“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” – 1 Timothy 4:1-2
Continuing our Battlefield series, transitioning from intelligence briefs relative to where darkness has entered and has shaped our culture to analyzing the intelligence, re-grouping, and responding to shine the Lord’s light in the darkness bringing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and advancing His Kingdom.
How should a Kingdom man respond on the Battlefield of Education?
First and foremost, let us acknowledge that all aspects of life as Kingdom men occur within a battlefield. Whether in regards to relationships, work, food, integrity, and Yes, education; all of these will show up to varying degrees, on the battlefield of our lives.
While real men seek and work towards peace, they do not ignore the fact that we have a viable enemy who is always waging war, in concert with our flesh against our Lord. The enemy does not pause. Neither should we.
A spiritually sensitive and wise man of God is dangerous to the enemy’s purposes. Men are called to seek wisdom. Dig it out, search for it and if need be…sell precious items to obtain wisdom. James says if we lack wisdom, ‘you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.’ How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
Education is a fantastic tool in a man’s arsenal!
In school one year, I had a new teacher. Mr. Kaufmann was cutting edge, a snappy dresser, and all the girls adored him. But as Mr. Kauffman attempted to educate us, I became increasingly uncomfortable with what I was being fed. Most of my classmates lapped up what he was serving. I chose to exercise my God-given discernment. While being respectful and honoring his position, I mentally and verbally rejected some of his instructions. As a man of God, my mind should not be wide open to take in just any idea, without first running it past the scriptures and the Holy Spirit.
Our enemy will attempt to poison our education efforts, work to corrupt our minds and keep us his slave. 1 Peter 3 calls us to be diligent with regards to what we allow inside our minds and souls. Having put out of the way once for all everything that would impede the free action of your mind, be calm and collected in spiritThis charge is a call to stand guard over my thoughts, train my thoughts AND learn to recognize ideas intended to indoctrinate or influence me away from the wisdom of the Lord. If my mind is a battlefield, is it not possible that an enemy may try to poison my thoughts; Corrupt my thinking? To quote Curly Howard, “Soitenly!”
The evil nature constantly has a strong desire to suppress the Spirit, and the Spirit constantly has a strong desire to suppress the evil nature. And these are entrenched in an attitude of mutual opposition to one another so that you may not do the things that you desire to do. – Galatians 5:17
This ‘entrenched mutual opposition’ can occur in all aspects of our lives. From the time we rise in the morning until we lay our heads down at night. Since our minds are one of the primary battlegrounds, it makes complete sense that education would come under assault.
So if my enemy is looking for my weak spots, attempting to be an instructing spirit, should I not gird my mind for action?
Daily Battle Order:
Are we standing guard over our minds, paying attention to what is trying to teach us? Am I being fed with good information? Kingdom men must always be on alert, for our enemy intends to educate us. Share your insights with brothers and allow your thoughts to be tested.
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