Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare

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I know, it’s a shameless plug for my novel series, The Pray-ers, but these characters do Spiritual Warfare and DO IT WELL.

Let’s move on to . . .

The Christian’s Spiritual Warfare

My plan for this post is to make nearly every sentence a question. I want you to think “critically” about this subject. Challenge yourself and what you have been taught, and let the Word of God direct you. The answers to these questions are available in this same post. Finally, I have many, many short 2 – 3 minute videos on different aspects of Spiritual Warfare. They too are in this post.

Enjoy,

Mark

IN THIS POST . . .

 

Jesus in the Wilderness (Matthew 4:1 – 11)

The Armor of God (Ephesians 6:14 – 17)

The Warfare (2 Corinthians 10:3 – 5)

The List of Answers

Mark’s 2 & 3 Minute Videos on Aspects of Warfare

 

JESUS IN THE WILDERNESS (Matthew 4:1-11)

a] Why did Jesus not tell sataN to, “Be gone,” as soon as he arrived to tempt Jesus?

b] What did Jesus fill His mind with? (Don’t say, “The Bible,” that’s too easy) And, what was sataN’s focus?

 

DEFINING SPIRITUAL WARFARE

I talk about the Spiritual Warfare battle this way: “The problem in your life is not the Spiritual Warfare. How you handle the problem in your life, is the Spiritual Warfare.

–If God is sovereign, He has allowed/brought the problem into your life.

c] So, what is The Christian’s Spiritual Warfare?

d] What is one of sataN’s GREATEST DECEPTIONS regarding our understanding of Spiritual Warfare?

 

SATAN DOES NOT WANT YOU TO PRAY

e] But, why? Why doesn’t sataN want you to pray?

 

THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:14 – 17)
I typically hear this taught by starting at the helmet and working your way down to the shoes.

f] But what does that do to the armor?

The armor as given in this passage is highly figurative language.

g] What does the figurative language describe?

 

THE ARMOR DOESN’T WORK

I Could NEVER make the armor work UNTIL I realized the relationship between the armor & Jesus.

h] What is that relationship?

 

LET’S USE/DEMONSTRATE THE ARMOR OF GOD

–We’ll walk thru the pieces of the armor, beginning with the moment you find yourself in the midst of Spiritual Warfare.

—–IE: You’re grumpy at your nearly perfect wife!

 

Ephesians 6:14
Belt of Truth

i] When you find yourself in Spiritual Warfare, where do you begin?

j] In what way is this Jesus?

Breastplate of Righteousness

k] Why do you GET TO GO into the throne room?

 

Ephesians 6:15
Feet fitted with the readiness which comes from the gospel of peace

This piece of the armor is again, something we receive from Jesus.

l] What is it that we receive from Him?

m] So, what is THE WRONG FOCUS of this piece of the armor?

 

Ephesians 6:16
Take the Shield of Faith, WITH WHICH YOU stop the fiery darts

n] Who stops the fiery darts?

o] How?

 

Ephesians 6:17
Helmet of Salvation

p] What is the hope of your salvation?

The Sword of the Spirit

I’ve heard this piece of the armor described as something that stabs a demon.

q] But, what was Paul telling us about Scripture and it’s relationship to the Armor of God?

 

ONE VERY IMPORTANT,  CRITICAL POINT . . .

“Why,” belongs to God, so put that word OUT OF YOUR MIND when difficulties come your way.

 

THE WARFARE (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Most Spiritual Warfare today is as effective as Blinkin in Robin Hood, Men in Tights:
https://youtu.be/SQFik9nlBcw?feature=shared
https://images.app.goo.gl/zpewYdHhqcchJhTa7

r] Why is our warfare so innefective?

When we look at Spiritual Warfare we often read ONLY verses 3 & 4 (see below)

2 Corinthians 10:3 – 4 (NASB ’77 & ’95)
Verse 3: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,
Verse 4: for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses (pulling down of strongholds)

By the time we get to the end of verse 4, we have a LOT OF ZEAL!

s] But think about the last time you did Spiritual Warfare. Where was that zeal pointed?

Now read verse 5 (see below) and ask yourself where the battle is at.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NASB ’77 & ’95)

Verse 5: We are destroying speculations [arguments] and every lofty thing [high minded thing which is] raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

t] Where is the battle? And therefore, where are we SUPPOSED TO BE doing our “destroying”?

 

SPIRITUAL WARFARE PRAYING ON BEHALF OF OTHERS

u] Can you do Spiritual Warfare for someone else? Why or why not?

ANSWERS FROM ABOVE:

a] To show us how to do Spiritual Warfare (Chrysostom: “to instruct us”).

b] Jesus focused on truth while sataN focused on deception.

c] Spiritual Warfare is that act of sataN trying to break/distract our relationship with the Lord.

d] To get us thinking the location of Spiritual Warfare is, “Out yonder.”

e] Because sataN knows how YOU CHANGE when YOU PRAY.

f] That takes the Armor OUT OF THE DIVINE ORDER.

g] It describes how we live out being strong in the Lord. You could say that the armor is the life of Christ lived out in our lives.

h] I realized that each piece of the armor is a facet of who Jesus ALREADY IS in my life

i] Begin Spiritual Warfare with the truth.

j] Jesus is the way the truth & the life (John 14:6).

k] Because of the SON’S righteousness, not ours.

l] We receive peace from the Lord, because Jesis is our peace (Ephesians 2:14).

m] The wrong focus is that this is all about, “Gospel shoes” (Although YES, are to share the gospel).

n] God is the shield, but You, not God stops the fiery darts.

o] Simply by faith, trusting God.

p] That there’s hope BEYOND the grave (Romans 8:28).

q] It’s the Scriptural nugget/s God gives you. And we have used, pulled from, experienced the Word of God in EVERY ASPECT of these pieces of the armor.

r] We are doing warfare where there is no battle

s] Isn’t our mind out “destroying strongholds?” Our thinking is “out yonder.”

t] The location of Spiritual Warfare is in your mind.

u] We cannot do Spiritual Warfare for someone else. We can INTERCEDE for them, YES. But, MAKE CHOICES for them, NO.

MARK’S VIDEOS ON ASPECTS OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE:

Upgrade Your Spiritual Warfare Roadmap
https://youtu.be/CHejyP2kWVQ?feature=shared

 

Generational Curses or Generational Blessings
https://youtu.be/NqzmZljLrWg?feature=shared

 

Glass Packs on Your Praying
https://youtu.be/xfix1dNM1Jg?feature=shared

 

Prayer & Superstition
https://youtu.be/LOLAjemPK0o?feature=shared

 

Why sataN Doesn’t Want You to Pray
https://youtu.be/qghLIPHNGUQ?feature=shared

 

Calling God a Liar When We Pray
https://youtu.be/29otxCi9OWo?feature=shared

 

How Big Is God Compared to Your Problems
https://youtu.be/18g3-jcj960?feature=shared

 

Wrestling with God
https://youtu.be/VwM0kORUh78?feature=shared

 

Dinosaur Prayer Humor
https://youtu.be/bUHPArtEHuA?feature=shared

 

Worry You Don’t Gotta
https://youtu.be/QufiGwdMjBc?feature=shared

 

A Blip on Your Schedule or a Downpour
https://youtu.be/6E-o_xjV21Y?feature=shared

 

We Are Winning

We Are Winning

We Are Winning

Really? What are “We” winning?

Do you know God’s View of Winning? (is this part of winning . . . Romans 8:28)

Why did it take 53 years to get a “win” on Roe v. Wade? (perhaps some of this is involved . . . James 4:3)

Why does the Bible ask if you’re putting your trust in man rather than in God? (Psalm 118:8-9)

Are you putting your trust in man rather than God, especially as it relates to politics? And how do you know?

What if God’s plan for the USA is different than your plan for the USA?

Whose plan for the USA will win out, yours or Gods?

Can your “mis-statements” thwart God’s will? If you think it can, you have to ask another question, is your God that small?

Do you think God wants you to know His will? (1 John 5:14)

Have you ever asked Him? I mean, have you ever asked God for His will regarding the USA, in the end times?

If you haven’t asked Him, why not? Is it because His will might possibly contradict your will?

Does knowing God’s will change your responsibility at the voting booth?

How does God expect you to do everything you do? (Ephesians 6:7, Colossians 3:23)

Have you recently considered the signs of the times? (Matthew 16:3, Mark 13:3-4)

If Christ’s return is imminent, how then ought you to live? (2 Peter 3:11-15a)

Are you eagerly awaiting the Lord’s return? (Philippians 3:20, 2 Peter 3:14a)

Are you at peace with God? (2 Peter 3:14m)

Are you without spot or blemish? By this I’m asking, do you have any unconfessed sin in your life? (2 Peter 3:14e)

Are your eyes open and your ears ready for those who, themselves, are ready for salvation? (2 Peter 3:15a)

Of the last four questions, if you answered any of them with a, “No,” how might you “correct this” with God?

Is this Mark-ism accurate, “Your prayer life is the barometer of your spiritual life”? If it is, how’s your spiritual life?

For that matter, how’s your prayer life?

Are you right with God in prayer?

Are you leaving things with Him?

Are you trusting the Lord with all your heart?

How do you know if you are trusting God with all your heart?

Does Romans 8:6b give you a hint about your trust and peace?

Does trusting God with politics erase your responsibility at the voting booth?

Do you trust Him enough to do your part at the voting booth, then leave the results of our elections to Him?

Or will you like many Christians ignore your responsibility to even vote?

Are you anxious about our elections?

Have you ever looked at David’s Psalms, where he starts off anxious?

Have you ever noticed the way each of those Psalms end?

“David stays on his knees till things are right between him and the Lord. Not that his issue is resolved, but in every case, he gets off his knees no longer anxious, because he’s trusted in God.”

Romans 8:6 was written with another meaning in mind but I think, with that said, I can apply the verse thusly:

“If you don’t have a mindset of peace about our elections, you’re not putting your trust in God. If you were, you’d have peace even though you don’t know the outcome.”

Let me ask you again . . .

What Are “We” Winning

This might be a good time for you to look into my Divided series of books Which directly talk to our #DevisivePolitics today. The other book series called The Pray-ers might be good for you too. In this series which spans three eras from two continents and two thousand years, teaches prayer from men and women who obviously know how to pray. You will also learn prayer by observing those who do not know how to pray.

These novels teach prayer through the fun of christian fiction.

Mark

Book Cover to Divided Nation
 

Blessings,

 

MARK S MIRZA
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Day of Prayer for Iran

Many of you know that my roots go back to both Mexico and Iran, and that my great-grandmother was martyred for her faith in Iran, which I modernized and included in my novel, Divided Nation.

So, when Elam Ministries asked us to pray for Iran, on a day I was speaking in Columbus, Georgia, I signed on.

Below is a short video where I took the entire congregation into prayer.

Go to Elam’s website for additional prayer prompts and ideas. They do a brilliant job.

I still have a pastor’s photograph whom I pray for. I have no idea his name, or if he’s even alive, but it has been my honor, over the years, to lift up him and those he’s influenced.

https://www.elam.com/