Jeremiah the prophet was called to root out, destroy, pull down and rebuild a nation. His meek nature allowed him to take up the call, but he knew that spiritual warfare was the main key in his arsenal and to be able to use it successful in his mission, he must walk ever so obediently with the Lord.
In Ephesians 6:12 we read, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
As Gods’ people we too are all called to root out, destroy the works of the enemy, pull down demonic strongholds of pride and help rebuild and restore nations. The battle my friend is not a physical one, but a spiritual one, raged against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this present darkness, and all of the wickedness found in heavenly places according to our focal passage.
How Does The Enemy Win The Battle Over Us?
First, we must realize our authority in Christ, given to us by Christ and as we read in (2 Cor. 10: 3-6) Satan would love us to forget that we have authority to tear down strongholds, and that our weapons are not carnal, but mighty in God. It is our responsibility and capability as children of God to willfully cast down every imagination or high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. If we forget our authority, we have already lost the battle.
Secondly, the enemy would have you believe that you are wrestling against flesh and blood, sisters, brothers, husband, wife, son or daughter and on and on. Our real enemy is in the spiritual realm, real contenders for souls. Satan launches out fiery arrows trying to destroy our faith and fill our minds with hopelessness, convincing us that we cannot come against him. Some of you have developed a fear of Satan because of this. This is why we must remember John 4:4, “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.”
Thirdly, pride will stop us from admitting our need for God’s help. Some people are so full of pride that their thoughts lead them to believe that they are doing the battle successfully, while their minds are far away from God. It is easy for us to be tempted to rely upon our flesh during warfare, since our flesh demands attention when pain, anxiety or other issues arise to the surface. That is how pride gets in the way. Pride leads to disobedience then eventual failure when it comes to spiritual warfare.
Our Responsibility in the Body of Christ
Whether we are called to be a prophet or not, as Jeremiah was, we all are called to our own battles in the spiritual realm. In this case, ignorance is not bliss. Get studied up, prayed up, armored up with spiritual armor and ready, because spiritual warfare is a very real part of the life of one who is consistently advancing in the kingdom of God. We cannot move forward with carnal weapons, nor can we take the kingdom by force when pride is found in us. Let us forget the former things and realize that with Christ in us, we have the victory!
Scripture References: James 4, Matthew 11, Ephesians 6
by Jane Morin
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Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!