Awareness. That’s what I need more of as a believer. And I’m receiving more awareness of my many blessings “in Christ” as I think about my lost friend Mike.
One of the blessings I have isn’t on the surface positive like a permanent joy or a place in God’s family. But it is a blessing nonetheless because it’s true and essential for the follower of Jesus. And my lost friends don’t have it. From my perspective my unsaved friends —
26. THEY DON’T HAVE ANY CONCEPT OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE!
“Wait a minute!”, some might say. “Are you talking about demons and the devil and stuff?!” Yes. The Bible is quite clear that the Christian has a diabolical army opposing him, tempting him, blinding him to the spiritual battle he is in.
We are not suggesting that the believer needs to cower in fear, thinking that there’s a demon behind every bush. But there is much more going on in life than we can presently see. Here is some of what the Scriptures teach about spiritual warfare: (1) The devil is a real spirit being who has an army at his disposal to oppose God and the things of God (Gen. 3); (2) His purpose is to tempt mankind into disobeying God and entrapping the believer (he is on the prowl looking for someone to devour, I Pe. 5:8); (3) Believers are to be aware of the devil’s tricks and to oppose him (we are be cognizant of the devil’s way of operating, 2 Cor. 2:11); (4) The devil is a defeated foe and will one day be cast into the lake of fire forever (a place prepared for him, Mt. 25; Rev. 20); (5) Christians are to focus upon the Lord and resist the devil and he will flee from them (Ja. 4:7).
Much more could be said about spiritual warfare. But the believer is not at peace in this world. And he needs to get in the battle, calling upon the Lord for strength and courage in face of his enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil.
So, how do I pray for my unsaved friend? I somehow let it be known that I am in a war and must resist a supernatural enemy. And I pray for my friend who needs to move from being a child of the devil (Jn. 8:44; Eph. 2:12; Acts 13:10) to being a child of God (Jn. 1:12)!