Ephesians 6, prayer, Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare by Sarah Whybrew.

Wearing the armour of God is an important part of our daily lives, as we are reminded in Ephesians 6:12, ‘For our struggle is not 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.’

Prayer is an essential armour piece for this struggle. We need God’s help, this is not a struggle we can overcome in our own strength.

This session on spiritual warfare reminded us that are in the time of the ‘in between’, after Christ’s death and resurrection and yet before Christ comes again to bring justice and grace for those who have called on His name and rely on His rescue. We need to be people that are constantly praying “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:10).

It’s important that we get our perspective of Satan and the spiritual forces of evil in the world right. For example, we may be tempted to attribute every trial and difficulty to Satan which may lead us to spend a lot of time worrying and thinking about him, presuming he is involved in everything rather than remembering the Sovereignty of God Almighty. On the other hand we may dismiss the idea of the spiritual forces of evil in this world and ignore the reality of their presence in the world around us. Neither are helpful, we need to be centred on Jesus, who willingly came to die and be brought back to life to save us in accordance with God’s love for us. We pray to Him who has won the victory for us and is King of kings and Lord of lords seated at the right hand side of the Father in Heaven, we are more than conquerors!

Pete Greig drew our attention to these three points:

Pray it – persevering in prayer and predominantly praying in goodness rather than praying out bad, for God’s love will drive out evil.

Practice it – live in the equal but opposite way, for example where there are lies we should declare the truth, or where there is immorality live with authenticity and purity.

Preach it – focus on telling people about Jesus rather than focusing on talking about evil.

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Depression, Pain, Spiritual Warfare, Suffering.

Splatted by a Pooing Seagull

It was the of the holiday, and something went wrong and Allana (my wife) and I were feeling a bit upset about something, and somewhat confused at God.
I took a couple of minutes to walk along the seafront just to clear my head…
I was hoping for one of those moments where suddenly you get enveloped with a sense of peace, or a fresh revelation of God’s love, or maybe a sign, wonder or blessing,
but no…
instead a large seagull singled me out to poo on my head!
It felt a bit like that scene from Bruce Almighty, and I felt like Jim Carrey shaking my puny fist at God… Or Jonah after the plant died… Now I knew an know in the grand scheme of things a couple of disappointments and some seagull poo aren’t the end of the world, but at times they can feel like it!
I guess I was asking God can I/we really go on?
Do I/we have the oomph for another set of challenges or mountains to climb?
…At that moment the answer felt like a pretty clear “no”.
Talking to Allana afterwards, all the biblical truths came out about trusting God for the future, he has a plan, he is faithful and blar blar blar, all the things we are supposed to know and ought to say and think, but sometimes even though it is true, there are occasions when it simply doesn’t FEEL true.
Sometimes all that is left is to say to God, I understand that I don’t understand, I know I ought to trust you, but today it feels a bit harder than usual, but I’m still here and you are still here and ultimately that’s what matters the most. There is a verse, which says “after you have endured remain standing” and sometimes to remain standing (even with Seagull poo in your hair) is not just an achievement but in a weird kind of way is also an act of worship!
Maybe one day I’ll understand, maybe one day I’ll praise you for what was a disappointment today, and maybe even we will smile about the pooing seagull? Who knows?
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