Spiritual warfare is a part of our Christian life. It is not something we automatically know how to do when we are born again. It must be learned, practiced, and perfected to walk in the fullness of our calling and the victory that Christ has already won.
We should be learning more every day about God’s ways, the enemy’s strategies, and our role as soldiers in the army of God. My prayer is that these lessons will help us better navigate those truths.
Fighting spiritual battles is not easy, yet even a baby Christian can fight like the most skilled warrior if he is humble and obedient. Humility is the foundation on which all spiritual warriors must stand, and faithful obedience is the primary strategy by which we enforce the victory that is granted us by inheritance. Humility before God will always lead us to obedience, and faithful obedience will always lead us to victory.
When King David was just a boy, his humble obedience, and zeal for God led him to slay a fully armored, fully equipped giant who was a skilled warrior from his youth, and he did it with a sling shot! (1Samuel 17) His humble acts of obedience caused him to have a perspective that led him to a great victory for the entire nation of Israel and elevated him to a position of honor.
God is looking for a people with humble hearts that dare to believe that all things are possible. A faith like that can never be attained apart from humility.
Humility is birthed from a love for God and an understanding of who He is. Humility is an expression of wisdom, and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
David loved God, feared God, and understood that God love him.
“I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” (Acts 13:22)
The first thing we must solidify in our hearts and minds is the need for complete humility before God.
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Notice that justice, kindness, and walking humbly before God is required, it is not a suggestion. When we find ourselves loosing sight of this we can be assured that the enemy already has a grip on our hearts and minds. Living in the chaos that is ever increasing in this world, it is easy to let these things slip and fall out of step with the truth. This why it is so important to guard our hearts.
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
If we are not selective about what we expose ourselves to, our hearts and minds will be filled with things that weaken us and cause us to stray from truth. Words, thoughts, and emotions are spiritual. When we allow ungodly things to be put before our eyes and in our ears, we allow the enemy to shape us into his image. We are all clay, and we are constantly being shaped by something. We must be diligent to keep our hearts pure to insure that God is the one doing the shaping. When our heart is compromised, humility is one of the first things we sacrifice.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Humility is the first step in resisting the enemy, and the first step toward obedience and complete submission to God. Without humility, there is no resisting, just cooperation with the adversary.
James 4:6 “Therefore, God resists the proud but give His grace to the humble.”
Any act of disobedience is an act of pride. It places us in a terrifying position that no Christian in their right mind would want to be. A place where God is resisting us. Pride brings us into partnership with the enemy. We can’t resist the enemy if we are partnered with him.
Satan represents the opposite of humility. He is the father of selfish pride. The last thing he wants us to do is submit completely to God. Our submitted life is the most frightening, and destructive thing to Satan and his kingdom. When we are humble and completely submitted to God, Satan and all his demons know who we are and tremble. We become a vessel fit for the Master’s use, going about destroying the works of darkness.
Revelation 12:10-12 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
The enemy knows his time is short. He is using all the deception of hell to keep us from humbling ourselves and submitting completely to God. When we come to a point in our lives where we “love not our own lives even unto death.” We begin to walk in true Kingdom authority and destroy the works of darkness.
Being effective at spiritual warfare begins and ends with humility. If we don’t settle this in our hearts Satan will continue to have his way with us. Without humility we will eventually be deceived into doing his bidding, hurting others, and bearing fruit for his kingdom instead of the kingdom of God. It is a tragic reality that we all face.
2 Corinthians makes it clear that our war is not against people
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
A view of the Church in these days looks very much like the world in this respect:
Because of pride and selfishness, we engage in heated political arguments, we fuel racial tension, We despise authority, we give ourselves to watching ungodly shows and news networks that spew forth lies, stirring up anger and hate in our hearts. We use social media platforms to voice ungodly opinions and think we have a right to “straighten people out.” By doing this, we fuel emotional fires that cause us to look and act just like the world. It has destroyed our witness and hindered us from being fruitful. The last election exposed the Church’s weakness in these areas.
It is clear we don’t know God like we think we do. In fact, we are far too familiar with a God we barely know.
It is time we gained some understanding and expose the strategies of the enemy, stop his advances, and push back the darkness that has encroached on the Church. Then we will be able to really help the world. It all starts with humility. Without humility, we will never become the “bride without spot or wrinkle.”
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