Monday, December 16, 2013

The Secret Things of God

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,  keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  (Jude 1:20-21)

As you should know by now, God looks at our heart more than our actions.  So when your heart is right; pure and clean, before God and you still experience power failure, those bad situations and negative circumstances are still present, what is the problem?  Before we answer that question, let's examine the word of God on that subject.

It is important to remember that God promises us peace in the midst of our circumstances. 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

How can we have peace in the midst of our circumstances?  When we understand God's word.  We may not understand the who, what and how of our circumstance, but we should understand that God is sovereign and always in complete control.  There are many accounts in the word of God that shows an individuals seemingly in an impossible situation.  Here are 3 such accounts:

  • Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-8) - All Hannah wanted was a child.  Little did she know that it was God who had shut her womb so that she could not bear a child.  To add insult to injury, she was goaded and demeaned by her counterpart for not being able to conceive.   She had no idea of God's plan for her to birth Samuel. 
  • Naomi (Ruth 1:1-22)  - Naomi had absolutely no control in the hand that God dealt her.  She started off with a husband and two sons and ended up with nothing and 2 daughter-in-laws.  She recognized that this was God's doing but did not understand God's plan for Ruth and Boaz to meet.
  • Joseph (Genesis 17:22:33)  - This young, happy-go-lucky, man had no idea what was in store for him as his brothers over-took him and threw him in a pit.  Joseph had no idea that he would one day be in position to save Israel from famine.

All of these individuals were good in the sight of God but they all were put in negative situations in order for God's will to be carried out.  If you read the accounts, you will see that they never lost their faith.  

Let's take a look a how this can be.  When a believer experiences spiritual power failure, our life should be prayerfully examined. When violations are discovered, these should be quickly corrected in order for the power of God to resume its unhindered flow.  

But what if all these areas are dealt with, such as Joseph, Hannah and Naomi and still there is no miracle, no breakthrough or no out of the situation? What is the reason one person is delivered in answer to our prayer and another is not? Here are two biblical examples:

>   The same Peter who was prayed out of prison by believers was later  martyred for the sake of the Gospel. Why didn't the same power that  once opened prison bars deliver him from this terrible death?

>  There were many lepers in Israel at the time of Elijah, but only one was healed by God. 

And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed , saving Naaman the Syrian. (Luke 4:27)

We do not have the answers to such questions. If we had all the answers, if we had all the knowledge, then we would be as God. 

Even Job, in all that he went through recognized the sovereignty of God when he said: 

But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth , even that he doeth.  (Job 23:13)

We must always acknowledge the sovereignty of God in the area of spiritual power. We function in delegated power. It is effective power. It is dynamic power. But it is DELEGATED; that is, it is under the authority of another.

For questions for which we cannot find answers, the Bible reveals that. . .  

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)

In some instances, God reveals why there is no miracle. In other cases, we will not be able to find the answer. There are secret things known only to God. We function in the realm of revelation, not sovereign knowledge. But do not let this hinder the demonstration of God's power in your life. Walk in what is revealed. Leave the unanswered questions, the secret things to the sovereignty of God.

God's power is manifested in death as well as life. It is manifested in that which is known and understood as well as in that which is not known. It is demonstrated in weakness as well as in strength.

Always know, even though we may not understand, that God has a plan for us - 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Jeremiah 29:11
 - and the working of His will is good, acceptable and perfect.

. . . that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  Romans 12:2b

 (Biblical Studies)



Improper Motives

And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.   (Matthew 13:58)

In the natural world, man depends on natural power sources for progress. Natural power may be as simple as a fire over which dinner is cooked. Without the fire, progress on the meal comes to a standstill. Natural power may also be as complex as electricity which is generated in cities by great power plants. When these plants fail, the power they generate fail. An entire city will experience a blackout. When there is a power failure in the natural world, progress comes to a standstill.

The same is true in the spiritual world. When there is a power failure, spiritual progress comes to a standstill. Lives are not changed through the power of the Gospel. The sick are not healed. Demons are not cast out.

There are reasons for power failure in the natural world. It may be a simple reason, like a fire burning out, or a complex reason, such as a piece of mechanical equipment breaking. When these reasons for failure are identified and corrected, the flow of power resumes.

There are also causes for power failure in the spiritual world. When these are identified and corrected, the flow of spiritual power resumes.

One of the greatest examples of spiritual power failure is recorded in Acts 19; the account of the sons of the chief priest, Sceva, who tried to cast an evil spirit out of a man and failed. The spirit cried out:  

And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
 (Acts 19:15)

Then the man, whom the evil spirit possessed, leaped on these young men, ripped off their clothing, and injured them. They fled, naked and wounded, from the presence of the demon-possessed man. The demon knew the name of Paul. The demon knew the name of Jesus. But the names of these young men were unknown because they lacked true spiritual power in their lives.

If you are forgiven of your sins, your name is known is Heaven. It is written in the Lamb's book of life: 

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.  Revelation 21:27

But is your name known in Hell? Do you have enough of the power of God flowing in your life that demonic powers recognize your authority in the name of Jesus?

These men used the name of Jesus in trying to cast out the demon, but it did not work. The name of Jesus is not a magical charm. You must possess the power behind it. You must recognize and possess the authority of that name.

In the hour of crisis you will face defeat if your name is not known in Hell. These men could not conquer Satan on the basis of Paul's experience and neither can you. Only when you have God's power manifested in your own life can you defeat Satan. If you are so powerless that your name is not known in Hell, you will flee wounded and naked before the enemy.

Spiritual power failure will occur in our lives when there is:

Ø       SINSin separates man from God. When you are separated from God, His power cannot flow through you.

In Romans 7 the Apostle Paul describes his struggle with the bondage of sin. Romans 8 describes his liberation. As a believer, Apostle Paul had the same battles with sin which you experience, but he learned to overcome the law of sin which worked in his flesh. Because of this, his life was open to the flow of God's power.

When a sinful man named Simon offered money to obtain spiritual power, Peter answered:  

Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.  Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. (Acts 8:21-23)

Repentance from sin and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ is the only way to bridge the gap of this separation. Sin separates us from God's power. When Jesus returns again:

. . . In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (II Thessalonians 1:8)

those who are in sin will:  

. . . be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. (II Thessalonians 1:9)

In the end, sin will result in eternal separation from the power of God.

Ø       BONDAGESpiritual bondage can prevent the flow of God's power in your life. Bondage is not sin in itself. They are things or practices that become so important to you that you are brought under their control. Apostle Paul wrote:   

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.   (I Corinthians 6:12)

Anything in your life which consumes your thoughts and interests is a bondage. You are brought under its power.

It may be a hobby or habit. It may be attitudes of timidity and fear which prevent you from acting in faith and power. Such bondages result in power failure because you are brought under their power instead of the control of the Holy Spirit.

Ø       VIOLATION OF POWER PRINCIPLESViolation of these principles – power of the gospel, power of the Holy Spirit, power of the anointing, power of love, power of prayer, etc. -  results in power failure. Continually examine your life and ministry in relation to these principles, especially when you experience power failure.

Ø       REIGNING INSTEAD OF SERVINGWhen spiritual power is used to reign instead of serve, power failure results. 

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;  And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  Matthew 20:25-28 

This scripture shows that God's power structure is not as that of the world. The worldly concept of power is to reign over others and control them.

From childhood, we struggle for worldly power. We try to control and manipulate our parents. We seek power in society, over our environment, and even try to predict and control the forces of nature. Worldly power can become a god that controls us.

Biblical power structure calls for serving and meeting human need through the manifestation of the power of God. Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers on this subject. As the great Apostle of the Church, Paul had authority over this group of believers. But he did not misuse this power. He told them:  

If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power: but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. (I Corinthians 9:12)

Apostle Paul did not abuse his spiritual position. He did not reign over the Corinthians, rather he served them:  

Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. (II Thessalonians 3:9)

Ø       PERSONAL PROFIT:  Apostle Paul also wrote the Corinthians concerning power for personal benefit. He said:  

If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? (I Corinthians 9:11)

Paul labored among the Corinthians and sowed spiritual seed. He had a right to receive from them their "carnal things" in terms of financial support. But he did not abuse this power. He would rather suffer than abuse spiritual power and hinder the work of God.

If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.   (I Corinthians 9:12)

Jesus was tempted by Satan to use his power for personal profit. Satan tempted Him to make stones into bread and to prove His power to the people by jumping from the top of the temple. Jesus refused.

When Jesus was suffering intensely on the cross for the sins of all mankind, He could have called 10,000 angels to come and rescue Him 

Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?  (Matthew 26:53) 

He refused this display of power in order to accomplish the higher purposes of God.

Ø       EMULATIONS:  A form of envy expressed by imitation of others 

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,(Galatians 5:20) 

This was a problem which resulted in power failure in the early church. 

Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.  Acts 19:13 

This text speaks of those who took it "upon themselves" to try to cast out demons in imitation of the ministry of Apostle Paul. When you try to imitate the ministries of others, you can experience serious power failure as did these men.

Ø       WRONG MOTIVESDo not conclude that because spiritual power is sometimes misused that it is evil. Spiritual power which flows from God is good, but it can be abused and used for the wrong reasons with the wrong motives.

The original sin of Satan resulted from a wrong motive of seeking power. The same is true of man’s first sin which was committed while seeking the power that comes with knowledge.

James and John once wanted to call down fire from Heaven to consume those who opposed Jesus. What a miraculous demonstration of power that would have been! But their motive was wrong. Their motive was to take revenge on these enemies. Such a display would have been an abuse of spiritual power. Jesus told them:  

. . . Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.  For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. (Luke 9:55-56)

Improper motives result in an overbalanced emphasis on power. Jesus warned His disciples:

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in Heaven. (Luke 10:19-20)

Ø       UNBELIEFPerhaps the greatest reason for spiritual power failure is unbelief. Unbelief affected even the ministry of Jesus:  

And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.    (Matthew 13:58)

The demonstration of God's power can be affected by the unbelief of those to whom you minister. It also can be affected by your own unbelief (Refer to Matthew 17:14-21).

Ø       LIMITING GOD:  There is no limit to God's power, but we can impose limits as to how it can work in and through us. Apostle Paul indicated that God is able to do above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us:  

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. (Ephesians 3:20)

Something to think about - God sometimes does not do what we ask or think (much less abundantly above it) because we do not allow His power to work in us.

(Biblical Study)



Friday, December 13, 2013

No Neutral Ground in the Spiritual Battle

The thief (Satan) cometh (on earth) 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. (John 10:10)

The invisible war is being waged right here on earth every day.  
Satan fights to maintain control of the kingdoms of the world. He does not want them to come under God's authority. The battle also rages within the hearts, minds, and souls of men and women.

Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers and attacks believers in the areas of worship, the Word, their daily walk, and their work for God. The battle also rages in your physical body which Satan attacks through sickness and disease.

The invisible war started in Heaven with an angel named Lucifer who was originally a beautiful angel created by God and part of the Kingdom of God. Lucifer, through is pride, felt that he should be worshiped in the same manner of God and decided he wanted to take over God's Kingdom. You can read about his rebellion in Isaiah 14:12-17 and Ezekiel 28:12-19.  A group of angels [now called demons] joined Lucifer (now called Satan) in this rebellion. Lucifer and the rebellious angels were cast out of Heaven by God. They formed their own kingdom on earth:  

And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (Satan); and the dragon fought and his angels. (Revelation 12:7)  

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:9)

Lucifer now known as Satan and the angels, which followed him in rebellion, as demons. Demon spirits can enter, torment, control, and use humans who belong to Satan's Kingdom. They motivate evil acts which are done by men and women. Satan directs his demons in their evil activities. He combines these powerful forces with the world and the flesh to war against all mankind.

Man was originally created in the image of God and for the glory of God (Genesis 2). The invisible war against man started with the first temptation in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3). Satan influenced Adam and Eve to sin. This resulted in all men inheriting the basic sin nature and committing individual acts of sin due to this nature:  

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)

It also resulted in the invisible war between man and the forces of evil:  

And I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman (mankind), and between thy seed (the forces of evil) and her seed (the forces of good represented by the Lord Jesus Christ). . . (Genesis 3:15)

Because of sin, man was separated from God and condemned to death. This death was the spiritual death of separation from God. It was also physical death, for when man sinned Satan entered the genetic system with the curses of sickness and disease. But God loved man so much that He made a special plan to save him from sin:  

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

Through belief in Jesus, confession and repentance from sin, men and women can be released from the power of the enemy. The death and resurrection of Jesus not only resulted in salvation from sin, it also defeated the enemy, Satan:  

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (I John 3:8)

One may ask, 

®     'But if Satan is defeated, why does the war still rage?, 
®     'Why do we still see evil in the world around us?' and 
®     'Why are we tempted by sin and attacked by sickness?'

In the natural world, following any war there are always pockets of enemy resistance. These are rebellious troops that will not give up until forced to do so. Although Jesus defeated Satan, we are living in territory which is still occupied by enemy resistance forces. Understanding spiritual warfare strategies gives us the ability to deal with these evil powers.

Satan is trying to keep men captive in sin. Through deceptive methods he is enticing men and women to sinful living. He aims for the affections of the soul and spirit which rightfully belong to God. He also targets the body to destroy it with sickness and disease:  

The thief (Satan) 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. (John 10:10)

Satan still wants to be the supreme ruler. He is waging an intense battle for the body, soul, and spirit of man. His strategies are directed at God, His plan, and His people.

Apostle Paul said it is important to know Satan's strategies:

 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (II Corinthians 2:11)

We should learn all we can about Satan's strategies of attack. We must also understand the Scriptural basis of victory over Satan and the forces of evil. We are called to intelligent combat.  Basic to the understanding of spiritual warfare is this key principle:

You must recognize that all battles of life, whether physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, financial or with human personalities are only outward manifestations of a spiritual cause.

Although in the natural world problems may seem to occur through the circumstances of life, the basis of these natural battles is in the spirit world. The account of Job illustrates this principle (Job 1-2).

We have tried to correct the evils of this world through medicine, education, legislation, and improved environment. It has not nor will it ever be fully effective because the visible evils of the world are the results of an underlying spiritual cause. They cannot be corrected by natural means. 

We are either part of the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Satan. Either God or Satan has power over your life.  One of the parables told by Jesus illustrates that all men are either part of the Kingdom of Satan or the Kingdom of God. Jesus compared the world to a field. The good seed in the field are children of the Kingdom of God. The bad seed, which resulted in the growth of tares (weeds), are children of the wicked one:  

The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one. (Matthew 13:38)

People enter the Kingdom of Satan through natural birth. The Bible teaches that all men are born in sin. This means that they have a basic sin nature or the "seed" of sin within. Their natural inclination is to do evil: 

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalms 51:5)

Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Because we are born with the basic sin nature, we have all at one time been part of the Kingdom of Satan. All who remain sinners remain part of the Kingdom of Satan. The whole message of God's written Word, the Holy Bible, is the appeal to man to move from this evil Kingdom of Satan to the Kingdom of God. Men are born into the Kingdom of Satan through natural birth. They must be reborn into the Kingdom of God through spiritual birth. Entrance to the Kingdom of God is by the new birth experience explained in John 3.

There are only two divisions in the invisible war. Jesus said, 

"He that is not with me is against me" (Luke 11:23). 

You cannot be neutral in this war. You are on one side or the other in this spiritual war. Some believers, because of their fear of confrontation with the enemy, try to ignore the war and form a truce with the enemy. They think if they ignore Satan, he will not bother them. This is one of Satan's main strategies. He tries to render members of God's army immobile by his terror tactics.

But there is no neutrality in this war. You are either a victim or victor. You will either be victorious in your soul and spirit or you will be defeated, discouraged, and despondent. Which will it be?

The spiritual call to arms has gone out. Are you on the side of good or of evil? Are you part of Satan's Kingdom or the Kingdom of God? To which kingdom do you belong? Are you a victim or a victor in the invisible war?

(Biblical Studies)



Are You Blind?

And Elisha prayed, and said , LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.   (2 Kings 6:17)

There is a great war being waged in the world today. It is not the conflict between nations, tribes, or government leaders. It is not a rebellion or a coup. It is an invisible battle taking place in the spirit world. There is an invisible war in which every believer is engaged. It is a war where no one wears a uniform, but where everyone is a target. The historical and prophetical record of this war is contained in God's Word, the Bible.

To understand this invisible war, you must first understand the natural and spiritual worlds. Man exists in two worlds: The natural world and the spiritual world. The natural world is that which can be seen, felt, touched, heard, or tasted. It is tangible and visible.

The country, nation, city or community in which you live is part of the natural world. You are a resident in a natural kingdom located on one of the visible continents of the world. You can see the people who are part of your environment. You can communicate with them. You can experience the sights, sounds, and smells around you.

But there is another world in which we live. That world is a spiritual world. We cannot see it with our physical eyes, but it is just as real as the natural world in which we live.  Apostle Paul speaks of this division of natural and spiritual. He says there is a natural (terrestrial) body and there is a spiritual (celestial) body.

 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  (I Corinthians 15:40)

All men have a natural body which lives in the natural world, but man is also a spiritual being with an eternal soul and spirit. Man is body, soul, and spirit. Your spiritual being (soul and spirit) is part of a spiritual world just as your natural body is part of the natural world.

Because spiritual warfare is just that--spiritual--it must be understood with a spiritual mind. In our natural, sinful state we cannot understand spiritual things:

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (I Corinthians 2:14)

It is necessary to have spiritual discernment to understand spiritual things.

Perhaps one of the best examples of natural and spiritual discernment is recorded in II Kings chapter 6. It is the account of a natural battle in which troops of the enemy nation of Syria had surrounded a small town called Dothan where the prophet Elisha was staying.

When Elisha's servant saw the great host of the enemy he became fearful and asked Elisha what should they do. Elisha prayed that God would open the young servant's spiritual eyes so he could see the angelic hosts surrounding and protecting them. On this occasion, God actually opened the natural eyes of the young servant and allowed him to visibly see the superior forces of God aligned for battle.

The account of this battle at Dothan is similar to present spiritual conditions in the body of Christ. There are some, like Elisha, who see clearly into the realm of the spirit. They know there is a conflict occurring, have identified the enemy, and recognize the greater forces of God that assure victory.

Then there are others like the young servant who, with a little encouragement, will be able to open their spiritual eyes and no longer be fearful of and defeated by the enemy. But sadly, there are many people who, like those in the town of Dothan, are spiritually sleeping. They do not even know that the enemy has surrounded them and is poised for attack.

Within the natural and spiritual realms there exists separate kingdoms which are ruled by natural and spiritual leaders.

Natural Kingdoms:  All men live in a natural kingdom of this world. They live in a city or village which is part of a nation. That nation is a kingdom of the world. A natural kingdom is a territory or people over which an actual king or political leader is the sovereign ruler. The Bible speaks of these natural kingdoms as "kingdoms of the world." The kingdoms of the world have come under the power and influence of Satan:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  2 Corinthians 4:4

Again, the Devil taketh Him (Jesus) up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  And saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. (Matthew 4:8-9)

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.  John 5:19 

Spiritual Kingdoms:  In addition to the natural kingdoms of this world there are two spiritual kingdoms: The Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom of God. Every person alive is a resident of one of these two kingdoms.

The Kingdom of Satan consists of Satan, spiritual beings called demons, and all men who live in sin and rebellion to God's Word. These, plus the world and the flesh, are the spiritual forces of evil at work in the world today.

The Kingdom of God consists of God the Father, God the son [Jesus Christ], God the Holy Spirit, spiritual beings called angels, and all men who live in righteous obedience to God's Word. These are the spiritual forces of good.

The Kingdom of God is not a denomination. Denominations are man-made organizations of groups of churches.  Denominations are major church organizations like Baptist, Assembly of God, Methodist, Lutheran, etc. The Bible speaks of the true Church which is not a denomination or religious organization. The true Church is composed of all those who have become residents of the Kingdom of God; also know as the body of Christ.

At the present time in the natural world, the Kingdom of God exists individually within every man, woman, boy or girl who has made Jesus King of their lives. It exists communally in the true church and wherever people make this world the kind of world God wants it to be. In the future, there will be an actual visible manifestation of God's Kingdom.

The invisible spiritual war is a battle which involves all men and women. Because the Kingdom of Satan is a spiritual kingdom . . .

. . . 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. (Ephesians 6:12)

We that reside in the kingdom of God have no reason to be fearful.  Jesus lets us know through a conversation with Apostle Peter that the gates of hell shall not prevail.  He assures us of victory.

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  (Matthew 16:18)

Spiritual warfare is not a natural battle between flesh and blood. It is not a battle of man against man. It is not a visible battle. It is an invisible struggle in the spirit world. It is a battle within and around man. It is not a visible war because spirits are involved and we know that a spirit does not have flesh and bones.

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.  Luke 24:39

Spiritual warfare is "multidimensional," which means it is fought in different dimensions. It is:

          1.          A social battle between the believer and the world:               John 15:18-27
          2.         A personal battle between the flesh and the spirit:                 Galatians 5:16-26
          3.         A supernatural battle between the believer and evil 
                       supernatural powers:                                                                    Ephesians 6:10-27
          4.         A physical battle, with Satan launching attacks of 
                       sickness against your body:                                                         Job 1-2.

Every person alive is engaged in this battle, whether he realizes it or not. There is no neutral ground. Unbelievers are in bondage to evil and have been taken captive by the enemy forces. They are victims of the war. Believers have been freed from the enemy through Jesus Christ and are victors, but they are still engaged as soldiers in the war.  We (all believers) wrestle against evil spiritual forces. 

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.  Ephesians 6:12 

Wrestling involves close personal contact. No one is exempt from this battle. No one can view it from a distance. You are in the midst of conflict whether you acknowledge it or not. If you believe it will get better, you are wrong. The Christian warfare never ceases.  

God lets us know that we have a force within us that is greater than anything we may face:  

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.   (I John 4:4)

(Biblical Studies)