Faith Fighting — How To Be An Inner Winner

Faith fighting goes back to the earliest Christ-followers.  Paul of Tarsus wrote:  “Fight the good fight of faith.”  Real faith fighting takes place in the human heart, not in the outward environment or circumstances.  Faith fighting strives to be an inner winner and to overcome all of our internal enemies such as, anxiety, fears, insecurities, temptations, frustration, depression, anger, lust, pride, resentment, bitterness, etc.

Symeon The New Theologian who lived between 949 and 1022, said that many of our problems come from “failing to observe the enemies who attack from within.”

He also wrote:  “Our holy fathers abandoned all other forms of spiritual labor and concentrated wholly on this one task of guarding the heart.  Some of the fathers have called this practice stillness of the heart, others the guarding of the heart, others watchfulness and rebuttal, and others again the investigation of thoughts and the guarding of the intellect.  But all of them worked the earth of their own heart.”

Symeon also gives some instructions about faith fighting:  “The first step toward the light is to curtail the passions (internal evil desires), that is to say, guard the heart . . . the intellect repulses all distracting thoughts that encircle the heart attempting to get in, and it rebuffs them through attentiveness.

“From whatever side a distractive thought may appear, before it has come to completion and assumed a form, the intellect immediately drives it away and destroys it with the invocation of Jesus Christ.  From this point on the intellect begins to be full of rancour against the demons and, rousing its natural anger against its noetic (spiritual) enemies, it pursues them and strikes them down.

Overcome your inner enemies!  Become a world-class faith fighter.  After you win within, without a doubt you will also win without!

Symeon The New Theologians is one of the many Eastern Orthodox Christ-followers whose writings are included in The Philokalia – a collection of ancient Christian writings.

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Bible Quotes ‘Bout Organic Church

Maybe church meetings could set aside the program for a while and give people the freedom to obey this Scripture:
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” –James the brother of the Lord (James 5:16)

Perhaps a church meeting should allow the Holy Spirit to work and/or speak through anybody present:
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” –Paul of Tarsus (1 Corinthians 12:7)

Perhaps church meetings should let Jesus’ water well up like an internal spring inside all of Christ’s followers and allow them to overflow on the congregation through testimonies, Scriptures, praises, prophetic words, short teachings, confessions, prayers, etc.
“The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -Jesus (John 4:14)

Maybe everybody should be allowed to speak, as enabled by the Spirit, in a church meeting.
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak . . . as the Spirit enabled them.” –Dr. Luke (Acts 2:4)

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Our Christless culture is in continual crisis. Without the cross there’s chaos.

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If there are no demons . . .

If there are no demons . . . then why are so many of us humans tormented by fears, worries, anger, bitterness, frustration, self-doubt, self-condemnation, distress, depression, and too many other negative emotions to list?

If there are no demons . . . then why are so many of us humans stuck in behaviors that we don’t want to do and states of mind that we don’t want to stay in, no matter how hard we try to get free?

If there are no demons . . . then why are we driven, dominated, and controlled by our insecurities, self-destructive desires, obsessions, compulsions, and addictions; rather than following the wisdom of our intellect?

If there are no demons . . . then why do some people, with no motive, shoot lots of people that they don’t even know and have nothing against?

If there are no demons . . . they why do millions of people divide into camps and then do everything they can to injure and kill the people in the opposing camp in the name of invisible entities called nations?

Through out the last 2,000 years of history, the boldest Christ-followers have fiercely fought against demons with all their might; such as, the apostles and 1st Century believers, the desert fathers, the Orthodox monks who wrote the Philokalia, the Catholic mystics, and the Pentecostals.

So why not us?  Why should we surrender to inner torment or merely try to drown it out by continually consuming mind altering chemicals until our drugs, themselves, enslave us?   Why not fight and overcome destructive spiritual entities with God’s spiritual weapons?

Perhaps it’s time for the courageous to take up the spiritual arms of continual prayer, fasting, conviction of sin, repentance, confession, humility, brokenness, continual surrender, dying to self-interest and to self-will, making amends, openness and accountability to others, daily reading and applying the Bible, regularly listening to and obeying the Spirit, weeping before God, and using the gifts of the Spirit.

Spiritual warfare is not for the faint of heart.  It is easier to deny the demons or to drown out the sound of their destruction with drugs.

“The modern attitude to demon possession is very instructive; so many take the attitude that there is no such thing as demon possession, and infer that Jesus Christ Himself knew quite well there was on such thing, not seeing that by such an attitude they put themselves in the place of the superior person, and claim to know all the private opinions of the Almighty about iniquity.  Jesus unquestionably did believe in the fact of demon possession.  The New Testament is full of the supernatural; Jesus Christ continually looked on scenery we do not see, and saw supernatural forces at work.”  –Oswald Chambers

 

 

 

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Church Desperately Needs The Energy Of The Holy Spirit’s Synergy

When God’s people come together to be led by the voice of the Spirit in their hearts, a synergy of God’s inner energy is released, His power and love flow among them as various individuals obey His promptings and it all blends into a corporate demonstrations of His Presence and glory, far greater than any one human preacher or teacher could ever achieve alone. 

For the church to thrive in the 21st Century, it must move away from meetings controlled by one man and into the Holy Spirit’s synergy allowing ordinary people, as prompted by the Spirit, to show and tell what God is doing!

(Scriptures: “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit.” –John 7:38-39
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” –Matthew 18:20
What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation.” –1 Corinthians 14:26
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” –2 Timothy 3:5)

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Faith is a tsunami of the Spirit that totally transforms your heart!

Faith is not a Sunday show or religious ideas that you ought to know. Faith is a mighty, inner flow — a tsunami of the Spirit that totally transforms your heart!

Check out the new book, Tsunami of the Spirit Come Roll Over Me, published by The Salvation Army.  

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Salvation–A Word Lost To The 21st Century (Except For The Salvation [Rescue & Deliverance] Army)

Salvation is a lost word in the 21st Century.  Lost words are often referred to as archaic.  Archaic words are no longer in use or have lost their meaning in their current usage.  Almost the only remaining usage of the word salvation is the 21st Century is in the popular name of The Salvation Army.  So what does this lost word mean?

Salvation is a noun that means rescue and deliverance from evil, harm, danger, and/or destruction.  Here are some examples of its usage:

As the angry wolves came closer, he felt his only salvation was to climb a tree and wait them out.

When the capital was surrounded by enemy forces, it looked like there would be no salvation for the country.

Sometimes innovation is optional, but it tough economic times innovation may be a company’s salvation.

In these three examples, salvation is temporary because the person will eventually die, the country will eventually cease to exist, and the company will eventually fail.  However, there is a rescue and deliverance that never ends, eternal salvation–the rescue and deliverance of the human soul from the power and eternal consequences of wrongful thoughts, words, and behaviors; through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

That is the way that The Salvation Army uses the word, salvation.   It is an Army fighting for the salvation of souls in more than 120 countries!

The word salvation may be archaic, however, salvation remains the greatest need of mankind.  Are you rescued and delivered from sin and living in God’s salvation?

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