What is spiritual warfare? Does everyone experience spiritual warfare?
Ephesians 6:12 says “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Spiritual warfare is the battle that takes place in the unseen world. Just as we live in a natural world where we can see, touch, hear and taste, there is also an unseen or spiritual realm that exists.
The Bible is clear that mankind has a spiritual enemy and that enemy is the devil and his army of demons.
The devil therefore is not only an enemy to the Christian believer but he is also an enemy to the unbelievers even if unbelievers are unaware of it.
The devil is the enemy of all the things that God loves.
The Bible says that the devil kills, steals and destroys (John 10:10) and that he prowls like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
Therefore in spiritual warfare, the devil and his demons seek to oppress you as a Christian. What’s important to note however is that a Christian CANNOT be possessed by a demon but one can be oppressed as a Christian.
A method in which the devil may oppress Christians is through worry, anxiety, depression, condemnation, guilt, suicidal thoughts, relationship conflicts and the like.
For the unbeliever, the devil can both possess and oppress. While Christians cannot be demon possessed, it is possible for a non-christian / unbeliever to be possessed by demons. It’s also possible for an unbeliever to be oppressed by demons in much the same way that Christians get oppressed with depression and conflicts and the like.
The major reason why Christians cannot be possessed by demons unlike an unbeliever is because the true Christian believer has the Holy Spirit dwelling inside him/her. The true Christian believer has received salvation and been bought back into the kingdom of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore demon possession specifically does not apply to the true Christian believer.
Spiritual warfare not only happens within individuals, but a family, a city, a nation and even the world at large experiences spiritual warfare because the battle between good and evil is being fought at every level of life here on earth.
Spiritual warfare is therefore constantly happening even though at times we may not understand it or see it or feel it.
The battle is ultimately happening between God and satan for the souls of mankind.
Spiritual warfare is the battle is the battle in the unseen world that has a direct impact on our natural world.
The only way that you can have victory over the devil and over sin in your life is through accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Without Jesus Christ in our life, we cannot have victory.
Jesus gives us authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19) and through the Holy Spirit we are given the ability to not only have victory over sin – but to also live a life that is pleasing to God.
DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???
1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
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We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.
PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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