Wounded (Christian) Soldiers (part 3)

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This is part 3 in my blog series on Wounded (Christian) Soldiers

In part one of ‘Wounded (Christian) Soldiers’ I stated that it was basically inevitable to end up wounded at some stage if you stand up for your Christian faith and stand firmly upon the whole truth of God’s Word.

Wounded either by some in the church, or by society, or both.

And that is because the world and the devil are at war with genuine Christianity.

In part two I touched upon the areas of wounding by: Our own sinful pleasures and desires; Unintentional words and actions against us by those in the church; Intentional words and actions against us by those in the church; and Wounds from the world.

This final part covers two remaining areas of Christian wounding:

e) Attacks from satan:

As Christians we must expect, and be prepared for, attacks from the devil. Such attacks may be on our health, our marriages, our family, our finances, our possessions, or on anything really – especially people and things that are dear to us.

Realising this we can at least be prepared.

Job lost everything, but he still trusted God.

“Then Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head [in mourning for the children], and he fell to the ground and worshipped [God]. He said, ‘Naked (without possessions) I came [into this world] from my mother’s womb, And naked I will return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the Name of the Lord.’ Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” (Job 1:20-22 AMP)

If Job, who did not have the assurity of the Resurrection of Jesus, nor the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, could have such faith and confidence in God then surely as Christians we can – with God’s strength.

satan will attack. That is a given.

And the more you seek to do God’s will for the Kingdom of God and therefore do damage to satan’s plans the more satan will attack us.

And he will use any means at his disposal.

The good news though is God has given us His weapons to fight off satan’s attacks.

And the Christians’ weapons are the resurrection power and authority of the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, our salvation, our Christian faith, the Bible – the Word of God and our full acceptance and reliance upon it and speaking it out when satan attacks, the ‘gifts of the Holy Spirit’, and praying in the Holy Spirit – praying in our own language with the Holy Spirit’s leading, and also in tongues.

In fact, God has declared that:

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV)

“When He (Jesus) had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.” (Colossians 2:15 AMP)

“In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.

Put on the full armour of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armour of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.

Therefore, put on the complete armour of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious].

So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), and having strapped on your feet the Gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].

Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people.” (Ephesians 6:10-18 AMP)

There is power in asking for the protection of the Blood of Jesus.

There is power and authority in rightly using the Name of Jesus.

There is power in faith to believe God’s Word and faith for healings and miracles.

There is power in speaking out Scripture to rebuke satan’s attacks. Jesus Himself did it (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13)

There is power in prayer (Matthew 26:41; Jeremiah 33:3)

There is power in praying in tongues (Romans 8:26; 1 Corinthians 14:2-4)

e) Demonic spirits:

Genuinely saved Christians cannot be ‘possessed’ by a demonic spirit (evil spirit) – the Bible assures us that we are possessed by God. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Galatians 4:6-7; John 3:16; 1 Peter 2:9)

However, satan and his demonic horde of demons and evil spirits can certainly seek to oppress Christians.

They can seek to oppress your mind, your thinking and your emotions. They can also attack unsaved members of your families and your churches.

And they can cause repetitive sins in a Christian’s life.

Not all sins are caused by evil spirits.

But stubborn repetitive sins and bondages may be caused by demonic spirit oppression. And to gain freedom from these repetitive sins and bondages may require deliverance from the spirit(s) that is/are the root cause.

Do you have a sin or bondage that you have desperately and continually repented of, only to have it occur time and time again?

The root cause may be an evil spirit, and the cure, after repenting, is having a Holy Spirit filled Christian administer deliverance to you in Jesus Name.

This is most effectively done by using 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 ‘gifts of the Holy Spirit’ to discern the evil spirit(s) responsible (through ‘word of knowledge’, word of wisdom’ and ‘discernment od spirits’), and then taking authority over that/those spirit(s) in Jesus Name and casting it/them out.

(Contrast the Apostle Paul in Acts 16:16-18 to the group of Jews and the seven sons of Sceva in Acts 19:13-16. Because the Apostle Paul had an intimate relationship with Jesus, and the evil spirits knew Jesus and knew Paul’s authority in using Jesus Name, they had no choice but to obey and leave.)

And rest assured that if you are a genuine Christian and you receive deliverance ministry from another Holy Spirit filled Christian brother or sister who stands firm on the Word of God and the power and authority of the Name of Jesus then the evil spirit(s) will be cast out and leave too. And after any casting out of any demonic (evil) spirit(s) we should always pray seeking God for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:43-45; Luke 11:24-26)

You have the promise of Jesus: “So if the Son (Jesus) sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NIV)


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