from doubt…

Delivered from fear…

Delivered from impure thoughts…

Delivered from lies of the enemy…

It is important for my mind to be preserved…

The word preserved means to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction, to keep alive…

The Helmet of Salvation keeps my mind safe from mental injury, mental destruction…

The Helmet of Salvation keeps my mind alive…

Get your Helmet on…

  • The Sword of the Spirit…

The Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God…

So is that Sword one word???

If the Sword is one word then which one is it???

Word in the Greek original text is “hrema”…

Hrema means “Utterance” or in our language “saying”…

God’s utterance or sayings is found in scriptures…

This verse is not talking about one specific word/utterance/saying but rather whatever word (scripture) that is relevant to the situation…

The Bible is God’s word but his word is made up of many, many “words” (scriptures)

So we must take up His word and do warfare with it…

His word for your situation may be found in the Old Testament while His word for my situation may be found in the New Testament…

His Word cannot be narrowed down to “one” word but instead it spans across every scripture written…

The Bible goes on to tell us to pray with all prayer and to make earnest petitions in the Spirit…

We cannot just pray a “patty cake” prayer…

We have to pray in the Spirit…

We have to make earnest and humble petitions before God…

This is how we stay humble and remember that He ultimately has control over every situation and battle…

The scripture also says watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…

We must keep our eyes open…

We also cannot survive alone…

We should look out for our fellow warriors and pray for them to persevere…

These are our weapons…

These are not carnal weapons…

Never try to fight a spiritual war with the arm of the flesh…

Never try to fight a spiritual battle without God and His weapons…

One thing to notice is this…

  • Nowhere in this scripture does it say anything about a covering for your backside…

Why??

Because God never intended for us to run from the enemy…

To retreat means that the enemy has won a victory…

Sure there are times when we have to duck down and hold on for dear life……those times when we feel like we are being beat but guess what, if you are still on the battle field then you are still in the battle…it does not matter what you feel but rather what you do…

Remember this..

2 Cor. 4:8-9

8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

It’s not a battle if your not feeling a little hard pressed, perplexed and persecuted but just remember your still on the field so your still in the fight…

There are times when you have to put up that shield of Faith, hunker down and trust...

When I have to hunker down under my shield of Faith it means that someone else is fighting for me……that someone is God…I may not see Him or hear Him but He is there…

There are times when He will give us the strength to fight but then there are times when he will push us down under our shields and say “Rest my child and let me do “all” the fighting”…

We don’t have to run..

If you are running then that means you are not using the weapons that God has provided…

We have to fight…

Why do we have to fight?

If God can fight for us then why do we ever have to fight?

Because it makes us strong servants of God…

When we fight in this war we have to use God’s weapons therefore we have to rely totally on God……this increases our faith in Him and He receives praise and worship from from our battle…

You see God does not want spiritual weaklings but rather strong warriors…

But…

God does not expect us to be a warrior over night…

He expects us to follow His word, use His weapons and grow into the warrior that we are to become…

You are destined to be a warrior…

You can do it….through Him…

It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned warrior or a warrior in training, if you will use the weapons and go with God then you will be victorious…

We cannot stand idle while our enemy wages war on our soul…

I am tired of seeing people being beat because they choose to stand idle and not use the weapons that God has given them…

Go to War!!!

Use the God Given Combat Tools that are available to you!!!

Stop letting the enemy whip you whether it be your flesh or Satan!!!!

Devil We Declare War!!!!!

Flesh We Declare War!!!!

Ephesians 6:10