Friday, April 26, 2013

Approaches to Spiritual Warfare

        I think like with any type of battle you cannot go in with one mode of attack. Look at our country (USA) we have Marines, the Navy, the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and I am probably missing someone, but we have multiple styles of combat covered so why should our spiritual warfare be any different. There may be times we have to pray continually seeking God and asking for His involvement like the widow with the judge (Luke 18), not to say God is unjust but the need to constantly seek Him. We are also told by Paul as he is giving instructions for living to the Thessalonians that they are to “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thes 5:17) There will be other times that we will have to take strength that is not our own and confront things that are trying to hinder us and the plans of God. For example when Peter thought he was doing the right thing and Jesus rebuked him saying “Get behind me Satan!” (Matt 16:23)
            Now a truth encounter is not so easily explained. It depends upon your understanding of who Christ is and whether or not Satan has any power over the individual believer. As far as unbelievers are concerned when they are possessed and meet Jesus that is the ultimate truth encounter and the demons possessing them have no option but to flee. “And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters.” (Matthew 8:32 ESV).
            While Anderson’s book is full of great material I personally did not find anything that resonated with this material in particular, while the Bible does offer many different examples of the uses of each type of warfare, and there are many more I did not include. There are no personal experiences that come to mind to clearly support these things.

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