One of the things we talked about at Global camp was spiritual warfare. To be honest the subject has always fascinated me, but sometimes spiritual warfare just doesn’t seem real. But let me tell you that it is real. Sometimes the most real things are the things you can’t see.
Take the wind for example. You can’t see it. But you can feel it and see the effects of it all around you. It’s the same way. You can’t see it but you can feel it and see its effects all around you.
Ephesians 6:10-12 says, “Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”
Our battle isn’t against people. Not against flesh and blood. It’s against the unseen powers of the darkness. Satan is the real Enemy. But we are to be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. We studied through the book of Daniel at Global. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn’t rely on their own strength… but on God’s strength. It’s God who has the victory.
Bill, the pastor who taught at Global, made some points.
The mind of a soldier…
We are to expect the unexpected; recognize the Enemy’s tactics; and we are to be willing to endure hardships, ridicule, and hostility.
How shall we fight?
We are to prepare for battle, prepare for it through prayer and God’s Word, which is the sword of truth. We are to develop a plan; fight as an army – we who are brothers and sisters in Christ - ; celebrate victories and bandage the wounded. We are also the fight shield to shield, unity is important.
Bill also made another great point, “if you’ve been reborn in Christ then Satan can’t get into your head. But he can whisper in your ear.” And Satan will. He will tell you doubts, fears, and anything to make you stop doing what God has created you to do. Satan always works his hardest when he sees that God’s people are doing something big.
Let’s say that you were locked out of your house. What would you do? Probably go around and see if any other doors were unlocked, maybe see if a window was open. It’s the same with Satan. He will look for any open windows, unlocked doors, cracks… anyway to get in. He looks for your weakness.
You may wonder or ask, ‘what can I do about it?’ Well the answer is simple, but not always easy. Pray. We studied through the book of Daniel and one thing that he did whenever faced with spiritual warfare or opposition was that he prayed. Prayer is powerful. I could write pages of what I've learned about spiritual warfare or prayer... but I won't (at least not today in this blog post). Prayer is the most powerful weapon against the Enemy.
Remember: we're in a war.
When faced with spiritual warfare what do you do? Do you pray? Do you try to ignore it? Are you ready for the battle that is coming? The battle that is here?