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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Some Thoughts on Spiritual Warfare

Remember that in this life "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

The spiritual warfare between God and Satan is real. We are inclined to wonder how God is still in control when we hear of the atrocities of the ISIS or consider Hitler's murder of six million Jews. Yet we read about Muslims across the globe coming to faith in Jesus Christ. We hear of miraculous healing, deliverance, and guidance. These build up our faith and encourage us.

The Bible offers pictures of spiritual warfare. Even as Satan contemplated his rebellion, the angels rejoiced as God laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:4-7). Soon after the Creator finished his work Satan was revealed as a fallen being, as the enemy of God.

Isaiah was privileged to see the heavenly throne room where cherubim and seraphim abide in the presence of the LORD (Isaiah 6:2, 6). They are unshaken.

The prophetic descriptions of the end time struggles include armies of angels who defend the Righteous and usher in the Kingdom of our God.

When we grow discouraged or weary of the battle, we are to remember that the enemy is doomed and we are seated with a victorious King on high. Let us appreciate how God in Christ contradicts Satan’s desires and works, defeating the enemy not only in the cross, but also in the empty tomb. The climax of the Gospel extends not just to earth, but also to the heavenly Tabernacle where Christ makes continuing intercession for us.

Therefore, let us live and pray as ones seated with Christ! Let us take hold of the promise of Christ: "To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne." (Revelation 3:21)

May the Lord bless you in your spiritual battles.

Edward F. Lundwall, Jr.

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