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Spiritual warfare is not a topic we want to think about. But the longer we ignore it, the heavier the weight of its oppression can become, just as I mentioned in today’s Proverbs 31 devotion, The Invisible Battle.
Whether we like it or not, Christians are engaged in a battle every single day. All around us there is a war taking place in the spiritual realms. It’s not a war we can see, but it’s a war nonetheless.
As a baby Christian years ago, I doubted whether or not this war was really taking place. When I would read scripture verses about this subject, I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the concept. For example, Ephesians 6:12 which says “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.”
Rulers, authorities and powers of the dark world? Spiritual forces of evil? Sounds a bit fictional, big screen, drama-ish. But unfortunately, I learned the hard way that doubting is exactly what the devil wants us to do.
When we fail to believe that he is really on the prowl, as the Bible tells us, we will neglect to put on God’s armor, leaving ourselves open for attack, and helpless to defend ourselves when it happens.
Worse yet, if we do not live in a state of spiritual awareness, we may be so oblivious to what is really going on that we don’t even realize we are in a war until life seems to be spiraling out of control, and our negative emotions, stress, worry and discouragement have taken our hearts hostage.
We may even try to blame God, instead of the evil one who is really to blame. Of course, there are times when God allows difficulties in our lives to convict us of sin or teach us valuable lessons, however, in either case, the devil can get a foothold in our heart if we aren’t careful.
So what do we do? How do we win against this invisible battle where our joy and peace hang in the balance?
One word: STAND
Ephesians 6:10 tells us how to stand, why to stand, and what to stand against: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (NKJV)
Stand in the Lord. Stand with our armor on – His Word in our hearts and prayers on our lips. Stand against the devil, ready to fight.. All this “standing” in faith equips us for battle and preps us for victory, while forcing the devil to do some ‘sitting’ in our life. Back seat sitting, that is.
You see, the battle we are fighting is internal – not external. The devil doesn’t want to take our ‘things’, he wants to take our faith. So we don’t need external weapons like a soldier in an army; we need internal strength and perseverance to keep trusting in God’s promises, even when life is hard.
We need His supernatural ability to persevere through difficult and stressful circumstances, even when we feel like giving up, or giving in.
We need His Word tucked into our hearts, especially when our hearts are laden with worry or stress.
We need to STAND strong in our faith, even when our minds are telling us to sit and quit.
My precious friend and fellow P31 sister Whitney Capps said so eloquently last weekend at our 12th annual She Speaks Conference, that “Satan does not have the creative authority to have power over our lives, but he wants us to doubt God’s protection and provision.”
Yes, the devil can cause problems – but our doubt compounds them and gives him validity. Yet when we believe that God protects and provides, we are able to stand strong in the battle, facing the enemy in strength that can only come from God.
It is our faith which enables us, and entitles us, to the power and authority of Jesus over our lives.
And when Christ is for us, who can be against us?
Do you feel as if life is spinning out of control, and you are helpless to stop it? Have you wondered if God has forgotten you, or punishing you? Have you considered quitting, or throwing in the towel, and succumbing to a life void of joy and peace?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then my friend, you are in a battle. A battle for your heart, which can only be won if you ask God for the strength to STAND.
If you have been under attack and sense a new motivation in your spirit to begin standing firm in your faith again today – will you leave a comment professing your commitment to trust God in your circumstances and with your life? The army of God is even stronger when unified!
* Click here to read a recent post regarding a new form of spiritual warfare happening today: The Devil’s Latest Scheme.