God’s Promises Strengthen Us For The Battle, Spiritual Warfare

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My ongoing theme, Spiritual Warfare, stresses that we are in a constant battle with our sin nature directed by Satan. Satan is not the only reason we fall prey to our sin nature, though he is the author of it. We are God’s children. His dominion is superior to all others. He knew a battle would be waged against him, and to ensure that we know we are His, He placed the hidden treasure of eternity deep within our heart. When something is in our heart, we are aware of its existence and feel a great longing for the eternal life He has placed in us. Ecclesiastes 3:11 reaffirms our belief that God has set eternity deep in our hearts.

“God has made everything; as all things in creation are made by him, for his pleasure and glory, and all well and wisely, there is a beauty in them all: so all things in providence; he upholds all things; he governs and orders all things according to the counsel of his will; some things are done immediately by him, others by instruments, and some are only permitted by him; some he does himself, some he wills to be done by others, and some he suffers to be done; but in all there is a beauty and harmony; and all are ordered, disposed, and overruled, to answer the wisest and greatest purposes; everything is done in the time in which he wills it shall; be done, and done in the time most fit and suitable for it to be done; all things before mentioned, for which there is a time, and all others: all natural things are beautiful in their season; things in summer, winter, spring, and autumn; frost and snow in winter, and heat in summer; darkness and dews in the night, and light and brightness in the day.”

The knowledge of the existence of eternity is nestled in our heart. We will not know it until it is revealed. Now my question is since the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity and resides or dwells in us, is there any doubt that the Holy Spirit knows the secret about our eternity? I think not. While the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity and aware of the hidden treasures, it is not His to share, “and though everything is beautiful in its time, until they are made manifest, and all viewed together; they will not be perfectly understood, or the beauty of them seen, ( Revelation 15:4 )”.

God promises us that the hidden treasure will be revealed. This scripture gives us the strength to fight the Good Fight of Faith, as Paul expressed, to continue the race. It empowers us to armor up every day and use our weapon, the Word, to share the Gospel and fight the spiritual war that rages all day every day.

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Scriptures – YouVersion.Bible.com

Resource – Quotes  from biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/ecclesiastes-3-11.html

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Satan Cycles Our Experiences

I just heard a song that stresses our plight with spiritual warfare that began when we were born. The lyrics focus on the necessity to stay vigilant in our walk, or we will repeat the missteps of the past. As I shared on previous Posts, we are in warfare. As soldiers we must armor up, stay in prayer, praise, and worship and weld our weapon (the Word) when confronted by Satan and his minions. We are fighting on two planes, the Spiritual, and the natural. Satan owns the airways and operates through people.

Satan’s Cycles are Repetitious

Satan’s cycles are the repetitions we go through in life. As we become more mature in our Christian walk we can more readily recognize the onset of an experience we had. The majority of our experiences do not replicate themselves 100% but reintroduce the areas we had the most difficulty in overcoming. As the lyrics of the song, Cycles, says, what did I miss? Must be something I ate, meaning something triggered the repeat experience. It could happen while listening to a song, watching the tv, movie, or video, reading something, or while out with friends at a restaurant.

The lyric – ‘when it ends, he wants to make a sequel, because if he has another chance, he feels like he can take my joy, my peace, my faith’ are the ways the devil robs us.

Satan Creates Environments to Steal, Kill, and Destroy

He robs us in many ways, direct and indirect, though he generally works through people. How does he work through people? He uses tactics familiar with our sin nature such as:

“sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control),  idolatry, sorcery [witchcraft], hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies],  envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior, and other things like these.” Galatians 5: 19-27 AMP

Our Triggers Cause Cycling

Our triggers are our ticks, those thoughts that cycle through our mind to get ahead of, get around of, push ahead of, deceive, lie (people try to convince themselves that ‘white lies’ are the little lies that cannot hurt) and cheat. They are the traits people employ around others at school, work, and playing sports or games. They are expressed in the way people often fight for a promotion or interject themselves into a group to disrupt the group and sow discord.

It is these traits and cycles of events that cause us to look to the left and right, ignore the quiet voice of the Lord and return to our sinful state, rather than follow the Holy Spirits directions. Isaiah 30:21 NIV, instructs to stay the course, listen to Him and walk in the way He has directed, in other words, stop cycling.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Lyrics – Cycle

Songwriters: Jonathan McReynolds / Will Reagan
Cycles lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

Didn’t I conquer this last year?
Tell me what I missed ’cause I fear
That it’s coming back up again
Must be something I ate
Some song, some show, some hate
The devil wants to extend the game, free throws
And when it ends he wants to make the sequel
‘Cause if he has another chance
He feels like he can take
My joy, my peace, my faith
See the devil, he learns from your mistakes
Even if you don’t
That’s how he keeps you in cycles, cycles
Cycles, cycles
But I’m not going in cycles, cycles
Cycles, cycles
This will end like I want it to, I win
The enemy will have to lose again
See, I’m a different fighter now
And I have God to thank
‘Cause His joy is my strength
See the devil will learn it’s a mistake
When I am sure
That I’m not going in cycles
I’m not going in cycles
I’m gonna break these cycles
I’m not going in cycles
I’m gonna break these cycles
I’m not going in cycles
Cycles, cycles
I’m not going in cycles
Ooh, so Lord, help me
Be free from all of my passion
See, Your love is enough
To make me new
And help me in these cycles, cycles
Help me in these cycles, ooh Lord, cycles
I need You to help me in these cycles
I rebuke him in the name of Jesus, oh
Cycles, cycles
See I’m not going in cycles
I refuse it, cycles
I refuse it, cycles
Oh, refuse it, cycles
Oh, woe, depression, cycles
Oh, all I’m saying, cycles
Oh, I’m not going in cycles
Yeah, cycles
See, there is power in the name of Jesus
There is power in the name of Jesus
See, there is power in the name of Jesus
To break every cycle, to break every cycle
See, there is power in the name of Jesus
See, there is power in the name of Jesus
There is power in the name of Jesus
To break every cycle, to break all these cycle
To break all these cycle, to break all these cycle
Generation on cycles, financial cycles
Painful cycles, oh, cycles

Cut and paste the website. When iTunes opens, you can sample the song. Enjoy!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cycles-feat-doe/1334222019?i=1334222262

Images – Google Images

Scriptures – Biblegateway.com

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