"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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Sunday, July 23, 2023

TTUF TOPIC # 7: What About War as a Christian Soldier? – PART 1 of 3

What is spiritual warfare? I asked that question some time ago on Facebook and I received over 40 responses; among them were the following:

~ ~ “Submitting to Jesus and the Holy Spirit and allowing them to fight for and guide you in the battle against the unseen principalities and powers in high places.”

~ ~ “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (EPH 6:12). The name of Jesus is the name above all names. The word of God and the name of Jesus are our weapons. Using the full armor of God for protection.”

~ ~ “It's the battle we fight for the hearts and minds of men.”

~ ~ “Using the armor of God to block the fiery darts of the enemy and share the Good News to not only gain more souls but [also to] increase our [own] numbers in the battle.”

We engage in the evil principalities and powers that are in conflict with the Kingdom of GOD for the express purpose of saving souls and promoting GOD’s will in a fallen world.

The TTUF series on Spiritual Warfare -This subject is so broad. It’s difficult to summarize it all, so the reader is encouraged to follow the link above.

But let’s go over the essentials:

It is the contest between the Kingdoms of GOD and of Satan and how they intervene in the souls of men. Also, from co-writer of TTUF, Anne Kisly said this, “Every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God (2 COR 10:4): false religion, worldly philosophies, psychologies, theories, and every other ideological fortress that stands in opposition to the truth of the gospel. Spiritual warfare is a battle against all anti-God ideas!”.

Satan is opposed to the kingdom of GOD: He is offended at the holiness of GOD and of the righteousness of His domain; thus he opposes all of this with all his hateful powers, employing every fallen angel, every demon, every fallen soul of man he can to achieve (but ultimately fail!) in this effort.

The fullness of the holy righteousness of GOD can be found only in the Person of Jesus Christ. Since His holiness, His righteousness, His very Spirit is granted by grace to His church – that means we are also ‘targets’ for Satan’s fiery arrows (“darts”; see EPH 6:16).

So any time you read the Bible, any time you pray, or share the Gospel, anytime you resist sin and submit to the will of the LORD, any time you ask GOD to enable you to live a life of holiness, you are doing things contrary to the will of the enemy of GOD! This is what spiritual warfare is about.

Check out this TTUF Interview with Greg Reid on his landmark book WAR of the AGES.
Find a TTUF Book review of it here! Links to the next articles can be found in all of these so you can navigate from one to the next conveniently!

Got questions? Email me! KNYHTF1RE@gmail.com

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