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physical v. spiritual warfare

Joan Winifred

the physical man fights his battles with fists (and guns and propaganda)
the spiritual man fights his battles with poetry (and song and scripture)…

each have their weapons of choice…

1 impacts the flesh
1 impacts the spirit
1 impacts the brain
1 impacts the heart/mind/mind/heart

1 spills blood

1 saves blood

by pursuing peace/compassion

both have their armor…
1 visible (literal)
1 invisible (figurative)

“Stand firm, therefore, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, wearing the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having your feet shod in readiness to declare the good news of peace. 16 Besides all of this, take up the large shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the wicked one’s burning arrows. 17 Also, accept the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, that is, God’s word”  (Ephesians 6:14-17)

recent readings:

The Greek beʹlos (missile) comes from the root balʹlo, meaning “throw.” The apostle Paul used this Greek word when he wrote about “burning missiles” that one is able to quench with the large shield of faith. (Eph 6:16) Among the Romans, darts were made of hollow reeds, and on the lower part, under the point, there was an iron receptacle that could be filled with burning naphtha. The dart was then shot from a slack bow, as projecting it from a taut bow would put out the fire. Endeavoring to extinguish such a missile with water would just increase the flame, and the only way to put it out was by covering the destructive projectile with earth. (excerpted Arms, Armor Insight, Vol. 1, pp 169-172)

When we ever so slightly relax our scrutiny–is when we are tricked, fooled, misdirected by a magician (or killed by a warrior). Nor will we allow criticism or opposition weaken our protective resolve or vigilance.

When we allow Bible truth to guide us, it can protect us from faulty reasoning and enable us to make wise decisions. “This is the way. Walk in it.”—Isaiah 30:20, 21. (excerpted reading: Put on The Complete Suit of Armor From God w 04, pp 15-20: my highlight)

1/26/17 @10:43 a.m.

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