Behind the Scenes of the Invisible War

Behind the Scenes of the Invisible War

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (v. 11). Ephesians 6:10–13

A few weeks ago we saw the movie Transformers 4. (If you’ve not seen it yet, I promise I won’t spoil it.) The plot of this sequel has been consistent  since it was written on the pages of the first comic book. There is an unseen battle taking place between good and evil. The greatest weapon between the Autobots & Decepticons is the art of deception. It can be summed up like this, “Transformer, more than meets the eye.” Although the characters are fictional, the underlying meaning is not too far from our reality. The concept of the invisible spiritual realm is something that is difficult for us to grasp. What we can see, hear, and feel, we take on face value that it is reality. But what about those things that are unseen? Scripture speaks about heaven, hell, angels and demons which are a part of this invisible spiritual realm.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE INVISIBLE WARI contend that if we are to be consistent Christians, believing all of the Bible rather than portions of it, we must recognize that the supernatural places and beings described on its pages are real. There is an uncompromised, supernaturalism at the heart of the Christian worldview, and we must not let the world’s skepticism, with regards to these things, affect our belief systems. We must trust and affirm that there is much more to reality than meets the eye.

The Christian life is a war, and the fiercest battles are those that rage within the heart of every believer. The second birth radically and permanently changes a person’s sinful nature, but it does not immediately liberate that nature from all of the remnants of sin. Birth is followed by growth, and that growth involves warfare. Unless we know the enemy we face and how to defeat him however, our efforts to live out the gospel are for naught. Scripture lists our main enemies as the world, the flesh, and the Devil (1 John 2:15–17; Gal. 5:16; 1 Peter 5:8), all of whom are formidable indeed. Ultimately, however, to fight any of these is to fight the Enemy himself. “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against … the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). To stand against the world is to stand against the Evil One, the ruler of this fallen world (Matt. 4:8–9). To fight our sinful nature is to battle the one who introduced sin into creation (Gen. 3:1–7). And, of course, to war against the Devil is to fight Satan directly (James 4:7).

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When we end the series, “Behind the Scenes of the Invisible War” you will discover that the ways of the world influence us far more than we would ever want to imagine. Therefore, it is absolutely critical that we keep ourselves immersed in Scripture, seeking for God to transform our minds that we might see clearly where we are leaning more on the flesh than walking in the Spirit.

Bro. Leslie B. James

Leslie B. James

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