Saturday, April 16, 2011
Spiritual Warriors: Part II
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." - (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much
fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5 ESV)
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." (Col. 3:2 ESV)
"...for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith." (Gal. 3:26 ESV)
"...we have the mind of Christ." ( 1 Cor. 2:16 ESV)
Spiritual warriors defeat the powers of darkness by abiding in Christ. Intimacy with Jesus is our chief weapon against Satan. A mind set on things above is always the safest way to wage spiritual warfare. Abiding in Christ is, staying put in the secret place, and enjoying Jesus who is our Rock and our Refuge. When we abide, we are covered in his presence, hidden in Christ and there we find protection. Even though the Christian life involves a struggle with the world, the flesh and the devil, we fight from a new creation mentality. A focused and intense prayer life must be a key part of our spiritual development as spiritual warriors. It will take a radical commitment, if we are to see demonic strongholds torn down in peoples lives.
We are sons of God. Our adoption is irrevocable! We have access to the power and presence of the Spirit in Christ. We have the mind of Christ. God is for us so who can be against us? We have been delivered from our former slavery to sin, and can now live free in Christ. We have access to the Father in heaven. We can approach him for help in our time of need.
Pray for those who have been taken captive by the evil one according to 2 Timothy 2:25-26.
Lord, grant ____ repentance and a knowledge of the truth that ____ may escape from the snare of the devil. -Bobby