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Monday, January 3, 2005
Spiritual War II: Overcoming through Sufferings and Struggles
Topic: Spiritual War

Throughout our lives, we faced many sufferings and struggle in order to work the things right. For examples, when we try to live our lives in our workplaces. Some of us try to communicate with the new people and share our beliefs and faiths. Or some of us would face the major decisions on which way we should go as we listen to the other people's advice. Some of us have physically disabilities, and we face the sufferings and struggles through the days to learn and communicate with other people. These and other problems are not only ones we face physically, but, also, we are suffering and struggling against the spirits in the darkness as well. Like Job, when he suffered and struggled against Satan during his life. Jesus, He who fought against the tempter in the wilderness after the forty days and nights of fasting.

Let me ask you this question: Have you wonder why God let you have sufferings and struggles? I often ask myself that one question as I go on with my life. I came from to this country. I experienced many circumstances and I cannot solve my life crisis. Being an orphan boy was one thing I had. But, now, I face many other challenges than when I was in the orphanage in the 1980s.

Early in year 2001, I faced the major spiritual battle while I'm in Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center of Virginia to do my job training. As I listened to the people around me, my mind was beginning to confuse about which way I should go. Satan was trying to use the people to tempt another person and me with our friendship. It left my heart and soul burning in the fire. But thank God that He provided me some Christian friends to overcome this difficult obstacle with me. It is not easy to overcome many challenges, especially in the spiritual round. Satan may swallow you up if you cannot find some resources to win this kind of battle.

Read II Corinthians 12:7-10 and look into Paul's special blessing, he discovered something that helps to understand why he faced many trials in his life. In this passage, we find that Paul had been faced with many obstacles and begged God to help him. His problems were not from God or from the people, but from Satan.

This is the same way that our problems occur. Satan tries to destroy our lives, too, by using anything that he can to control our minds and spirits, such as money, the media, relationships, and other things he can use to destroy our souls. The Henry Potter Movie is the one of tools that Satan could teach the children how to become witchcraft, which they could receive the same power as God has, for example. These techniques Satan tries to use to destroy our relationship with God in our lives. If you would like to have more details about today’s occult, I would strongly suggest read what God’s Word said about this subject, especially in Leviticus 19.

But Paul discovered something else, too, in II Corinthians 12:9-10. He didn't discover this on his own, but from God. Paul discovered that all his pains occurred because of two reasons.

First, he can live with Christ's power. Without Christ and His power, we would not go pass through our difficulties. But what does He give us as individuals? Love? Salvation? Talent? Whatever He gave you, use it to overcome your sufferings and struggles. Don't stand there. Use the gifts He already has given you. Satan cannot stand against the gifts we have.

Second reason is restoring our energy. In verse 10, Paul said, "…when I am weak, then I am truly strong." The battles that we're facing will not last forever. When Paul mentioned the last phrases, he meant when we feel tired, then we need to take the time off to restore our strengths. For doing that, we need to go to God's word and prayer to refresh our spirits and be ready to face our problems again.

“And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV.) Our battles are not against people or ourselves, but against the Prince of Darkness. We cannot fall into one of devil's traps if we are willing to walk with God everyday. Maybe you are searching for answers to your issues and need someone. The best way to do that is finding some Christian friends in your church or community, but mostly to go with God, because He has all the answers.

I don't know what circumstances you're facing, but God knows. He knows every answer to our problems. Max Lucado said, "He doesn't come quarreling and wrangling and forcing his way into anyone's heart." No. That is not what God does. God brought His Son, Jesus, to this world, to fight for our sins and fill us with His strength, power, hope, faith, and love.

Are you communicating with God everyday basis to get the resources what you need for your upcoming battles? If you are truly in God's family, don't waste your time with your activities and call God for help in the last minute. Instead, train yourself with God for your next battle with Satan.

First Timothy 4:8 says, in the New Century Version, "Training your body helps you in some ways, but serving God helps you in every way by bringing you blessings in this life and in the future life, too."


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Friday, December 24, 2004
Spiritual War I: Preparing to Go to the Battlefield
Topic: Spiritual War

As we go with our lives, there are many challenging that are waiting for us to step in the battlefield. As we are living for Christ, we would already go through some warfare that are related to physical and spiritual issues. The most problems are occurred in marriage and family problems, financial issues, friendships, and people in our workplaces. As we see on the media, many people faced the tragedies and had resulted as broken hearts. Also, throughout the biblical period, there were many issues as people were going through the battles.

For the next two issues on "Spiritual Warfare," we are not looking only into the physical problems and the spiritual causes, but, also, look into what God told us about the issues we are facing. The first issue is about how we can be ready for any battles. Second message is dealing with sufferings and struggles. And the final message is on the solution to the problems and that is called the "Finishing Line."

As we read from Paul's advice on how we need to prepare for the spiritual battles (Ephesians 6), we will also be looking at the physical issues. Read Ephesians 6:10. Paul told us (as the body of Christ) that we need to be brave and strong.

How we need to be strong and brave in the spiritual battles? We need to trust God the Almighty. Proverbs 3:5-6 said that we need "trust the Lord with all" our hearts "and he [God] will give" us "success." As we can see many people want to have power, fame, and wealth. If we turn on the TV, we would see many violent and sex activities. Look what had happened at Pentagon and World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. We saw that many people had injured and killed because of some plane hijackers. Look on the Social Security Trust Fund (SSTF) for our retire benefit. Although this ministry doesn’t believe every doctrine from the radio and television Christian evangelists, I have found the information about what our government is doing with our money. Pat Robertson, a founder of Christian Broadcasting Network, mentioned that politicians are trying to use our money through the Social Security Trust Fund advertisement, so they can use it for their political reasons. These or more tricks we can be sure of. But we need to be alert everyday by listening and trusting God.

But look Ephesians 6:11-12 and see that what kinds of weapons we need to fight against the devil's tricks. Notice and understand from these verses that we are not planning to against the other people. From the childhood to the adulthood, we have learned that we feel to fight against our neighbors, family members, friends, co-workers, and other people. This is a difficult task for most of us, because we easily see that the people have made mistakes and can't forgive them until we would get the revenge. But look what Paul is saying that we need to fight against the devil only. Although we can't see the devil, he is trying to work in us.

So how can we prepare for the warfare we face?

First, we need to have God's truth. Read Ephesians 6:14 and see that we need to know God's truth to get through the spiritual battles. Also, read Proverbs 3:5-6.

Second, we need to have the Word of God to stand against the Prince of Darkness. In Ephesians 6:15, Paul reminded us the Word of God is a tool to stand against that enemy. For example, three times Jesus used the Scripture from the Old Testament to fight against the tempter (see Matthew 4). He didn't lose the battle, because God's Word is so powerful that the enemy of Christ cannot stand against it. We need to use the Bible and mediate on God's Word to exercise our faiths each day. We do not know what kinds of troubles would come next. Also, we need to exercise our faiths, so we can touch the people into Jesus Christ.

But we need to accept God's salvation before we ask Him for help. "Accept God's salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Ephesians 6:17 NCV.)

Finally, we need to pray all kinds of prayers (see Ephesians 6:18). We can't lose the spiritual war if we pray to God. Our prayers can be any problem that occurred to our lives.

Are you ready for your upcoming battles as you walk with Christ in your daily lives? Take God's Word before you open your door and walk with all kinds of frustration. Try reading a couple verses each morning and let God show you the way through your busy schedule.


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Friday, December 17, 2004
How to Win in Spiritual Warfare
Topic: Spiritual War

In Ephesians 6:10-17, Apostle Paul gives instructions to prepare us for a fight against Satan and his demons. First, let us go to spiritual battle training. We need to understand who Satan and his demons are and what they can do to pull us apart from God.

We need to understand that Satan is a liar; he is the master of lies. In his book, You Are Destined to Win!, John N. Chacha brings out some of the key lies of Satan. Here are a few:

  • Your sins are beyond forgiveness.
  • Your problems are beyond God’s help.
  • Jesus didn’t die for you as an individual. (Page 6.)

These are lies from the mouth of our enemy. The Word of God says that he is the father of lies (John 8:44). There is no doubt about it, Satan is a liar! Dr. Chacha also pointed out that our battleground is in our minds, because Satan tries to give us bad thoughts or bad habits to control our minds, so he can destroy us in our relationship with God, ourselves, and others. Unfortunately for him, Satan has very limited power to defeat us. Apostle Paul had experienced pain from Satan, but God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in you (II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV).” Satan and his armies are no match with God, our Supreme. Jesus defeated him when He crucified Himself on the cross for our sins, but He resurrected on the third day from the grave to show us that He won the war.

We need to do our part, training with God to face our enemies. Paul says in I Timothy 4:8, “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” Paul knows and understands the importance of being trained spiritually because he had experienced the pain that Satan put him through as we see in II Corinthians 12.

First, we need to understand that our struggle is not coming from the other person. Sometimes, the problems might be caused by the other person’s mistakes. However, we need to look beyond the problem. Paul said that we need to be prepared to fight against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this age, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly realms. You and I need to understand the main reason why Paul wrote this portion of passage in Ephesians.

Today, we see the enemy attacking the churches around the world through the creation of certain denominational churches that mix Christianity and paganism tradition. We see this throughout I Corinthians, where Paul focused on the problems within the Church of Corinth . We see many issues within the churches throughout the , such as: denominations, immorality within the church, and music that is mixed with worldly tunes (Contemporary Christian Music). These and other problems arrived from our very own enemy, Satan.

We not only need to recognize our enemy, we need to equip our spiritual weapons to stand against Satan. Paul named some weapons that we can use to stand firm against the prince of this world. These weapons are:

  • The truth of the Gospel (Ephesians 6:14a)
  • The breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14b)
  • The Gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15)
  • The shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16)
  • The helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17a)
  • The sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17b)

We need to gird our waist with the truth of the Gospel. The truth of the Gospel is like a belt that we put on our waist. Paul says that when we are wearing the belt of the Gospel, we will not be deceived by the lies of Satan. We also need the “breastplate of righteousness and having shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:14-15).” This protects us from satanic attack as the shield of armor protects us from the enemy’s sword. Finally, we need to have the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:16-17). These weapons are deadly to Satan and his armies. Paul recommends us to have all these weapons in us, ready at all times.

Above all, Paul stresses the importance of prayer (Ephesians 6:18). Prayer is vital for our stance against devils. Our communication with God is crucial to have in our daily life. It is the key to stand against Satan at the spiritual battleground. Jesus said that if we ask Him anything in His name, He can do it for us. Read what God did for Paul when he faced struggles in his life. In II Corinthians 12:8-9, Paul asked the Lord to remove his pain from him; and God answered him. He knew Paul’s circumstances and let him know that He had been working with him to strengthen him.

As I am a disabled man, God is continuing to work with me through various trials in my life. When I am distressed or going through a hard time as I am living independently, there is a great resource. I receive some help from the community, but there is no greater resource than God, His Holy Word, and my communication with Him. Being a physically disabled person doesn’t mean that Satan can defeat me easily. No! As long as I trust in God and have hope, Satan cannot stand against me long.

As we see in Paul’s letter to the Church of Corinth , he didn’t deny the Gospel of Jesus Christ; instead, he continued to pursue and to tell others about what Jesus did for all humanity. Also, he wrote and preached a powerful message to the Ephesian church, urging them to protect themselves from the darkness of life.

We need to learn from Paul’s experiences that there is nothing Satan can do to destroy our lives or pull us away from God’s presence. Our daily prayers are the most powerful weapon we have in our lives, because God stands with us when we cry out to Him while facing problems throughout our lives. Although Paul had a stressful life in his missionary journey to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God was with him because of his communication with the Creator of the Universe. To have a successful life, we need to prepare our spiritual weapons and make room for God to intervene in our lives each day.


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