A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Teaching, Training & Commissioning
Matthew 4:23-25 “Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.
The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.”
“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
It is interesting that Jesus commands His disciples (Christians) to do the works that He has done and even greater works than these. We are to continue in His mission, using His methods and His ways. (John 14:12, Matthew 10:1).
- This is how we fight this Spiritual war.
- This is how we overcome by the word of our testimony and by the Blood of the Lamb.
- This is how we endure to the end.
Those following Jesus, misunderstood what He was saying about His Works, and not much has changed to this day.
For example, a large crowd that had stayed on the far shore, saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them. Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. So, when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
“Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
“Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6
It can be a bit confusing, but, take heart. Jesus told us that He has prepared His Works ahead of time so that we, His disciples, would walk in them. And, He promised us that He will be with us, in His authority, giving us direction and even giving us the words we should use. (Matthew 28:16-19, Luke 21:15, Luke 12:12)
Many churches are teaching to do your own good works, in your own ways as if to say, “those were things they did THEN. But, these are the things we do NOW.
But, NO! Man’s ways are failing. They are failing to engage the enemy . Our enemies are evil, fear, doubt, hatred, vengeance, lust, poverty, war, disease, sickness and more.
Here are Jesus’ methods and ways and here is exactly what He has told us to do:
- TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH. John 18:37
- BRING A SWORD, Matthew 10:34
- FULFILL THE LAW, Matthew 5:17
- CALL SINNERS TO REPENTANCE, Mark 2:17
- SAVE THIS WORLD, John 12:47
- CAST FIRE & BRING DIVISION UPON THE EARTH, Luke 12:49-51
- PREACH, SAYING, ‘THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND’, Matthew 10:7
- HEAL THE SICK, Matthew 10:8
- RAISE THE DEAD, Matthew 10:8
- CLEANSE THE LEPERS, Matthew 10:8
- CAST OUT DEMONS, Matthew 10:8
- MAKE DISCIPLES, BAPTIZE THEM, TEACH THEM, Matthew 28:19-20
And, Jesus said, “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Your Brother and Friend,
PS: Imagine with me, if you will, that the world could witness these works being performed on a global scale. Don’t you think it would change how the world thinks and behaves? It’s our job now.
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