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Spiritual Warfare

The essential reality behind what Rosemay Dunlop has described as :

"This beautiful, but disturbed and chaotic modern world”, is spiritual

warfare between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. This

reality is clearly defined in the words of the Anglican service of baptism

when the baptismal candidate is exhorted to “fight valiantly under the

banner of Jesus Christ against sin, the world, and the devil, and remain

His faithful soldier and servant until the end of your life.” In his letter to

the church at Ephesus chapter 6, verses 10 to 12, the Apostle Paul says

– “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full

armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s

schemes. For our struggle 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.” Paul

goes on to describe the spiritual armour necessary to fight in this

warfare, and which includes the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of

God. There is no neutrality in this warfare. We are on one side or the

other, with eternal consequences.

Human resources are useless against the kingdom of Satan. It is a

deception of the devil himself to make us believe that he and his army of

demons do not exist, and that human resources in themselves are

capable of solving the world’s problems. “He was a murderer from the

beginning….for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44. The fact is,

that people without Christ are spiritually blind and lost, as “sheep without

a shepherd.” The only safe place to be is ‘in Christ’ where there is no

condemnation. The Apostle Paul sums it up like this, “I have been

crucified with Christ. It is now no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in

me, and the life I now live, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me

and gave Himself for me.” Without this faith there is no true motivation

for evangelism, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under

heaven given to humankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Derek Burton


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