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Do we need to be aware of the spiritual battle that is going on around us?



It is crucial that every Christian understands that he / she is in a spiritual battle. There is no way out. Awareness of the spiritual struggle around us is very important. But not only awareness, but also vigilance, being prepared and courage as well as the right weapons are important elements in dealing with the spiritual struggle.

In the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5: “For although we walk in the flesh, we do not fight in a carnal way. For the weapons of our struggle are not carnal, but mighty in the service of God to destroy fortresses. We destroy intentions and everything high that arises against the knowledge of God, and imprison all thinking in obedience to Christ. ”It is clear that“ our struggle ”as Christians is a spiritual one. We are not fighting a physical or human battle. It takes place on the spiritual level - enemies, prerogatives, fortresses and the weapons are all spiritual. If we try to fight the spiritual with human weapons, then we will fail and the enemy will emerge victorious.

It is important to understand that Paul is not talking about fighting demons here. When Jesus and the apostles cast out demons, it was - along with all the other signs and wonders they performed - primarily to prove the credibility of what they said. At the time, it was important to God to give the apostles strong "evidence" that they were indeed God's mouthpiece. The credibility of Scripture depends on the authority of the apostles, so God gave the apostles His power over theirs Authentic teachings. The point all along has been to show that the ultimate authority - and our ultimate spiritual weapons - are scriptures. The type of spiritual battle that every Christian is involved in is primarily the battle with one's own Mind and heart.

The spiritual battle is very personal for every Christian. The devil is like a “roaring lion” about to devour us, and we must be very vigilant towards him (1 Peter 5: 8). The enemy of our souls has “fiery arrows” that can only be extinguished by the shield of faith with which believers are endowed by the armor of God (see Ephesians 6: 10-17). Jesus commanded us to “watch and pray” so that we would not be tempted (Mark 14:38).

According to 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5, there are spiritual fortresses in this world made up of "intentions" and "high things that arise". The word Intentions is in Greek logismos. It means "ideas, concepts, judgment, philosophies". The people of the world build themselves logismos to protect oneself from the truth of God. Unfortunately, these fortresses often turn into prisons and eventually graves. As Christians, we are called to tear down these fortresses and save those who live in them. It is a dangerous and difficult endeavor, but we always have a divine arsenal at our disposal. Unfortunately, one of the enemy's best tricks is to get us to fight not with divine but with human weapons.

When fighting against worldly philosophies, human ingenuity and weapons are of no benefit. Marketing techniques, counter-philosophies, persuasive words of human wisdom (1 Corinthians 2: 4), rationalism, organization, skills, entertainment, mysticism, better lighting, better music - these are all human weapons. None of these things are going to win the spiritual war. The only thing that is effective - the only offensive weapon we have - is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). This sword gives us a lot of freedom as soldiers in this spiritual battle. We are free from fear, knowing that God is fighting for us (Joshua 1: 7-9) and that He will never fail us. We are free of guilt, knowing that we are not responsible for the souls of those who reject God's message after sharing it with them (Mark 6:11). We are free from despair, knowing that when we are persecuted and hated, Christ was persecuted and hated before us (John 15:18) and that our war wounds will be lovingly and lovingly taken care of in heaven (Matthew 5:10).

All of these freedoms come from the use of God's mighty weapon - His Word. If we use human weapons to withstand the temptation of evil, we will face failures and disappointments. Conversely, God's victories are full of hope. “So let us approach with a true heart in the fullness of faith, sprinkled in our hearts and rid of the bad conscience and washed on the body with pure water. Let us hold on to the profession of hope and not waver; for he is faithful who promised them ”(Hebrews 10: 22-23). The hearts of those who hear and accept the true and complete message of the gospel as set forth by the apostles will be "sprinkled" and "washed with pure water." What is this water? It is the word of God that strengthens us as we struggle (Ephesians 5:26; John 7:38).

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Do we need to be aware of the spiritual battle that is going on around us?
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