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Take a look at the photo above. What do you notice about it?
I notice the separation of the light and the dark at the top, the thunderstorm clouds building below, and the brilliance of the sun to the left.
What does this have to do with anything? I see some connection to our spiritual battle we endure. The light, of course, representing God, and the dark, the enemy. Take a close look at the clouds again.
Take a moment to write down your noticings. Let’s see if you noticed things I did and how that relates to today’s topic.
- There are lots of clouds.
- They’re piling on top of each other.
- There are clouds within the darkness.
- There are clouds within the light.
- Some of the clouds are in both light and darkness.
- It looks like the light is breaking through the dark.
Did you have any of the same answers?
Ok, so what does this have to do with the topic of Fighting Within?
I see this as a spiritual battle. But the battle is in the clouds. The clouds are from the same “family” which when I think about fighting within, it could mean our earthly family, but it also means our spiritual family–the body.
I’ve been doing an online Bible study of Beth Moore’s When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction. She mentions in week 6, day 1 that
” the very nature of a satanic scheme is that it is secretive and cunning. It is meant to trap the unsuspecting.”
I never thought about it, but this made me think that the Body of Christ can be used as a satanic weapon against itself. We sin against each other through gossip, through disagreements that separate us rather than unite us, and it dishonors God. There are all kinds of ways that fighting within the Body of Christ is a way for Satan to attack.
We can’t allow that.
If the body fights within, it will become sick and even possibly die.
That’s exactly what Satan would want! That’s his whole purpose is to separate us from the light, from God.
So, what are we to do?
- Look within ourselves first and ask God to show us any way we sin against the body.
- Ask for forgiveness from God and anyone we’ve done wrong.
- Pray, pray, pray. Prayer is the ultimate weapon against the enemy. Among many things, “prayer brings the part of the body interceding into agreement, thereby strengthening the power of prayer. Prayer guards hearts and minds and causes God to bring peace out of the chaos. Prayer also “bind[s] the enemy.” (Beth Moore’s study mentioned above, pg. 126.)
- We need to intercede in prayer for one another. Find someone who will intercede for you and for whom you can intercede.
Satan will use whatever weapon he can, including the church, the body, the believers, and the unbelievers. More than ever do we need to stand strong against him, come together as one body, and increase our knowledge and protect ourselves with the armor of God.
We will win.
It has been written.
Revelation 12:10-11New Living Translation (NLT)
10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens,
“It has come at last—
salvation and power
and the Kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.[a]
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters[b]
has been thrown down to earth—
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.
11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
that they were afraid to die.