Christians want to keep their sword of the Spirit sharp to be well equipped for spiritual battles, but many don't understand the spiritual war we are in. The Christian Wisdom Guide provides a great overview of the Situation, the Strategy, and the Tactics.
The Scripture on this page is based on the King James Version (KJV)
We are made in God’s image (Gen 1:26) as a spirit with a soul in a body (1Th 5:23). The Bible is from God (2Tim 3:16). Have faith in God (Mk 11:22), He loved the world and gave His only Son, and whoever believes in Him will have eternal life (Jn 3:16). The Spirit is against the flesh (Gal 5). Knowledge is better than gold (Pro 8:10). We have power in our thoughts (Pro 21:5, 2Cor 10:5), words (Pro 18:21), and actions (Pro 10:4). There are many things God hates (Pro 6:16).
Headquarters: Guard your thoughts (2Cor 10:5), knowledge should govern desires (Pro 19:2). Renew your mind (Ro 12:2). Guard your heart, life flows from it (Pr 4:23), it can be selfish (Mark 7:21-22). Keep God’s word in an honest and good heart, and be patient for results (Lk 8:15).
Key Considerations: Do not conform to the world, be transformed by renewing your mind (Ro 12:2). Think on what is honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and practice them (Php 4:8). Knowledge is power (Pro 24:5), a cool spirit gives understanding (Pro 17:27), the humble have wisdom (Pro 11:2). Good science reveals God’s natural laws (Eph 4:6).
Emotions and feelings: Don’t fear (Ps 23:4) or be anxious (Mt 6:34). God gave us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind (2Tim 1:7). Being slow to anger gives understanding (Pro 14:29). Share ups and downs (Ro 12:15). Faith, hope, and love abide (1Cor 13:13). The wise are cautious, foolish are careless (Pro 14:16).
Time: Prioritize and make the best use of time today (Eph 5:16), tomorrow is unknown (Jas 4:14).
Health: God’s words are healthy (Pro 4:20-22). Physical training is good (1Tim 4:8), too many sweets are not (Pro 25:27). A happy heart is healthy (Pro 17:22). What we focus on determines who we are (Mt 6:22).
Money: The love of money is the root of many evils (1Tim 6:10). Diligence brings wealth (Pro 10:4). Honor God with your wealth (Pro 3:9) and invest (Mt 25:27). There are things more important than tithing (Mt 23:23).
Circumstances:Be content in all situations (Php 4:11), always rejoice, pray constantly, and give thanks in all circumstances (1Th 5:16-18). Do not despise small beginnings (Zech 4:10). Truth and integrity are important (Pro 6:16).
Holy Trinity:Our help comes from the Lord (Psa 121:2), all things are possible with God (Mk 10:27). Jesus came to give life (Jn 10:10). Take heart, Jesus overcame the world (Jn 16:33). Greater is the Holy Spirit in us, than us in the world (1Jn 4:4). The Holy Spirit is our helper to teach us (Jn 14:26).
Angels: God’s angels can help us and guard us (Psa 91:11).
Others: Love (Mt 22:37-39). Greater love has no one, than to lay down their life for their friends (Jn 15:13) (including their time, knowledge, and resources?). Help others as we have opportunity (Gal 6:10). Hateful behaviors stir up anger, but love covers offenses (Pro 10:12). Speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15).
Our flesh: Desires of the flesh are a daily concern because they are against the desires of the Spirit (Gal 5:16-17), and the flesh wars against the soul (1Pt 2:11). The desires of the flesh include; sexual immorality, idolatry, sorcery, anger, jealousy, division, and drunkenness (Gal 5:19). Pride also works against us (Pr 11:2).
The world: God gave everyone free will (Gen 1:28). We will have trouble in the world (Jn 16:33).
The devil: We wrestle against spiritual forces of evil (Eph 6:12). Our adversary is the devil (1Pt 5:8) who tempts (Mt 4:3), lies (Jn 8:44), deceives and accuses (Rev 12:9-10), so he can steal (fruit of the Spirit, fellowship and freedom), kill (body), and destroy (legacy) (Jn 10:10). The devil is limited (Job 1:7).
Our strategy is to have faith in God (Mk 11:22), develop fellowship with the Holy Triune and others (Acts 2:42, 1Cor 1:9, 2Cor 13:14, 1Jn 1:3), sanctify ourselves (Jn 17:17, 1Th 5:23), submit to God and resist the devil (Jas 4:7),walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16 and 5:22-23), walk out our calling (1 Cor 7:17, Eph 4:1), love God and our neighbors (Mt 22:37-39), proclaim the gospel (Mk 16:15), make disciples (Mt 28:19), and do everything for the glory of God (Col 3:17, 3:23, 1Cor 10:31, Ro 15:5-7).
Overview: Walk as the light of the Lord and discern the Lord’s will (Eph 5:8-10), pray constantly (Ro 12:12), confess (1Jn 1:9), repent (Acts 2:38), and forgive (Mk 11:25). Trust and acknowledge the Lord, and he will guide us (Pr 3:5-6), and bless us (Jer 17:7). Wait for the Lord and He will renew our strength (Isa 40:31). Rejoice in suffering as it produces endurance, character, and hope (Ro 5:3). Bad decisions will be made (Ro 7:15), wrong words will be said (Jas 3:2), but the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Ro 11:29). Be steadfast doing the Lord’s work (1Cor 15:58). Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2Cor 3:17).
Be: In God’s image (Gen 1:27), adopted sons and daughters (Ro 8:15) with a spirit not of fear but of power, love and a sound mind (2Tim 1:7). Be wise (Pro 4:5), humble (1Pt 5:6), honest (Pro 6:17), diligent (Pro 21:5), patient (Ro 12:12), strong and courageous (Jos 1:9) and blessed (Lk 7:23). Be prepared to respectfully defend your faith (1Pt 3:15). Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (Jas 1:19).
Know: We are of the household of God (Eph 2:19) and our citizenship is in heaven (Php 3:20). Know God’s word (Pr 3:1). God is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love (Neh 9:17). God’s love endures (Ps 136) and nothing can separate us from it (Ro 8:37-39). Anyone who does not love does not know God (1Jn 4:8). Love is patient and kind, not envious or boastful (1Cor 13). Attitudes are contagious (Pro 15:1). Seek wise counsel (Pr 24:6). We can ask God for wisdom (Jas 1:5). The Lord is our fortress, deliverer (Ps 91), and avenger (1Th 4:6). We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Ph 4:13). We have been saved by grace not by works (Eph 2:8). Sin is an obstacle between us and God (Isa 59:2). Guarantees in life include change (Pro 27:1), challenges (Jn 16:33), opportunities (Lk 8:15) and choices (2Cor 10:5, Pro 18:21).
Do: Praise God (Mt 6:9), worship Him (Lk 4:8), have faith in Him (Mk 11:22), and pray against temptation (Mt 26:41). Speak life (Pr 18:21), and speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15), iron sharpens iron (Pro 27:17). Build each other up (Eph 4:29). Caution, encourage, and help others (1Th 5:14). Practice discernment of good from evil (Heb 5:14). Stand and put on the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:14-17). The Holy Spirit can guide and comfort us (Jn 14:26, Acts 9:31). Walk in the light (1Jn 1:7) and in newness of Spirit (Ro 7:6). We should supplement our faith with virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, kindness and love (2Pt 1:5). Fruit of the Spirit includes love, joy and peace (Gal 5:22). Faith is assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Heb 11:1). As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Jos 24:15). Seek first the kingdom of God, and our needs will be met (Mt 6:33). Love God, and all things work together for good (Ro 8:28).
Authority:One God and Father of all, over all, through all, and in all (Eph 4:6). God’s ways are higher than ours (Isa 55:9). The heart of man plans his way but the Lord establishes his steps (Pro 16:9). Do not be distracted, God enlisted us (2Tim 2:4). Submit to God (Jas 4:7). His grace comes by faith in Jesus (1Tim 1:14). God is not partial (Ro 2:11), be fair to your employees (Eph 6:9). Families will have challenges (Lk 12:52-53), raise children in discipline and instruction in the Lord (Eph 6:4). Respect authority (Ro 13:1-4) and pray for authority (1Tim 2:1-2).
Support:Pray, intercede, and give thanks for others (1Tim 2:1). Be courteous to all (Ti 3:2).Grow together (Eph 4:15). All have sinned, and are justified by grace (Ro 3:23). What we wish others would do to us, do to them (Mt 7:12). Speak with grace and know how to answer each person (Col 4:6). Respect everyone (1Pt 2:17), authority (Ro 13:1), supervisors (Eph 6:5), and elders (Lev 19:32). Honor your parents (Ex 20:12). To whom much is given, much is required (Lk 12:48). Everyone has a gift for serving others (1Pt 4:10, Gal 5:13), share in suffering (2Tim 2:3), help others in need (Jas 2:15-16), especially widows and orphans (Jas 1:27). Husbands love your wives, and wives respect your husbands (Eph 5:33). If someone sins against you, talk with them about it alone (Mt 18:15). Beware of dissension, blessed are peacemakers (Mt 5:9).
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