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Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare is not an option for the Remnant...it is a vital part of their journey.

The reality of spiritual warfare has largely been overlooked, reduced or completely ignored by much of the contemporary church. Many pastors choose to avoid the topic like the plaque on the premise that it will distract the ordinary church member from "real" day to day Christian living. They do not teach it or practice it themselves due to lack of knowledge or fear. Some pastors and teachers go even further by deliberately equating the supernatural with superstition.

This has tremendous repercussions on all of their Bible teaching, the ministry and missions directions of their group, and most importantly the personal spiritual growth and welfare of the individual Christians under their care.

One of the first gifts of the Holy Spirit exhibited by the Remnant is Discernment. It begins with an inner stirring that something is not right and becomes much more acute with time. "...and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discernings of spirits..." (1 Corinthians 12:10) (ASV)

Discernment is the spiritual gift which the Lord uses to raise up a Remnant for Himself. Plainly put, it's the ability to recognize if a person or activity is influenced by the Spirit of God or a spirit of Evil. The Bible says there are many gifts of The Holy Spirit and God distributes and proportions them to believers for the common good. When a gift is ignored, particularly one of discernment, then Evil can creep in and infect the entire body.

The Remnant often finds itself in a two front battle. One battle is trying to warn and help guide believers who choose not to exercise discernment, and the other is interceding on their behalf against the very forces of darkness trying to destroy them.

"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. Therefore put on the full armor of God..." (Ephesians 6:12-13) (NIV) 

Now there are different levels of Spiritual warfare, and we will not attempt to do a full discussion here, suffice to say, one not need, nor, seek to literally see evil; i.e. the demonic to wage war against it. Think of modern human warfare. Soldiers fight using rockets, canons, and airplanes and many times never seeing the face of their enemy, yet the battles are real enough. In spiritual warfare, God gives believers much more powerful weapons with which to wage war against our unseen enemy.

"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

Spiritual warfare is intercessory warfare. Our chief weapon is Spirit-filled prayer. A Remnant on its' knees is more powerful than an army on its' feet.

"With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18)

When the Remnant "sees" that something is not of God, it is their duty and responsibility to warn and intercede on behalf of the body in spite of internal doubt or external objections.

"(Moses) said, " If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession." (Exodus 34:9)

Or like here, where the body has acknowledged their sin.

"So the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us." And Moses interceded for the people." (Numbers 21:7) 

Regardless, if our fellow believers see the snakes or not, the Remnant is obligated to intervene on the Lord's behalf.

First and foremost, in Spiritual Warfare, do everything through the Name of, and in the power and guidance of Jesus Christ, with complete humility and steadfast obedience.

"...whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:17)

Below are some additional scriptures concerning Spiritual Warfare. There are more related scriptures in the section on Prayer.

 

Power and Protection in Spiritual Warfare:

"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

"For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority." (Colossians 2:9-11)

"The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them." (Psalm 34:7)

"...angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation..." (Hebrews 1:14)

The Lord "guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones." (Proverbs 2:8)

"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." (James 5:16)

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)

Jesus said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

"...in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-39)