Christ-centered, Battle-focused, & Team-oriented
- In Christian doctrine, spiritual warfare teachings should not be separated from the Christ-given mission to make disciples of all nations. Every aspect of modern culture is engaged in the midst of a spiritual battle with the eternal souls of all humanity hanging in the balance. Christianity is not about merely securing a place in heaven after death, but redeeming this lifetime by yielding our lives to the work of Jesus Christ continued in us and through us in our generation. Our enemy, the devil, fights against us doing so every moment.
- The term battle focus refers to a concept used in the US Army to determine peacetime training requirements based on wartime missions. Most popular spiritual warfare books focus on the individual Christian's personal struggle with the weaknesses of his own flesh and his egocentric spiritual battle against demons, and promises deliverance from the weariness of the conflict. That is in stark contrast to the training a soldier receives in our nation's armed forces. Although each individual soldier must be trained to survive on a battlefield, the vast majority of his training concerns accomplishing the mission, defeating an enemy, by fighting as a member of a team under the orders of his chain of command.
- The Lord of Hosts won our eternal victory on the cross at Calvary, but He gave His Church the mission to take the fight to the gates of hell, and the Gospel to the ends of the earth... regardless of personal costs!
- This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience... (1 Timothy 1:18-19 NKJV)
- We are human, but we don't wage war with human plans and methods. We use God's mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil's strongholds... break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God... conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT)
- You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV)
- Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-12 NKJV)
- Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:10-11 NKJV)
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