SPIRITUAL BATTLE

(Basic Training)

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By Dave Stewart

You and I may "feel" we know better than God in life's situations.
I made the mistake of doing it "my way" enough times in the past not to do it again today.

Let's look at How God wants us to handle spiritual battles, life's daily situations?
The following only applies to Christians - you must be saved to fight/win a spiritual battle.
The following are not just "words", they are "the Word of God"
instructing you and me how (the ONLY way) to deal with spiritual battles.

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,
having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Eph 6:15 and having shod your feet with the
preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God;
Eph 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
being watchful to this end with all perseverance
and supplication for all the saints—


You don't need to be a Bible Scholar to obey God - it takes obedience (trying).
I hope you will take the time to read the application notes written for you below.
I hope to apply God's straight forward Word and Instructions to any current situation.
There is no hope in the current situation outside of God's Way -
neither your way (nor my way) will work – only His Way.


Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
[Forget about what you want to do and what you 'feel' you should do via your intellect.
Rely and be strong in the Lord's Power - NOT your own. Do it His Way.]


Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
[Putting on all the armor of God minus one piece causes the enemy to strike
the weakness where the armor is missing.
Put on the full complete armor of God -
or go into this spiritual battle counting on defeat]


Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
[We cannot 'fight' a person and "win". You cannot "win" a spiritual battle by fighting
people who are causing you trouble. God can move hearts - we cannot.
You may be sure the evil ones being discussed are real and have targeted you,
your family and friends intentionally.
They desire to break you up, cause you all to leave your faith,
and to do things your own way, for any way other than God's Way leads to destruction.
Fight these evil imps in a spiritual battle, wearing the full Armor of God -
and you will have spiritual victories over them; manifested in all realms.
Fight in the earthly realm, and you will not only utterly fail -
but may cause much more destruction to all persons involved.]


Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
[Again, God warns us to put on "the WHOLE armor of God” as we head into spiritual battle.
Failed yesterday - begin today!
Twice now - in both vs 11 & 13 - you were warned/told to put on
the WHOLE armor of God. Do you understand HOW important this is?]


Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,
[Truth is 100% or 0% - no middle ground. God's truth in found in His Holy Word -
more on His Word below. Keep only truth proceeding from your lips – lies hurt us.
The gird/belt holds all the others pieces of Spiritual Armor together.
If you don't have the "belt of truth", if you don't tell only the truth,
the other armor cannot hold and will fail. Put on the whole Armor of God.]

having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
[You and I have no righteousness of our own, we are as filthy rags at best.
Yet Jesus imputed HIS Righteousness (sinlessness) to us.
He cleanse us of our sin, washed us white as now, removing the sin and penalty
of sin from us completely as He took it on and in His own Body on the Cross.
If you are living for Him (100%) KNOW you are Righteous (sinless) -
not because you didn't sin - but because He made you so.
KNOW you are sinless; Righteous; or your breastplate is missing from your armor.]


Eph 6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
[ Simply the willingness to love others where every you are - many times a day.
This does not 'happen' - we must 'do' it.
In the grocery line, I must "choose" tell smile and tell the cashier "thank you" or
"I appreciate the way you bagged my groceries", or "thank you so much,
I hope you have a great day".
Take the Love of Christ to work and expose His love throughout your day.
These things take "intent" by you and me to do the - even rougher on bad days.
Take the Gospel of Joy and Peace with you everywhere - even on your down days.
You will find you lift up not only others - but self.]


Eph 6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
[Above all! If you don't believe this; if you don't believer God;
you have failed, you have entered battle without a shield.
KNOW (have faith) that God can win every spiritual battle -
that Jesus already won your current battle on the cross 2000 year ago.
Have faith in God (not in what you can do), have faith in what He can do,
and know that He wants ONLY good things for His children whom He loves.]


Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation,
[ If you do not KNOW that you are saved,if you are not saved,
you are entering a battle without your helmet on.
True, you and I are not 'good enough' to be saved -
but Jesus is Holy enough and God loves us enough to save us.
We are sinners forgiven, serving God. We are saved through and through if we've accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Accepting Him as "Savior" (or “fire insurance”) but NOT as your Lord does not win spiritual battles, by the way..... Jesus is Lord and Savior.]


and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
[Only after you get the defensive armor above right,
can you begin to utilize the offensive Armor of God and begin to
whoop on evil spirits who are attacking you and your family.
Your offensive weapon is God's Holy Word - such as the application I am giving you now.
God's Word, your Bible, and prayer (next verse) are the ONLY offensive spiritual weapons God has provide for us - in order for us to win spiritual battles.
If you or I use our tongue, our intellect, or otherwise do it 'our way' -
we will not win individual spiritual battles. Start doing it His Way, now.]


Eph 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
[ To many Christians "say" they pray for others but don't – they do not wear the belt of truth. Spend time in the morning, when you are driving, in the evening,
at bedtime or any time chatting with Your Father in Heaven who loves you.
Discuss all issues on your heart with Him - no meaningless repetition -
just chat with Him who loves you.]



As I close this love chat, I want to remind you of a few of things you may know,

but may not be applying daily.

1st: Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who
has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Note that God has already given you every spiritual blessing that exists in the heavenly realm. This is past tense – you already have them all!
STOP here and ponder the scope of what God has already given you -


EVERY spiritual blessing that exists - is already yours.
You just need to know that and use them - no use asking for them -
you already have them all. Use them.

2nd: Examples of only a few of God's many blessings available to you today,
available to you in unlimited quantities include (from Gal 5:22 & 23):
God's love - unlimited quantities available to you;
for you and for you to use to bless others.
God's joy - unlimited quantities available to you;
for you and for you to use to bless others.
God's peace - unlimited quantities available to you;
for you and for you to use to bless others.
God's patience - unlimited quantities available to you;
for you and for you to use to bless others.
God's kindness - unlimited quantities available to you;
for you and for you to use to bless others.
God's goodness - unlimited quantities available to you;
for you and for you to use to bless others.
God's faithfulness - unlimited quantities available to you;
for you and for you to use to bless others.
God's gentleness - unlimited quantities available to you;
for you and for you to use to bless others.
God's self-control - unlimited quantities available to you;
for you and for you to use to bless others.