Our Answer To Spiritual Warfare

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Awesome word from Rebecca in Knoxville.

So many relationships have strengthened here in Knoxville since October of 2017. These genuine friendships make it easy and exciting to return week after week, but two weeks ago I was physically reminded of SEEDnet’s mission:

To infiltrate Spiritually, Emotionally, Economically, and Developmentally oppressed people groups, proclaim the gospel, and then give them their own church. 

While visiting our Person of Peace, I felt the sinister weight of oppression in my gut. “What is happening, Lord?” Our Heavenly Father replied, “That is what the people here feel. I want you to pray.”  I drove through the next day to pray, and I had a clear view of the entire neighborhood from the hilltop where I noticed a car exiting from a side street I had never seen before. I followed their path past the mailboxes where I felt the nauseating weight of oppression. I recalled various conversations with residents who don’t like to go to check their mail because of the nearby violence and rampant drug abuse.

I believe two things are happening in our communities, specifically Austin Homes:

1.) Individual Influence: Paul wrote Timothy that those who oppose the Lord’s servant are in “the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will” (2 Tim. 2:26, NIV). Certainly, then, influence is involved in the choice to sin, and if a person repeatedly chooses sin he or she becomes a slave of the enemy. We become slaves of sin by choosing sin, and we only become free of sin when — by God’s grace — we choose obedience to God.

2.) Regional or territorial influence:  The angelic messenger was three week’s late arriving to Daniel because the messenger was opposed by “the Prince of Persia” (Dan. 10:12-13). A few other references to territorial domination occur when Isaiah and Ezekiel address the kings of Babylon and Tyre (Isa. 14:12-14, Ezek 28:12-16), and in Mark 5:1-20 when the Legion begs Jesus not to send them out of the region.

Whether a spirit is personal, territorial, or otherwise isn’t important to define. What is important is our response. A believer in Christ must be aware that there is a spiritual battle and take it seriously (1 Peter 5:8). Our lives must be focused on prayer and on growing in faith, and your prayer is critical in supporting our teams on the ground and friends in SEED communities.

Ephesians 6:10 – 18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.

Please take seriously verse 18

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

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