From Teen to Teen: Spiritual Warfare
T. J. Coger
Since the beginning of man, there has been a war going on for human souls. It is the spiritual warfare, not the physical warfare. More and more often, people spend most of their time on worldly things than on God. As they spend more time away from God, they attach themselves to worldly possessions. In Mark 10:17-22, the Bible says a certain man came to Jesus and said, “Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother. And he answered and said, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” The man was sad at what Jesus said for he had great possessions. Are our earthy possessions more valuable than our souls?
Ephesians 6:10-20 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
What is more valuable than our souls? Let us reflect on this serious matter, as many continue to lose in this spiritual warfare. –PO Box 3066, Elkins, WV 26241.
(Editor’s note: Brother Coger is 18 years old and a member of the Goff St. church of Christ, Elkins, WV. He is the son of Tommy and Lori Coger. His mother is also a member of the church. T.J. enjoys reading, especially history.)
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