If we have the victory through Christ, why does it seem like we still lose some battles?

Is it possible that we are fighting with the wrong set of weapons?

The Bible tells us that the battle we fight is not against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against spiritual powers. What this means is that we do not fight physically, emotionally, or even verbally, but we fight in the spiritual realm.

Here is a message on how to fight the battle using the spiritual weapons God has given us in Ephesians chapter 6.

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I remember a time when I played Little League Baseball. We were all pumped up and ready to play against our opponent. We got to the field in Seafront (right on Roxas Boulevard). Right after we got off the bus, we all rushed to the baseball field to warm up.

Ten minutes passed by, our opponents hadn’t arrived.
Twenty minutes.
Thirty minutes.
One hour.

In our minds, our opponents forfeited the game.
Now, these were the days before mobile phones. Not even pagers existed.

But because we normally played in 2 venues alternating, what we thought was a won ballgame due to forfeiture was a default on our part.

The game for that Saturday was supposed to be at the Manila Polo Club.

When we don’t know where the game is, we cannot actually play.

In the same breath, when we don’t know where the battle is, there’s no way we can fight.

The battle ground is first and foremost in the mind.

Watch the message below to learn more about where the battle field is.

 As we begin this year, we all have promises we are holding on to from God.

Just like the Israelites, God had a promised land for them. That being said, it is a known fact that while there’s a promised land waiting for them, there are still giants in the land that they had to defeat. It was still a fight.

The Bible says that we have an enemy. His name is Satan. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual powers.

The following is the message I shared from Genesis 3 exposing the origin, character and work of the enemy. While he exists, the truth still stands: HE IS A DEFEATED FOE.

Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.

 

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I spoke to a lady this afternoon that was going through a major crisis.

Bankrupt business.
Failed marriage.
Wayward son.

But she came to me not asking for counseling. Neither did she come to seek help regarding her situation. She came to me to ask how she can serve in church.

It was impressive what kind of perspective she had… that though she was going through difficulty (which is a huge understatement), she wanted to look for opportunities to get the focus off herself and onto serving God through the church.

I remember what Pastor Jim Laffoon said many years ago that stuck with me. He said,
“When the devil attacks your camp, launch an all out war against his.”

Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith.”

While we live by the grace of God, we concurrently need to wake up each morning in fighting mode.

We don’t march toward victory, but we march from victory. And as we do, we march out fighting.

Paul said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them…” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

We are saved by grace and we live by grace. But somewhere in there, we fight and work with all our heart because of the very grace that’s been bestowed.