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Spiritual Warfare (1 of 5)
Spiritual warfare is a very real part of the Christian life and all believers must equip themselves for this battle. When it comes to spiritual warfare, there is a lot of misinformation that creates confusion in the church as well as a lack of understanding among Christians which results in a failure for the believer to be adequately equipped to stand strong in the faith. In this section we will examine the scriptures to dispel the misinformation and apply the truth so we can truly be prepared and confident in the Lord as we journey through this life and accomplish our mission of faith.
The Bible refers to the Christian as a soldier of God and we are in a spiritual battle that has guaranteed victory to those who walk by faith; however, this war will not end until the Lord returns to redeem all creation. We have already looked at the scriptures that inform us that the weapons of our warfare are not physical, but spiritual and our spiritual weapons are for pulling down strongholds through the power of God. The way the Christian wars is incomprehensible to the ways of the world for we do not return evil for evil, blow for blow nor do we attack when we are attacked but we stand strong in confidence as we quench the fiery darts of the devil.
We have all heard the stories of so-called Christian vigilantes who try to stop evil by doing evil. Some have set themselves to execute their own vengeance against establishments or people by violent means. We even see this inside the church. I have seen Christians label other Christians as evil in order to justify trying to destroy them. According to Jesus, the mark of a true disciple is love for other disciples. To love is to seek the good of another. Even when we disagree we can still do so in love and continue to seek each other's good. Later in this study we will examine the Biblical principle of love, but for now we should realize that love is the mark of a Christian.
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