As Christians, we must be prepared to deal with what’s called Spiritual Warfare. It means exactly as it sounds- war with the Spiritual realm. According to Ephesians 6:12,
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Our foes are not human; however, Satan constantly uses human beings to carry out his dirty work. “Principalities” are rulers or beings of the highest rank and order in Satan’s kingdom. “Spiritual wickedness” refers to the work of demonic spirits.
How do Christians get attacked? In all kinds of different ways. The Devil is going to mess with us any way he can. He is going to attack what means most to us and will try to break us down spiritually. See, FAITH is what keeps us close to God. It’s what keeps us trusting God. It’s what keeps us holding on to His Promises. So what do you think the enemy loves to attack the most? Exactly, your faith. To him, if he can break our faith (what keeps holding us together), he can break us completely. When he does that, we lose all hope and end up falling in with the ways of the world. We will look to the world, instead of God, to fulfill and satisfy us, which is impossible. Nothing in this world can ever satisfy our hearts. Only Jesus can.
One of the other ways the enemy attacks us is by discouragement. He will use fear and doubt to stop us in our journey to becoming all God wants us to be. You may have heard the phrase before, “The bigger the calling, the greater the spiritual warfare.” Well, believe me, this is so true! When the Devil sees you as a threat, he’s going to work twice as hard to stop you from fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. He will attack your mind and make you question your worth. Am I good enough? Do I really matter? He will make you scared to step out in faith and do something God has called you to do. What if I mess up? Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me and it’s not God talking to me. He may very well even use your family/friends and those closest to you to make you doubt yourself. They may be the ones discouraging you, maybe even making fun of you.
But it’s so important to always remember this- if God has called you to do something, you can have faith that it WILL work out, regardless of what ANYONE says. It’s normal to be nervous when God has called you to step out of your comfort zone, maybe like approaching a complete stranger and telling them something He laid on your heart specifically for that person. But that’s what FAITH is all about- going all in, even when you have absolutely no clue how it’s going to work, but knowing that it will because God is in control.
How do we know when something is from God or the Devil? Sometimes that can seem confusing, which is why it’s so crucial to have discernment. What is this? Discernment is something the Holy Spirit gives you in order to know what’s right from wrong, what’s good from bad, the truth from a lie, what’s for good and what’s for evil. Since the Holy Spirit is the only way to have this discernment, it is so important to PRAY for it. If you really want it and pray for it, He will give it to you. Like I mentioned before, it is crucial to have this as a Christian because spiritual warfare is pretty much guaranteed in your walk and your journey on this earth.
One thing to always remember whenever you are struggling or facing hard times, is that you are not alone. You may feel like you are sometimes, like you’re the only Christian going through this. But, believe me, you’re not. That’s just another lie that the enemy tries to feed you to make you feel isolated and hopeless. Whenever you get bad or negative thoughts in your head about yourself or God , you can pretty much guarantee this is from the Devil. God is not a God of confusion, sadness, sickness, fear, doubt or worry. All things GOOD come from Him, and Him alone. So next time you start dealing with discouragement and questioning yourself or your journey, ASK YOURSELF: Who is this coming from?
Now to the next important question- how do we fight and overcome Spiritual Warfare? There are two ultimate ways to fight off the enemy when he comes against you. THE WORD and PRAYER.
Ephesians is an extremely effective book in the Bible when referring to any kind of warfare. This is part of your “Armor” that God tells you to have on at all times. That’s a whole other matter I could go in and discuss for hours on end. If you’re not familiar with the “Armor” that God tells us to be covered with, I urge you to get in your Bible and read about it! You can read specifically about this Armor in Ephesians 6: 13-20.
Here, the Word of God is referred to as the Sword of the Spirit. One of the best and most beneficial ways to fight off the enemy is to not just know of the Word, but KNOW what it means and the power it has. And actually TELL Satan. Cover yourself with Scripture. Every time he comes against you, fire back with it! Spend time in The Word gathering different scriptures that you can physically say and shout back to him. Below are a few powerful ones to use:
Isaiah 54:17, Mark 11:23, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Luke 10:19, 1 Peter 5:8, Isaiah 53:5, Romans 8:28
The other important thing we must do to fight off spiritual warfare, is pray. According to Ephesians 6:18, we are to:
“Pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all Saints.”
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. Pray until something happens. God does hear your prayers, whether He responds quickly or not. We MUST remember that we ARE being heard, each and every time we reach out to Him. As I’ve mentioned before, when He is silent, this is when we are being tested and our FAITH comes into play. Show Him you’re serious and you can be trusted with the small things, and He will answer you. And it may not be in the way YOU want or ask, but you’d better believe that it will be in the best way FOR you.
God protects His Children. He loves us, and truly does care for us. He literally died for YOU and ME! This isn’t Heaven so the Devil is free to roam about.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”- 1 Peter 5:8
Satan literally spends his every day and night, roaming around like a lion, searching for his next prey. Who can he get next? Who is struggling in their faith just enough that he can push them off the edge? Don’t let it be you. Stay covered. Stay prayed up and know The Word. Know what and who you’re fighting against, but never forget Who stands before, beside and behind you! You’re never, ever alone. Stay strong and keep pushing forward. The battles may be hard, but oh, the reward will be worth it!
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