Understanding Spiritual Warfare: The War of Words
June 6, 2017
Continuing on the topic of the words, “war” and “warfare,” and how they are used in the New Testament five times.
The first place this word “war” is used is in 2 Corinthians 10:11-13, when the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians. He referred to how he had to take dominion (the governing) of all knowledge that was contrary to the “Word of God.” Even Paul had to govern the territory of his mind and thoughts, and take authority over the powers of wrong thinking, which consist of wrong “words.” By the thinking and the saying of wrong words, they are the first and primary way that Satan can get an advantage on us. That is, if we let him.
It is very important to remember, if we think wrong we are going to do wrong, and get wrong results, but if we think right, which is in accordance with God’s word, then we will do right, and get right results. It’s simple. If you do it Yahwah, you will get Yahwah results. If you do it your way, you get your way results.
The War is in doing, and saying! As our thinking goes, so goes our bodies. And in the category of our body, there in lies our “tongue.” It is an unruly member which produces the “words” we speak. Ouch!
Paul’s account of the words “war” or “warfare” mainly deal with the areas of thought and with reasoning in our minds.
He charged Timothy to war a good warfare with the prophesies that went before him by holding faith and a good conscience. “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare. Holding faith and a good conscience, which some have put away concerning faith have made ship wrecked.” 1 Timothy 1:18. We must war against unbelief by applying the Word of God and fight the good fight of faith by holding our ground and claiming the territory that belongs to us. We can only put away (lose) our faith by allowing our minds to reason away what God says concerning us, and also by entertaining what Satan has to say. Stay in the fight of faith and fulfill the call of God on your life. Take up your sword and never let it go. Give Satan the disadvantage. Fight against “the realm of reason,” and tell Satan, “by the way… it is written!”
Now, there is not a war fought without a soldier. Guess what? We are that soldier, enlisted in the armed forces, the military of our King, Jesus Christ, and His Kingdom. As soldiers, we are to take possession of and occupy, “territories” for his Kingdom. To be a good soldier, it requires us to:
1. Become strong in the provisions of grace
2. To remain faithful and endure hardness
3. Not become entangled with the affairs of this life.
We do these things so we can please the one who chose us to be that soldier. Let us therefore strive lawfully, obtaining our crown, that we may throw it at the feet of Jesus, for He is the only One who is worthy of that honor. 2 Timothy 2:1-4.
As soldiers, it is necessary to be committed, dedicated and determined, no matter the troubles, afflictions or due to conditions. We thereby press on by making great efforts to achieve and obtain the territories of this life. However, we will not achieve, nor obtain the victory by going contrary to God’s word and neither by not conforming to the desire and purpose of the King. We have to constantly remind ourselves that we no longer belong to ourselves. So in all actuality, our spiritual growth depends on us.
The first three verses that talk about warfare in the New Testament have been covered and hopefully, I’ll finish covering the other two verses next time. I’ll talk about the second way that Satan wants to get an advantage on us through the flesh. I call that “our evil twin.”
Beloved, stay in the fight of faith and don’t give up!