Spiritual War

I don’t know what comes to mind when you hear those words, but for me I think of those people who call everything Satan. You know, those people who run out of gas and say Satan did it. I think they were just irresponsible and did put gas in their tank. I’m not saying that Satan is behind every bush, but what I am not saying is that Satan isn’t real either. Here is what I know, God loved us so much that He sent Jesus as a savior for us. Satan wants you to not believe that. I know that Satan does not want you to live up to your potential and live out Gods plan for your life. The Bible talks about a spiritual war, (Ephesians 6) and if we claim to be followers of Jesus we must believe this spiritual war.

When it comes to the spiritual war know that our battle is real and at times can really push us into isolation. That’s what Satan wants. He wants to lie to you in order to get you alone and out of community with other Christ followers. In your spiritual war here are 4 main insights to win the spiritual war:

Remember the reality of this Spiritual War    

  • ‘Be alert’ (1 Peter 5:8).
  • It is easy to forget that the devil is always looking for an opportunity to disrupt our peace.
  •  When things are going smoothly it is the easiest time to forget. It is the best time for the devil to catch us by surprise.

Be ready.

  • Again, ‘Be alert’ (1 Peter 5:8).
  • If we remember, then we can be ready.
  • To be ready, then, means we will not be the slightest bit surprised when this battle we have comes.

Recognize.

  • The sooner we can recognize the devil, the better. Otherwise, we may get personal and point the finger (which Satan wants). When we recognize it is the devil we are without excuse if we point the finger at anyone else.
  • Satan became the prince of the power of the air (John 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). He is an accuser (Revelation 12:10), a tempter (Matthew 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:5), and a deceiver (Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:3). His very name means “adversary” or “one who opposes.” Another of his titles, the devil, means “slanderer.”

Refuse.

  • This is extremely crucial; refuse to take seriously the devil’s suggestion. But what if it is true? Answer: ‘Don’t believe the devil even when he tells the truth.’
  • You must learn to accept criticism without retaliating or being totally defeated.
  • Remember: ‘A gentle answer turns away wrath’ (Proverbs 15:1).
  • Do not be drawn into his lie.

Resist (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8–9).

  • This means ‘keeping at it’. Keep fighting the good fight.
  • The devil will keep it up; you keep resisting. As long as you appear weak, he will keep it up.
  • Resisting: refusing the devil’s suggestion with persistence.
  • When we resist, the result is very pleasing. It shows we are growing in our spiritual journey.

CONCLUSION                                                                                                                             Spiritual warfare is our reaction to the devil’s schemes to block God’s purposes in this world and to lead us into sin. The initiative for this warfare is always the devil’s, not ours. Our part is to resist him, using the full armor of God (Ephesians 6) and to be prepared for the attack. We do not face the struggle in our own strength but in the strength of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who has the victory.

 

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