can you follow orders?

August 11, 2015

John-Wayne-p15

Ephesians 6:10–18 instructs the believer to put on the full armor of God so that he will be able “to resist” or stand against the Devil. Notice that when Paul explains why we are to put on the armor, he says not only that it will enable us to stand against (antihistemi) (v. 13) but also that we may be able to stand firm. The word for “stand firm” is simply another form of the Greek word used for “resist.” It is the word histemi, which means “to stand.” We resist the Devil by putting on the armor of God.

 

This word group reflects a military usage. It is the word used in orders given to a sentry. His responsibility was primarily defensive rather than offensive, since a sentry’s responsibility is to guard the encampment or fortress and to watch for the enemy. If the enemy is spotted or seeks to infiltrate the camp, then the guard is to alert the troops so they can defend their position. It is not the guard’s responsibility to go on the offensive, to seek out and engage the enemy.

 

It is extremely important to pay attention to the defensive aspect of this command because it is just the opposite of what some people are teaching today about spiritual warfare. The ideas of binding, rebuking, performing exorcisms, or taking dominion over Satan and demonic strongholds are offensive ideas. When believers go on the offensive against Satan, they are stepping out of their legitimate bounds by becoming involved in situations that the Lord has never intended for them. This offensive type of response was described by Peter as characteristic of false teachers (2 Peter 2:10–11). Often, this response opens the door to demonic oppression in the believer’s life.

So all those ministries that tell you to “take back” what the devil has stolen, not a good idea. It is God that restores and gives back. If it’s been a while since you’ve read Job, at least read the last chapter.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Prayer for Stacie that is have minor heart surgery this Friday no matter how minor they say it’s still heart surgery

 

Remember Kim and her battle with cancer

 

Susan and her vertigo

 

Mandy who lost 5 relatives today in a car crash

 

Virginia who might be in her last days and was put into hospice over the weekend

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