Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10–18
“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,” Ephesians 6:12.
Father God, thank you for your amazing grace. It is your grace that makes it possible for us to have victory. Give us the grace to understand that spiritual warfare is necessary for our victory.
We are all familiar with war. It is a military operation between enemies, an offensive taken by one army to destroy another. When a soldier is engaged in battle, his or her life is at stake. But without a battle, there can be no victory.
Beloved, many of us are on the edge of great success but we need to wake up spiritually. We need to engage in spiritual warfare, as the Bible commands, so that victory will be won in Jesus’ name.
We must prepare for battle: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil,” Ephesians 6:10–11; as we wrestle not against flesh but against the rulers of the darkness. “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints,” Ephesians 6:13–18.
The Word tells us clearly that there is spiritual warfare. Throughout our lives on earth, we will have an enemy. This raging battle against spiritual wickedness will not cease until truth has the victory. Our warfare is hereditary because the devil started it with Jesus. But, he failed with Jesus, and will fail again in our lives in Jesus’ name. Our foes are powerful, but God is all-powerful. He is ever-present and is calling on us to fight the good fight.
In order to engage in spiritual warfare, you must first surrender your life to Jesus. You then need to cover yourself with the blood of Jesus before you begin to pray warfare prayers. Next, you must use the name of Jesus in your prayer. Use your authority, the power in the name of Jesus. Do not be spiritually afraid; know that the enemy is already defeated but you need to collect your victory. Call upon the angels of the living God for protection and enforcement. They are sent to minister to you. Pray out loud and be specific. You must also depart from sin because you cannot defeat the enemy when the enemy inside, the flesh, has not been dealt with.
Beloved, no one outgrows spiritual warfare. You may feel your call to Christianity is a gentlemanly call. Wake up: you either fight or you perish!
Though we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, thankfully, God has given us weapons of warfare. These weapons are not carnal, but they are mighty in pulling down strongholds:
God can do anything for His child, but He is waiting for you to wake up to the reality of spiritual warfare. Be willing to fight using God’s resources and weapons and receive victory in the name of Jesus.
If you have never given your life to Jesus, you have no foundation for successful spiritual warfare. Therefore, pray with me, “Dear Lord, I accept you as my personal Lord and Saviour. I confess and forsake my sins. Cleanse me from my sins. Write my name in the book of life.”
Heavenly Father, give us the grace to wake up to spiritual warfare. Teach us to take your resources into spiritual warfare and let this year be a victorious one in the name of Jesus.