“If your spiritual warfare has you breaking a sweat you are fighting the wrong enemy with the wrong weapons.” Phil Drysdale
We are in a battle of that there is no doubt. However many Christians don’t realize that the war is already over, the reason there is a battle is the fact that we are still fighting!
Colossians 2:15 tells us that on the cross every power and principality was defeated and disarmed. The enemy has been defeated. The demonic has lost all power.
However we fight on. The truth is that while the devil is certainly still fighting away on this Earth he needs mankind to empower him because he has been stripped of all power. Because of that the highest level of spiritual warfare we need to engage in as believers is to remind the devil that he has lost. Simply standing firm in our healthy beliefs of what God has said over our lives will strip the devil of every power he has in our lives.
Even the famous passages about spiritual warfare hammer this truth home. There are two primary ones. 2 Cor 10:3-5 – Verse 3 says “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh”… so they are of the spirit right? Well yes in one sense, but read on, verses 3-5 continue to say that our warfare is not fought in the spirit but rather in our minds. We must destroy arguments, opinions and anything against the knowledge of God.
What about Ephesians 6, we have to put on our spiritual armour and fight right? Well no actually. We are told to put on our spiritual armour and stand. We are to withstand the enemy, standing and having done all we can to stand we must… stand.
Where did we get fight from?
In fact even the items of armor are not things we earn but rather free gifts. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the Word of God (Jesus not the Bible) – all these things are Jesus, they are a gift to us and He fights our fight for us, in fact He already has, He’s simply enforcing the result.
Prayer for the day
Jesus, thank you for your victory over the devil, that you came and did what we could not do ourselves. I pray that you would help me today to stop fighting and striving against the enemy and instead stand firm on who you are and what you have done. That I would be confident of Christ in me who fights my battles for me.