Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Assemblies of God and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their youngest son. Her older sons reside in northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently lives in Florida and attends church at Coastal Family Church in Flagler Beach, FL.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Casualties of War

It has been said that the FIRST casualty of war is TRUTH.  That is why we believe the entire subject of spiritual authority has been left out of most churches today.  Therefore, Christians are becoming ‘casualties of war’ and the enemy of our souls (satan) is winning in many areas of our lives.  We need to understand and implement the ‘whole armor’ of God, both the offensive and defensive weapons at our disposal, to remain on victory ground.  The finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross has given us this authority. 

Ephesians 6:11 (NKJV) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

The wiles of the devil are vast, and he has been studying our every move. However, our focus should not be on his wiles, but on our victorious savior, Jesus!
In previous blogs, we have outlined some of the finished work of Christ and how we overcome the enemy in our lives.  February 23, 2017: “Delivered from Darkness;” March 8, 2017: “Bought with a Price… Redeemed;” March 28, 2017: “How We Overcome By The Blood Of The Lamb;” and April 7, 2017: “Spiritual Armor – a drawing.”
There are many scripture references in the Spiritual Armor drawing that you can read and study.  The answer to the question: WHY is there a difference between our offensive and defensive weapons is in the totality of the finished work of Christ on the cross.  Jesus disarmed the enemy offensively and defensively, so that we can enforce (offensively or aggressively) our victory through Christ, and so that we will always be ready to resist the enemy’s attacks (which is our defensive posture).  We do not actually “put on armor” like the knights of old, but with our mouths, we speak the truth of the scriptures.  “It is written,” were the three most powerful words spoken by Jesus to the devil in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:4-11)

WHEN do we need to “put on the whole armor of God”? Should we do this every day?  The devil is not taking any vacations from trying to cause havoc in our lives.  HOW we are to “arm ourselves” against the enemy, yet “walk in love” will be discussed in another blog.  For now, and each day, we want to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10).  When we recognize that our enemies are not “flesh and blood” but “principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual demons of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12), we can STAND against the wiles (schemes) of the devil. Multiple times the words: “STAND, WITHSTAND, STAND, AND STAND therefore”, all precede the actual listing of our spiritual armor.  A song verse, “standing on the promises of Christ our Lord” comes to mind.  That’s right!  The battle is won in our minds!  What are you putting on in your minds daily?

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7b) The way to resist the devil is by SAYING and BELIEVING the truth of the scriptures.  He will flee – run away from you and all that pertains to you!   

1 Peter 5:8-9 (AMPC) Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.

~ Joanne and Sarah

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