I. THE WAR AND THE BATTLE FIELD!
We, Christ Jesus people, those who have the Holy Spirit and the Son Jesus Christ as Savior, are NOW and all of our lives, Soldiers in a War! We are warriors!
It seems however, many are not warriors but rather are AWOL or perhaps not saved at all, but religious only people. Today, August 7, 2020, we have what a Pastor friend of mine stated, “firehose falsehoods” (Dave Tooker) being shot out into the system of this nation to the people which means that they receive Nothing But false narratives constantly day and night until they are brainwashed. Also, the people filled with “digital worms” (Dave Tooker), which infect their very souls as they view and consume Facebook, Twitter, Newscasts, Google, etc. day and night again being brainwashed to the extent they are fully depressed, confused and out of their minds almost not knowing the difference between right and wrong!!!!! Let us throw off these garments of Hate, Confusion, Deceit, False narratives, Sources of lies and slander and corruption. Until we do so, we will be infected so much with the world system we lose our perspective of who we really are as Christians and what our objective and purpose is living out our lives for the glory of God in this generation.
Notice Romans 6:12;
“Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your Members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present ourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
Catch this! Sin wishes to rule in our Body using lust. The members of our body can be used as instruments to sinful acts; our hands, our eyes, our ears, our feet, our mouths, etc.! These are weapons the enemy will use against us and others every time! A reminder now; remember our bodies are not made alive yet, they are still dead in sin with sin living and active within them. That is sin’s house or home! So recognizing this, when temptation comes, remember to Present ourselves to God as ALIVE Spiritual people who are not dead but spiritually alive!
We have weapons now to use when these matters rise up! What are they! How do we do this battle? What do we do in fact with the weapons? God states we have been saved in order to produce Fruit, Fruit which HE ordained that we should carry out during our days here on earth as saved people.
Remember also, we were slain by the Law as it exhausted its full potential of judgment and wrath upon the guilty party (us sinners), because our sin and sins were placed upon Christ while HE hung on the cross. God used the Eternal Law of God to judge Christ for our sins, so HE became sin for us (that is the man Christ Jesus who was perfect)! This Law now is satisfied and Just because God is its author, and it now has produced proper Judgment in order that the guilty party of sin can go free from wrath and condemnation.
Realize this, now that we are forgiven, regenerated (life given because Jesus rose from the dead and is alive and that Life is given to us now), and no longer condemned or guilty. The Law is not DEAD, but it is dead to us for we are dead to it! No legal contract can be used against us anymore because it was done ONCE on the Cross. No more double jeopardy. It is paid for once by Jesus. That means even if we sinned the worse sin you can think of, it would not bring us under condemnation or wrath of God for we are HIS children now and NOT GUILTY. He sees no guilt hanging on us now because Jesus and His blood cover us. That does not mean sin did not take place, it did. It was according to Paul not the new man or new creation who did such, but SIN that was in the believers body called the flesh where it resides. It was allowed to take place by us however, since we did not flee, did not mortify it,etc.! So we openly confess to Him we failed, knowing automatically however that this sin at the moment is ALREADY forgiven and not held against us for one moment in terms of our relationship as sons of God or our eternal destiny etc.! Our identity now is a child of God, a son of God, a member of the forever family of God, the bride of Jesus Christ, join heirs with Him etc.!
God has a purpose for you and I in this battle now! He wants us to literally KILL and SLAY sin in the body! Listen to Romans 6:6;
“knowing this, that OUR OLD MAN was Crucified with HIM (Jesus) – that the body of Sin might be DONE AWAY WITH, that we should no longer be Slaves of sin.” The point being if we died with Christ Jesus, then are freed from sin in the body of flesh.
Now let see what we are to do! We are to according to Colossians 3:5;
“Therefore PUT to DEATH your MEMBERS (sinful acts) which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desires and covetousness, which is idolatry………anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language…..do not lie, etc.!
II. THE WEAPONS WE ARE TO USE!
What are we to use as a weapon to KILL these evil things seeking to cause us to sin? Notice Ephesians 6:10-18 reveals the Armor we need, but the main instrument we USE is called, “the sword of the Spirit” which is the word of God itself (vs. 17). We wield that Sword and SLAY or KILL the sinful fruit seeking to come out and bite us and slay us! We fight for our life! We fight for God. We fight for the death of sin and sins! We walk and fight by Faith that God’s Sword – His word will cut the head off of this Snake! It is dead, but it seeks to rise up and get a foothold again in our lives. We must resist with all of His power and might undergirding us and win the battle.
Another major point is this; We are alive in Christ, with the Holy Spirit around and in us, and we SAFE in HIM and He will not leave us or forsake us, and He will not allow us to as NEW BORN children enter into such folly.
So states Paul in Romans 8 and John in 1 John 1, mentioning how it is SIN that is doing the wrong, and not the New Man in Christ the SEED.
Yet, we are to do battle as the New Person in Christ, but we can fail in this Sanctification process that is taking place daily in our lives. We win battles and we lose battles and God allows this to take place in our bodies.
A mystery, but there can’t be any other explanation. BEING ALIVE with Eternal life in Christ and Hidden in Him NOW and SEATED with HIM now in the heavenlies means we are Protected and Sealed unto the day of redemption and Coming of Christ, SO NO SIN OR ELSE GOD WOULD BE SINNING SINCE WE ARE IN HIM.
Someone has said we are no more perfected later after death physically in our born again state, than we are now as we live daily lives. Leaving the body of sin, doesn’t mean we get a better regeneration or born again miracle at all. Of course, we will know much more, and also, later we will receive a new body resurrected from the dust of the earth. That which God did in the New Birth was fully Perfect and final! Our soul and our spirit and our innermost spiritual being has been made perfect in Christ! It is not just a legal thing that will take place later, it is actually existing now! Why! Because it is the Imputed Righteousness of Christ we have in and upon us at all times forever now! It is our body of flesh that is the problem!
But we are now in the process of bodily sanctification wars through the Spirit and Word, and we engage in such seeking to SLAY sin in the flesh which is not regenerated yet. For it is sin doing the sin in our bodies and yes, it is our bodies engaging and our minds allowing it. But we too are to “have the mind of Christ” in this sanctification process.
Let’s read a commit by another writer on this:
We are at war! Bullets are flying. Bombs are dropping. The enemy is closing in. Destruction is all around. There are casualties everywhere.
But in our war, you can’t see any of this. Well, you can see the effects of it all over the place in the brokenness, chaos, and pain around us, but this war is invisible.
We are not fighting one another. In fact we are not fighting our New Man or Born again redeemed person or new creature that we are! No! Our war is not against “flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12).
And we are not fighting with physical weapons. We fight what is unseen with weapons that are not wielded by human hands. Our battle is spiritual, and so are our weapons. Our weapons have divine power to set people free, destroy sinful thoughts and behaviors, and demolish demonic strongholds. Jesus defeated Satan, sin, and death for us so that we could be set free and empowered to overcome our enemies with the same power that filled Jesus throughout his mission and raised him from the dead on that victorious Sunday morning.
The gospel is the power of God for salvation. And our enemies are the Devil, the world, and the flesh.
……….So what are we to do in this battle? The Bible tells us to (1) take our thoughts captive and examine them, (2) bring them into submission, (3) consider the fruit, and then (4) fight with gospel truths.”
From the book “Gospel Fluency” by Jeff Vanderstelt. pgs 103-105. I highly recommend securing this book and you will be blessed and also find the more clear answers on this section in chapter 8 entitled “The War of the Mind”! BY JEFF VANDERSTELT