In both of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the units (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force) that deployed in a certain area of operations effectively “owned” the territory they were responsible for protecting. For example, if a contingent of Green Berets (Army) wanted to conduct a mission in a certain district of Baghdad, Iraq that was owned by the Marines, they (Green Berets) would have to request permission from the commanding officer of the Marines in order to carry out their mission.
This practice allowed units to work effectively together and avoid causing a conflict in a battle space because the host unit had no idea that another unit was conducting missions. Christians can adopt this strategy in spiritual warfare as well. The battle space that we’re in charge of resides in our body, soul, and spirit. Our soul comprises our mind, intellect, will, and emotions, for we are responsible for controlling what influences these components of the soul. The same goes for the physical body. Whatever is operating on the inside will eventually leave signposts on the outside body. The spirit or inner man is the most vital area of operations because it determines who you will stand by. As Christians, we have decided to invite the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) into the inner man, and from then on, we’ve cast our lot into the battle formation.
The decision to confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and believe in our hearts that we are saved means that Satan will come to invade your battle space in any way he can. He has many creative outlets in order to get you to plunge yourself into hell along with him, but one of his well-honed tactics is fear. Fear is the proverbial Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) that Satan wants to launch into your battle space. He knows that love is not made perfect in fear and that perfect love casts our fear (1 John 4:18). God the Father possesses the perfect love that He readily drops on His children, yet far too often, we are too fearful to approach. We’re too afraid to trust God with our spiritual growth, finances, careers, relationships, etc.
We live a society dominated by fear, and the anxieties of daily life have dragged many down to a bottomless pit of depression. Christians have also succumbed to this mindset, and the church has become an insecure bride that cannot decide whether she loves the groom or not. The love of many in the church has grown cold, and we are too afraid to step out in faith. Satan wants us to constantly be in a state of fear, for he will set up shop in those who decide to focus on fear. There are demonic influences specially assigned for fear-inducing escapades. Satan knows that faith, hope, and love are chain-breakers in the kingdom (1 Corinthians 13:13), and he will do anything to convince a Christian that they are putting their trust in something counterfeit.
So what shall we ever do? Here’s how to maintain your battle space in the spirit and ensure that God the Father has the full room necessary to operate.
Walk Over The Bridge
- Jesus bridged the gap between man and God by hanging on the cross. It’s our job to walk across the chasm that divides doctrine and “doing.” On one side, there are those who spout off theology as they would the stats of their favorite NFL quarterback yet never live out the promises. On the other side are those who walk and operate in the word of God by believing the simple truths. The Valley of the Shadow of Death may lay in between the two sides, but it’s critical for Christians to take the leap of faith. It’s not enough just to say, for one must be and do what he says.
- 1 Corinthians 4:20= “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power” (NIV).
- Hebrews 10:38-39= “Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” (NKJV).
- Hebrews 11:6= “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (NIV).
Find Rest In God
- We find rest in God by spending time alone with Him through the Holy Spirit. We don’t have to offer sacrifices for our sins or have a High Priest go into the Holy of Holies once a year. Jesus is our High Priest now and forevermore. When one finds rest, he turns over his/her battle space over to the Holy Spirit. Once that is done, the Word of God becomes a three-dimensional reality for us(mental, physical, spiritual) . The Father wants our anxieties, so it’s not our responsibility to worry.
- Hebrews 4:12= “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (NIV).
- 2 Corinthians 3:17= “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (NIV).
- 2 Corinthians 1: 3-11= Check out this verse, and you’ll realize that for every fiery dart that Satan throws, the Father has supplied a promise that reverses the curse. We have to realize that the blessing is more powerful than the curse, because the curse is the result of the fallen world, while the blessing is God’s original intention.
- 1 Peter 5:7= “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (NIV).
- Casting your anxieties on the Lord is no excuse to become reckless. However, you cannot worry so much over your circumstances that you project fear into the future. It’s about placing your faith in who God is and listening to His guidance in your times of rest. Satan has a slick marketing program, and he will choke your faith if he’s allowed just one foot in the door. Know what’s of God and what’s man-made tradition posing as God. Just remember, there are two responses to the trials of life. The first is trusting His Word and living a life of love for His commands, and the second is to repent from recklessness. When we act out of unfaithfulness, we must ask for forgiveness and change our actions. Guilt has no place in the battle space though, because worrying about making the next mistake is living a life in chains. God has been working with sinful people for thousands of years, so He is well-versed in taking a failure and using it for good.
- Romans 8:28= “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (NIV).
- Luke 21:34= “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap” (NIV).\
- Matthew 6:25-34= Once you make this verse a reality, God will begin to work in your life with complete freedom.
In reality, we are to hand over our battle space to God. If we give it to Satan, every sin and dim view of life will invade. In order to keep Satan out, we must allow the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s promises every day. If one loves God’s commandments, hopes in Jesus’ name, and has faith that the Holy Spirit can aid in instituting change, he/she is well on the way to a victorious life. Our lives are precious to God, and since the hairs on our head are numbered, then our battle space is even more important to Him. Just remember 1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”