UNDERSTANDING THE CHRISTIAN WARFARE In Evangelism,Sermon

UNDERSTANDING THE CHRISTIAN WARFARE & VICTORY METHODS

Congratulations! Praise God!! For seeing another month in the midst of the living. Unto our God be the glory, honour, adoration and thanksgiving now and forever.

The day is far spent, the night draweth near when our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shall  come and we must be ready knowing fully well that this world is our battle ground and only the conqueror will reign with King Jesus at marriage feast of the Lamb and in Heaven. Hear what Jesus said, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Rev 3:21)

The topic of our consideration is Understanding Christian Warfare and Victory Methods. We are engaged daily in warfare and we must conquer daily to make it on earth and make heaven at last. We shall look at this topic under four sub-headings:

(1) The keywords explained

(2) The warfare starting place

(3) The warfare present place

(4) The Christians’ practical weapons for daily victory

  1. THE TOPIC KEYWORDS EXPLAINED.
  2. THE CHRISTIANS: Ishmael and Isaac were born by the same father – Abraham but Isaac was the covenant child who inherited all that Abraham had. In like manner all human beings are children of God but ONLY THE GENUINELY CONVERTED are the COVENANT CHRISTIANS. Take note, everyone may claim he/she is a Christian. Jesus said; “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21). In verse 22-23, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” We shall not be cast away in Jesus name. Are you a covenant Christian or confessing Christian? We have possessor of Christ and professor of Christ. Which one are you?
  3. THE WARFARE: means armed conflict between two massed enemies, armies or the like. This means weapons are involved, battle for supremacy is involved. The Christian life is faced with a special warfare which is peculiar because of the glory of heaven which is waiting for us. Our arch-enemy – Lucifer is armed and we must be armed too to defeat him. In job 14:1, it is written “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” We shall overcome. Amen.
  4. The VICTORY METHODS: Many ways and means couple with programme are available to overcome the Christian battles. The book of 2Cor 10:4 said,  “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;” Our victory is guaranteed if we follow God’s given methodology.
  5. THE WARFARE STARTING PLACES

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven”. (Rev 12:7-8) The other Bible references are Gen 3:15, Gen 1:1-2. The Warfare started in heaven in the kingdom of God. One of the angels by name Lucifer which means Son of the morning star (note: not the morning star), gathered some angels and rebelled against God and God did not spare him and all the rebels (angels), he was faced with angel Michael and other loyal angels and Lucifer with his cohorts were defeated and cast out of heaven. Isaiah captured this very well “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 14:12-15.

Secondly, the warfare continued in Garden of Eden where God put Adam and Eve and the place is being kept away from man since then. In the cool of the day God will usually visit them (Gen 3:8). Moreover, one day the Lucifer who became serpent because of his craftiness deceived Adam and Eve and they ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil and God cursed the serpent, Eve and the ground for man. God also pronounced warfare between man the Lucifer. In Gen 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” The causes of warfare most times is enmity which is hostility.

The above were the places where the Christian warfare started.

  1. THE WARFARE PRESENT PLACES. The warfare which started in heaven and garden of Eden has been translocated into three spheres now with diverse methodologies and mechanisms. In this study we have concisely precisely identified these three: 1. The human body (in the man) 2. The physical earth (around the man) 3. The spiritual realm (beyond the man). Thus, we classified the warfare as carnal, physical and spiritual warfare.

3.1. The carnal warfare (the human mind and the flesh). The carnal warfare centres on the human mind and the members of the body. In Rom 7:23 it is written “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” The bible verse reveals that the human mind and flesh is the battle field in man. The first assignment therefore is to understand the carnal warfare. The carnal warfare is the battle of the mind and flesh. The Devil usually gives ungodly suggestion and communication to our mind through our body organ – the eye, (what we see), the ear (what we hear), the body (what we feel, especially the sensual organs) to feed and corrupt our mind and life. Every covenant Christian must win the carnal battle first without which he/she cannot win other battles.

These three things are first things to be done; genuine confession, total forsaking (sin), genuine conversion ie submission of soul, spirit and body to the lordship of Jesus and our flesh hates discipline and pains but that is one thing you must do. Apostle Paul said “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” (1Cor 9:27).

3.2 Physical warfare. This is the use of physical things we can see, feel, touch to torture covenant Christian to submit to the will of flesh, satan and worldly system. Let us read few of these weapons in Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” and 2 Cor 4:11-14. Are you going through any of these, or childlessness, joblessness, failure, insufficiency, don’t give up, it is the physical warfare, you will overcome. All you need do is pray, workhard and see the truly called men of God to join hands with you over that situation, it is a temporary thing, it will soon be over.

3.3 Spiritual Warfare – This is more complex and wide, we don’t have total knowledge of this weird warfare but we rely on God’s word and power to overcome. Apostle Paul described it in Eph 6:12 as “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” In spiritual warfare we have unseen forces and known forces but we cannot handle them physically though we see the physical manifestations, we must rely totally on God. Such warfare includes; bad dreams, sickness, diseases, arrows, covenant, curses, poverty, affliction by agents, spiritual forces of darkness and enemies. The forces include – witches, wizards, ritualist, familiar spirit, herbalist, false prophets etc. What can we do?

  1. THE CHRISTIANS PRACTICAL WEAPONS FOR DAILY VICTORY. Please, apply these Christian weapons for victory daily. They are weapons you must use everyday because A PART TIME CHRISTIAN CANNOT DEFEAT A FULL TIME SATAN and ENEMY. You must become a full time Christian by applying these weapons daily at all times, every second, minute, hour and day.
  2. Word of God – Psalm 107:20 – You must load yourself daily with the WORD OF GOD and shoot the word against the enemy at the point of attack.
  3. Blood of Jesus Rev. 12:11 – You must cover yourself daily with BLOOD OF JESUS and release the blood against the enemy at the point of attack.
  4. All manners of PRAYER: Eph 6:12, Luke 18:1; 1Thes 5:17. You must pray fervently all manners of prayer daily and pray against the enemy before and at the point of attack righteously. You must live a holy life if you want answer to your prayers because God does not answer the prayer of sinners (John 9:31)
  5. Praise and Worship God – 2Chro 20:21-25, Acts 16:25-28. You must cultivate and practice the art and act of praise and worship God unconditionally every time. The enemies will be smitten before you without you fighting them because God dwells in the praise of his people.
  6. Faith in God – 1John 5:4, Heb 11:33, Rev 12:11b. Your faith in God’s word, power and your positive confession of the same is a weapon of conquering the enemies. The devil always uses fear, but have faith in God, he can never fail.
  7. Graceful Determination – Daniel 3:16-18. Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego made a graceful determination at point of persecution and the Lord Himself appeared in the midst of the fire with them. We need graceful personal determination to defeat the enemies always, determination not to compromise and God will see that and fight for you.
  8. Spiritual Empowerment: Eph 6:10-11 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” You need the power of the Holy Ghost and all other offensive and defensive weapons for total victory. In all things God will teach us how to fight in Jesus name.

CONCLUSION: Only those who overcome in this world will make heaven, so you must face the challenges and warfare squarely and obtain victories by the weapons listed above, remember Christ said “To him that overcommeth will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcome, and am sed down with my Father in his throne”. Rev. 3:21

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