Be a Warrior Not a Worrier
(In The Trenches)
In the secular world war is a common place happening, no matter where you live in this world even in the United States we are facing death and destruction of many forms. Gang killings, white on black, black on white, white on white, black on black. It is happening all around us, with a majority of these hate battles being meaningless. Other battles across the world are for land rights, religious rights, and also hate crimes of larger magnitudes. We can’t escape it, anywhere in this world, and one day it will involve one of us, and I did say ‘It Will’ in one way or another. It is inevitable. Are you prepared for battle, or will you just cower with your head stuck between your you know what. These are enemies that we see, physically see right in front of us, on T.V., in the newspaper, on our electronic devises. In a way we know who and what we are up against. In any case we still need a battle plan, or a fast and safe plan of escape. I know in the business community we were told to watch an aggressive intruder video, and once we finished watching this video we were asked, what will you do, ‘Run, Hide or Stand your ground and Fight’. Right here and right now, truly what would you do if faced with that crisis. I highly doubt that truthfully you can answer it, until you are faced with the situation you will never be able to answer it. I truly feel it is because we truly do not have a battle plan in place. Then there is another realm of battle, and that is in the Spiritual Realm, where the enemy is unseen, but very, very real. I will tell you what right now, if you say as your reading or listening to this, that I have nothing to worry about here because I am Secular (Atheist) and I don’t believe in any of that spiritual junk, well let me tell you what, Satan doesn’t care if you are an Atheist, Secular, whatever you will call yourself, if you do not have Jesus in your life than Satan already owns you. Just sayin. Sorry bout that I am getting a little ahead of myself. With the spiritual realm it can be truly hard especially for the new christian to be prepared, and unfortunately for seasoned Christians as well. Why do you say? Because they are not spiritually prepared for battle, even with there best defense sitting on the bookshelf with an inch of dust on it. God has a plan for battle waiting for us, all layed out for us, ready for the studying. So then why don’t we look at a few warfare tips that God has for us, so dust off that bible and flip through as we look at them. One other thing to keep in mind is that these scriptures will work not only in the Spiritual realm of warfare, but in the Physical wars of this world. For God has your back as His devote Christians in both Realms of warfare: I am going to attempt to go to scriptures that will both help us in our worldly battles, as well as our spiritual battles, but, I feel the Holy Spirit is telling me that truly Spiritual and worldly battles are actually one in the same. With the same root cause SATAN, so he is truly the master of confusion for He will do whatever he can to confuse us in this matter by separating Heavenly battles and spiritual battles. Even though I will try and find some scriptures that may show that there may be some difference, but they may also show us that they are one in the same. Spiritual Warfare is and will be fought in both realms of our lives. So lets see and learn what we can see and learn.
Scriptures that lean toward Spiritual Realm Battles: Ephesians 6:12-13 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over the present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Romans 8:37 “In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, ‘says the Lord of hosts.” 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” Matthew 16:18 “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Psalms 91:1-4 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely He will save you from the fowlers snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
I already know what you are saying, that these handful of scriptures could go either way, protecting us from the evil spirits in the heaven-lies as well of this world. But what I ultimately am encouraging you to do is seek the scriptures that suit you the best to cover one or the other, solely depending on the attacks that you may be going through, what may work for some will not work for others. The two scriptures that really stick out for me are Ephesians 6:12-13 ‘ but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over the present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.’ Truly in this scripture the war has been waged on the unseen in our lives, the spirits of darkness that will cause us harm on this earth if we do not keep our spiritual guard up. But as I have just noted the evil of the unseen spiritual realm will in fact coincide the heavenly battles with our earthly battles. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ‘For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.’ Here, I see where as true believers of Jesus Christ, that we no longer are haters of the world who come against us for now we live in true Agape Love. And because of our now devote love for our Savior the war is still ongoing with the evil spirits of the air, where even Gods ongoing battle with these same spirits ensue. We are in a spiritual ongoing war with evil spirits that are unseen to the naked eye. A very tough and formidable enemy to fight, of which it will take a huge amount of faith to endure this type of battle. So always remember that where two or more come into agreement even in the realms of spiritual warfare at least 10,000 evil spirits will flee if not more when we as believers unite in numbers.
Scriptures that lean toward Physical Worldly Battles: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 “Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering.” Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Joshua 5:1-15 “As soon as all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel. At that time the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Make flint knives and circumcise the the sons of Israel a second time.’ So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth. And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them; all the males of the people who came out of Egypt, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way after they had come out of Egypt. Though all the people who came out had been circumcised, yet all the people who were born on the way in the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt had not been circumcised.” Geneses 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” James 4:7 “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” 1 John 4:4 “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”
When Satan comes to fight on our one dimensional playing field, a playing field that we can personally touch and feel, he will come at us in many ways, usually through means that mean the most to us. It is a bit easier to follow and understand these types of scriptures, especially for me, because it is in the here and the now, and not on a level that is unseen, yes easier for us all, I am sure you can concur with that fact. As you can see in all of these scriptures God gives us all a way out of the chaos of this world. ‘Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.’ ‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.’ ‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good.’ ‘I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse.’ ‘Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ ‘because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.’ ‘Be self-controlled and alert.’ ‘No weapon that is formed against you will prosper.’ ‘But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.’ ‘I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.’ ‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ ‘Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy.’ Man oh man, just by grabbing on to any of these verses or any part of them as we just witnessed to, you have the promise, the authority, the guarantee, the right as His chosen, to be given the blessings of a life of freedom from any and all evil doings that come our way. From the Heavenly to the Earthly realm, Satan you are cast down to where you truly belong. Satan you might be big, BUT our God is bigger, of which whom you will bow down to.
For those still on the fence of your beliefs, to those considering to backslide back to old ways here you go: Stearn warning Romans 6:1-23 “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it ? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.”
For those who have solely given your life to Christ and plan on going forth and recruiting more lost souls to His glory here you go. Be blessed, stay blessed and be courageous in your walk: The prize at the end for the steadfast righteous: Revelation 14:1-20 “Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.”
‘If you prepared yourself as a WARRIOR against the oncoming onslaught instead of worrying so much about it, then there will be no need to worry.’