53. Patrick Norris – The Invisible War: Winning the Battle Against Demonic Reasonings
Updated: Feb 17, 2021
Welcome to Episode #53 (Episode #3 of our 2021 season) of the Red Ink Revival Leadership Podcast. Today’s episode is from Patrick’s message series The Invisible War, which examines the devil, his strategies, arguments, reasonings, and doubtings that are designed to kill, steal, and destroy the believer.
For many Christians, an infatuation with the idea of spiritual warfare, focused on external circumstances, keeps them in emotional drama. Yet, Scripture shows that in the five New Testament references about real spiritual warfare, the war is always internal–in the mind. Our battle-ready response to assaults of deceptions–better understood as false perceptions–is to intently forge our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and attitudes with truth. Unfortunately, in our day truth is considered subjective, slippery, and based in oppressive experiences or feelings, and for many is merely an intuitive experience. Therefore, many Christians are losing the war, while asking everyone in the “prayer chain” to fervently beg God for deliverance.
The warfare that rages in our minds has major implications: first on our spiritual vitality, then our marriages, parenting, callings, assignments, emotional health, and ultimately all areas of our lives. Many people only excavate for truth in human voices, perspectives, and conspiracy theories. To primarily dredge for truth in podcasts, YouTube videos, TED Talks, Google searches, books, and random discoveries is like pacing in a pitch-black room looking for a glimmer of light. In contrast, when we begin with Scripture then we actually begin with undeniable, objective truth and light. This is like walking into a radiantly lit room where we can easily identify the subtle shadows and out of order arrangements. Lies are easy to see in radiant light. Why would we neglect the Scriptural truth about life to mine for truth in dark places?
Today’s episode focuses on sources of truth and vetting reasonings in the light of truth, rather than mining for truth in an ocean of untruths. We look at processes to integrate truth and how truth impacts each piece of God’s armor as a way of renewing thinking, emotions, beliefs, and attitudes. Until we integrate truth, our armor of righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, God’s Word, and prayer will be only symbols rather than transformational forces.
The Invisible War series is available at mylifepointe.com/sermons, through the LifePointe Church Kansas City app, and on Spotify and Pandora.
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Edited and produced by Evan (Emac) McAlister