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Prayer Focus: Participants
“Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”
- Please pray that the Lord would open schedules for those He has chosen to attend the Journey of a Life-Giver training.
- Pray that each attendee would have the financial provision needed to attend the training and for protection concerning their physical and spiritual health.
- Pray that God would prepare their hearts to be ready to receive the seeds of Truth being sown.
- Pray for protection from the enemy, for all of the families and ministries attending the Journey of a Life-Giver training.
- Please pray that God would draw pastors and their wives, along with other leaders in the church, to the training.
- Pray that the participants would be willing to be transparent about experiences concerning sanctity of human life issues in their own lives.
- Pray for healing, redemption, and restoration for anyone present who has been wounded by abortion in their past.
Enhancing Your Cultural Intelligence: CQ-Action
Review CQ Drive on page 97 from Expand Your Borders by David Livermore
- Practice a new behavior so that you become more natural (e.g presenting your business card and obtaining a business card from someone else).
- Role play a specific behavior that differs from your typical style (for example, standing very close or far apart during a conversation).
- Watch others carefully in cross-cultural encounters and mimic their behavior.
- Remember O.I.C. (Observation, Investigation, Clarification).
Spiritual Foundation: Engage in Spiritual Warfare
Our world is physical—we can see it, taste it, and touch it. But it also has a spiritual dimension. Scripture reveals that God is a spirit, we have spirits, and there are spirit beings called angels, some of whom fell with Satan and became evil spirits. In the Bible, they are often called demons, and these beings are at work in the world. The conflict between God (and His angelic warriors) and Satan (and his wicked spirits) is an ongoing battle often called spiritual warfare.
Spiritual warfare is happening all the time. Some regard it as superstitious or ignorant to believe in a devil. Others focus far too much energy and emotion on fearing Satan and the spirit world. Neither extreme is wise nor an appropriate response to the reality of these ordinarily unseen but active beings. You are engaging an enemy who “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
When Christ died on the cross Satan was defeated. His plans for the destruction of the image of God were frustrated. Since that time the only thing he has left is to spit in the face of God by doing all he can to degrade His image through the diminishing of the sacredness of human life. When God’s people rise up, bringing the lies of the enemy to light, an unprecedented attack is waged right at the center of Satan’s strategy to lash out at God.
Why Is It Essential to Wage Spiritual Warfare?
Spiritual warfare is necessary because the nature of reality includes battles that must be fought “‘not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6). If you have any doubts about the reality of spiritual warfare in the world today, read Scripture, believe with faith what is written there, and ask God to help you see what is really going on around you. Here are two specific reasons why the battle over human life must be waged in the spiritual realm.
You cannot win the battle for life by ignoring it.
Satan wants to destroy life wherever possible, including the lives of preborn children. Through the death of a preborn child, he also wants to destroy the woman’s physical, emotional, and spiritual life. You have the opportunity and privilege to stand in the gap against our unseen enemy, and to speak truth and hope when he throws lies, confusion, and despair at women and men facing the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy. Out of your secure place of relationship with God, you wage war, and because Christ won against all onslaughts of Satan, you too will win.
[Jesus said,] “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
You cannot win the battle for life by fighting the wrong enemy.
Who exactly is the enemy of life? It is neither the mother or the father, the abortionist and his or her helpers, friends, nor family members who may be pressuring a woman to choose abortion. Although they all are making sinful choices by advocating for abortion, they are not the enemy. They too have believed lies about God, lies that He is not strong enough, compassionate enough, wise enough, or relevant enough to be of help in this situation. Your enemy and the enemy of those considering abortion is God’s enemy, Satan, who opposes God and His work among mankind.
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.
What Do We Need to Know to Wage SpiritualWarfare?
Know God, Your Commander-in-Chief
There is no one like God. No one is His equal. He could obliterate His enemies with one word, but He chooses not to. Instead, He trains us to fight alongside Him, and His unconventional methods are unbeatable. They include speaking the truth in love at all times, overcoming evil with good, and offering forgiveness and healing. Jesus understood spiritual warfare from a human’s perspective, because He experienced it. However, in every battle, Christ won. In the war between Satan’s kingdom of darkness and Jesus’ kingdom of light, Satan’s greatest attack was to crucify Christ. It was also Satan’s greatest defeat, for three days later Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Through His crucifixion and resurrection, the Lord Jesus paid the penalty for mankind’s sins and defeated Satan and his kingdom. It was a powerful spiritual confrontation, and Christ decisively won.
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, [Jesus] made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Know Satan, Your Enemy
Satan is not equal to God. He is lower than God, a created angel who rebelled against God and was exiled from heaven. Satan is a defeated rebel who has no more power than God allows him, and someday God will throw him into a lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).
God wants you to overcome your enemy. To do that, you must recognize Satan’s strategies and know God’s countermeasures. According to Genesis 3:1, this enemy is more “crafty than any of the wild animals.” Satan uses a variety of tactics depending on the people and circumstances involved, but with experience you’ll find that he has only so many lies. When he finds a lie that works, he often uses it over and over simply to wear us down.
Some of Satan’s basic tactics include:
- Attacking your identity—“You know you’re just going to fail as a leader.”
- Attacking God’s character—“God’s going to leave you all alone with that suffering person, and you’ll have nothing to say.”
- Shifting your focus—“You’re spending too much time in prayer. You need to spend more time finding ways to fix things.”
- Cutting off your relationships—“God hasn’t spoken to you in months. Why bother waking up early to listen to Him be silent?”
- Draining your resources—“You can hardly function even on three cups of coffee. What makes you think you’ve got the energy to be a leader on top of everything else?”
Remember that trials and challenges are not automatically satanic. Rather, they are a matter for discernment and prayer. Satan attacks with lies, and his deceptions are often insidious and subtle. Spiritual warfare is characterized by an attack on your mind. Wrong thinking begins small and often goes undetected, but the errors you believe, sometimes unconsciously, lay the foundation for what you feel and the decisions you make. We must be perceptive, and quick to identify truths from lies.
Know Yourself, Mighty Warrior
Today Satan continues to harass us. But because of Christ’s victory on the cross, we also have victory! We are no longer victims. We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). But how is this possible? God declares we are able to overcome our enemy because we are in Christ and because Christ has given us His power and authority. This is part of the grace which we received when we believed in Him.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:4–5
When you believed in Christ, you were crucified with Him (Galatians 2:20). You were also resurrected with Him, though your sins remained dead. Christ is in you, and at the same time you are in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30). Everything He has, you have also. He is righteous, therefore you are righteous. He is absolutely victorious over the enemy; you are absolutely victorious. Everything God did for Christ the Head, He did for us, the body. Jesus prepared his disciples for everything, including war. He cast out demons and then sent out the disciples to do the same. He expects you, as a modern-day disciple, to join this battle too.
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
At Jesus’ ascension, His parting words included instructions for receiving power. Through the Holy Spirit, we have all the power we need to defeat the enemy. It is important that each of us, as well as the entire church, accept this commissioning gift of power and authority. With the power and authority of God Himself girding us, there is no place for fear or for a small view of our strength in Christ.
Spiritual Warfare Takes Strength and Courage
As disciples of Christ in a world controlled by our enemy, we are in a life-and-death battle, and the battle is intense. But there is no need to fear. God calls us to be mighty warriors, and He always equips those whom He calls. It takes courage to face difficult, life-altering circumstances—your own and those of the people you speak to about the value of human life. It also takes courage to be compassionate, and it takes courage to speak the truth. But you can be strong and courageous, because
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. . . . Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:5, 9
Because you have God’s promises and His very presence, you can be courageous. It takes courage to refuse to retreat. As you stand firm against the enemy, refusing to succumb to his lies and attacks, he must flee (James 4:7). In fact, when Paul tells us in Ephesians to put on the armor of God, he exhorts us four times to stand firm. This makes sense when you recall that the enemy is already defeated and merely a thief—he can only steal your victory if you run from the battle. All you have to do is stand firm and remind him that you know you are the victor, and he will retreat.
Spiritual warfare is happening all the time. As you become more vocal and diligent in protecting human life, the enemy will personally assault you at your weak points. But this is what you were born for—to be a soldier of the cross. You do not need to fear warfare; God promises you will overcome. However, there is no shortcut to becoming a skilled warrior; you must train. As you do, never forget that:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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