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Spiritual Warfare in Ministry

posted Dec 22, 2018, 1:51 PM by Chris Weinkopf   [ updated Dec 22, 2018, 1:57 PM ]

By Mike Cosper

Assistant Chaplain, Troop CA-2819
Calvary Chapel | Bakersfield 


Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.

What a great opportunity to use this brief moment in our lives to teach our kids about living life to the fullest through Jesus. We need to be those brothers and sisters who are oh-so prayerful, because today’s social agendas, which are contrary to the scriptures, are progressively more aggressive than in previous generations. 

There are so many great things that we personally benefit from serving in Trail Life, and perhaps in future issues those will be addressed, but in this letter I would like to dive into some of the things that make doing ministry difficult.

The scriptures would address these many challenges from cover to cover, but here we will see how God used Peter to speak to these issues: 


1 Peter 5: 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you


“What does spiritual warfare look like?” It is a specific event that happens that would challenge your faith or hinder the work that God wants to do. We hear about it all the time in the church, and the manifestations are numerous. In this newsletter, I would like to focus not on the things that we can’t control, like health issues, financial struggles, or even challenges from the outside of the ministry. Here I would like to focus on warfare that happens from within. So as we walk through the scripture and apply it to ministry, let’s prayerfully consider the ways it can help us to minister.


“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time”


One thing that makes doing ministry challenging is pride. If you are to be used by God, do it in humility, and not with selfish ambitions. If an issue arises, often we are quick to point the finger at those who are in opposition to our will.


7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.


First thing to consider is sin. If sin is involved, then deal with it specifically; repent and turn from it. Sin causes division, God brings people together. Be quick to forgive and ask for forgiveness.


8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.


When the attacks of the enemy are launched, they can easily be quenched by those who are spiritually discerning, however our adversary is not looking for those. He is looking for the Christians who are struggling in their Christian walk.


9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.


Stand strong. Ephesians 6: 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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.


1 Pet 5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.


As we open up a part of our lives to serve and teach this younger generation about the love of Jesus, we get blessed. When we teach, we also get taught. When we serve, we grow; even more so when it is difficult. Are there contentions in your ministry? Is there warfare? It is this very thing that allows us to grow in our faith. When we understand this and look to our fellow servants, we need to realize that God is working his perfect plan through these as well, not just you.

This is what warfare looks like, yet its end result is blessings for all, as Jesus will allow these issues and difficult events to perfect us, to establish our faith, to strengthen our relationships with each other, and to settle us in knowing that this is only a moment in time. We are not of this world, so let us have that eternal perspective and let us do all things unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12

Mike Cosper
Mike Cosper

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