Geese fly south, tides come in and out, the sun rises in the morning and sets at night...

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 as the center of our lives and culture. It's like looking at the world with a Christian worldview. With a certain way of seeing things.

It’s the same way with a “Matrix”, or to understand how things operate. A matrix is a die, mold, order, or system best defined by the Greek word “Kosmos”, or the arrangement of the world. It is how things operate. It is the unseen system that controls the world. The natural order…

...Geese fly south, tides come in/out, and the sun rises in the morning and sets at night.

Spiritual warfare is just like that. There is a way. A system. An arrangement. In a Christian world, it is dark and light, it is evil and good, it is deception or truth, or it is Satan and God. Sounds orthodox, but isn't there always a way? Each of us must determine which way or matrix we are living by. If we are being led by Satan's system or way, we get the fruit of that matrix. In John's gospel, chapter 10, it is called "stealing, killing, and destroying." If, however, we are being led by God's system or way, we get the fruit of that matrix. Paul calls it the fruit of the spirit in Galatians chapter 5.

My question is to ask you what is shaping your behavior and attitudes about life. How do you view suffering or injustice? What are you doing about the poor or marginalized? Is there life after death, and if so, what does that look like? Your matrix will determine how you answer these issues. Are you following Darkness or light? Evil or Good? Deception or Truth? Satan or God? Do you know which matrix has become your system? Winning that war will help you to be a spiritual leader in our world.

Jeff Grenell