Do you know that you’re in a spiritual war? Even if you don’t think so, there is one raging all around you. How can I be certain? Is it really because of Ephesians 6:12?
Not so fast, if that is your thought. I would like to offer some helpful observations that may help you with your own battles.
The spiritual realm is quite real and it is very tangible; even if your natural senses don’t readily pick up on the evidence of this realm. Though you can’t see the wind, it’s reality is seen in the swaying of the trees or as it pushes you along.
Am I merely going by what I have been told or read in the Bible? Not really, I had some direct experiences that point to a greater reality than the natural world. Years ago, I had two such encounters.
One encounter involved a little experiment that I did in my dorm room, at Stockton State College. It was thirty years ago and I can still recall most of the details. For some reason, I had decided to record what happened while I slept.
Yes, I know it sounds weird and weirder still is what I heard on the tape. I can still recall hearing the recorded voice saying, “I got you, now!” It was a creepy voice and I shared it, with an atheist friend. We both thought it was demonic.
Years later, I would hear a similar voice reacting to my throwing away, all of my fantasy role-playing books, character sheets, and games. Clearly, someone is not happy and I got rid of my gaming stuff out of my own will. I can assure you that it wasn’t the Holy Spirit.
Yes, the spirit realm is quite real and it doesn’t matter what your spiritual background is. I was raised as a nominal Catholic. I knew about God and Jesus, that’s it. I had no idea that demons were real and not things from a horror movie. No, I did not normally watch horror movies or read such books.
Thankfully, my atheist friend had a Pentecostal background and some idea of what we heard. Try to imagine the look on my face when I heard that creepy voice. It was truly a “WTF” moment! My real education began when I joined a role-playing group, at college and they were not all Christians.
I probably had more than these two encounters. There is one encounter that I am not certain of who or what I saw. It’s quite likely you had your own strange encounters. How is this related to the topic of spiritual warfare and how to fight it?
You should know that there are two kingdoms at war, with each other. The first is the Kingdom of Light and it’s ruled by King Jesus.
The second one is the Kingdom of Darkness and it’s ruled by Satan or the Devil. In John 8:44, Jesus describes Satan as a liar, who only comes to kill, steal, and destroy.
Destroy who? Any human being that he can get his hands on. Why? It’s because we’re created in the image of God; as per Genesis 1:26-27.
With Jesus, it is the exact opposite. In John 14:6, Jesus says that he is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus came and paid a price so that we could have life; not death.
According to Colossian 1:13, those accepting the free gift of salvation will be rescued out of the kingdom of darkness and brought into the kingdom of light.
Because I am covered by the blood of Jesus, the Adversary can’t hurt me. Why? It’s because of who I belong to and what Jesus did. I did not get this gift because I deserved it. No, I actually deserve to get my butt kicked into the lake of fire, because of my sins. I am no better than anyone else.
It is not because of how good you and I are; rather it is because of how good Jesus is. I would encourage you to go for the gift of salvation and work out any issue with Jesus. After all, I am not the Holy Spirit.
Why am I talking about salvation in an article on spiritual warfare? What do you suppose the warfare is about? The Adversary does not want you anywhere near that gift. It’s like a “Get Out of Jail Free” card and so much more!.
It is why the Adversary tries to bombarding humanity with so much bullcrap that we’re afraid to come near God. We’re afraid that God is perpetually angry and is looking for a reason to nail us, with a bolt of lightning.
Yes, God does hate sin because of what it does to you and me. God also hates the disease that destroys the lives of so many people. This include congenital rubella, the disease that caused my disabilities. According to Romans 5:12,18, sin, disease, and death came into this world because of Adam
Does this mean that God hates me? No, God, the Father does not hate me because of my disabilities. Rather, I am loved by my Father in Heaven. Jesus cared so much about me that he came into my dream when I was a 10-year-old child. In fact, I am proud to call Jesus, my Friend, Lord, and Savior.
What does that sound like to you? I would call it, a loving relationship. You can have your own loving relationship with God, the Father.
It’s not too late to receive that gift and go towards God. The fact that the Adversary is so invested in keeping you from this truth is one aspect of this warfare.
Though I am covered by the Blood of Jesus, I am not immune to the Enemy’s attempt to deceive me. I am talking about the lies that we believe about ourselves and other people. In Ephesians 1:13-14, Paul talks about a seal placed on believers in Christ.
As such, we can’t be touched by the Adversary; however, it does not stop the Enemy’s forces from harassing believers. These harassments will come in the form of temptations, suicidal thoughts, feelings of worthlessness, hateful thoughts toward other people, and so forth.
For this reason, it is important to take every thought captive and surrender them, to Jesus. Do not entertain such thoughts! If you do so they will take root inside you. By doing so, the Enemy will have gained a foothold and launch further attacks on you.
In Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul gives a vivid picture of how to deal with the attacks of the Enemy. We’re told to put on the full armor of God and to engage in prayer.
Prayer and the Word of God are our two most powerful weapons. If they are used rightly, much can be accomplished. These two items are not our only tools. There is a reason that we’re to wear the whole armor.
The breastplate is not our righteousness. Rather, it is the righteousness of Jesus that’s given to us. The helmet of salvation is important for protecting our head, The belt holds the sword and keeps the armor in place. The shield of faith is both a defensive weapon and protects its user from the fiery darts and arrows of the Adversary.
It is worth repeating. We are not supposed to be fighting other human beings. The real enemies are in the spiritual realm and our best weapon is prayer. Do you know that you have spiritual authority?
In Jesus’ Mighty Name, you can tell those demons to leave. Before you get cocky, I’d suggest praying and talking to Jesus, first.
I do hope this blog post has been helpful. My goal is to help my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. This topic is actually quite extensive and books have been written on each of the items that I covered. I can only share what I know.
As always, I encourage you to seek God and talk with the Holy Spirit about what you’re reading. After all, the Holy Spirit is the rightful authority on this whole topic. It’s best to always go to Jesus and listen to what He says.