THEME: SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Mark 3:11 NIV
“Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”
-The above scripture exposes our minds to the spiritual world as we realize that demons can see and recognize people. They were able to identify Jesus as the Son of God. An evil spirit in Acts 19:14-15 expressly stated that he knew Jesus and Paul, but he did not know the sons of Sceva who were going about doing ministry work. So they were overpowered and beaten up, and they ran away. James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” In spiritual warfare, we have to realize that Jesus disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15). We then have weapons of power in the Name of Jesus, and His precious blood, which cover us from all demonic operations and evil activities.
As children of God we know that we have an enemy, an adversary who comes to kill, steal and destroy. But we are safe as long as we have God on our side we need to put our trust in Him. He will preserve us, He will preserve our souls, He will protect us from all evil, He will provide for us and keep us at rest. We have a personal responsibility to be alert and discern the schemes of the devil. He steals our attention from God. We soon loose our personal relationship with God and go stray. You need to ask yourself, what is taking up your time ? who is taking up your time? Do an audit of your time, behavior and conduct. Put on the full armor of God and stand ready to fight spiritual battles. Ephesians 6:12-18 reminds us that we do not wage war against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore we need to put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, we may be able to stand our ground. To stand with the belt of truth buckled around our waists, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, we need to take up the shield of faith, with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. To pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests, and alert always keeping on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Jesus You are our God and none can be compared to You. You are the Son of God, our Lord and Savior. At Your name Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ You are Lord, to the glory of God the Father. In Your name Jesus 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. Protect us always Lord for every demonic agenda against us, our children, families and nation for the glory and honor of Your name. May Your revival come to pass at the appointed time. May You bless our leaders and guide them in Your wisdom. May You bless us and keep us. May You make Your face to shine towards us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countenance towards us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: 2 Corinthians 10:3–6, 1 Thessalonians 5:6–9