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Spiritual Warfare: The Biblical Perspective (Guest Post)

Spiritual Warfare: The Biblical Perspective (Guest Post)

Is there really a war between God and Satan? Visiting Professor James Quiggle brings us, as usual, a most excellent answer….

Never believe the fiction there is a war between God and Satan. Satan and his angels do not have even a fraction of the power necessary to oppose God.
Satan is a vicious dog on an unbreakable leash: he and his followers—unsaved human and fallen angel—can only do what God allows. God allows only those things that fulfill God’s purpose and plans and processes: for the spiritual good of his people; for the judgment of the world and the worldling. The belief there is an ongoing spiritual war with God is a fiction created by Satan to exalt himself in the eyes of fallen humanity. Don’t be deceived by Satan’s propaganda.
There is an ongoing conflict between good and evil, but not in the world or the worldling, who are willingly sold out to sin. The conflict between good and evil is within the believer. The believer is constantly tempted from within by the sin attribute still resident in their born-again human nature, 1 John 1:10, and constantly tempted from without by the world and the devil. That constant temptation has one goal: to persuade you to forsake good for evil; sometimes you allow it succeed, 1 John 1:8.
Christian, be wise in the war Satan and the worldling wage against the righteousness you possess in Christ, which you are required to practice every moment of your life. God in Christ has given his saved people the spiritual power to deny every temptation. But when you do not deny, then confess your sins, 1 John 1:9, depending on Christ and his merit for forgiveness of your sins, 1 John 2:1–2. Grow strong in the righteousness and holiness and authority and power you have in Christ.

In this present world you will always have conflict between your desire for good and temptation to evil. Put on the armor God has given you, Ephesians 6:10–18. Trust in the authority and power given you by the indwelling Holy Spirit to say “No!” to temptation, and enforce that decision. Because our Lord and Savior is holy, and we are in him, you be and live and think as holy.

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