Spiritual Warfare

This week’s post is written by Joey.

In the Bible Paul writes “For we struggle not against flesh and blood, but against the kingdoms, against the powers, against the world leaders of this darkness, against spiritual wickedness in the high places” Eph 6:12

This week Barry reminded us about satan’s plans to attack us. Jesus himself says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10)

Do not be scared though, for the truth will set you free! And we have Jesus so we dont need to worry! 🙂 If everything you think, and do is with Christ in mind then you do not need to worry as satan can do nothing because Christ is already there.

Satan always tries to attack our weakness and physical needs. So be careful. 1 Peter 5:8 reminds us “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

I encourage you to be alert (and equipped with the Bible so you are ready for battle) and pray at all times as Paul states in Ephesians. When he attacks resist and stand firm in Christ Jesus. Flee from temptation.

Barry also reminded us of the sinful nature, in Gal 5:19
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish, ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkeness, orgies and the like. I warn you as i did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

As Barry read this list i was thinking to myself which or if any of these things concern me and no joke i was like ‘yep.yep.yep.yep..’.

Some of you may remember that in 2008 I spent a few weeks at Jackie Pullinger’s drug rehab centre. I thank God that during my time there i was given the opportunity to attend the healing ministry. I believe it was from God that i had this chance to see truly miraculous healings and personally experience them for myself. Receiving healing in those few weeks changed my life and even today more things were revealed to me that i also need deliverance from. Which goes to show how messed up i am! I better get praying…hehe 😀

The couple which guided me was Frank and Catherine Fabiano. I have their book if you would like to read it. I received prayer for things which i never even realised had a stronghold in my mind and in my life. I want to share with you somethings which God convicted me of and things which i received prayer for: fear of rejection, alcohol, hatred, films in particular horror films (which i love by the way:P..still trying to hate it..), self doubts, acupuncture, lucky charms, trust, clubbing, insecurities and yoga..and the list could go on and on. I have continued to pray against many of these since leaving HK and i can see a major change in my life and my walk with Christ. This can happen for you as well.

And so Brothers and Sisters i encourage you to have a think about your life..
“What strongholds do you have in your life?”

Do you have any? If so pray and claim the power of Christ over it.
If you feel comfortable ask others to pray with you, trust that God will respond and then rejoice in the victory!:D

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These were some thoughts about the seventeeth episode in our series on Joshua. You can find all the the messages as well as the worship at the BCEC Sermon Page or or listen to the sermon directly – Spiritual Warfare.

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5 Responses to “Spiritual Warfare”


  1. 1 bert May 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Hmm. 9 dislikes? That’s a first. Which i suppose goes to highlight some of differences in opinions within our congregation.

    But, actually, are differences of opinion a bad thing in a church? Shouldn’t we all be of one mind? Shouldn’t we all be unified?

    There’s a common myth in that unity is the same as conformity. In that, for us to be unified we must all be exactly the same. In our thoughts, in our actions, in our behaviour. But that, my friends, is not unity. It is rather conformity. And conformity removes one of God’s greatest gifts to us – that is the gift of relationship.

    In your life, you will meet and interact with a variety of people, from different walks of life. Different experiences, different backgrounds, different attitudes. Some make sense and some seem totally zany. I know some cultures that eat chicken feet! Chicken feet!

    My point is, that there is something beautiful in diversity. There can be a richness to be understood.

    But, you might say, surely Christianity is about Truth, and there is only One Truth.

    And that, my friends is correct. The truth is that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. No man goes to the Father except through Him. That singular truth is what keeps us unified. Because we are not saved by ourselves, but by Christ. And it is his grace which keeps us sustained.

    And so we discover that grace is a beautiful thing. It helps us understand and love our brother. It gives us patience and love to encourage and bless our brothers and sisters. It helps us realise that we are not better than someone else. Grace makes us humble – because we are saved by grace.

    In our church, we have the amazing privilege of having brothers and sisters from a broad spectrum of Christian background. Pentacostals, Reformed, Baptists, Presbyterians — all worshipping together. Hymn lovers and Hillsong lovers worshipping together. Pride and insecurity may lead us to criticise the other side, the judge them, to say that their faith or their relationship with God is somehow lacking or misguided.

    Differences in opinion let us glimpse another perspective. It helps us to broaden our understanding. And it helps to strengthen our faith. It reminds us of how small we are in respect to God. And it encourages us to love each other more, and to learn to love God more as well. It’s why Paul writes in Romans 12:
    For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

    We are reminded through that chapter that we are united by Love. And so we rest in the arms of grace, learning evermore on how to love God with all our Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength – and how to love our neighbour as ourselves.

    • 2 Witek May 25, 2010 at 10:34 am

      Well written Bert.

      > Pride and insecurity may lead us to criticise the other side,
      > the judge them, to say that their faith or their relationship
      > with God is somehow lacking or misguided.

      I would not dare to say that someone relationship with God or faith is lacking, because faith and personal relationship with Jesus Christ is a gift from God and it lacks nothing.

      However, someone’s theology (knowledge about God) and understanding of the Bible doctrines (teachings) can be most surely misguided.

      PS) BTW, what happens when I tick the box “Send me site updates”?

  2. 3 bert May 26, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Thanks Witek. I totally agree.

    There’s definitely the problem of poor theological fundamentals. But there can also be a penchant for one persons theology (knowledge of God) to accuse another persons theology. Never realising that perhaps one persons theology is blinded by cultural blindspots.

    A persons doctrines and theology should match up though and what we get often is someones theology that has little doctrinal strength. That can lend itself to a theology built on mysticism or solely on experience, which has its very real dangers.

    I also like your word misguided as opposed to wrong. Misguided suggests a desire to correct in love. Wrong suggests a condemnation. Haha.

    Ps. I have no idea what that box does. Did you check it?

    • 4 Witek May 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      Bert,

      Since 1997 when I started my walk with Jesus, I was carried like a leaf with many winds of Christian doctrines and viewpoints. I was quite misguided (and young!), yet honest about knowing the truth about God.

      I think that for some in our congregation there is a danger of being like me, when I was a teenager and read information about Christianity online, usually from all the wrong places. Luckily these days are now over. So, it causes me to have the heart for people to hear clear doctrinal teachings on matters of Christian faith at BCEC.

      Our experiences/senses are often deceiving, moreover our own heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 ESV). Therefore, the way to know that God loves you and me, is to know that in your mind that “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 ESV).

      Bert – I clicked subscribe, lets experiment. Haha! 🙂

  3. 5 bert June 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Hi witek,

    I agree. That’s why having good teaching is so important. Especially about really fundamental truths. I’ve known many young Christians who never receive good teaching in their spiritual youth and they end up growing with a distant relationship from God, because they never got good teaching about Christ.

    We remember pauls encouragement to his congregations to stand firm in the truth, and to move from the milk to maturity. Those are the same desires we want for our congregations.

    Thnks,
    Bert


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