The Battlegrounds

The Battlegrounds are in our thoughts (minds) where we have to make the right choices and decisions.

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 We need to learn and apply how to battle first in worshipping our God, who was, and is, to come as King of kings and Lord of lords.

 We need to know and understand that this is where we should always win in this world, by renewing our mind with God’s Words and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our mind is the battleground. When we chose and obey God’s commandments in the power of the Holy Spirit, we are winning, in contrast, when we chose and live the needs of our flesh (body and soul), then we are losing.

 We need to demolish arguments and every pretension, affectation, posturing or self-importance that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive, prisoner, detainee, hostage every thought to make it obedient to Christ. We will be ready to punish, chastise, discipline, penalize, castigate, reprove, rebuke or reprimand every act of disobedience, once our obedience is finish or complete.

Ephesians 6:10-18 stated, “10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we* are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.* 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.* 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power refers to strength derived from God, not strength we humans have to somehow obtain. The words “be strong” describe continual empowering of the Christian community. God’s strength and power are part of the Kingdom blessings available to God’s people. The power that raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead empowers us, God’s people as we prepare for the spiritual battle we must face on this earth.

God empowers His people, but He does not send them into battle unarmed. We as God’s people – Born-Again Christian believers must put on all of God’s armor (see also Romans 13:12). The panoplia, or full armor, means complete equipment, head-to-toe protection, both defensively and offensively. This gear was for hand-to-hand combat. This “armor of God” was mentioned in the Old Testament. Isaiah 59:17 describes God as wearing the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation. Paul wrote this letter while chained to a Roman soldier. Certainly the soldier’s armor must have brought this metaphor to mind. Paul described a divine and complete “outfit” that God gives believers in order to provide all we need to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. The Devil rules the world of darkness, the kingdom opposed to God. “Stand against” was a military term meaning to resist the enemy, hold the position, and offer no surrender. The Devil will not fight fair; he uses subtle tricks and schemes. Our ability to stand firm depends on our use of the armor.

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Faith involves three things: first, the perception of truth; second, an interest in it; third, the commitment of the mind to be interested in and controlled by the truths that faith perceives.

Perception of the truth must come first, for we cannot believe a truth that we do not know or perceive. Next, there must be an interest in the truth that will wake up the mind to focused and active attention. And third, there must be a voluntary commitment of the mind to be controlled by truth. The mind must wholly yield itself up to God to be governed entirely by His will.

Faith receives Christ. The mind first perceives Christ’s character and how He relates to us; it sees what He does for us. Then, when the soul deeply feels its need of such a Savior and such an inner work as He alone can do, it goes forth to receive and embrace Jesus as its own Savior. This action of the soul in receiving and embracing Christ is not sluggish; it is not done in a state of sleepy passivity. No, it involves the soul’s most strenuous activity. This commitment of the soul must become a glorious, living, energizing principle. Not only must the mind perceive, but also it must yield itself up with the most fervid intensity to be Christ’s and to receive into the soul all the benefits of His salvation.

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20 NLT). What could more powerfully and beautifully teach the doctrine that by faith Christ is introduced into the very soul of the believer to dwell there by His gracious presence?

Ever since our minds have been drawn to this subject, we have been astonished to see how long we have been dim sighted in respect to this particular view of faith. For a long time we scarcely saw it. Now we see it beaming forth in lines of glory on almost every page of Scripture. The Bible seems to blaze with the glorious truth. “For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing His glory.” (Colossians 1:27 NLT), of God dwelling in our bodies as in a temple, “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? “ (1 Corinthians 3:16 NLT). I am amazed that a truth so rich, so blessed, and so plainly revealed in the Bible was so dim to my sight. Christ received into the very soul by faith and thus brought into the nearest possible relationship to our hearts and lives; Christ Himself becoming the all-sustaining power within us by which we gain victory over the world; Christ living in and energizing our hearts – This is the great central truth in the plan of sanctification. Because believers value victory over the world and the living communion of the soul with its Maker, no Christian should fail to understand this truth.

 

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