War can be described as an act of violence intended to compel our opponent to fulfil our will. In a more popular sense, it can be seen as a conflict between two or more parties involving hostilities of considerable duration and magnitude. We need to awaken to the reality that God is not a civilian and life is not always going to be a picnic. What we experience in our life in the physical is minuscule in comparison to the spiritual arena where war is a constant posing threat. There isn’t a nation on earth that makes diminishing jokes about their military strength. This world has either witnessed or familiarised themselves with the ravages of war.
“Overcomers are Not Passive they Pursue”
Our world has been exposed to many different patterns of war such as biological warfare, revolutionary warfare, civil war, religious wars, arial war, guerilla war, but these examples are only a fragment of the various faces of conflict earth has endured. If this is true in the physical how much more in the spiritual realm. Being ignorant of the invisible, but tangible, arena of the spiritual realm, will leave tragic devastation of colossal propulsions in your life.
Deep troubles need deep prayers. Violent enemies need violent prayers, dangerous enemies require dangerous prayers!
Let’s take a look at a few battles revealed in the Word of God.
- Nagging Battles (2 Corinthians 11:23-29). Paul was relentless in nature and in his ministry. He writes and shares all that he has endured for the sake of the kingdom. Sometimes life makes us feel like we’re getting pummeled and pounded without a sense of relief or purpose. Through Paul and many other warriors of faith we are taught that we need to endure in our trials and finish our race strong.
- Hidden Battles (Ephesians 6:12). Everyone is entangled with some or other battle or warfare at any given time. Our enemy is always working at trading light for darkness, happiness for sadness or peace for war. But we must never lose sight of the fact that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities. You will never bring your adversity into defeat if you do not have revelation of this.
“Rules of Engagement – The Battle is Real, Train Your Spirit”
Spiritual warfare is inevitable. Even Jesus wrestled against powers and principalities in the Garden of Gethsemane, a battle so fierce that His sweat ran down in the form of drops of blood. Warfare forms an intrinsic component in Christian living.
The Holy Spirit is the most dynamic mentor a warrior could ever wish for!
We need to learn the art of attack and know the rules by which to fight successfully. Whatever we fail to master will master us. We have to identify our enemy and target him correctly. With this in mind lets take a look at some of these rules.
- You must know the God you serve (Daniel 11:32). The power belongs to the Lord (Psalm 62:11). It was by this revelation that Shedrach, Meshaek and Abednego could go to the furnace without fear because they understood that God’s power is absolute and uncontested.
- Examine and know yourself (2 Corinthians 13:5). There may be some things you are doing that could be hindering your prayers. Avoid any activities that could cause spiritual leakages. Your identity in God must be solid and unshakeable.
- Know your enemy (2 Corinthians 2:11). Not knowing who your real enemy is, is a recipe for disaster. If you mistake your brother for the enemy instead of the powers and principalities working behind the scenes you are fighting blind sighted.
- Do not depend on human resources but heavenly resources (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). The resources of God are deathless and everlasting. They are more powerful than any human resource one could imagine or design. We cannot use human weapons on spiritual battles in the same way that we cannot draw a sword in a gun fight. Spiritual battles require spiritual weapons.
- Fear God more than the enemy. Reverence for God and His word has diminished rapidly in the body of Christ. If you allow the Fear of the Lord to be eroded from your heart you are placing yourself in arms way to being taken captive.
- Exploit the enemy’s weakness (James 2:19). Your enemy the devil also knows there is but One God. The Bible teaches that he trembles by the mention of His very Name. Every enemy has a weakness. You must locate the weaknesses of your enemy and exploit it.
- Fight or Flight (Mark 1:35). Retreating is not necessarily an indication of surrender. You must be able to discern when to retreat to refire. Giving yourself time to recover and regroup could give you the edge for the devastating counter-attack you need to overtake your enemy and recover all he has taken from you.
We must be disciplined in our daily walk with God. We cannot simply wonder around aimlessly thinking everything will work itself out. We must become deliberate about our health wholly, not just physical health, but emotional and spiritual health as well. The reputation of man’s life is measured by the battles he has either successfully won or hopelessly lost. We are all called to battle in the spiritual realm. You become a danger to the enemy when you become fully awake and focused on God.
“Rediscover the power of the Holy Ghost in you, it’s a game changer!”