Spiritual Warfare Praying

“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 6:12)

Real Christians are involved in a spiritual conflict. This is a fight in which guns and tanks are of no use. Paul said, “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood”. The conflict is not with people, or nations, but with Satan and his demons. We need to recognise that many times when people oppose us, the reason behind it is spiritual.

Demon Influence in Culture

“We know that we are in God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
(1 John 5:20)

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The Danger of Spiritual Mixtures

If you search the internet for Christian views on spirituality, you will find a lot of controversy regarding certain doctrines and well-known T.V. preachers. Its really amazing that so many who profess to love God’s Word, the Bible, to love Jesus, to be in touch with the Spirit of Truth can have such major disagreements on so many issues and people. Somewhere someone is getting deceived. And if you think that only YOU cannot be deceived, you are already deceived. Jesus said, “Take heed that no one deceives you.” (Matthew 24:4).

Ambition for Leadership

And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come to Him, saying, Master we would that you should do for us whatever we shall desire.

And He said to them, “What would you that I should do for you”?

They said to Him, “Grant to us that we may sit, one on Your right hand, and the other on Your left hand, in Your glory.”

But Jesus said to them, “You know not what you ask: can you drink of the cup that I drink of?

Christian Leadership

Clearly the need of the hour is quality Christian leadership. People who lead like Jesus are in short supply today. One thing I see in Jesus is the principle of leadership by example. He always did what he sought to inculcate in his followers. Whether it was love, prayer, self-discipline, diligence, kindness, love for the Word, healing, deliverance, boldness, servanthood or faith – Jesus always showed it before he asked it of his followers. And we are called to be like Jesus in this respect.

I am not writing as someone who claims to be an outstanding leader, but as a learner on the way.

 

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