#SpiritualWeapons for Gospel Identity

Christians are waging war, but not according to the flesh. We wage spiritual war, not like the crusades in the Middle Ages. Satan wounds our minds and souls with lies, not cuts. Although evil takes human forms, we are waging war against the demonic realms of Satan and his angels beyond the human and unseen to the human eye (though present and real).

Satan is a the father of lies and he deceives, tempts, and slanders us frequently. What we fight against are his strategies or devices (2 Corinthians 2:11), which are twofold; temptation and accusation.

Satan’s Two Main Devices: Temptation and Accusation

1. When we overestimate our identity and believe God is all grace and less holy, we are vulnerable to Satan’s temptations.

2. When we underestimate our identity and believe God is all holy and less loving, we are prime candidates for Satan’s accusations.

People’s Two Main Errors: Overestimate and Underestimate

1. When we overestimate Satan we ascribe too much power to him, and we become fearfully superstitious.

2. When we underestimate Satan we ascribe too little power to him, and we become secular.

In C. S. Lewis’ introduction to Screwtape Letters he wrote how the demons “themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist and a magician with the same delight.” (Lewis, C. S.. The Screwtape Letters . HarperCollins. Kindle Edition).

We are not dependent on specialized “super” ministers to work their magic for us, nor do we believe the secularist spin that every explanation is due to natural and scientific causes.

In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 we are taught how to fight with truth/Gospel and prayer/faith to wrestle down Satan’s lies in our minds, taking them captive. We renounce the “thoughts, arguments, and lofty opinions” raised up against what we know of God and our true identity with authority and confidence in Christ.

  “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of  God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (Emphasis mine).

3 thoughts on “#SpiritualWeapons for Gospel Identity”

  1. Please help me. I’ve been listening to these accusations for years. I’ve always believed that they came from my heart and were truth or from the Lord to show me that I still need to be saved. I’ve struggled for years with identity and assurance that He has saved me. I understand and know my need of a savior. I really need Christ! And I hope He has saved me.. I plead and plead that He would. But I know the “faith” I have is very weak as I doubt so much and my heart grows hard as the accusations increase. My thoughts or my bad heart tell me that God has not saved me because I haven’t “trusted” Him enough and that there is no “real” evidence. I look inward to find evidence and it crushes me. I’ve talked to many people about this and they say I just need to trust God. I’m trying. I’ve given up on myself, even my ability to have faith. Salvation belongs to Him and my mind always says that I’m not one of His people… I’m not elect and there is nothing I can do. I’m hopeless. I pray and pray and hope God would save me. But I don’t know if the “faith” I have is genuine. My life is much different than it was 5 years ago, but I also realize how much sin I have and how much I’ve trusted myself. It seems that within a year of hearing the true Gospel of Jesus and surrendering to Him, my identity was quickly attacked and I haven’t recovered since. Maybe the lies are coming from the trauma from my past? I don’t know. But I don’t know what to do… I want to love Him more and trust Him with all of my heart.. I know He is good and faithful and deserving of all of my trust. My heart is so bad and I doubt so much. Please help me

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