Spiritual Warfare: The Other Side
In the Kingdom of Light, when talking about spiritual warfare, we (most of the time) mean we're fighting against dark opposing forces in the kingdom of darkness. Sometimes the plans of hell we face are mental, emotional, physical, relational, and financial. These plans are strategically implemented to provoke a certain response out of us. Usually, these dark opposing forces' plans manifest into mind attacks; like suicidal thoughts, depression, oppression, anxiety, fear, or confusion.
Here's something that I have discovered that I want to share with you. What we believe is an individual attack is really always bigger than just you. If we are a part of a body, a community, a family, a government, a whole church locally and globally; where every part supplies a need.... what makes us think that individual attacks only are meant for us.
From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to growand mature, building itself up in [unselfish] love. Ephesians 4:16
These are the plans of the enemy's warfare strategy. His goal is to infiltrate and disjoint the whole body and one way he does that is to get to individual members and then when he feels there's a weakness he will send a bigger attack on the body as a whole.
What we feel and experience as fear, depression, or anxiety is really the kingdom of darkness trying to encroach and take territory that the Kingdom of Light possesses. The territory includes physical land, businesses, organizations, spiritual property, and souls. We know the soul is made up of our mind, will, emotions, and intellect. This is the battleground, the soul. The enemy can attack in many different places and ways, but his ultimate goal is to get our minds. Why? You ask. Because if he can get us to succumb to the thoughts and adopt a mentality, if he can tie us in his web of lies and get us to be open where he can build a stronghold in our minds; then he can trust that the decisions we make will follow the pattern that he set.
For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh.The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.We tear down arguments and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Have you ever heard that the mind is the devil's playground? Well, this is true only if we allow him access. The mind is where our decision center is and it's also how we trigger our body to comply with our thoughts and carry out behaviors. Here's what I want to leave you with, The Mind of Christ is one of our weapons against spiritual attack. The centrality of spiritual warfare is to gain the territory of the opposing enemy and to then claim and establish a kingdom in that territory. As believers, our fight is not to fight against the enemy in our own power and might. Our responsibility in warfare is to take on the mind of Christ. When we do our actions are carried out by HIM, not ourselves. The only way to receive the Mind of Christ is to get to know him, by living in his presence, praying, fasting, and reading and studying his word.
Remember, JESUS wins EVERY FIGHT!
There is always so much I want to say, but I pray this blesses you and keeps you focused on your response! I'm so excited to bring you part II of this sometime this week! SEE you later Lions for next weeks, Spiritual Warfare Part II: Gods' Agenda.
BE BRAVE. ROAR.