Dear Ministry Friends,
I am excited to share with you that within the next few weeks, that I will be completing a small book, you might call a manual, for those who desire to learn more about spiritual warfare and to walk successfully in it.
In the church today, there is a GREAT DEFICIT of believers who walk about unaware that they have a relentless enemy, Satan, and thus they live a defeated life. I hope to reveal some spiritual combat lessons, arsenal training, as well as, basic and in-depth equipping of the saints, in a way, that is practical, understandable and approachable for all children of God, who are also considered soldiers of the cross.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
With this in mind, are you prepared for what the enemy is planning against you? Are you armored up? Are you mindful of the things of God or are you going about your daily routine oblivious that we are in a spiritual battle? If the church ever needed to understand the basic principles of Spiritual Warfare and the truths found in my new book, ‘The Weapons of Our Warfare’ it is today my friends!
Meanwhile, while I am writing, I will not be posting weekly devotionals for the next six weeks. Please keep me and my warrior team in prayer as I am preparing what I believe is a very real, very needed and very hands on tangible approach to spiritual conflict designed to foster a spirit of victory in the CHURCH today!
God bless you!
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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This last week I celebrated my 55th birthday. Wow…. where does all of the time go—huh? In the Hebrew language, the number (5) represents God’s grace. So, this year, I said that I am living out my life with a double-portion of His grace upon me, or living from grace to grace.
As a child of God, we all have the ability to acknowledge and to live under God’s grace or unmerited favor, but many choose to deny His grace for lack of wisdom. Others abuse that grace by ignoring His will and doing what they want to do, proclaiming it is all under the blood. Truth is, I stopped doing what I wanted to do a long time ago. Since Jesus is the Lord of my life, He gets to tell me what I am going to do and not do. I don’t get to call the shots. Naturally, the Lordship of Christ is evident in the life of a believer when they have decided to call Him Lord and follow His ways.
As a believer, living on this side of the cross means living under His grace. It means that I have accepted the fact that I need His grace to sustain me. Today, in the hyper-grace environment, we find all kinds of behaviors being condoned as acceptable. Should anyone who is walking with Christ as Lord suggest that such behavior is questionable, they are labeled a judgmental Pharisee or worse. When we have church leaders sleeping with church members, youth and young adults throwing beer busts all in the name of Jesus, and wickedness seething into the mortar of our churches, we have a bigger problem than one could ever have anticipated. Hyper-grace teachers flaunt what they call their ability to sin, because they say God’s grace has covered it. Meanwhile, at the ranch, the world looks at the Church wondering that we have that they do not have, and decide they are far better off. At least they are not hypocritical.
Righteous Living Is the Fruit of Grace
Pastor Andre van der Merwe says, “We are not propagating immorality, because if we truly believe in God and love Him there will be corresponding works (because faith without works is dead).”
I agree wholeheartedly, but how many believers understand that the fruit of our faith is righteous living?
As a Christian leader, I cannot take risks with my Christian witness, nor can I allow there any room for misinterpretation of my actions or deeds. My old man cares less and less of what others are thinking, while my born again man realizes that I am not living out life unnoticed by the lost. If my actions, words or behavior is questionable to a lost person, I may very well be leading them on to hell, even if my intentions are quite the opposite.
The difference between walking in His grace and hyper-grace religion has everything to do with our character. There will always be those seeking an easier way, an excuse or viable permission to do what they want to do. The sinful man constantly seeks ways to please the flesh, but the spirit man seeks ways to please God.
Grace Edifies The Body of Christ
We are called as believers, to edify the Body of Christ, but too many of us are into edifying ourselves. That is why Paul said “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.” (1 Corinthians 10:23)
I love the law of God and I love the grace of God, because in my life there is a keen balance that keeps me in the very palm of His hand where I will shall not waiver.
by Jane Morin
About the Author
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!