SPIRITUAL WARFARE (3)
Sometimes, you may have to work through the consequences of some sin-mess you've created. (It doesn't mean God hasn't forgiven you, but when that sin affects other people, sometimes it can't just be undone). It's God allowing you to face a tough time because He has a greater plan for you, building 'discipline' in you to grow you, '...so that the proven genuineness of your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed' (1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV).
So, are we digressing from Spiritual Warfare and talking about Discipline today instead? Not quite.
1. We're saying 'be careful what you blame on Satan' - it could be that God is growing you. How to tell? Pray. Turn away from anything that could give Satan a claim over you ('repenting'). Declare that Jesus is Lord over your life. Whatever the cause of your 'bad things happening' is, submitting yourself to Jesus is the solution.
2. We're saying discipline is a 'spiritual warfare' thing. If you're living for God, keeping yourself from temptation, stepping out with Jesus when He prompts you to, lining up your priorities with His, you're getting yourself further into His protection! And, at the same time, arming yourself with the tools to help set other captives free! Like the army trains its soldiers, don't underestimate the warfare value of discipline.
So what now? Build that spiritual discipline. Pray Psalm 139:24 and listen to the Leader who loves you.
Soulfood : 1 Pet 1-5, Mk 6:45-56, Ps 49, Prov 12:20-22