Years ago I was very much involved in the "spiritual warfare movement!" I won't go into all of the details suffice it to say that spiritual warfare dominated my time and ministry. Since coming into revelations of grace I have since begun learning just how complete Christ's victory at the cross was for us. When He said, "It is finished" I now believe that He meant what He said! How about you?
Since coming into revelations of grace, with many more revelations to come, by the way, I've discovered that verses like Colossians 2:14-15 mean a lot: "He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, HE DISARMED the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross." So if Christ has disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities, why o why does the Church spend so much time fighting against a disarmed, shamed, defeated adversary?
Back in the days of Corinne and I traveling the country, ministering in churches all over the nation, we would often meet pastors for the first time. Most of our meetings were booked because one pastor knew another pastor and would recommend us to minister in their church. We would often pull into town the day prior to the meetings beginning, at least we tried! I recall in the early days when we were first learning how to book meetings that we often would have to drive 12-15 hours and often have meetings that night. Thankfully we were able to see that change early on! Glory! However, we'd pull into a town, hook up our motor home and often have lunch or dinner with our host pastor. In just about every instance something like these words would soon come from that pastor, "The Lord's shown me that our region is one of the most spiritually dry regions in the country!" In other words he/she was saying to us, "Brother Larry, Sister Corinne....don't expect too much out of our church as God has shown me that our community is in the midst of the most spiritually dead areas in the country!" Can you say, "Excuse?"
Corinne and I used to get a pretty good laugh over these pastor encounters. We had it happen dozens and dozens of times. We used to ask each other, "It is amazing how many most spiritually dead areas in the country there really were!
Allow me to conclude with more of Paul's words, "You have died with Christ, and he HAS set you free from the spiritual powers of this world." (Colossians 2:20) I don't know what you think, but I'd have to say that the need for spiritual warfare ended 2000 years ago at the cross! Therefore, instead of making excuses why nothing is happening in our church, maybe we should just begin to go forward as the spiritual giants that we really are and take the land that we were given! I think that this is a great idea for today! What thinkest thou?
Grace and peace!