Spiritual Warfare

When I was a kid growing up on the farm one of my Dad’s regular admonitions was, “don’t just stand there, do something”! Just standing around doing nothing was a sure way to get extra chores, the real nasty ones that nobody else wanted, like cleaning out calf pens.

As we live our life as a warrior for God, being an overcomer, a conquerer, most would recognize that we are not going to do it in the same way that David fought against Goliath. In fact in the New Testament there are some very clear “rules of engagement” that God has established if we are going to win against our enemy.

2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth.

2 Corinthians 6:1 And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—

Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The basic principle of spiritual warfare is God does it, but He works when we do, He amplifies what we do. If we stand around doing nothing expecting God to work, we won’t see much. So God’s admonition to me is pretty much the same as my Dad’s, “Do something”!

The cool thing about fighting against the kingdom of darkness is that if we do it right we can’t lose, a guaranteed win. So, the most obvious and clear signal that we can send to God that we are charging ahead to stomp the devil, but with an attitude of dependence and trust in Him, working together with Him, is prayer. We are praying for wisdom, strength, and protection for ourselves. We are praying for justice in situations where we see injustice. We are asking God to Commission and energize angels to fight, bind, and resist the kingdom of darkness. We are asking Him to give spiritual sight to the spiritually blind so they can know the truth.

Being an “Overcomer” for Jesus is a great privilege, and nothing we do will amount to anything without much prayer.

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