A Spiritual Battle
Ephesians 6:11-12 New Living Translation
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Who is the enemy?
- the devil
- sin – know this enemy – for you might be allies!
- evil rulers and authorities (and someone you know comes to mind?)
- evil spirits
- manipulating spirits
- controlling spirits
- retaliating spirits
- mighty powers – this I know nothing about…for to me, God alone is mighty!
Mark 3:9-11 New Living Translation
Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him. He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people eagerly pushed forward to touch him. And whenever those possessed by evil spirits caught sight of him, the spirits would throw them to the ground in front of him shrieking, “You are the Son of God!”
Mark 5:6 New Living Translation
When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him. With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.”
Their shrieks are always loud! Unpleasantly loud – like their disgusting looks!
Mark 9:25-26 New Living Translation
When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil spirit. “Listen, you spirit that makes this boy unable to hear and speak,” he said. “I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again!” Then the spirit screamed and threw the boy into another violent convulsion and left him. The boy appeared to be dead. A murmur ran through the crowd as people said, “He’s dead.”
Matthew 12:43 New Living Translation
“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.”
Matthew 13:37 New Living Translation
Jesus replied, “The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels. “Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world.
Mark 4:18-19 New Living Translation
The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.
Proverbs 23 – (I believe this is not a literal saying. Seek the Lord’s revelation on this one)
James 4:17 New Living Translation
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
Who or what do we battle for?
- We battle for our salvation!
- We battle for our loved ones!
- We battle for the unsaved and the oppressed and the prisoners!
- We battle for our destiny!
2 Corinthians 4:4 New Living Translation
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
Acts 26:17-18 New Living Translation
And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’
- See John 10:9-10 New Living Translation
Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Anyone who has experienced a heaven’s tour will understand this. (Jn 10:9)
We are victorious in Christ! God always win a battle!
- BE HUMBLE
James 4:7 New Living Translation
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
- DO NOT SIN IN ANGER
Ephesians 4:26-28 New Living Translation
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.
- DO NOT WORRY
1 Peter 5:7-9 New Living Translation
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
Luke 21:34-36 New Living Translation
“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
2 Corinthians 2:9-11 New International Version
Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven–if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
Luke 3:11 New Living Translation
John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”
Isaiah 58:6-11 New Living Translation
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the LORD will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
James 5:16 New Living Translation
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
- Genesis 20:17
Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children.
- 2 Chronicles 30:20
So the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.
- James 5:17
Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!
- James 5:18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
Prayer moves the heavenlies! When we pray, God not just listen but takes action according to what we pray. He commands it and it is done. He wills it, and it happens.
The fate of the enemy
Exodus 15:6 New Living Translation
“Your right hand, O LORD, is glorious in power. Your right hand, O LORD, smashes the enemy.
This is a literal smash thing. If you have experienced a battle in deliverance, you will understand this! It’s a battle scripture – on spiritual warfare. Ask me how! ☕
Psalm 11:6 New Living Translation
He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked, punishing them with scorching winds.
Psalm 18:14 New Living Translation
The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded amid the hail and burning coals. He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; his lightning flashed, and they were greatly confused.
Psalm 140 NLT
6I said to the LORD, “You are my God!” Listen, O LORD, to my cries for mercy! 7O Sovereign LORD, the strong one who rescued me, you protected me on the day of battle. 8LORD, do not let evil people have their way. Do not let their evil schemes succeed, or they will become proud. 9Let my enemies be destroyed by the very evil they have planned for me. 10Let burning coals fall down on their heads. Let them be thrown into the fire or into watery pits from which they can’t escape. 11Don’t let liars prosper here in our land. Cause great disasters to fall on the violent.
This is worth trying. 🙂 More weapons, the better! (Again, this might not be understandable to someone who has not experienced deliverance and warfare.)
1 Samuel 2:2-10 New Living Translation
No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. “Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don’t speak with such arrogance! For the LORD is a God who knows what you have done; he will judge your actions. The bow of the mighty is now broken, and those who stumbled are now strong. Those who were well fed are now starving, and those who were starving are now full. The childless woman now has seven children, and the woman with many children wastes away. The LORD gives both death and life; he brings some down to the grave but raises others up. The LORD makes some poor and others rich; he brings some down and lifts others up. He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor. For all the earth is the LORD’s, and he has set the world in order. “He will protect his faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone. Those who fight against the LORD will be shattered. He thunders against them from heaven; the LORD judges throughout the earth. He gives power to his king; he increases the strength of his anointed one.”
All glory to God in the highest!
by Mar Marilag 3-Feb-2017
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