Wrestle not against Flesh & Blood

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Do Christians really understand Spiritual Warfare?

I wonder if Christians really understand what the scripture teaches about Spiritual warfare?

Take a moment now to refresh yourself in the scriptures because you will forget later!  

Read Ephesian 6:10-18 & 1st John 2:1 & 1st Tim 2:5, & Job 1:6 for content and meaning to putting on God’s full armor in times of trials. 

If you fail to take time to understand God’s basic truth on warfare now, then don’t complain to God when things happen and you don’t understand them.

How I put this song together…

As I remember while putting this song together, I wondered how I could master a melody that describes the spiritual battle in the unseen world as God defines it.

There had to be an unusual battle melody that one can feel the mood and conflict of the enemy’s strongholds.

In contrast to the battle, there had to be a victory side with a choir and me singing.

Incidentally, I sing the words exactly from Ephesians 6 in with little changes in the words to drive home the truth of spiritual warfare and that this is not some man made theology. 

Now try putting a song melody together and then try fitting in exact scriptures as the Bible outlines spiritual warfare was certainly challenging.

2nd Corinthians 10:4 has an emphasis on pulling down enemy Strongholds. 

What are Strongholds?

So what does pulling down Strongholds mean?

Strongholds are “arguments or a high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God”. 

A stronghold is an action where Satan can keep the unbeliever captive or the believer incapacitated.

Defeating Strongholds are in many cases gaining victory over the downward pull of our natural sin nature inherited by Adam.

In other cases, it’s warring against lawlessness.

Our sinful nature is always warring against God’s new nature He gives us when accepting Jesus Christ, Roman 7.

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 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,  2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

Keep in mind that through trials, Jesus in our intercessor between the Father and is always pleading our case before the Father, like a defense lawyer on our behalf against the demonic spiritual forces.

Question: “What is the full armor of God?”
Answer:
 The phrase “full armor of God” comes from Ephesians 6:13-17: “Therefore put on the full armor 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Ephesians 6:12 clearly indicates that the conflict with Satan is spiritual, and therefore no tangible weapons can be effectively employed against him and his minions. We are not given a list of specific tactics Satan will use. However, the passage is quite clear that when we follow all the instructions faithfully, we will be able to stand, and we will have victory regardless of Satan’s strategy.

First Element of Armor – Truth
The first element of our armor is truth (verse 14). This is easy to understand, since Satan is said to be the “father of lies” (John 8:44). Deception is high on the list of things God considers to be an abomination. A “lying tongue” is one of the things He describes as “detestable to Him” (Proverbs 6:16-17). We are therefore exhorted to put on truth for our own sanctification and deliverance, as well as for the benefit of those to whom we witness.

Breastplate of righteousness
Also in verse 14, we are told to put on the breastplate of righteousness. A breastplate shielded a warrior’s vital organs from blows that would otherwise be fatal. This righteousness is not works of righteousness done by men. Rather, this is the righteousness of Christ, imputed by God and received by faith, which guards our hearts against the accusations and charges of Satan and secures our innermost being from his attacks.

Gospel of peace
Verse 15 speaks of the preparation of the feet for spiritual conflict. In warfare, sometimes an enemy places dangerous obstacles in the path of advancing soldiers. The idea of the preparation of the gospel of peace as footwear suggests what we need to advance into Satan’s territory, aware that there will be traps, with the message of grace so essential to winning souls to Christ. Satan has many obstacles placed in the path to halt the propagation of the gospel.

Shield of faith
The shield of faith spoken of in verse 16 makes Satan’s sowing of doubt about the faithfulness of God and His Word ineffective. Our faith—of which Christ is “the author and perfecter” (Hebrews 12:2)— is like a golden shield, precious, solid, and substantial.

Helmet o Salvation
The helmet of salvation in verse 17 is protection for the head, keeping viable a critical part of the body. We could say that our way of thinking needs preservation. The head is the seat of the mind, which, when it has laid hold of the sure gospel hope of eternal life, will not receive false doctrine or give way to Satan’s temptations. The unsaved person has no hope of warding off the blows of false doctrine because he is without the helmet of salvation and his mind is incapable of discerning between spiritual truth and spiritual deception. 

Word of God
Verse 17 interprets itself as to the meaning of the sword of the Spirit—it is the Word of God. While all the other pieces of spiritual armor are defensive in nature, the sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon in the armor of God. It speaks of the holiness and power of the Word of God. A greater spiritual weapon is not conceivable. In Jesus’ temptations in the desert, the Word of God was always His overpowering response to Satan. What a blessing that the same Word is available to us!

Pray
In verse 18, we are told to pray in the Spirit (that is, with the mind of Christ, with His heart and His priorities) in addition to wearing the full armor of God. We cannot neglect prayer, as it is the means by which we draw spiritual strength from God. Without prayer, without reliance upon God, our efforts at spiritual warfare are empty and futile. The full armor of God—truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the Word of God, and prayer—are the tools God has given us, through which we can be spiritually victorious, overcoming Satan’s attacks and temptations.

All my songs have a biblical message and a variety of beats and rhythms so that each song is different and one cannot easy match my style to another artist!   

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