Romans tells us to be carnally minded is death and to be spiritually minded is life and peace. We have to get mindful of the fact that we are not just flesh and blood, but that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives on the inside of us. We are supernatural beings. Paul wrote to the church of Corinth that he wanted to tell them something spiritual but they were carnal and acting like a mere man (or ordinary person). I am a firm believer that if a Christian ever gets arrested for being a Christian there should be enough evidence to convict them. They ought to say well I can testify to the fact that I’ve seen that person out on the street laying hands on sick people, prophesying, and casting out devils. How many believers do we have out there? Jesus said that these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name they will lay hands on the sick and they will cast out devils.
All you need is a word from God, don’t go around trying to make things happen. Just spend time in His presence and just do whatever He says. I was walking out of a restaurant once and the Spirit of God spoke to me and told me to go over and pray for this couple right in the middle of the restaurant, so I did. I don’t do that wherever I go and I also don’t ask everybody about Jesus, but I ask Jesus about everybody, because you never know. You grow in the fruit, but the gifts are instant they are just waiting on people that are listening. The problem is most of the time we hear and then we say, is that me or is that God? Trust me it will never be you wanting to kneel down in public and pray for someone.
Ephesians 6:11-12 says, “Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” He’s telling us we have a war going on, but it is not against flesh and blood. An example of this is: if you are having a battle going on in your home she is not the problem and he is not the problem, there is another force attacking the marriage. He’s telling us there in Ephesians that if you have problems going on there is another force in there. If you have a problem in the pocket book there is another force that is attacking it, it is not your boss that won’t give you the raise. He’s wanting us to be aware of who the spiritual force is. Think of it this way, a matador stands out there with a little red cape and goes toro toro and the big dumb bull comes running through the cape and this goes on and on. If that bull ever figures out who the real enemy is that bull fight will be over with in a matter of seconds. He will stop running towards the cape and he will start running after the matador.
Christians are fighting everything but the devil. Our problem is in the spiritual realm. We are physical beings in the midst of a spiritual universe. The devil is the one we are battling. He is the one that is trying to stop all of the promises of God from happening in our lives and he especially wants to rob us of our identity. He doesn’t want us to know who we are in Christ or that the same Spirit that was in Jesus is in us, because that just terrifies him and his kingdom.