Ephesians 6:12: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Spiritual warfare isn’t something we talk about a lot is it? It isn’t a very fun subject. As a matter of fact, it is a very difficult subject because it is a reminder to us all that call Jesus our Lord and Savior that we are in a battle.
We like the verses about redemption, forgiveness and love. Why wouldn’t we? They fill us up with hope and gratitude – something we all need!
When it comes to spiritual warfare, we are reminded of a battle…a very real battle we all face. I think it’s important that we stay educated so we can be effective in our battle…so we can stay “armored up”.
I think the biggest key to stay armored up is to realize that some of our problems, troubles and trials are actually spiritually related. One of the best deceptions our enemy has is to convince us that everything in life is coincidental. It’s not. Why believing things are coincidental is such an effective strategy of the devil is because when we think of our situations as “non-spiritual” we seek to solve those same issues “non-spiritually”.
Damaged relationships, victim mentality, fatigue, stress, fear, distraction, a non-submissive heart and attitude, anger…all symptoms of what could be a spiritual battle.
2 key things we need to remember and continually educate ourselves on are:
Our enemy’s strategy: When they are on offense against us, they’ll use distraction, our weakness, other people, depression, our past, and fear, all to make you ineffective, secluded and distant from God. He doesn’t fight fair, and knows our weakest points…that’s why we need strong armor.
Start, End and Continually Pray: It’s time to stop allowing these attacks to continue to happen to us. It’s time for us to go on the offense, and we do that on our knees. As followers of Christ, we need to have continual wages of war against our enemy. Key word…continual. We do that through prayer first! When we pray in Jesus’ name, our enemy has no power.
It’s important to remember that we can’t help the actions of other people. Other people’s sins can have a painful impact on us. The way other people act, talk and decide is out of our control, but remember, our battle is not against people, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
When other people hurt us, how would God move if we changed our heart and minds from attack the person, to pray for the person?
Remember who our battle is against, understand his strategy, then pray and go to battle. We already have the victory.