ANGRY SPIRITUAL WARFARE?

Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:45 Written by 

 

Last week I shared on doing violence in the spiritual through rest. This week I would like to address…is it appropriate to do spiritual warfare in anger towards the enemy…be it against man or demon.

 

Jesus is always our example to all matters of living this life. In Mark 13 we see Jesus moved in anger when He sees the state of the temple…“And He taught and said to them, Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But you have turned it into a den of robbers”. But take note…the verse begins with He taught. He wasn’t praying or doing warfare…He was interacting with them.

 

Again in Matt 23 we can hear in His words expressions of anger where Jesus rebukes the Pharisees…He isn’t praying or doing warfare. He was speaking with them. Jesus expresses “woe to you…” 37 times. 33 times in denunciation and 4 times in grief. Its not clear though how often He was expressing these words in anger. In Matt 5:43 it reads…”you have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers”. Every time in scripture when Jesus did deliverance He had been moved into compassion…I don’t see where He did so being moved into expressions of anger. 

 

I would suggest that His anger to the sinful actions, attitudes and behaviours of the people lead Him into compassion for their state…which lead Him into prayer, intercession, doing deliverance and spiritual warfare.

 

Jesus asks us to love our enemies. Not just the individuals we like or that have won over our sympathy…but all our enemies. Why would He ask that of us? Well firstly because He desires no man would be lost. But secondly for the purpose of our conversation here…is that love and compassion are the ultimate weapons of spiritual warfare. The enemy has nothing in his arsenal to combat the power of love. When we are doing spiritual warfare in love…we are operating within the full authority and power Jesus gave us. Was not the cross both the greatest victory over the demonic realms ever won…was it not also the greatest act of love? The victory came through love…not anger.

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

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