I’ve become a firm believer in the existence of spiritual warfare. I’ve experienced first hand and the evidence of it is all through Scripture. It’s been around since time began. Jesus encountered this warfare in the wilderness when He was tempted by Satan. Jesus warns us about this war by. In John 10:10 we are told that, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” Peter puts out the warning in 1 Peter 5:8 to believers that our, “Adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:11 to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”
These are just a few examples in Scripture, but it’s been going on from the very beginning. There is a war in the spiritual realm and we are right in the midst of that war. We have gained victory through Christ, but I don’t think we would warned about it time and in Scripture if the war weren’t still going on. Jesus has been given authority, but this world is still fallen and the enemy still prowls this earth with his armies with one goal in mind. To destroy the human heart and pull us further away from God by taking us out through warfare. He knows he stands no chance against God, so instead he attacks that which is nearest to God’s heart, which is the human race. Imago dei. God’s image bearers.
As I mentioned, I’ve experienced this warfare first hand in many ways. There are many that believe if you come to faith in Christ, you should be without problems. The fact is, often times, the believer, is the one who has to battle the most. The enemy currently has the non-believers already, which are the lost we need to fight for. The enemy will next try to take out those which do believe through various ways. The closer to you come to God, many times, the harder the battle will become. I’ve experienced it and I’ve seen it in people I love that have been surrendered to Christ for years. The enemy will continually try to get you to fall back.
I’ll give a couple of examples that have happened to me and to my family in the last year. One, I wrote about recently, which happened before leaving for Wild At Heart. I spent most of January 2015 suffering continuous headaches. Had never had them like that before, but they were relentless. Almost to the point of my cancelling the trip. When arriving and John Eldredge says after prayer, “Great job men…You’ve made it,” the headaches left. I knew after that, this was warfare. The last week, before getting to baptize my family this past Sunday, we came under attack again. It was disruptive to the point that we were under such distress. We regrouped as a family, prayed over it and were freed from that leading to a wonderful and unforgettable day. Being stronger in the faith, we recognized the attack for what it was and took the steps to fight back though the power of Jesus Christ.
There is no way to deny that this warfare exists. It’s apparent throughout this world. The enemy is using so many different things in this enlightened and post-modern world to take us out and draw us away from the heart of God. The answer in this is Jesus Christ. Stand firm in our faith in Christ and we can be victorious through Him against the warfare we face. Billy Graham is quoted as stating, “Whenever I am conscious of Satan’s presence, I try to follow the formula once offered by a little girl: “When Satan knocks, I just send Christ to the door.” The answer lies in Christ. Bringing the blood, life, and authority of Jesus against every evil power we face.
Armor yourself everyday with the full Armor of God. Pray for it every day. The belt of Truth, breastplate of Righteousness, shoes of the Gospel, helmet of Salvation, shield of Faith, and sword of the Spirit. Do this in prayer and by staying in God’s Word. This is your armor. Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…”
John Eldredge writes in his newest book, Moving Mountains, “Resist, Fight back. Take your stand. The Scripture is very clear on this point. First, Jesus models it; the the disciples do it; the Paul and the early church. To make it all perfectly clear, the command to fight is also written down in black and white. This is part of what it means to be a Christian.”
James 4:7, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” We must submit the Lordship of Jesus Christ and stand firm resisting the attacks of the enemy. The closer to press to God, the harder the battle will become. The attacks will persist as the enemy wants nothing more than to take you out and pull you away from the heart of God. He knows he already lost the war and he wants to take as many of us with him as he can in each individual battle. Don’t let him claim victory in the battle over you and over those you love. Resist and stand strong
Thanks for this timely message. I posted 3 testimonies of recent events that are related to your post here. https://jcsouthwest.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/3-testimonies-praise-the-lord/
“the enemy wants nothing more than to take you out and pull you away from the heart of God.” Such an important point, Richard. We must remember this when we are tempted to battle people as the world does. We have to take a step back and, as that little girl said, “send Christ to the door.” The heart of God is huge; it’s love that conquers, not fear or hate.