THE BATTLE OF FAITH-"ARE WE CALLED TO FIGHT THE DEVIL"?
God doesn't wait for our prayers for Him to answer. He answered every prayer that were ever to be answered for all times. God isn't a fire fighter, or a doctor or an Engineer on an emergency response team. He doesn't wait for an emergency for Him to respond. He responded to every emergencies that were ever to happen before time.
Our prayers don't move God to do anything, He moved before time. Does it mean we don't pray? Absolutely NO! It means we change our minds as regards how we pray. It means much of what people regards as prayer is no prayer at all. It means prayer is not trying to get from God rather BELIEVING and PROCLAIMING what we were given (2 Cor 4:13). The Bible clearly says!
2 Peter 1:3 "as His divine power has GIVEN TO US ALL THINGS that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue," It's foolishness to pray God to heal us from Covid-19. That's being ignorant of the work of the cross. God can't do what He finished doing. He provided healing of every sickness so that, we believe and receive.
The Bible says clearly; 1 Peter 2:24 "....—by whose stripes YOU WERE HEALED." Any English teacher, will confirm that, the above is a past tense event and not a future tense event. Some are foolishly spending fruitless energy casting the Covid-19 as demonic. My friend, you're glorifying the satanic world to look great! This virus is a man-made thing that has a man-made solution.
Stop your fanatic and drama of magnifying Satan a defeated foe! The war with Satan was won by Christ and not by your warfare prayers. If Christ never won against Satan, then He died in vain. We have one battle, and it's the BATTLE OF FAITH and not Satan; 1 Timothy 6:12 "fight the good fight of faith,......"
1 Timothy 6:12 "Fight the good FIGHT OF FAITH, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. We have ONLY one true faith of God against many wrong faiths of men, hence, the battle of faith. It's tantamount to engage in an imaginary non-existent war.
Truth is that, the war against Satan was settled by Christ on the cross. That war was won and completed and we have no apologies whatsoever. He was DISARMED; Colossians 2:15 "Having DISARMED principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it."
He was DESTROYED; Hebrews 2:14 "....that THROUGH DEATH He might DESTROY HIM who had the power of death, that is, THE DEVIL". We were DELIVERED and TRANSFERRED from his dominion; Colossians 1:13 "He has DELIVERED us from the power of darkness and CONVEYED us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,"
We were handed all the power and authority to PROCLAIM the good news of our victory; Mark 16:15-16 "And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. HE WHO BELIEVES and is baptized will be saved; but HE WHO DOES NOT believe will be condemned".
Friend, Christ gave Satan a lifetime KNOCK OUT! The battle we have today is men to BELIEVE! It's a battle of faith and not Satan! If you believe you REST and ENJOY! WHAT ABOUT EPH 6:12, MANY STILL ASK? ARE WE NOT BATTLING or FIGHTING SATAN?
The good news to man is that, Christ dealt with Satan, once and for all on the cross. The Bible says what exactly happened to us who believe: "and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come(Eph 2:6; 1;21)
Why is man still engaged in a fight with the devil? Because of IGNORANCE of what Christ accomplished! Man hasn't yet UNDERSTOOD to BELIEVE how Satan is already a defeated foe. Man's IGNORANCE of this naked fact is what makes Satan be a factor, otherwise, satan can never do anything to man without man's permission.
We have completely no business with him! It's a waste of energy and time for a Christian to engage in an imaginary war that ideally got over. That's unbelief! More so, it's a great insult and belittlement of what Christ did and overcame for us! Man is suffering from IDENTITY CRISIS, not knowing who he is and what he was given.
The only fight we face in our Christian lives is a fight of faith (1 Tim 6:12), not demons. This takes place in our minds. We're wrestling against wrong thoughts or religious beliefs that go contrary to Christ's accomplished work, in order to bring them into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:3-4).
Our UNRENEWED MIND is the real enemy, the stronghold, which we ought to deal with by preaching and teaching the truth of Christ (Rom 12:2) and not by spiritual warfare! Believers haven't been called to do "fighting demons". Spiritual warfare isn't about fighting satan & demons, witches in your village. Spiritual warfare is knowing the truth that sets us free.
The armour's we have in 2 Cor 10:3-5; Eph 6;13-18 are for taking every thought captive to Christ. Eph 6:11 clearly tells us to STAND (not fight) i.e. being firm or immovable in the truth of Christ. Wrestling is NOT fighting! The word STAND is mentioned 4 times ( Ephesians 6:10-18).
We have been called to fight the fight of faith by STANDING OR WRESTLING in the truth of Jesus and His finished work of the cross! The wrestling mentioned in Eph 6:12 takes place in our thoughts. Hence, our warfare is in the way we think or believe (Rom 8:6; Prov 23:7; Isa 26:3).
The way we wrestle contrary religious beliefs or thought patterns is by believing and speaking the truth (2 Cor 4:13).
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