For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
(2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV)
All Christians, whether we know it or not are engaged in an ongoing conflict with an unseen enemy, in the spiritual realm. Our enemies’ main target is our thought life. And it is reassuring to know that as followers of Jesus, we are uniquely equipped to withstand, and overcome the relentless assault against our minds. We can confidently stand on the promises of Scripture, as we receive guidance from the indwelling Holy Spirit.
In contrast, the non-believer is spiritually dead, and unable to access the Spirit of truth, or to discern the origins of the battle that rages within them. Without spiritual transformation, and the knowledge of God, we cannot comprehend the source of our emotional and spiritual conflict.
When we enter into the Kingdom of God by trusting Jesus as absolute Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit enables us to discern the source of the conflict going on, in and around us. Those who are outside the rule of God’s Kingdom are living in spiritual darkness. They may be good people, with positive motives, but they live in a state of perpetual deception.
A society that seeks social reform apart from God’s Kingdom rule, will be lead progressively into social, and moral chaos, which leads to spiritual totalitarianism. Satan makes mental suggestions to those that seek to reform society apart from God, but he is a deceiver, and a cruel task master. What those outside the Kingdom perceive as freedom, actually leads to spiritual slavery. Good people doing good works outside of the rule of Christ, can actually be deceived into thinking that they really don’t need a Savior,
King Jesus sets us free to live within the boundaries that he has designed for our good, and his glory. The mind must continually be renewed with Scripture, and we must cast down all vain imaginations. Satan’s tactic is to control and gain access to the believers imagination. While we rest in the finished work of Christ on the cross through his death and resurrection, we must actively embrace the benefits of being a child of God.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
(Colossians 3:1-4 ESV)
We wage war with darkness form a place of victory, and intimacy with God, through prayer. For we have died with Christ to the old way of life, and have now been given the power to live an overcoming life. – Bobby