In this earth today, one tragedy in Christendom today is that there are many Christians that are on aware that they are on the battlefield. In other words, some are unaware that they are waging a spiritual warfare.
For that reason, many Christians, as a result of their ignorance of this spiritual warfare, they are victims and casualties. Many are dying like chicken in the hands of h devil while some are suffering various forms of afflictions or the other.
It seems that it was for that purpose that apostle Paul charged Timothy in 1Timothy 1:18 saying, ‘this charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them, you may wage the good warfare”
Moreover, we must be knowledgeable about the rule of engagement of our spiritual warfare. First and foremost, we must recognize our real enemy and that will enable us to know how to wage a good warfare against him.
The book of Ephesian 6:12, Paul clearly stated saying, for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Having recognized our real enemy, we are then expected to use the correct weapon to confront him. It is unfortunate that many Christian are victims and casualties in this spiritual warfare because they were using the wrong weapons.
For that reason, Paul stated in 2 Co 10:3 saying, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh”. In other wards, one of the reason some Christians are victims and casualties in this spiritual warfare because they were using carnal method in this warfare.
In reality, no man/woman ca successfully wage a good warfare using carnal weapon as using carnal method is like confronting with swords and arrows an enemy with a machine gun.
On the contrary, Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 10:4 saying, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”
Even if we recognize the real enemy and are using the correct weapons, we may still not wage a good warfare and fall victim and casualty if we fail to understand the devices of the devil.
To that end, Paul who knew what it means to wage a good warfare stated in 2 Corinthians 2:11 stated, saying, “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices”.
Of a truth, it is ignorance of the devices of the devil that had caused many to fall victims and casualties in the hands of the devil in this spiritual warfare. That is to say, we can never wage a good warfare if we are ignorant of the devices of the devil.
In our society today, one of the devices of the devil many Christians are ignorance is his using @exual pleasure to entice us and hold us in bondage. Many people today are been destroyed even though they thought they are enjoying.
Many Christians, even men/women of God are fast falling like packs of cards because while they thought they were enjoying themselves via #exual pleasures, while they never knew that the devil was using it to destroy them.
Today the devil are sending into our midst and churches pretty ladies who are from marine kingdom, and they are seducing and bringing especially pastor down. For that reason, some pastors are today shadows of their former selves, having been taken captive as a result of $exual pleasure.
This is so while as Paul admonished us in Ephesians 5:3 saying, “but fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as it is fitting for saints;
The devil is succeeding in using @exual pleasures to get many people because he knew that once one gets involved in fornication, the person is immediately clothed with filthy garments by the devil.
Once one is been clothed with a filthy garment, he/she will never be effective or wage a good warfare. In addition, the person automatically gives the devil free legal ground to attack us and every devil’s arrow has impact on the person.
One other thing we need to note is that to be able to wage a good warfare, we must as a matter of necessity put on the correct armor. For that reason, Paul admonished us in Ephesians 6:11, saying, “put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”.
In reality, many Christians, who ought to wage good warfare, are victims and casualties because they failed to put on the whole armor of God.
It is for that reason of not putting the whole armor of God that the enemy fired a certain arrow and the impact had a devastating effect that lead to some paying the ultimate prize.
In closing, I wish to point out that there is an opportunity cost involved in waging a good warfare. To successfully wage a good warfare, we must necessarily sacrifice passion and $exual pleasure.
As said earlier, Paul warned us in Ephesians 5:3 saying, “but fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as it is fitting for saints;
If therefore we are to wage a good warfare, we must ensure that we don’t give the devil any legal ground. Shalom!