Joining the Battle
The concept of an actual spiritual war in which Christians join with the Lord Jesus in a battle for His will in His creation can seem so "other-worldly" it is almost absurd. Yet, spiritual warfare is at the heart of both the Old and New Testaments. Evil is seen attacking the will of God at every level. In fact, the Bible insists the world is saturated with evil demonic forces at war against the children of God, and that simultaneously the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ is constantly attacking the Kingdom of Darkness and destroying its work. This war is so prevalent in the Scriptures that the concept is a pivotal point: If there is no real enemy and no real war, then the Bible cannot be believed or trusted.
The Scripture is also certain that Christians are to join with the Lord in His battle for His will, and in doing so, must be prepared to war against a host of demonic beings, who constantly fight to thwart the will of God and destroy the lives of those who follow Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Bible also asserts that because of the great authority the Christian has as a child of God, those who are willing to join this spiritual war against the enemies of God will win! This is the reality of spiritual warfare, and it is the strategic reality of each Christian and one which cannot be avoided if the enemy is to be overcome and victory achieved.
I. There are Real Enemies: the Satanic Kingdom… Matthew 12:22-29; John 10:10; Ephesians 6:12
II. There are Real Consequences: the Work of the Satanic Kingdom…
A. The will of God is hindered if not thwarted… Daniel 10:12-13
B. The Church and Christians are constantly attacked…
- To Steal, Kill, and Destroy… John 10:10
- To Control… 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 4:27, 6:11
- To Deceive… 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Corinthians 2:10-11
- To Tempt… 1 Thessalonians 3:5; 7:5; 2 Corinthians 11: 3
- To Attack with Physical Suffering… 1 Corinthians 5: 5
- To Constantly Bombard… Romans 8: 34-39
- To Stop a Christian’s Work… 1 Thessalonians 2: 18
III. There are Real Victories Over the Satanic Kingdom… Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19; John 14:30; James 4:7: 1 John 4:4
Senior Pastor Richard Hogue presents ways to win victory over the enemy and see the healing and provision of God in our lives.