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Spiritual Warfare: The Foundation

27 May

holy spirit“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.’” [Luke 24:45-49]

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Thank you, to all Gentle Readers who have responded to the first post, the initial thoughts and questions I proffered, on Spiritual Warfare. Reading prayerfully through all the contributions, I see a couple more steps ahead. It is my hope to cast some light on significant pieces of value to ALL Christians, particularly in areas where we have little contention over interpretations or techniques, and see how far we can get in practical application without generating any discord.

We have just passed Pentecost Sunday. We have celebrated Jesus’ fulfillment of a tremendous promise…

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.  In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you... These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” [John 14:16-20, 25-27]

O Gentle Reader… my heart becomes so full at such passages… there is such a movement within to speak, to sing, to praise, to worship… to fill this space with words of wonder, grace and love… for Him, for you, for all that is…

But none of that is necessary, or… in THIS moment… edifying. THIS, this Truth, is the foundational, fundamental grounding of our entire Christian lives, made possible through the Birth, Death, and Rising of the Anointed Jesus. Here is the taproot of our life, our abundant life. Here is the connection to the Lover, the Beloved, through this Spirit of Love. And here, in this present context, is our capacity to serve our God of Light and minister to others in need, even in a world populated in part by creatures of shadow and servants of darkness.

So, very simply, very quietly… before discussing anything else on this, I want to ask:

Are you indwelt of the Holy Spirit? Have you and Jesus embraced one another and entered into the state of Him in you, you in Him, together in the Father?

If so… then… How Much Holy Spirit dwells within you? A little, a fair amount, some, a lot, a whole lot? Have you been allocated a quota of “Holy Spirit” for your own life? Like some have more than you, or less than you?

Look at these verses, look over the report of the Pentecost in first chapters of Acts, and ask yourself, “CAN God be divided? Can He give ‘less than All of Himself’? Is that even conceivable?”

Ask yourself, in that you are in Him, and He in you, and together ye are in the Father, what are the implications of that? What authority do you bear? What power dwells within you, your voice, your hands, your fingertips?

Do you have just “some”? Do you have just “a little”? Do you have just “enough”?

A friend preached a short time ago, using the Gospel of John’s text on the Wedding Feast at Cana. I started this post yesterday, but could not finish it… I knew I needed to wait a bit. Today, I heard this sermon and I knew immediately, that this 32-minute sermon needs to be part of this post. I strongly encourage you to listen and follow this link… (Be aware it is a “Senior Sunday” sermon, but bears only a little bit on “seniors” per se.) The main idea of this entire message revolves around “sufficiency” or “adequacy” of Jesus’ provision.

The Love of Christ

May all these words bless you. Please feel free to respond, reflect, comment, disagree, or engage in this dialogue in whatever manner suits!

Blessings and grace to thee!

The Little Monk

 

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6 responses to “Spiritual Warfare: The Foundation

  1. paulfg

    May 28, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Finally had the chance to listen and ponder. Another wonderful half an hour of “God through my ears” – thank you!

    At first I could not see the link between “abundance” and spiritual warfare. At second glance, I have my own thoughts – but have no idea what is percolating inside your head and heart.

    So:

    “Abundance of life” – the one thing that gets better as it ages/grows. Everything material goes the other way. If our Lord showers us with more than we need, all we are to do is “to allow”. So where does “the Evil One” fit with that abundance and showering?

    I wonder whether the demons received equal showering with the same proviso as us universal: each is sacred …

    Jesus will never force Himself upon me. My task is to embrace Him, to allow Him, to be the pro-active taker. At which point I am showered with love and life (easy to forget!!)

    So could the same be true for the devil, Lucifer, satan? The invitation remains open as for us to be showered in live and life. And (as seems to be the case) that invitation is rejected – the “rules” remain. Each is sacred.

    The Evil One can make a salespitch, the evil one can entice, the evil one can tempt – but until I and we “accept” and embrace evil – we remain sacred.

    And maybe acceptance comes in many forms: I would say I have rejected a number of things I held dear pre “yes Lord – I want you”. Does the rejection go hand in hand with acceptance of something else? In my case – yes it does. In rejecting something I am accepting something else and vice versa.

    So when tempted by evil, if I “reject” my connection with my Lord, am I not tacitly accepting the invitation of evil. And once I accept – then I remain sacred – but compliant (even by default).

    So how does the salespitch go?

    With great fear and terror in my case. With a terror so great it squeezes logic, breath, rational thought and – quite easily – my “take me lord” connection in that moment.

    And if that is a “rejection” of my Lord – is that an acceptance of evil?

    I remain sacred – and opening the door to something I want so much to keep out.

    On my own – I will open the door.

    Together – indwelt and as one – there is no door to open. There is no fear overwhelming. There is an abundance. But I have to grasp, take, keep hold.

    (I had an experience the other night re-reading all the comments on Part 1. Late at night. Lights off. On my own. Imagination primed. And fear came. An amused terror. The tingling of a cycle I knew would get worse left “to my own devices”. I called to the Lord – much as Peter on the lake (as I looked down at the waves). So as well as talking to Him and “him” – I moved around, switched on the lights, “un-primed” my imagination and allowed Him all the space. Allowed me to allow Him to remind me. Of all that is love, of all that is power, of all that is sacred. And the fear subsided and left. And switching the lights out again was easy. Except the memories remain – the memory of fear.)

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    • Little Monk

      May 28, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      Wow, great comment, Paul.

      You never fail to take me new places, even from “my own” (so to speak) words.

      My desire, in attaching that message, was quite simply to address the issue of “quantity” with regard to “grace”. As we move forward in any consideration of spiritual warfare, our thinking will at times get “quantitative”… what is greater/lesser… who is bigger/smaller… who/what is stronger/weaker? We won’t have units to measure with, but the mind certainly considers comparisons.

      Before any such process begins, imho, we first have to ground ourselves firmly and certainly in what this phrase means: “greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world.”

      To enter into dialogue on anything of “How?” in spiritual warfare, without the firmest possible grasp on exactly what “Indwelt” means, in its most fundamental terms… is to invite (at best) confusion, (at worst) disaster.

      What seems to be emerging in this dialogue will be a decent, orderly, calm step-by-step consideration of our own Christian co-existence in a world populated by others both of light and of darkness… without fear, compromise, or condemnation of others. I hope we move towards a Kingdom life of mutual ministry, edification, encouragement, and love.

      Nonetheless, your reflections are wondrous. Thank you for sharing those!

      Grace — LM

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  2. Denine Taylor

    May 29, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    I wanted to say, as I pondered everything in part 1 and everything I have shared. It reminds me of Job. Spiritual warfare/sifting – what it is. It is completely and totally overwhelming. You are attacked from every direction in your life. Just like Job it is mental, spiritual, and physical.

    Here is an example- Its like wreaking your car and being badly injured, then coming home to find your house went up in flames, and your dog die. Then you turn around and find your auto and homeowner insurance policy has lapsed. Now your broke, beaten, oppressed, and depressed. No car to get to work and no house to come home to. You turn to others for help, but they can only do so much. They have there own lives and problems to deal with. Maybe they give you a ride to work a couple times, and help you dig out anything you can salvage from the fire. But the impact to your life is so overwhelming it is too much for anybody to “fix.” All of sudden you have “issues” and people start avoiding you, judging you, and try to help by pointing out all your fault and failures.

    It doesn’t matter how strong you, because you are being tried and tested. The whole process is to bring into complete submission, humility, and to acknowledge by faith that only person that can help you is God. Now are you going to trust Him no matter how things look on the outside? This is fighting the good fight of faith. This if trusting Him totally and complete. It the time when you see if your faith is going to hold water. Like the Ark as the water rises, so must you faith/trust.

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  3. Denine Taylor

    May 30, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Update- I was dreaming this morning that I was walking down the street and I picked up something gross and disgusting. There was a white towel close by, so I picked up the towel to wipe my hands off only to realize it was also covered in a different kind of filth. I then go to find the closest bathroom and wash my hands. – This made me think of Mark 7:15 “There is nothing from outside a man, that entering into him can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.”

    Then In the dream, I am then walking round see things in the spirit. I was seeing people and how the demonic tries to attach to them in different ways. Then out of nowhere, I see the hand/arm of this man I have been talking about reaching to grab me. It was like he was going to pull me to himself, but instead I grab hold of his hand easily twisting his wrist back. His arm is somewhat invisible, but I then take two bites out of it. (I really don’t understand why I bit him, but it seemed like a good idea) LOL

    LM, I am exited. I feel like I am finally starting to get somewhere. I wanted to ask you if you would do a post on our authority in Christ when it come to these things.

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    • paulfg

      June 1, 2015 at 1:27 AM

      “I wanted to ask you if you would do a post on our authority in Christ when it come to these things.”

      Me too!! Thank you Denine!

      This conversation just keep on getting better and better!! 🙂

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  4. Bette Cox

    June 4, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    “How much Holy Spirit dwells within you?” How much water is in a faucet? I used to think of believers as conduits for the Holy Spirit, like water lines and faucets. These days I think we’re more like sponges, squeezed out as needed and refilled.

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