Christian Spiritual Warfare
The Way To Unity In The Body of Christ
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warfare is required for there to be unity among those in Christ from
different denominations. This will help bring about one Body of Christ.
There Is Only One
Church In The City In God’s Eyes.
We make changes in our
thinking all the time. We change how we view things and we change our attitudes
on a regular basis; this is a paradigm shift. A Paradigm is a conceptual grid
through which we perceive reality; a paradigm shift is a change in how we look
at what has been our reality, a change in thinking if you will.
There are currently
changes in the way people view the church. A paradigm shift is starting to take
place in terms of cooperation between people from different congregations.
I would like to discuss a
paradigm shift that is in the process of taking place with many people. With
strong Christian spiritual warfare, more and more people will consider it the
normal way of thinking.
paradigm I would like to discuss is this: “THERE IS ONLY ONE CHURCH IN THE
CITY”, that is, there are many different congregations but only one Church.
This is the true nature of the Body of Christ. This is how God sees His Body.
Not One World
This paradigm is
not talking about one world religion or the one world religion movement
that is taking place in the world today.
I am talking about the
Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ as revealed in the book of Ephesians – the
process of perfecting Christ’s Body here on earth as it is manifested through
His Church. It is crucial to make this distinction. It is an area where the
enemy can enter in and create suspicion and division.
God Gives The Gifts
God did not give all His
gifts to one person or one congregation in the city but distributed them over
all the Church.
This way its members are
required to interact and be interdependent in order to be effective, otherwise
they simply function out of their own self-abilities and not out of the power of
the Holy Spirit. This requires diligent Christian spiritual warfare.
Why A Powerless Church
I believe the church
functioning on its own self-abilities is why non-Christians view the church as
God has distributed His
gifts among members of the Church who meet in different congregations and many
of them are culturally and theologically distant from each other. Such distance
is man-made, not God made. God’s design is for the Body to grow together (see
Ephesians 4: 15,16).
Each joint, each member
of the Body supplies something that the others need. When a congregation fails
to discern it’s part in this operation, it will try to produce internally what
God has already provided externally through another congregation.
Through natural means (by
its own strength), the deluded congregation will attempt to generate a gift or
ministry that God did not equip them for in the supernatural. This working in
the flesh produces excessive wear and tear that eventually leads to weakness and
illness in the Body. Christian spiritual warfare is required to break this
God wants us to receive,
through other congregations, the gifts our congregation lacks.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if
the main line congregations asked the Pentecostals to teach on the Holy Spirit
and the Pentecostals asked the main line church to teach on counseling or how to
meet the social needs of the hurting in the community, and if the protestants
asked the Catholics to teach them the value of genuine spiritual literary?
If, through Christian
spiritual warfare we began to share the gifts God gave us I believe we would
begin to look alike as a Church, and why shouldn’t we, we all have one and the
Some Hopeful signs
There are good signs in
America that some congregations are beginning to come together and share their
gifts with others. Yet we have a long way to go.
Many of us still need a
paradigm shift in our own thinking and behaving. This mind renewal needs to be
the focus of our Christian spiritual warfare. We are told to be transformed by
the renewing of our minds and this involves a tremendous spiritual battle.
The Gap Of Disunity
If we want to know the
gap of disunity in our area, all we need to do is identify the two persons,
groups, or churches that are ideologically farthest apart within our city
That gap or division
represents the disunity. Commit that disunity to Christian spiritual warfare.
We need to build a bridge between these two ends, but we don’t start at the two
extreme ends, we start in the middle where people are the closest together and
then we begin to move out to the extremes.
Unity Is Doable
Coming together is a
doable thing and it is beginning to happen little by little in some communities.
If your congregation is not one of these, begin to work on your own paradigm
shift in thinking and attitude and seek others in your congregation who are
coming to be of like mind. Engage in Christian spiritual warfare over the
God wants to bring
revival through His Church even more than we want it. However, we must abide in
Christ for it to happen.
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