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How to win the spiritual battle

July 20th, 2009 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons

Over the last few posts, I have been writing about the spiritual war we are all engaged in.

Before I finish this series of posts, I wanted to let you know that I am speaking tonight at the National Worship Leader Conference in Leawood, Kansas.

I will be joined by artists like Mac Powell of Third Day, David Crowder, and Michael W. Smith, as well as other speakers. I would appreciate your prayers.

For more information on the conference, click here.

The battle never stops

Now, back to the battle.

Like it or not, the moment you commit your life to Jesus Christ you are engaged in a spiritual battle. The believer may be known by his inward warfare as well as by his inward peace.

This battle is not between flesh and blood, but with a very real opponent called the devil.

We have looked at the various pieces of armor we are to wear as we face our opponent, including the utility belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and, of course, the gospel shoes.

Those are all primarily defensive weapons. In other words, you don’t attack your enemy with your sandal, breastplate, or helmet. You need another weapon for that.

Unsheath your sword!

Paul calls the one piece of offensive weaponry God has given us the sword of the Spirit, or the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

Many believers have all their armor in place, but they never use their sword. They leave it in the sheath. They talk about it, and brag about how sharp it is, but they never actually utilize the sword in spiritual battle.

The devil knows all too well the power and authority of the Bible and he will try to keep you from it at all costs.

Keep this in mind: Whether we know the value of our sword or not, Satan does. He will do everything he can to see that we keep our swords sheathed or that we don’t put them on in the first place.

The power of memorization

The enemy will certainly try to keep you from memorizing the Word of God.

Why? Because the Psalmist says, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). The devil has felt its sting and authority.

It’s good to carry a Bible in your briefcase or purse, but the best place to carry the Word of God is in your heart.

How sharp is your sword?

I ask you now, what shape is your sword in?

Is it polished from daily use as you study the Scripture on a regular basis, and sharpened on the anvil of experience as you have applied and obeyed it’s truth in your life? Or is it rusty from lack of preparation or dulled by disobedience?

It’s been said “A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”

If we neglect the study of the Scripture, our spiritual life will ultimately unravel because everything we need to know about God is taught in the Bible. And if it can’t be found in the pages of Scripture, you don’t need it.

You can win in this spiritual battle. Not by running away, but rather by putting on the whole armor of God and unsheathing your sword, which is the Word of God, and using it.

I encourage you to do that today.

11 Responses to “How to win the spiritual battle”

  1. Carry The Word says:

    This is so true. Thank You!

  2. Jan says:

    Every day I feel this struggle in my heart, but i’m glad there is because if there would not be any, I should be afraid if there might be anything wrong with me.

    I have to admit that I have lived in sin for a while now, and, as humans we WILL sin, that’s a fact but I have deliberatly sinned for a long time now… knowing it was wrong.

    It would be a cliche to say that I feel reborn or something, or that I am a new person.
    But thanks to the Word of God I feel stronger in my shoes then ever before, its still very hard at times but now I know what to do when things get too hot.

    Thank you pastor Greg for bringing the word in a way that I understand.

    God bless you and your family!

  3. Julie says:

    Thank you pastor Greg. Though I read the bible everyday I sometime forget or hesitate to memorize a word for the day. But after reading your blog I have decided to change it for the better. Please pray for me that I may not fall of the wagon and become stronger each day learning HIS word and using it too.

  4. Carla says:

    I’m so thankful to God in guiding me to this site. My family is going through tough times (mentally, spritually, and physically). I read through your Daily Devotion Section and read exactly what I needed to hear. Please, pray for my family.
    Thank you for this spiritual insight. Praise God!

  5. andy says:

    pastor Greg thanks for your insight.

  6. sylvia vargas says:

    on Saturday I was asked to go share the gospel at the local juvinal hall and were not allowed to take our bibles in so we have to take it in our hearts I shared with the young girl Be anxious for nothing but everything by prayer and supplication making your request made known to God.I know the importance of Gods word it’s funny but since my son Isaiah was a baby I would ask him How do u fight the devil? and he said with the Word of God. once again Thank u

  7. sylvia vargas says:

    wow I always say God knows when how and why we need to hear what we need to hear it and when let me tell u I needed to read this at this specific moment wow Lord your da bomb only u know what Im going throught. Pastor God has used u to speak&encourage me.

  8. Marie says:

    Hi Greg (Big B! :o) )
    You are so right about how we can carry our Bible everywhere and memorize the words all the day long but if we and God never etch them in our hearts our struggle with Satan will be more difficult as will be our walk with God. Satan wants us to rebel against God just as he did and if God is not rooted in our hearts it is easier for him to get us to do that. Pray that more hearts will be filled with the Holy Spirit, our world so desperately needs that these days.

  9. Angel Martinez says:

    very good pastor Greg

  10. mike says:

    What are some good methods to help memorize scripture?

    I have always wanted to start and was even thinking about it this morning.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg! I was reminded by the Lord this morning that God’s Word is not to be cherished as a good luck charm or to soothe our mind from anxiety but to be obeyed in this life and forever.

    Please pray for my family. I need a job desperately and I know that the prayer of a righteous man is very powerful.

    God bless you pastor Greg!

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