Monday, May 18, 2020
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
I’m hearing a lot of “chatter” on the internet these days about spiritual warfare. Quite a number of theologians and pastors and evangelists see the COVD19 pandemic as a spiritual attack perpetrated by the devil. I tend to agree with them. Not on every point, but overall. I can see this being the work of our enemy. If you need any source for believing that, take a look at the book of Job.
You may know why I used the word chatter in that sentence… or not. Chatter is what the FBI and the CIA and the Secret Service use to refer to talk they have discovered while ease-dropping on our nations enemies who are constantly plotting some kind of attack on our nation. Those agencies have to constantly be on alert for attacks against our country planned by Muslim terrorists, the Chinese and Russian governments. And, thankfully, they have been able to thwart planned attacks here on our shores, like the van bomb in New York City a couple of years ago. It’s an ongoing and relentless effort to protect our citizens. And from what I’ve read over the last few years, there have been many attempted attacks against us.
Now, take your Bible and turn to “the” passage on spiritual warfare, Ephesians chapter 6 beginning with v.10 (repeat). I’m going to call this study “On-Scripture Chatter On Spiritual Warfare.” See what I did there?
We have covered this topic over the last few years but with this never-heard-of-before virus, it’s experiencing a resurgence within the church and even outside the church. And, besides, I love this chance to study it again with a different perspective than I had years ago.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:10-12 NAU)
By the way, as often as I and many others use the term “spiritual warfare,” the term never occurs in the Bible. Did you know that? Seriously. If you have a device with you that can look stuff like that up, check it out. Those two words never occur together in the Bible. But the concept certainly does. One can find it in places like 2 Corinthians 10 and 1 Timothy 4 and 1 Peter 5:8-9 and 2 Peter 2 and 1 John 2:18 and 4:1. So, it’s very real and very dangerous if we’re not prepared.
Pay attention to how Paul begins this section. He says, and I close with this,
10 Finally, That’s an important word. It tells us how important the topic was to the apostle Paul that he would introduce it with the word “finally.” He isn’t saying “I’ve saved the best for last,” but he is saying pay attention to what he is about to teach you about this experience of spiritual warfare and how we’re to wage war with the devil and his minions.