if we fight this fight in the physical realm, using the regular, physical violence that all humans know, then we’ve already lost
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another Friday post in the Do Not Fear the End Times series.
Last week I spent a good deal of time talking about how we must fight Satan’s kingdom. It’s our duty and obligation. Today’s post is one more memo on tactics. What we must not do when we fight.
“Fight in the flesh, get destroyed in the flesh”
Addressing the violence seen at some of the protests around the country, he says (paraphrasing) “Fight in the flesh, get destroyed in the flesh. […] What we need to do is turn to our God, so that He can destroy our enemies. Because that’s what it’s going to take. […] They don’t want to tell us the spiritual side of all this.”
Indeed that’s very true, and a wise statement. It applies on many levels.
First, let’s be clear that the systemic, institutionalized racism in this world and the police brutality that upholds it are works of Satan. These atrocities are offensive to God. This kind of evil must always be opposed, as I wrote in last week’s posts. But if we fight this fight in the physical realm, using the regular, physical violence that all humans know, then we’ve already lost. Using violence is playing right into Satan’s hands, for many reasons.
First, the true reason: Our warfare is not physical. Never forget Ephesians 6:12!
We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens.Ephesians 6:12 (CEB)
If we fight with physical methods, we’re fighting the way that Satan wants us to. We’re relying on weapons created by man rather than our spiritual weapons, which are empowered by Christ.
(4) Our weapons that we fight with aren’t human, but instead they are powered by God for the destruction of fortresses. They destroy arguments, (5) and every defense that is raised up to oppose the knowledge of God. They capture every thought to make it obedient to Christ.2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (CEB)
Satan and his demonic minions aren’t scared by any physical weapons we can bring to bear. None of those weapons are spiritual. No physical weapon can harm a spirit, which is what the demons are. You can’t kill any demon with an AR-15, it doesn’t work that way. Since Satan and his minions are the only true enemy we face, and the only true enemy during the End Times, you might as well go ahead and throw your AR-15 away. Start learning how to fight through prayer while there’s still time. One day soon, the actual demons will appear in the physical realm. Your precious guns will be meaningless then. Then you’ll be desperate to learn spiritual warfare. Be smart, learn it now.
Now, every Christian who intends to fight Satan’s kingdom and works, a major one of which is racism, must never forget the spiritual warfare principles of Ephesians 6:12 and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. Yes, fight the evils. But don’t throw away your most potent weapons. Have faith, and PRAY the evils away. These are our real weapons, empowered by Christ and gifted to us as believers.
Pray against the “root evils” in play here: Racism, bias, prejudice, inequality, and so on. Pray for God to destroy these enemies, the true enemies. There’s a demonic spirit at play behind each one of these evils, as they are the works of Satan. Racists, for example, have surrendered to the demon spirit of racism, which in turn is below the demon of hatred. But that’s another topic for another time. For now, just know that if we follow the puppet strings to find the puppeteer, we’ll find Satan and his demonic minions are behind it all.
There may be many, many layers in the way. Many, many distractions and a lot of smoke and mirrors. But Satan, the ruler of this world, is the one at the very top pulling all the strings. I wrote about how this world is under Satan’s power in Part 7. Well, we most definitely do have weapons capable of bringing this enemy down. We have spiritual weapons. Prayer.
Like NuBreed said, “What we need to do is turn to our God, so that He can destroy our enemies. Because that’s what it’s going to take.” And that’s exactly right. Not only is that what it’s going to take in the end, but that’s the only way it’s going to work. Pray for the downfall of Satan’s kingdom here on earth. Pray for the destruction of all his works, racism being only one of them. And pray for Christ’s return too. Even though it means the end of this world, the loss of this fallen world is not something to mourn over.
Pray, fight in the spirit. Don’t fight in the flesh. That doesn’t hurt Satan or his works, and he is quite pleased to watch us throw away our most potent weapons. The only weapons that can actually harm him.
Besides the Obvious
The first reason not to fight in the flesh is the most important. The second reason is probably the most obvious, and better understood by the average person.
This world is under Satan’s power. Satan, the power behind all worldly authority, has all military and police at his disposal. By influencing any human leader he chooses (any leader of any rank), these worldly powers can be brought to bear. He has access to all their weaponry. Predator drones, armored APCs, tanks, and all types of nasty stuff. By demonically whispering to any cop, police chief, and so on, Satan can wield an excessive response of force. It’s dangerous to go up against that power.
But besides that, violence in the physical realm is pleasing to Satan anyway. He’s a creature of disorder and chaos. Physical violence will only lead to injury, loss of life, chaos, and destruction. All these things are pleasing to Satan, the ruler of this world. Fighting in the flesh is playing right into his hands. We can’t do that!
Be smart. Burn Satan’s kingdom to the ground … in the spiritual realm, where everything starts. Our prayers our empowered by God for doing so!
Fight the True War
“Fight in the flesh, get destroyed in the flesh.” We do need to fight Satan and his works, which include racism and injustice. I make that very clear here on my blog. Not fighting is not an option. Like C.S. Lewis wrote, in this fallen world, Christians are behind enemy lines waging a sabotage campaign against Satan’s kingdom. I explained that bit last week. We have a duty to fight.
But we must never forget how to fight. Our enemies are not humans (Ephesians 6:12). Satan and the powers under his control (the news media, for instance) want us to think our enemies are human. They want us to think our enemies are the ‘other guys’ on the other side. But that is not the case. Satan is the one and only enemy! Read Part 16 for more on that.
Another thing that Satan and the powers that be don’t want us to know is the spiritual aspect of all this. It’s almost time for Jesus’ return. Satan is raging harder than ever before, knowing that the end of his world is right around the corner. It’s getting hot as hell on this planet … and people have such intense hatred for each other. Well, that’s no mistake, no coincidence. Hell is rising, getting more active I mean. Satan and his minions are at work like never before. The hatred is their doing.
And the powers that be don’t want us to understand how we can fight back against all this. They don’t want us to know what powerful weapons we possess.
Our enemies aren’t human. So how do we fight them? We fight them spiritually, with our spiritual weapons (2 Corinthians 10:4). The spiritual weapons we have access to as believers who have faith in the LORD Jesus Christ. These are the only weapons we have that are capable of harming our true enemy, Satan. So these are the only weapons we need! These weapons are the only option we have in this fight!!
Never forget that our spiritual weapons are empowered by Christ for tearing down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). Leave all physical weapons aside, that’s not how we fight the true war. Physical weapons don’t hurt our real enemy, and they don’t scare him either. Put down the AR-15 or whatever you’ve got. Learn to fight through prayer.
All works of Satan and all pillars of his kingdom, racism being one of them, must be torn down. But to do that we must fight in the spirit, not the flesh. The real battle is not happening in the physical realm. The situation in the physical realm merely reflects the state of affairs in the spiritual.
Fight the right way. Fight the true battle. “Fight in the flesh, get destroyed in the flesh.” Flesh isn’t the way. Start the prayer war. Tear down Satan’s kingdom through persistent prayer. Pray to God to destroy our real enemies (demonic spirits), because only He can do it. That’s what it’s going to take!!
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