Some struggle to define Christianity, it is simply a warfare between good and evil. Christianity can be a peaceful life, but only if we are willing to contend for it.
John 10:10 A thief has come to steal, kill and destroy. I came so you can have real and eternal life, more and better life than you ever dreamed of.
If we don’t engage the thief in spiritual warfare, we will not have the life Jesus died to give us. I believe a lot of Christians are waiting for Jesus to just give them the good life. Jesus gave us the good life when He died and was resurrected, that is when He disarmed our adversary. The devil has no power whatsoever, but that does not stop him from robbing from us. Jesus gave us all power, so how does the devil intend to defeat us? The devil is the great orator, he talks people into believing that they cannot have the life Jesus died to give them. The battlefield is the mind where we win or lose before we take action.
If you believe you can, you’re right. If you believe you can’t, you’re right.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now the God of peace sanctify you wholly, your whole spirit, soul and body.
Your physical body is not the true you, it’s your earth suit and one day it will return to the dust of the earth. Your spirit and your soul (which is your mind, will and emotions) will live forever with their father. Your spirit and the soul are vying for who will be in charge of your body. If your soul is put in charge, it will make decisions based on physical calculations and natural information. If your spirit runs the show it will base everything on the Word of God. Now, your soul is prone to the emotions of fear, doubt, and unbelief. Your spirit has no fear, it totally trusts God and His Word. Your spirit can see the devil for what he is and it will put the body in places of victorious living.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places.
The goal of the demonic forces is to overcome a body. It must begin in the inside and work it’s way out. The devil always starts with the soul because it can be easy to persuade. Some spirits can be easily defeated if they have not been feeding on the Word of God. But a spirit that has been feeding on the uncompromised Word of God is too much for any demonic power. The devil’s worst nightmare is a body who has given the preeminence to its spirit. The devil can’t scare them. He can’t lie to them and worst of all he must submit to them.
As long as the spirit of man relies on the Holy Spirit of God, the devil will fight a losing battle. The devil is a loser but he is not a quitter. Satan will try over and over again into a place of certain defeat.
Renewing your mind will reduce the size of the battlefield.
So brethren, take the Word of God which is the sword of the spirit and win every battle.