This week at GLC, we started a new series, “Spiritual Warfare”.
If you missed it, check out the video on the GLC Facebook page
As believers, we are engaged in daily conflict – that conflict is defined as spiritual warfare.
When it comes to our spiritual life, however, many Christians go at it with the mindset of “I can handle it on my own.” As we adopt this kind of practice, our desire to spend time with God diminishes, leading to a path of falling deaf to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. By doing so, we open the door for Satan to fill our hearts and minds.
10 Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. – Ephesians 6:10-13
As evidenced above, the Bible tells us that our biggest problems are spiritually rooted. Yet, we often view our problems and struggles in non-spiritual terms, thus leading to non-spiritual solutions (handling things our way, ourselves, not God’s way). This is right where the enemy wants us to reside.
In verse 10, Paul tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” So how do we do this?
To be strong in the Lord is to be present in the Word regularly. The Word of God contains power and knowledge. When we feed on His Word, this power and knowledge becomes present in our daily life, equipping us in battle, while enabling us to view things from a spiritual perspective.
“Put on the full armor of God” is mentioned twice (verse 11 and verse 13). The spiritual armor Paul is referring to consists of truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, God’s Word – and prayer. In this conflict that we face daily, we must remember that the full armor of God is not complete without prayer.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. – Ephesians 6:18-20
Too often prayer gets brushed aside and we miss out on God’s blessings. I wrote an entire blog on this subject last month: https://www.yourgreaterlife.net/2019/09/26/make-time-with-god-a-priority/.
The enemy seeks to destroy us
Warfare is the devil’s attempt to deceive and divide believers. Falling into sin, getting discouraged, being overcome by fear or anxiety, etc. – the enemy seeks to devour us.
4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:4
While Satan may be the ruler of the world, we must remember that when we wrestle against the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms mentioned in Ephesians 12, the devil and his forces are already defeated through the blood of Christ.
The Father will provide us exactly what we need for our spiritual warfare in this dark world. By staying connected to Him through prayer, we reside under the protection of the Almighty.