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Hey Pastor Johnny,
Praying for you this AM! What Pastor would say most clearly understands spiritual warfare? I got some questions. Thanks, Alex
Reply: Alex, there is a battle in the heavens against the advancement of God's Kingdom. Since we belong to the King the enemy is relentless in seeking to render us useless. The battle can only be won by King Jesus. I have been in constant war with my flesh in particular in recent days. It does not get easier as I get older and even as I continue to grow. I periodically fast and pray for greater abandonment to Christ. Our people undoubtedly are really warring also. I feel I know warfare exponentially and I'm praising Jesus that He helps me when I submit to Him, and resist the devil in the faith! Love you, Alex!
In Ephesians 4:1 Paul reminds believers of their calling. He's referring to the call at salvation. We are challenged to "walk worthy" of our calling (Philippians 3:14). The idea of living to match one's position in Christ. Be everything the Lord desires and empowers you to be. Now, here in Ephesians 4:17 Paul reminds us of a contrast. Our walk (daily conduct) is to be different than the unbelievers. He urges them not to fall back into their old self-indulgent habits.
The Christian is to walk differently, in outward manifestation of the indwelling Holy Spirit. This passage serves as a warning to any form of the old pagan mode of life.
"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,"
Ephesians 1-3 deals with doctrine; now Ephesians 4-6 deals with duty. The transition moves one from principle to practi ...
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