What does it mean to be engaged in spiritual warfare?
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11
Pastor Kyle Winkler says that spiritual warfare is more about learning to stand in the victory Jesus has already won for us than it is actually fighting Satan. God used Ephesians 6 to open Kyle’s to what our role is in the midst of spiritual warfare.
“The Lord really highlighted that word ‘stand.’ As many times as I had read that verse, I never really noticed it. Spiritual warfare is not about having a bloodbath or a fight with the devil, who is defeated, but it’s about standing in the victory of the one who defeated him.”
Ephesians goes on to share the full armor of God, which represent who we are and what we have in Christ, and how with those tools we can stand against anything.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:13-17
We don’t have to earn our identity in Christ, we simply have to stand in what Jesus has already given us.
“Every one of those aspects of articles of the full armor of God is part of our identity, part of what we have as a new identity in Christ and the devil wants to knock us off our positions.”
Kyle Winkler equips people to live in victory. His highly acclaimed mobile app, Shut Up, Devil!, ranks as a top Christian app for iPhone and Android. Kyle is known for using his own story to boast in the power of God’s for victory over fear, insecurity, and issues of the past.
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