resist & struggle

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph6

 

Resisting in the Spirit!

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Fighting spiritual forces of wickedness with spiritual power.

Not resisting in the flesh, but turning the other cheek.

Not fighting physical or spiritual forces with physical powers.

Fake Christianity: rising up with physical force (preserving self);  their struggle is in the flesh.

Sheep of Jesus; going down in humility (losing self); their struggle is in the Spirit.

Fake Christianity, in pride and fear, encouraging their adherents to “take it back”, to “defeat the enemies” (physically) to preserve themselves, trust themselves, and rise up in the power of their flesh.

Sheep of Jesus, in humility and trust, encouraging one another to follow Jesus, to “love the enemies”, to lose their “self” and entrust themselves to their faithful Creator, in the power of the Spirit.

Power through brokenness

For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously…..1Pe2:22

But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.. 2Tim1:8niv

Power.
As things progress along in this time……..and we see the kingdom of darkness is demonstrating its power….. it is imperative that those in the Kingdom of God understand what their true power is.

Those in the kingdom of darkness utilize various terrible things including selfishness, hate, pride, greed, covetousness, self-exaltation, manipulation, control, deception, cruelty, hurting, inflicting pain, killing, and a host of other sins, to aquire satanic power for evil.

In “Christendom” it is a common misconception that power is in self-preservation at all costs, prominence, acceptance, titled authority, status, success, popularity, strategies, education, theology, creeds, debate, leadership, networking, connections, business management, money and even military might and government-politics. This is not God’s power. This is worldly power.

Those in the Kingdom of God have access to the power of God, as did our Lord Jesus Christ when He lived His life on earth. His power (Holy Spirit power) came from God through this:

dying to self, brokenness, chosen weakness, meekness, denial of self, denying one’s flesh, making self “of no importance”, entrusting self completely to God (giving up any control), obedience to God, enduring suffering, rejoicing, humility, love, and blessing and forgiving those who want to kill you.

Jesus did not retaliate, He did not fight back, He did not threaten, He did not defend Himself, He did not assert His “rights”, He did not try to preserve self, He did not withhold forgiveness.

He had died to self. He had chosen self-denial. He was broken.
The spiritual power of God comes through this self-denial, dying to self, BROKENNESS and responding in faith and love and humility.