40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline: Day 9 – Spiritual Warfare

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15Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands.  They were inscribed on both sides, front and back.  16The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.  17When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, “There is the sound of war in the camp.”  18Moses replied: “It is not the sound of victory, it is not the sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear.”  19When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. (Exodus 32:15 – 19)

 

From the passage above we observe something that is very disturbing.  While God’s glory was clearly on exhibit on Mount Sinai, the Children of Israel who could see this exhibition still turned to an idol because Moses was “delayed” in returning to them.  How could things get so distorted?  We will not get into full blown explanation here, but one thing is very clear: if we are not vigilant we can turn from God’s glory to idols.  That is the nature of spiritual warfare.

Thankfully, God has provided all that we need to be vigilant and victorious.  The Holy Spirit desires to open our eyes to the resources documented in God’s word.  For example, The 40 Days of Discipline website provides the following three Biblically based suggestions for engaging in spiritual warfare: 1) Subdue your temptations; 2) Establish yourself in community; and 3) Put on the full armor of God.

 

Question

In the matter of spiritual warfare, on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your Awareness Quotient (consciousness of the spiritual battle) and your Reliance Quotient (dependence on the weapons God provides)?

11 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline: Day 9 – Spiritual Warfare

  1. For both, a dismal 5, at best.

  2. 9. Definitely. HE sends me vibes and protection than can come from no one or nothing else. I am not afraid to confront whatever with God presence or my guardian angels.

  3. 9 and 9. I have had to deal with, and have even gotten in trouble for, a stubborn nature I’ve been “cursed” with. However, as an adult, that same nature has been a blessing. I have no problem being the only one “doing the right thing”. I just make a decision to just refrain from certain things knowing they wouldn’t be pleasing to God, and that’s that.

    I am human, (otherwise I would have given myself 10’s), so I have made regrettable mistakes and compromises in the past. I am aware that there may be a time in the future where I find myself in a situation that may seem to have crept up on me. However, if I keep wearing the full armor of God, I won’t be blindsided, and with God in my corner, I can win any battle, in Jesus’ name.

    Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  4. I would rate my Awareness a 7-8. However, my Reliance a 6-7.

  5. When I am immersed in a study like this: Awareness-9 Reliance 10. When I’m not, both are lower. I find that my reliance is higher than awareness and I wonder if that’s because sometimes I’m not as aware of the battle for my purity – spiritual warfare isn’t apparent when I don’t acknowledge the sinful of myself and others.

  6. I have to be kept on track as both are about 6

  7. Spiritual warfare never seems to be apparent to me until someone points it out. Therefore I would rate myself below 5. As for Reliance Quotient because I’m usually not aware of it, I would rate myself sub 5 as well.

    In my defence :- ) I’m always praying about my various dilemmas and God always sends someone from the Christian brotherhood to help me see what is not apparent to me, and provide scripture and verse to release me from whatever has taken hold of me. It always seems to work.

  8. I rate myself 8 and 8 respectively. I thank God for His spirit of discernment and I am very grateful that He provides me with His full armor to face the battlefield.

  9. I think I’m very aware of the spiritual battle going on in the world and even in my life especially I’m living in Japan at present, where the spiritual battle is considered great. Japan looks so peaceful and calm in the surface but it takes a pervent prayers of a determined Christians living in this country to counter the schemes of the devil, the enemy, liar and ruiner of life. One must be vigilant in prayer and in relying on God’s word. I have to make sure the armour of the Lord is not only in my closet but really putting them on every single day. We have to live a victorious life as what the Lord intends for us to live. In Japan, I go to BSF and to my all time international women’s bible study fellowship group in my church, YIBC. BSF is on Tuesdays, while IBS is on Wednesdays. The study and the Christian brothers and sisters that surround me are the ones who can rate my consciousness or awareness of the spiritual battle, and I can say firmly that I rely on the weapons God provides for me on my journey as a believer. All I know is that I stand firm in my desire to depend om Christ, and live for the Lord no matter what happens or whatever circumstances I have. It’s not easy to live in a country where you cannot read and write everything perfectly, but it’s amazing how the Lord sends His Holy Spirit that guides and controls my life. Everyday is victorious for me with the Lord’s word and grace.

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