Spiritual Warfare (19 of 26) by Rick White

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Spiritual Warfare (19 of 26)
Series: Truths That Transform
Rick White
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
06-05-94

Message Truth: Every believer is engaged in an intense spiritual warfare for the mind. Satan's power is the lie. Our greatest defense is the truth of God.

2Cor. 10:1 Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ --I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 2 I ask that when I am present I may not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 {We are} destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and {we are} taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

Introduction: Tomorrow, June 6, marks the 50th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion. On this day, thousands of allied troops crossed the English Channel to engage the German Army. According to the written account of the battle in the book, The Longest Day, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Commander in Chief of Army Group B of the German West shared his strategy with Captain Helmut Lang. He pointed to the sands and said, "The war will be won or lost on the beaches. We'll have only one chance to stop the enemy, and that's while he's in the water, struggling to get ashore. Reserves will never get up to the point of attack, and it's foolish even to consider them. Everything we have must be on the coast. Believe me, Lang, the first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive. For the Allies, as well as Germany, it will be the longest day." Emotions will run deep tomorrow as not only this country, but countries around the world remember D-Day.

The statement made by Rommel to Lang has a haunting echo, "we'll have only one chance to stop the enemy, and that's while he's in the water, struggling to get ashore." Today we are going to talk about another warfare. It is not military but spiritual. Very few people pay much attention to this campaign though it is one of the most important battles to ever be waged. Today we are going to talk about the Spiritual Warfare that is going on in the battle for the mind.

A SCRIPTURAL CALL TO ARMS

Eph. 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual {forces} of wickedness in the heavenly {places.}

• The Greek word for "schemes" is methodeia, from which we get our word method. It refers to the strategies that S ...


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