Summary: We fight the spiritual war by being hungry and thirsty for more of God
Text: Daniel 10
Title: Spiritual Warfare
Last week in Daniel chapter 9 we looked at HOW TO RECEIVE A BLESSING FROM GOD
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.”
CONCLUSION: WE DON’T RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD BY SITTING BACK AND DOING NOTHING.
WE RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD BY CHASING AFTER THEM!
Today we want to look at Daniel chapter 10
The lesson we learn from Daniel chapter 10 is this
WHENEVER YOU CHASE AFTER THE BLESSINGS OF GOD YOU ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE SPIRITUAL WARFARE
(v12) “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God your words were heard and I have come in response to them.”
If we stopped here at verse 12 it would seem that
•Chasing after the blessings of God is really easy
•V12 even looks like God promises us Same day delivery
But look at verse 13
(V13) But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”
I could have delivered the blessing of God that very first day but I was prevented from doing so for 21 days.
1.The enemy fights to prevent us from receiving the blessings of God
2.The greater the blessing the greater and longer the fight!
(Today if you find yourself in a great fight with the enemy; hang in there; there must be a great blessing that God wants you to have)
Daniel chapter 10 has a lot to say about spiritual warfare so let’s look at some more verses in the chapter.
Let’s start with the very first verse.
…”a revelation was given to Daniel. It’s message was true and it concerned a great war. The understanding of the message came to him in a vision.”
Here is the message I get from verse 1
Every believer is fighting in a great war!
This Great War that every believer is fighting in is really a spiritual war.
We know this is true because Ephesians 6 12 tells us so.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
This means that the prince of Persia spoken of in Daniel 10:13 was not an actually person but was really some kind of demon.
Daniel 10:13 might also imply that different demons carry out the work of the enemy in different geographical areas.
When you realize the truth that every believer is fighting in a spiritual war you then understand why there is so much evil done in the world.
There is so much evil done in the world because we are in a war
So whenever you hear about something evil happening in the world it is meant to be a reminder to us that we are in a spiritual war.