Thursday, January 20, 2011

Spiritual Warfare - Truth and Lies

The mind is the primary ground for spiritual warfare.

What does your mind actually do?

It THINKS and it VISUALIZES.  The two are closely related.

When it thinks and visualizes, those thoughts and pictures may be divided into two classes -- truth and lies.

This is exactly why spiritual warfare is primarily in the mind.  Because the mind thinks and pictures either TRUTH or LIES.  That's why the Scripture speaks of "doctrines of demons" (1 Tim. 4:1), because doctrines (teachings) of demons are lies.

It's TRUTH that sets us free, and it's LIES that put us in bondage of some kind.

So where is authoritative truth?

It's in the Scriptures.

That's why we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:1,2).

And the Devil and demons are not our only enemies.  There are also the World and the Flesh.  Any one of the unholy three (the World, the Flesh, and the Devil) is able to de-rail us, if we are not filled with the Truth of the Word of God.

How are we filled with the Word of God?  I would recommend five ways:

1. Reading the Word, especially the New Testament epistles.

2. Studying the Word, perhaps using good commentaries, word studies, Bible dictionaries, etc.

3. Meditating on the Word.  Thinking over each passage, maybe asking questions like Who, What, When, Where, Why?

4. Praying the Word.  Asking God to teach us, and equip us with His grace, to understand and be able able to live each passage, as it is applied to our lives.

5. Perhaps most important, always relating the Word to Jesus Christ, Who is the Living Word.

He who is our Life, Jesus Christ, Who is one in spirit with us believers, is the Object of the Scriptures.  All Scriptures point to Him, and He is Truth personified.

Seek Him in every passage.

He is our Bread.  Feed on Him.

Don't view the Scriptures as just some kind of rule book or map.  It breathes Christ!  Our Savior, our Lord, our Counselor, our Friend!

When you recognize a lie, renounce it.  Put it away.

But be sure to replace it with the truth.

Practice the truth.  Seek it out.

Don't let a lie rest.  Root it out.

Pray for the Lord to lead you in truth, which does indeed set us free.

Stand on the TRUTH.  That's what the warfare is about.

"It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." -- Galatians 5:1

"Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with TRUTH, and having put on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of FAITH with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of evil one.  And take the helmet of SALVATION, and the sword of the SPIRIT, which is the WORD OF GOD.  With all prayer and petition PRAY at all times in the Spirit..." -- Ephesians 6:14-18

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