Spiritual Warfare – Who’s Enlisted?

Have you given much thought to Spiritual Warfare lately?  I suppose it isn’t something that normally comes up in casual conversation.  And it most definitely isn’t something you’d read about in the daily news.  But scripture makes it clear that spiritual warfare is a reality.  A simple internet search will lead you to many Bible verses that deal with this epic battle.  Bible verses like 1 Timothy 6:12:

Fight the good fight of faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

So if spiritual warfare is real, who’s enlisted in this war? In 2 Timothy 4:7 the apostle Paul stated, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”  In another chapter in 2 Timothy Paul also states, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”  And Jesus said in Matthew 10:22, “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.”

These verses give a clear indication that every believer is enlisted, every believer.  Not just the regular church attendees.  Not just those in active ministry.  If you are a child of God, you are a target for the enemy.  And as a child of God living in enemy territory, you have much to lose by denying this reality.

1 Peter 5:8-9 states, “Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” Are you resisting the enemy?  Did you even realize you were a target?

Over the next several posts I’m going to discuss some of the aspects of spiritual warfare.  We’ll identify who our enemy is, who isn’t our enemy, and who is our ally.  My hope is to give you some easy to understand, practical application points that will help you understand what spiritual warfare can look like and how you can win the fight.

Until then, God bless and Glow On!


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