Warfare Spirituality

spiritual_warfareThe Trinity function as farmers of our souls, actively caring for God’s creation: an ongoing, radical reclamation of His creation. Initially, when God separated light from darkness, He did so through the presence of His Spirit sweeping across the waters and His Word uttering light into existence. Those first moments presciently foreshadow God’s spiritual warfare, brought against evil working to subvert God’s light and truth, attempting to diminish our relationship with the Father. God has given us the means to participate in both the spiritual farming and warfare, allowing us to integrate His Spirit in our soul through the transformative human life, death, and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ.

Until we allow His Spirit to transform our souls, we are without God’s presence in our lives, or recognition of any connection to God’s Spirit. Even when we follow the Holy Spirit's invitation, effort is required to maintain the bond of Christ's life with ours.  Without the tight connection with the Word that separated out the darkness, disease can occur. The results of evil are apparent across God’s land: weeds that grow and either choke off the fruit of the Spirit or shade out the Light of truth from Christ. There is also the world’s detritus mixing into our Spirit-fed stream, choking off the water, drying up our source of strength. In the process of blocking off the stream the water becomes polluted with unhealthy contaminants, clouding our drinking supply and the source of providing water to our fruit.

God’s farming reflects his wonderfully abundant generosity, so that our fruit, cultivated by His Spirit, glorify the Father, while also preparing and/or cultivating the souls of others. Love, the essence of who God is, epitomizes the radical means of interceding, renewing, and transforming the most barren, desiccated terrain into land overflowing with the water of forgiveness and bearing fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These fruit work as the most effective armaments against evil. As joint-heirs in this farming and warfare, we need daily discipline to enable the blood of Christ to flow through our lives, to ensure the deep spring of the Spirit is unblocked by the cares of our pride or the strength of our own efforts. Our cultivation of God’s love leads to a strength that is impenetrable by hate and the associated weapons of evil.

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1

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Warfare Reflection

  • Warfare Spirituality

    The Trinity function as farmers of our souls, actively caring for God’s creation: an ongoing, radical reclamation of His creation. Read More
  • You are free

    The Jesus who calmed a sea of deadly, stormy waves, whose arrival sent thousands of demons cringing and cowering to Read More
  • Deliver us from Evil

    Spiritual warfare is something that few Christians, regardless of their denomination, are accustomed to thinking about, let alone engaging in. Read More
  • Baby, you're a rich man!

    The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is Read More
  • The Mirror of Eternity

    Morning Dedication Almighty God, as I cross the threshold of this day I commit myself, soul, body, affairs, friends, to Read More
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The Hit List

  • Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday by John Ortberg +

    John Ortberg's address during the January 9 morning session of National Staff Conference 2014. It is John Ortberg talking to InterVarsity's Read More
  • Fourth Sunday in Lent - The Man Born Blind by David Hyman +

    Spiritual blindness is the driving theme in this passage from John 9:1-41. But the man born blind is the one Read More
  • November 29th-Henri Nouwen-Waiting with the Word - First Sunday of Advent +

    Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with . . . the worries of this life. Luke 21:34 Read More
  • First Sunday of Lent Devotional +

    First Sunday of Lent - March 13, 2011 A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within Read More
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Gems

  • Total Forgiveness, RT Kendall +

    This was a valuable resource for me in a time of hurt from a brother in Christ. I could not Read More
  • Forgiveness: Desmond Tutu +

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu explains how love and forgiveness kept post-apartheid South Africa from tumbling into anarchy. Read More
  • Reconciliation and Forgiveness +

    From the poem Invictus, Latin for unconquered, by Victorian poet William Ernest Henley and a favorite of Nelson Mandela’s, this Read More
  • The Power of Forgiveness: a movie review of The Straight Story +

    Alvin's story reminds us of the importance of family relationships, the need for unconditional love, and the power of forgiveness. Read More
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