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Are You Ready for Battle?

 

In yesterday’s post, we saw that Jesus disarmed the demonic authorities and removed their power to hold us eternally captive by conquering death! At the cross Jesus drew a line in the sand with the demonic realm. We continue to struggle with the spiritual forces of wickedness, but one day, there will be a final battle where the enemy of our souls, and his demons, will finally be brought to judgment:

[box]“And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day . . .” (Jude v.6)[/box]

[box]“And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Rev. 20:10)[/box]

While we wait for that day, as we battle against the evil forces of darkness, I’m praying for a host of women who will serve Christ fiercely as warriors in the battle:

[box]“The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host” (Psalm 68:11)[/box]

When I refer to “battle,” please don’t misunderstand my terminology. I’m not calling for us to take up arms against anyone. Our enemy is not flesh and blood. We’re not literally warring against individuals, but our battle is against the adversary of our souls; against spiritual forces of wickedness, against godless philosophies and destructive lies (2 Cor. 10:3–5; Eph. 6:10–20; Col. 2:8).

How can you serve in this battle?

  • Press into Christ and be attentive to the Spirit’s direction through being in a right relationship with God.
  • Be a faithful student of the Word. Know God’s truth and be able to articulate it to others, as well as use it to counter lies from the enemy!
  • Become a prayer warrior. Be faithful in intercession for those God clearly lays on your heart and those on the front lines of battle.
  • Stand for truth in the culture—even when it is uncomfortable.
  • Pour truth into everyone who will receive.
  • Serve as a fierce warrior—softened by God’s grace—knowing where you would be without His atoning work. Reach out to those in opposition to truth with a winsome and gracious heart.

Thankfully, the victory is not dependent on us. We are following the Captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10) who is our “King from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth” (Psalm 74:12).

As we battle for the men, women, and families of our nation, of this world, we look to Him for the victory! 

[box]O give us help against the adversary,

For deliverance by man is vain.

Through God we shall do valiantly,

And it is He who will tread down our adversaries (Psalm 60:11–12).[/box]

As we’ve been digging into the book of Colossians, has it provided you with a greater appreciation of the victory our Savior provides? How are you serving Him in battle? 

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

4 Comments

  • Julie Musil

    Kimberly,

    I’ve never been one to speak openly about my faith. Not that I was hiding it, it’s just that I didn’t feel comfortable doing that.

    As you know, God is doing amazing things in me. I’m going through quite a struggle right now, but instead of running away from God, I ran to His open arms. And now I’m hungry for Him.

    Within the last three weeks, there have been three situations with other people when I stepped out in faith and was able to share with them how God is working in my life, and in turn, how He is there for them and could help them as well. In two cases, it was VERY well received. In the third case, I’m not sure how well received it was, but I know I was following God’s wishes. And that’s enough for me.

    Sometimes the biggest battle is the one I wage with myself. But now I know who’s fighting my battles for me. I just need to constantly remind myself to hand control over to Him.

  • Margie

    Doing the word studies is SO fascinating! Ephesians tells us to “Be strong in the Lord” It is not something “we” do. We receive HIS strength. When we “Put on the whole Armor of God”..it has the sense of “sinking into a garment”. I love that image.
    It is great to be reminded that our warfare is not against people, but against principalities and powers and that “our weapons have divine power”. Although I have not seen it, the movie War Room comes to mind. I have a friend who is reminding me every morning to “Armor up”. We are praying specifically for someone in a battle.
    Thank you for this study.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Oh, wow, Julie, so glad to hear that God has given you those opportunities! He delights in using us to share what He is doing, so that others may be encouraged and so He will be glorified! It is so exciting to see how He is growing you : )

    “I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to You among the nations.

    For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens
    And Your truth to the clouds.

    Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
    Let Your glory be above all the earth.” (Psalm 57:9–11)

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Margie ~

    I have seen the movie “War Room” and just LOVE it! I hope you go to see it. It was so encouraging and provides a visual demonstration of how we can be effective in the spiritual battle.

    So glad you’re doing the study with us! 🙂