The most effective spiritual warfare strategy for God’s people you can imagine! This is what this post is about!
We have covered quite a lot on the subject of spiritual warfare lately. We debunked all sorts of myths and false teachings on this subject. We came to realize that a lot of teachings on this subject are none other than doctrines of devils. We surely covered a lot of Scriptures and we came to know and understand the will and ways of God on this subject.
We learned how evil spirits succeed in oppressing Christians and other people in the post, “Satanic oppression”.
In this post we learned the strategies the enemy follows with the ultimate goal to obtain power over people’s minds and lives.
We have learned that the traditional way of getting into battles with the enemy is not effective at all but in fact dangerous. We covered that in the post, “Is spiritual warfare dangerous?”
Yes we clearly determined that the wrong strategies of spiritual warfare that young and immature Christians often embark upon are definitely dangerous. It is precisely for this reason that many Christians suffer and actually why many of them are being oppressed by evil spirits.
We also learned how Jesus Christ conquered evil when He walked this earth, in the post, “How did Jesus Christ really conquer evil?”
This is actually very important because it gives us some very important information on how we should deal with the devil and with evil in our faith walk with Christ.
We also learned how the devil succeeds in getting people to believe all sorts of false doctrines. We learned that in the post, “Have you done the deception test yet?”
We learned about the danger caused by exorcists who actually do a good job delivering demon possessed people but who, unfortunately, teach people a lot of false doctrines in the process. We learned that in the post, “Common mistakes exorcists often make”.
We have also learned how to deliver demon oppressed and demon possessed people correctly and effectively. We learned that the Biblical way of delivering people from satanic oppression and satanic possession, is not what we so often see today in the post, “Authentic Biblical deliverance”. In this post we debunked a lot of myths when it comes to deliverance.
Today I wish to discuss these principles in detail. In fact, this post is all about the ultimate and the most effective strategy when it comes to spiritual warfare that God gave us. I however strongly advice you to read all the above posts first to ensure that the value of these truths does not get lost when reading this post. Combined, the truths in these posts will set you free indeed and it will set you free forever. The lack of a proper foundation on the core principles of authentic Bible based spiritual warfare will definitely defeat the purpose of this post. You can read all these previous posts “here“.
The real weapons of our warfare!
To start off, we again need to see what our spiritual weapons of warfare really are. This is the list of weapons Paul gave us in Ephesians 6: Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the word of God.
We need to excel in obtaining these weapons and utilizing these weapons in our daily lives. Paul gave us a very distinct instruction regarding these weapons. He said in Ephesians 6:13 that we must “take unto” us these weapons. If we have protected ourselves with these weapons we will be able to withstand the strategies and the attacks of the devil and all evil. How do we “take unto” us the truth? How do we attain righteousness? How do we get ourselves prepared to preach the gospel of peace? How do we attain faith? How do we attain salvation? How do we attain the word of God?
What is the practical implications of these aspects or these principles? What do we see in the lives of people who are in fact busy attaining these weapons of warfare?
We see people often studying the word of God. We see people living in righteousness by pursuing holiness. We see people constantly renewing their minds with the word of God. We see people actively preaching the gospel of peace. We see people actively getting themselves into positions and situations where they use Godly faith to get supernatural breakthroughs. We see people actively pursuing deliverance in all areas of their lives when it comes to attitudes and the way they live. We see people learning how to apply the written word of God in their lives and in their circumstances. When you meet somebody that I just described to you, you have met a true warrior! You have met somebody who “took unto” himself the whole armor of God. You have met somebody who really lacks nothing!
What very important practical things will be evident in such a person’s life? You will see a lot of praying in his life. You will see a lot of praising and worshiping in his life. You will see a person who often prays in tongues. You will see a person who often praises and worships in tongues also. You will see a person who often meditates on Scriptures. You will see a person who often learns certain Scriptures by heart. You will see a person who often seeks intimacy with God. You will see a person who constantly submits himself to God. You will see a person who often enters into the rest of God. This is real spiritual warfare! And yes, it has nothing to do with demons and it has nothing to do with evil directly.
You will not see this person facing demons and all sorts of evil! In fact, evil has no foothold in the live of the person that I just described to you. There is just no open doors or opportunities in his life that evil can work with or utilize to oppress him. He is totally protected. There is a wall of protection right around this person similar to the way that God protected Job:
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
This is the devil complaining to God that there is just no way that he can harm Job at all because of the “hedge” of protection around him and his house, his family and everything that he owns! This is the life of every believer who “took unto” themselves the whole armor of God the Biblical way. Such a person lives in peace and in victory.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
This is a person who entered into the rest of God. This is a person who learned, even whilst facing all sorts of challenges, to find rest and peace in a place of childlike-intimacy and childlike-faith! That place is deep in the heart of God.
This is not a Christian “fighter” who takes on demons all the time. This is not a spiritual warrior waving around his magic wand in the Name of Jesus Christ, with the sole purpose of submitting and subduing evil to the word of God and to the will of God. People like this follow all sorts of man-made rituals which are not even in the Bible. These people do not experience real victory in their lives. They are always and constantly busy with yet another curse to be broken, yet another spirit to face, yet another counter-attack in order to defeat the enemy once again.
Again and again these attacks occur and counter attacks have to be carried out in order to ensure protection and victory in all sorts of situations in the lives of these people. They cannot really rest at all. The focus shifted from being intimate with God and being in an intimate love relationship with Christ, to a constant focus on evil and a constant fighting against evil. There is no rest in the life of the believer who does not know who and what he is in Christ. There is no rest in the life of the believer who does not know that the battle has been won and that the battle is over!
I know that people have the best of intentions. I know that many of them are ignorant because of being taught false doctrines by ignorant preachers and ignorant ministers. In reality, while these people are calling their brothers up for the battle, God is inviting people to enter into His rest. While these people are mobilizing God’s people for battle and embarking on all sorts of strategies against the enemy, God is inviting his people to a place of intimacy. This is what Jesus Christ showed Lana Vawser recently:
This morning I felt the Lord saying that we are entering such a deep rest in His love this year, it is unlike anything we have known before. The key is and always is – our intimacy with Jesus!
Your simple positioning before Him in intimacy in this season is going to see the Spirit of God uproot any areas of your heart and soul that may be causing these cycles of striving, anxiety and perfectionism. The Lord is breaking measuring sticks with His love that many are using to measure whether they “measure up”.
I had a vision where I saw Jesus breaking those measuring sticks. He took His people by the hand, one by one and He said “This is the measuring stick” and before them I saw THE CROSS!!!!
Such love surrounded me… Jesus spoke again “You are enough! You were enough! Not because of what you do but because of WHO YOU ARE!!!! You are Mine!!!! You measure up because of My great love for you!!! I am breaking off and healing the weariness that has come over many of you through this striving. You do not need to prove yourself! You are valued and dearly loved! You are accepted and not rejected!!! I delight in you!! I love you!!!”
THE GREATEST BLOSSOMING AND BREAKTHROUGH IS HERE RIGHT NOW… IN YOUR YES!!!
“The greatest refreshment, strengthening, vision, fruitfulness and breakthrough is beginning to happen in your life and will explode with great momentum FROM the place of being and resting in My love! Many of you have been looking at the “rest” as a physical thing, living lives that aren’t busy, intentionality with your time and alignment and boundaries in this season is crucial, but I am talking about a deeper rest. The rest of your heart, the rest of your soul and of your mind. A REST in My love that secures even deeper your identity! The rest of My love that is stopping the tormenting, racing thoughts and lies and teaching you to renew your mind with My Word and in My love. It is happening and as you continue to draw deeper into the place of intimacy with Me it is going to blossom and explode like never before. More fruitfulness, favor, acceleratory breakthrough, opportunity, power and flow of My Spirit is coming to you from this place of deep, deep rest. This is your season to not only be REVEALED but this is your season to be HEALED. Yes, you will be revealed to the world in this season of great favor and with greater opportunities and positioning, but your heart and soul must be healed. I am soothing and healing you with My love! I am quieting you with My love! (Zephaniah 3:17) I am arising you with My love! I am awakening you with My love! I am unraveling you in the most glorious way with My love, so YOU can come forth!!!”
BUTTERFLIES ARE BREAKING THROUGH
I saw butterflies breaking forth everywhere in this vision. New life, transformation and flight! I saw Jesus admiring these beautiful butterflies, His eyes filled with such joy. He was beaming! He spoke again “It is in My love, the cocoon of intimacy with Me, that you are all finding your wings!!! You are coming through this process as you give me your YES and obey Me, healed of this trying, this striving, this performance, awakened to your OWN SONG! The expression, message and gifting I have placed with each of you that is uniquely different! Different “songs” are going to rise up all across the world in accelerated ways in this season. The “songs” being the life message, the gifting, the anointing I have given you, and you will sing your own song with confidence in My love and not comparison. You will see what you carry is powerful, beautiful and so needed. The world is waiting for YOU to take your place in and through your encounters with Me. Do not miss your turn, do not miss your time, through comparison, striving, insecurity, fear, intimidation or competition. Come deeper into the rest of My love! Ask Me to take you deeper! Invite Me! Give Me your YES and I will do the rest!”
I saw the Lord sitting on a mountain top that was so beautiful! Green grass all around, colorful flowers blooming everywhere, the sun shining brightly and He called His people to come and sit with Him. I watched as many, many, many people came and sat with Him.
He spoke “Because of wounded souls, there is a lot of TRYING going on amongst My people. Come deeper and live in Hebrews 4.
I will awaken in you a greater revelation of the FAITH-FILLED LIFE rooted in Me and My love and it will see doubt washed away. You will see your greatest days of encounter, breakthrough, fruitfulness and promotion come upon you, from the glorious place of ABIDING in Me!! I am wooing you with My love. Deeper and deeper still. Get ready to be undone by My love in the most glorious way!”
“So we conclude that there is still a full and complete “rest” waiting for believers to experience. As we enter into God’s faith-rest life we cease from our own works, just as God celebrates his finished works and rests in them. So then we must give our all and be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.” – Hebrews 4:9-11 (The Passion Translation)
– Lana Vawser
You may ask, “How exactly do we enter into the rest of the Lord?”
The answer is so simple. It is by sitting at the feet of Jesus. It is by allowing Him to look into your eyes for ours without even saying a word. It is by seeking intimacy with Him. It is by learning to hear His voice. There in His presence you will learn who He really is. There in His presence you will bathe in His Glory, His Goodness and His Love. All that, and His power, will flow from His heart right into yours just because you are spending time with Him. There in His presence all fear will disappear. In His presence you will be transformed from an immature child of God into the beautiful wondrous mature bride of Christ. In His presence you will be transformed into an instrument and into a vessel of glory. In His presence you will be empowered! There you will find peace. There you will find victory. There you will find protection. There you will know what it is to be loved. There you will learn that loves causes all fear to cease.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
The truth is, real intimacy with Jesus Christ and real resting in God is the purest form of Biblical spiritual warfare God gave us!
This is what true intimacy with Christ Jesus and what real resting in God do:
It strengthens and it develops the six weapons of spiritual warfare!
In His presence we really find the truth, we really live in righteousness, we learn how to boldly preach the gospel of peace, we really learn to trust in Him and to believe His word, we really know salvation and we really learn how to apply the word of God in our lives. With this intimacy and this rest as foundation we mature and we grow. It is actually Him we find. It is actually He that becomes our Foundation. He is Truth! He is Righteousness! He is Peace! He is Faith! He is Salvation and He is the Word of God!
1 John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
With this knowledge and with this foundation and out of this intimate relationship with Christ, and out of this place of resting in Christ, the devil and evil just cannot find any foothold or loophole to harm you at all. Here you are safe. Here you truly live a victorious life. This is true spiritual warfare!
We need to LIVE in His presence! We need to enter into His rest and we need to LIVE in His secret Chambers. We need to LIVE childlike-intimacy and childlike-rest every moment of the day. This does not happen overnight. It comes with time. The more time we spend with Him the more time we want to spend with Him. The more His love and His goodness and His glory and His power flow from Him into us, the more we want to be in His presence!
It needs to be a childlike-intimacy. What exactly is childlike-intimacy? Have you ever seen a young boy waking up in the morning after he received a new cricket bat or a new fishing rod a few days before? With eyes scarcely open, he leaps out of bed and he heads straight for his cricket bat. He picks up a ball (any ball) and heads straight to the inner court where he hits the ball against the wall over and over again. Every now and then he looks at the bat and proudly touches some parts of it. He does not even need a partner to throw the ball at him. There in his solitude he just thoroughly enjoys that bat.
He did not run to greet his family members. He did not run for food or coffee or anything else. At that moment, nothing matters to him more than that bat. The most important and most wonderful thing is, “For that child, this is not an effort, it is pure joy!”
We need to have a doglike-love. What is a doglike-love? A dog just loves his owner so much, it cannot and it does not want to be away from him or her. It just wants to be CONSTANTLY in the presence of its owner where it diligently seeks love but also gives love. The more we seek His face and the more we seek intimacy with Christ Jesus, the more we want to be with Him. It starts off being an effort but eventually it becomes a wonderful privilege and a joyous experience.
True resting in Christ does not mean you are to be passive in terms of your faith walk in Christ
It is very important to understand that we cannot be passive in our faith walk. We as children of God need to know what God expects from us. There are a few aspects and a few principles regarding our faith walk in Christ that seem to be contradicting each other. The truth is that it actually completes each other and that it is all like the different pieces of a puzzle that fits perfectly together to form this amazing work of God.
God completed His work
God Himself entered into a state of rest. He does not work anymore. When Christ said those words on the cross, “It is finished”, it really was. He conquered evil, He disarmed satan and his kingdom, He nullified the devil, He openly triumphed over all evil, He took back the keys of hell, He gave the dominion over His creation back to mankind, He reversed the curse of sin, He set us free once and for all.
Many people do not really understand this. God does not work anymore?? Yes, He did everything that He could do for you already. There is nothing more that He can do for you. There is nothing that you need from God that He did not already given you. God is not working behind the scenes for your good anymore. He is not fighting your battles for you while you are resting. No, He already did that two thousand years ago on that cross of Calvary! We were completely delivered and completely set free. Christ did it all. After that He entered into His eternal rest. He delegated His power to the church when He entered into His eternal rest.
The fact is, the ball is now in our court. We need to tap into what He already did and make it ours. It is not God’s will to heal you. No, He already healed you on that cross. God does not want to save you. He already saved you on that cross. The first time that somebody taught these truths to me I did not really understand it. It is only after I spent some time in the secret chambers of intimacy with Jesus Christ (Matthews 24:6 – Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not) that these truths were revealed to me. Only then could I fully understand what His words meant when He said “it is finished”.
I do not have to beg God for healing. He already gave it to me. I do not have to ask Him if He really wants to heal me. He already healed me. He gave us everything that we need. It is all always available to us and for us to use whenever we need it. He already provided us all that we will ever need. It is ours. It is our inheritance. It belongs to us. We just have to tap into these wonderful resources of spiritual blessings and make it ours in faith.
I always like to tell the story of a father and a mother who went to bed one night. All the children were there and they all had a wonderful evening with them. The parents prepared a wonderful supper for the children and they even had a barbecue. There were so much food and it was cooked perfectly. After the feast, fit for a king, the leftovers were stored in the fridge. After a joyous time of fellowship, all of them went to bed after the children decided to sleep over.
When the father and the mother woke up the next morning they heard the joyful laughter of the children in the kitchen. They dressed themselves and went to the kitchen to join them. When they arrived in the kitchen they discovered that the children were enjoying what was left of the barbecue the night before. The rest of the food was already divided among them and it was clear that they were taking it home with them. The children all laughed when they saw the surprised look on their parents faces. “Looks like I am taking you out for breakfast and dinner honey” is all the father could say whilst they also started breaking out in laughter.
This is just a short story but it tells us a lot about the will and the provision of God. Our God is good and He provided for us according to his riches in Christ. He wants us to be like these children. He wants us to take what He provided for us. He wants us to take our inheritance. If we do not take it Christ died in vain. He wants us to have this same attitude with what He gave us, exactly as these children did in this short story. They knew that their parents loved them. They knew that they had the right and the privilege to take what they want. They knew that their parents would have no problem with that. They knew that this is actually what they wanted them to do. They did not hesitate one second when they opened that fridge and almost emptied it.
God wants us to tap into His provision. He wants us to take our healing. He wants us to take our salvation. He wants us to take our deliverance. It belongs to us. He do not want us to doubt one second about His will and His ability. In fact, He already gave it to us. That says He was able and it says that He wanted us to have it all along.
THE PROMISED LAND WAS DESCRIBED BUT ISRAEL FAILED TO POSSESS IT
“After Moses died, God told Joshua that he would be leading the Children of Israel across the Jordan River into the “Promised Land.” God reminded Joshua where the geographic boundaries were. For a detailed description of the boundaries, from landmark to landmark, read Numbers 34:2-18. The Promised Land would encompass over 300,000 square miles.”
THEY BEGAN, BUT DID NOT COMPLETE
The “Promised Land” never fully became the “Possessed Land.”
The most that the Israelites ever possessed was about 10%, a mere 30,000 square miles.
As Christians, every promise in the Bible is given to us to possess, but do we possess every promise in the Bible? How many of God’s promises have we made our own by conquest? They are given to us but we must take possession of them and make them our own.
Unfortunately, the Church, like Israel, has failed to claim the possessions given by the Lord.
– Mike Clinton
We do not claim our inheritance because of a lack of faith. We do not claim our inheritance because of ignorance. We do not claim our inheritance because we do not know God intimately. We do not even know what we really inherited!
Did you know that it is absolutely possible to get anything you ask from God if you adhere to only two very important conditions?
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
1 John 3:21-22
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
These two verses above is the ultimate test for any man of faith. If you meet the condition of the first condition you are halfway there. If you adhere to the second condition also you will receive whatsoever you ask God. This promise is actually guaranteed! I will even go so far as to say that it is absolutely impossible not to receive the desires of your heart, in more clear terms; whatsoever you want from God, if you comply to both these conditions. This is guaranteed people! I do not doubt this fact at all. These promises go hand in hand with the following two Scriptures:
Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
The correct translation for the Greek word in this verse is “desires” and not “requests”. It makes this promise a bit more clear. There are actually quite a few other Scriptures that also makes it super-clear that we, when we walk in faith and in righteousness and in obedience, can and may ask whatsoever we want from God and we will receive it. It is absolutely guaranteed! Faith and righteousness and obedience opens doors that nobody can close. It is the key to victory. This gives the enemy absolutely no foothold at all. Such a person lives a victorious life.
If you know that God exists but not only that, you also know that He is a good God who rewards those who diligently seek Him, andyou live a holy obedient life, then you can and may ask Him whatever you wish and you will receive it.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
This last Scripture summarizes it all, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Jesus Christ really did set us free indeed. “Who can be against us?” means nobody can come against us. Not even evil!
Does that stop the enemy from attempting to deceive us? Unfortunately not. Even Jesus was tempted by the enemy. Jesus however showed us that if we resist these temptations the enemy has no other choice but to flee from us. Why does he flee from us? Why does he not only give up? He flees from us because of fear. Why does he fear? Righteousness always causes the enemy to fear because the legality and the supremacy of righteousness in the spiritual world always subdue any other force that exists. It is a legal law in the kingdom of God. Righteousness is a hedge of protection if it is founded on childlike-faith and child-like obedience. See my post, “Getting rid of the weeds” which explains what happens when we start loosing our righteousness.
This is a principal in the kingdom of God. The enemy does not fear a Christian who is breaking all sorts of curses and who shouts all sorts of war-cries. No, he fears righteousness. He fears a Christian who abstains from sin and who refuses to doubt in the word of God. Righteousness destroys and removes all evil strategies. Righteousness is absolutely devastating and fatally intimidating to evil. Righteousness causes God Himself IN you to manifest when you are under attack. This causes the enemy to flee. This is how Jesus conquered evil and this is how we should conquer evil in our lives. There actually is no such thing called “spiritual warfare” in the sense people so often believe. It is a lie from hell.
We cannot and do not have to do anything in order to obtain any redemption or deliverance of any kind. Jesus Christ did it all for us. If you still think that you need to carry out all sorts of acts and rituals called “spiritual warfare” in order to obtain some kind of deliverance you really are not free yet. This is not true people. You are being conned into believing that you need to stand against the enemy. The truth is that you, as a righteous child of God, only have to submit yourself to God, abstain from getting involved in sin and unbelief, live an obedient live in Christ and you will see that by resisting the devil this way, he will flee from you.
If you experience defeat in your life it is not because you lost a “spiritual battle” or are still loosing a “spiritual battle” against the enemy. No, it is because of a lack of faith or a lack of ability to change circumstances in your life because of disobedience. One of my previous posts clearly described how and why we need to speak to the problems and not to the enemy. We speak to the mountain. We speak to the problem. It has nothing to do with the enemy. We remove the mountain or the obstacle in our lives through faith and through the word of God and through obedience. We do not fight demons and evil in order to remove obstacles and mountains in our lives.
This however, cannot be achieved without the foundation of intimacy and the foundation of resting in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is your stronghold in life! There is a verse in Scripture and a song that say that “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and they are saved”. Jesus Christ IS the strong Tower. He is His Name. We need to run into Him! In Him is a place of rest!
We have seen that we do need to claim our inheritance, we however do it from a position of rest and a position of intimacy. We do it from a position of trust and a position of faith. We do not do it out of ourselves. We do not rely on own works but on the power and the goodness and the love of God.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
This is very clearly grace and faith at work here. This is resting in Christ. Still we always have a part to play in obtaining God’s promises. We need to claim our inheritance. This is where the works come in:
You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
This verse emphasize the fact that God did everything for us but that we also need to do our part. We live by faith but also by works. We enter into the rest of God but we also need to claim our inheritance.
Through faith and grace only, our salvation comes to us. This is a gift from God and we cannot do anything to be saved. God gave us complete redemption irrespective of who we are. We however need the works to save our souls from sin. We need to pursue holiness in order to live holy lives. God does not do this for us. We need to pursue holiness in all obedience. That is our part. That is true Godly works in the lives of God’s people.
From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force, yet we do it from a position of resting in God. We do it from a position of intimacy with Christ. We do from a position of childlike-faith and childlike-intimacy. This is authentic Biblical spiritual warfare!
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