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Spiritual Warfare (SW-08)

Defeating the Devil

Isaiah 14:12-14

We have been reminded that there is a great war being waged in the world today. It is not a conflict between nations, tribes, or government leaders. It is not a rebellion or coup. It is an important invisible battle taking place in the spirit world. One of the greatest tragedies of this war is the number of people in the church who are being defeated due to a lack of knowledge, a lack of training, a lack on engagement or a lack of commitment to this spiritual warfare.

Do you realize that the early Church understood their entire spiritual experience in terms of warfare. Military terminology is used throughout the New Testament. Protection was seen in the armor of God.

The Word of God was compared to a sword.

Satan’s attacks were called fiery darts.

Faith was the "good fight" and believers were told to "war a good warfare."

The early Church knew they were engaged in an intense spiritual struggle.

That same spiritual battle continues today but instead of fighting the enemy, believers are often preoccupied with building ornate structures, choreographing great productions, flaring up ostentatious dinners, and fighting one another while this great spiritual battle wages around them. Satan has even intensified his attacks against a church that has, for all intents and purposes, withdrawn from the front lines of battle.

It is this preachers deep conviction that in order to be properly prepared for this battle, a renewed emphasis must be placed on the strategies of spiritual warfare. The Christian life is a war. The sooner we recognize and prepare for it, the sooner we embrace and engage in it, the sooner we will experience victory and the sooner we will see our families and loved ones enjoying the freedom God intended for them to have.

What I am now going to say is controversial. It is not in the Bible - It is this preachers opinion. One of the greatest arenas Satan is taking this battle to a new level is in the global war against Islam. Islam is attracting converts and radical Islam has become a magnet for some of the world’s angriest people. And what is interesting is the fact these converts, from other countries and other religions, while they are still hugely in the minority, are more radical, more aggressive and more likely to turn jihadist and become suicide bombers than the average Muslim. These converts are from every continent and all major countries - America, France, England, South Africa - in a 12 month period 4000 Germans converts to Islam. As a matter of fact, do you know that in the new 30 minute video tape just released by Bin Laden - is first in more than three years he says these words, "To conclude, I invite you to embrace Islam. " To whom is he speaking? Not Muslims - they have already embraced Islam - he is talking to the rest of the world.

What is motivating these converts?

A dissatisfaction with the way things are going in the world.

A sense that things are not right and a wanting to fix them.

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