You wouldn’t sleep in the midst of a raging war, and neither should you live without awareness in the daily spiritual battle. Arm yourself with God’s Word, and seek His protection and wisdom!!!
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics (schemes, or tricks) of the devil ….. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand” ~ Ephesians 6:10-13 ~
Spiritual combat is going on all the time, all around you!!!! …. It is important for believers to be aware of this conflict in order to battle sin effectively and live in a manner pleasing to God. The struggle exists in three areas.
#1 Internal Enemy
First, we have an internal enemy: Ever since the fall in the garden of Eden, the human heart does not naturally seek after God. But the Holy Spirit can draw us and move our thoughts toward the Lord. However, even after salvation, we have the capacity to do wrong as long as we remain in this carnal body. Scripture cites evidence of the old “flesh” patterns at work within us ~ patterns such as immorality, impurity, jealousy, and outbursts of anger: “Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance — as I told you before — that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” ~ Galatians 5:19-21 ~
#2 External Enemy
Next, we have an external enemy: The ungodly beliefs, attitudes, and philosophies all around us. 1 John 2:15 warns: “If anyone loves the world, the LOVE of the ABBA Father is not in him.” As believers in Yahushua, we should be salt and light to ALL the world around us without allowing its ways to influence our thoughts or behavior.
#3 Infernal Enemy
Third, there’s an infernal enemy, and his name is satan: His desire is to dishonor, discredit God and to gain victory over our Lord’s Kingdom … We know from Scripture that this will not happen, but the conflict will continually rage on until the final days mentioned in in the. Book of Revelation.
Be aware of these three enemies. You wouldn’t sleep in the midst of a raging war, and neither should you live without awareness in the daily spiritual battle. Arm yourself with God’s Word, and seek His protection and wisdom, Amen and Amen!!!