Romans 13:11-14 – “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” NASU
There is a warning that must be sounded. You dare not go out, in this hour, without the FULL ARMOR OF GOD. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Spiritual Warfare is enacted and engaged in and through PRAYER! We do not fight with swords, shields, missiles or spears we fight with Spiritual Weapons of God’s design.
Some today have made leagues with the forces of hell without even being aware of it. Why? Because they did not and have not really prayed about the alliances or compromises. PRAYER must precede everything, jobs, moves, houses, lands, cars, purchases, relationships, etc. This is Spiritual Warfare and the objective of the devil is Deception. He will destroy those in his control to discredit or hinder you, even it is just a little. You are a threat to him and he will spare nothing to hinder or harm you.
In 1 Samuel 15:3 they were instructed to utterly destroy the Amalekites (a type of the flesh) and spare them none of them. In Deuteronomy 7:2 they were instructed to completely destroy the enemy and make no covenant with him. In v.6 they were instructed to consume all the people and have no pity. In 2 Samuel 3:3 we find David marrying a foreign king’s daughter in violation of the directive of God. Guess what came out of that union? ABSALOM. This is the son that rose up and drove David from Jerusalem and brought about tremendous heartache and havoc in the land. In 2 Samuel 11:3 we discover that Bathsheba and her husband were Canaanites. When David got involved with her in adultery it brought about incredible disaster to David’s family from that time forward. In 1 Kings 11:1 we find Solomon turning away from God because of his intermarrying into heathen nations. God said DON’T DO IT and HE DID IT. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27 that he disciplined his body strictly and made it a slave to God to ensure that he would not become a castaway. Spiritual Warfare! The flesh cannot be trusted or allowed to govern our lives. We must PUT ON CHRIST and the ARMOR OF LIGHT so that having done all to stand we can stand and always be ready!
Another truth is when we fight we must FIGHT TO WIN! One of the reasons that America is in much of the difficulty she is in is because God’s people have become PASSIVE. We have allowed the enemy to walk over this land without saying a word. We have sat silent and when the Church is silent evil prevails. It takes endurance to fight Spiritual Warfare. In 2 Kings 13:15-19 we discover another truth. The truth that we must understand is that we must persevere and fight to the finish. We cannot be satisfied with partial victory! In this account, the prophet instructed the king to strike the ground. The literal language is to BEAT THE GROUND or aggressive striking not just strike but PULVERIZE! The arrow shot out the window came with the promise of deliverance. However, the directions of the prophet were either not understood or ignored because the king only struck the ground 3 times. He was passive and failed to follow through. The prophet was angry because God was heartbroken and angry and said, “I told you to beat the ground, but you have been passive and therefore you will not have total victory.” Syria stands today as a nation and a thorn in Israel’s side.
We must be aggressive in our pursuit of victory and we must endure to the end accepting nothing less than COMPLETE VICTORY! God is not looking for improvement but cure. He does not want to just make it better it wants to make it perfect. We resist the devil UNTIL he flees. We must remember our covenant is with God not the devil and God is making no deals with the devil. In 1 Kings 13, we realize that when God puts us into the battle He does not want us to stop UNTIL the enemy is fleeing and destroyed. We do not stop until God says ENOUGH.
I do not want to spend too much time on this but it is so important I must address it a bit more so we will pause and pick up here next time. May the Lord richly bless you, empower, and equip you for your journey.