We were stoked to have Tedashii at Uprising! He challenged us to “go hard” for Jesus and to “make war.” And that is exactly what Uprising is all about: not to isolate from the world, but to infiltrate the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are to rise up and make war. But what exactly are we waging war against?
Ephesians 2:1-3 describes that we are at war against three enemies: the world, the devil, and the flesh.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
These three enemies interrelate through their closeness to our lives, causing us to be even more susceptible to sin. They encompass the physical and spiritual being within us (the flesh), the physical earth and world system around us (the world), and the spiritual realm among us (the devil). At any given moment, anyone can sin by giving in to their temptations, and they all have the same goal of prohibiting spiritual transformation.
- The world refers to the godless world system that is opposed to God. Through the values and beliefs of the fallen world, worldliness can distract, distort, and discourage our spiritual growth.
- The devil and his demons are the fallen spiritual beings that are at war with the kingdom of God. They are the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” that engage Christians in spiritual warfare, seeking to “devour” our physical and spiritual lives through various “schemes” and “flaming darts” (Ephesians 6:16; 1 Peter 5:8-9).
- The flesh is fallen humanity’s inner desire and inclination to disobey God’s Word and sin against him and others.
It’s often said that Christianity isn’t a playground, it’s a battleground. There isn’t a passage that depicts the wartime lifestyle of Christianity more than Ephesians 6. It describes the necessity of putting on the “armor of God” for this war against the flesh, the world, and the devil. Take some time and read iteast inflatables!
Do you realize that you’re at war? Are you ready for battle? Like any soldier, you’ll only be “suited and booted” for war if you realize that you’re fighting in a war. Just as soldiers wouldn’t wear their full gear if they weren’t on the battlefield, we won’t be using the armor of God until we realize that we need it.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darknesszorb ball for sale, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:10-13)
Live for Jesus. Put on the full armor of God. Make war!
Never giving up, steady, standing on the battle field
Feet firm to the ground like I stepped on Chapel Hill
Flesh feeling frisky, sin persuades and tempts me
Satan cheers me on, guilt followed by conviction
It’s the same ol’ trap and we fall like we defenseless
Work your senses, grow in wisdom
Stand firm and be relentless
When Jesus died in our lives something strange happened
He gave us power
Yeah I know that we sinners
But since He rose He’s renewing the image of God in us
Now, we gotta start making war
Now we can start saying no
To them fleshy impulses that Jesus Christ is paying for
Now we can start taking the lead
I make war!
Cause sin never sleeps
It’s got me in a trance
You can see it in my dreams
I make war!
Man I beat my flesh
To the death, every breath
Like I beat my chest
I make war!