Are you Traveling the same direction as the Enemy?

Posted: July 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I remember hearing someone say a lot of years ago, “If you walk through your day and you do not run into the devil, then you and he must be traveling in the same direction.” I have long since forgotten who I heard say that, but I have never forgotten the simple truth of it. When you decide to become a follower of Jesus Christ, you enter into the conflict.

There is an unholy trinity of evil, satan, the world order, and our own flesh. It is at the level of our very carnal nature that the battle is so intense. The devil has an insider, so to speak, in our life, and that is our fallen carnality, our flesh. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” (Gal. 5:16-17)

Two days ago, I began talking about “spiritual warfare”. Some who glance at this may have thought, I don’t know any spiritual struggle in my life. So I am simply saying, if you are not in the conflict, you are already doing the bidding of the enemy. The war is real.

As we begin these blog discussions, some of you may even think, “Do you really believe the devil is real? And seriously, do you believe in demons?” Let me answer that question this way. I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead three days after being crucified on the cross. So honestly, I have no trouble believing any of the rest of the Bible.

Satan is not going to show up with horns, a pointed tail, and a pitchfork. He may come as “an angel of light” the Bible says. He may come in the person of another person, as he did in Matthew 16 when Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Get behind me satan.” He will do whatever it takes, and appear in whatever form that he must in order to destroy you. Truthfully, he is not omnipresent like God. He can only be in one place at a time. But he has a host of helpers, other fallen angels that do his bidding. And he has enough to create havoc in your life and in mine.

The war is real. Satan is real. And like Joshua fighting for the Promised Land, the victory is assured, if we will walk in obedience to God. (More to come)

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  1. Mark says:

    What sort of people could live each day on the front lines of a war and not experience the battle? Collaborators.

    • Brian Hutchens says:

      Once heard a lady say that Satan cannot read our thoughts (not omniscient) so to combat him in the name of Jesus it must be audible. Sad that I do not as Jesus did audibly resist Satan and his minions more often. Personally challenged by this post.

      • I have believed that as well for a long time, but am beginning to have serious questions. I know that he is not omniscient, but I am not sure the extent of his power. He seems to deal with us at the level of our mind.

  2. Frank Army says:

    Pastor Brad–

    I hope that you are well and at peace.

    This topic has seemed to me to be the 3rd rail in some of the non-pentecostal churches that we have worshipped in. All is well until this topic comes up. It is in this topic that Jesus comes out of the box that human hands seek to put Him in and it is in this arena that faith becomes a weapon of real warfare.

    I can say from my experience that the Gospel of Jesus Christ came more alive and became more intimately personal when I began to experience the very basics of spiritual warfare. In 2000, I read a book called ‘Familiar Spirits’ by Robert Shackelford that totally changed the way that I saw myself, the Lord, the enemy and doctrine as it is taught generally.

    You and I have a friend who helped me to enter much further into this area than I ever could on my own.

    I hope that you can convince people reading your blog that spiritual warfare is real and that there is real, actual power on both sides of the ball. How much that surrounds pornography or pharmaceutical drugs is spiritual warfare? How much of television is spiritual warfare? How much of various addictions and compulsions? How much of what passes for mental illness, learning disabilities or diseases like fibromyalgia are disguised forms of spiritual warfare?

    Every believer, in my opinion, is a participant in spiritual warfare ministry even if it is only in pulling down strongholds by the Blood of Jesus in their own life.

    Thanks for posting this and please remember that Wendy and I pray for your ministry.

    Regards, Frank Army

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