Preparing for Spiritual Warfare by Christina Patterson

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Preparing for Spiritual Warfare
Series: Believing Better: Overcoming the Lies That Prevent Us from Living Free in Christ
Christina Patterson
2 Corinthians 4:18

Now as Jesus leaves the comfort and security that this moment between Him and His Father has created at His baptism and He enters the wilderness knowing He will be tempted. And what does He do first? He fasts.

At first I did not even notice that Jesus fasted, I just through that He was not eating because He was in the wilderness and there was nothing to eat. But as He faces his first temptation with the devil we realize that this fasting was intentional. Jesus fasts on purpose.

Why would He do that? He is just starting His ministry, He already starts out having to battle the devil face to face, why not eat, why not nourish Himself, why not strengthen himself to prepare for battle?

I believe that Jesus is showing us that this is not a physical battle that He is facing or that we will face. He is pointing us away from what we can see to what we cannot see. He is living out for us 2 Corinthians 4:18:

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18

Through fasting Jesus is showing us the importance of knowing that this battle is not about who is physically stronger more mentally intelligent. This is a spiritual battle. Jesus is showing us how to fight in the spiritual because He knows that the war that has been waged against our souls is spiritual one. Ephesians 6:12 tells us:

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.

Jesus fasting prepared Him for spiritual war. Jesus is showing us that physical strength will not prepare you for a spiritual battle. Now here’s the good news that parallels with this truth: being physically weak does not disqualify you from victory in a spiritual battle.

Being weak does not make you a loser, in many cases it grants God’s strength to fall on you even greater. Many times it’s the physical and what we think we can do or accomplish in our own strength that gets in the way of us truly living out the lives God has called us to. Because it does not leave space for God to work. But when we pray and fast and surrender to God, whatever that looks like for you, we will see God move in ways that we would never see in our own strength.

If you need more strength and power to live for God, trying harder alone is not going to help. What will help you is looking less at the world and looking more at God. And that is what Jesus is pointing us to as He prepares for battle.

He is telling us to let the importance of the physical decrease so you can trust God m ...

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