Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 11/7/2021
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The Warrior’s Spirit
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” II Cor. 10:4
Every believer quickly discovers that he is on a battle.
There is the war within. The constant struggle with thoughts and imaginations that are contrary to the Word of God and therefore unholy, causing confusion.
There is also the war without; ideologies and worldviews that precipitate strife and mayhem.
How we confront these adversaries will determine the measure of our victory. The “Old Schoolmaster” (Old Testament) is replete with examples, from the first conflict between Cain and his brother Abel, all the way through the annals of the nation of Israel
Today we will study the Scriptural pattern for defeating the enemies of our soul; the devil, the world system, and the lust of our own flesh.
1. First is keeping you eye on the prize.
Paul said, “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Rom. 8:18
Making it home is everything, for us and for the people we love.
If you aim at nothing you are sure to have your prize.
2. Know the terms of engagement.
Our methods are completely contrary to conventional thought. Since one of our enemies is “the world system”, if we use worldly methodologies, we will loose; or worse yet, we will win a temporal victory. Eph. 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Prayer, fasting, singing are far more effective than anger, logic, and a sword. Pro. 21:31, “The horse is prepared or the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.” He will carry us through.
3. Knowing the enemies tactics.
Lies, especially in the form of false promises, deception, and temptation of temporal rewards. Remember, one of our enemies is our own fleshly desires, and just like junk food, our flesh loves temporal rewards. Read James 4:1-10
4. Know that our victory is already established in Christ.
Col. 2:15, “Having disarmed principalities and power, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” This victory may not seem conclusive at times, but remember, “your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Col. 3:3,4
Our engagement is not passive. We must constantly be vigilant, and proactive toward cultivating a healthy relationship with the Lord. We must see value in this.
We mush also avoid distractions. Every believer who has the Spirit of God dwelling in them has the spirit of a warrior. See Jos. 5:13-15
It stirs a yearning to see righteousness prevail and God exalted. But it can be pacified with temporal victories and spiritual junk food.
Success in business, finances, or some talent make us feel victorious.
Winning at a sport or competition, or argument may likewise make us feel victorious.
Even a computer game can give us a false rush of victory and pacify that warriors spirit inside us.
David, one of the great examples of a warrior, faced a real enemy and said, in I Sam. 17, 29 “Is there not a cause?”… 32 ”Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”