Fighting the Spirit of the Age
Let me introduce another article in our series on spiritual warfare. One of the dominant themes in our culture is the fascination with mysticism. It is the spirit of the age. Call it post-modernism, de-constructionism, or humanism, it comes in many forms.
This blog is another of the vital traits of spiritual leadership as we walk amongst a culture drifting away from the presence of God amongst us represented in the Trinity. Our text is couched in a city that is drifting away from Christ at the center of theology. That is the truest definition of spiritual warfare; the battle of good and evil for position of center in any culture.
We find a great look into this battle in Paul's words to the church in Corinth. It was an advanced culture heavily influenced by mystical and spiritual gods. And out of this idolatry came major spiritual warfare against the rise of Christianity's growing influence. Listen to Paul to the Corinthian people,
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
The core value in this blog is the attitude of the mind. To function as a spiritual leader effectively we must begin to learn about the power of a biblical mind. The mind becomes the thermostat for our action and behavior as a minister and an intercessor. What do we mean by A New Attitude?
First, a new attitude implies that we have had an old attitude or a bad one. A new attitude is needed when mis-conceptions keep us from being a force in culture. Inaccurate concepts such as thinking that Satan is all powerful or in control of everything that is bad or evil in culture . We must understand that some of the crises or trauma in society is simply life and cannot be credited to Satan.
Second, a new attitude begins to infect the way we think. A Christ attitude places our mind in the Word and doesn't allow us to 'believe what we see'. A new attitude that is set upon the Word converts our faith into daily sight.
And finally, a new attitude will bring discernment and clarity in a world that is confused. Paul said in our text that a spiritual mind will demolish pre-tensions and arguments that are set against us in life. When the Word of God has its place, truth overcomes every high thought that is against the kingdom of God.
A New Attitude will not allow you to play it safe. You are suddenly on the front lines and fighting against the spirit of the age.