WHO ARE YOU FIGHTING?

A couple of Sunday’s ago at LifeWay Church we heard a sermon from Pastor Robert Morris of GateWay Church titled “under attack.” His message was about what to do when you are under attack from the enemy. There was one point that He gave that really stood out to me. He said that you have to first recognize that you are in a battle. I think this is the hardest thing for us to do at times. We now live in a time where everything is paganize and things are no longer spiritualized. We walk around with a worldly mindset instead of a heavenly mindset.

I think we first have to hit the topic of “over-spiritualized.” This statement has never quite made sense to me. Colossians 1:16 says “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” If we believe this scripture then I am not sure how there is anything on this earth that is not “spiritual.” It is all about God, ALWAYS! Another scripture to consider when you feel that you or someone else might be making things too “spiritual” is Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” If finding “life,” which is Jesus, is difficult, then I would say I need to set my mind on things that are spiritual way more often than not. We tend to think people that “over-spiritualize” things are weird. They do and say strange things, but the reality is that God is not weird. He is the creator of the universe! I don’t think you can get much cooler than that. We cannot let the way different people respond to God affect the way we respond to Him. 

The next thing I want to cover is, remember who you are fighting when you recognize you are in battle. Ephesians 6:12 says “For our battle 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.” Long answer short, you are fighting the devil. I believe there are three other people we blame instead of Him. 

1.We blame ourselves 

         The devil is really good at making you feel like everything is your fault. He is good at isolating you and he is best at making you feel ashamed. This shame causes us to not want to turn to God or other people. When you are struggling do not beat yourself up. God would not do that to you, so you know it is not from Him. It is important, however, that you recognize in the battle how and what God wants to change in you. If you have done wrong then confess it, and ask God how He wants you to move on from there. 

2.We blame others

        The enemy’s number one tactic is to cause division. If you have not read the book The Bait of Satan by John Bevere I encourage you to read it. This book shows how the devil pits us against one another through taking offense, instead of recognizing that it is the enemy that is trying to separate us. God created ALL people, and He created us for Him and for each other. We are here to help each other not hurt each other. Even if you have had several people hurt you in your life, God can and will bless you with people that will love and help you. We can’t play the enemy’s game by allowing us to turn against our brothers and sisters. 

3.We blame God 

        James 1:17 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” Your Father loves you and He only wants good for you. I think this aspect is easier for people that have children to understand. You discipline your kids, and you allow them to make their own decisions, even if they are bad, so they can grow. That is the same thing God does for us. If we are in a battle it is because God will use it for good and will use it to grow us. When the enemy causes evil things to happen against us, God only uses it for good, and for us to draw closer to Him, because He knows that being close to Him is the only way we survive. 

I encourage you today to think with a heavenly mindset. Pray that you would be fully and completely aware of God at all times. Learn His voice. Then you will be able to recognize when you are in a battle and who you are fighting.
 
PASTOR APRIL GADDIS

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