4 Facts About Spiritual Warfare
What do you know about Spiritual Warfare?
“We are human, but we do not wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Have you ever felt defeated and weak in your faith? The Bible teaches that we are in a spiritual war. There are 4 vital things to know in order to win the spiritual war.
1. The Battlefield is the Mind
Our faith is based on God’s truth and promises. Doubt, guilt, and false teaching can weaken our faith. If we think the same way unbelievers do, it will keep us from knowing God. “....We must be transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2) In order to live a godly life, you must first have a personal relationship with Jesus.
2. The Enemy is Satan
“For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,...” (Ephesians 6:12). People are not our enemies. Our enemies are the spiritual forces of Satan. Satan is real, and the Bible calls him “the ruler of this world of sin” (1 John 5:19), the “Father of Lies”, a murderer (John 8:44), and “the Accuser” (Revelation 12:9-10).
Satan’s goal is to keep people from God. He attacks our thoughts with lies, temptation and guilt so we will doubt our salvation in Jesus. He can’t take away our salvation, but he can steal our joy and destroy our desire to tell others about Jesus. Because Jesus wants us to be united in love, Satan tries to divide us and set us against each other.
3. Jesus has Won the Victory
We are conquerors because Jesus defeated sin and death on the cross (Romans 8:31-39). Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit, a Helper who leads us in truth. (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit lives in us and gives us the power to have victory. “You had power over them because the One Who lives in you is stronger than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).
4. We have Godly Weapons (Ephesians 6:10-18)
God gives us spiritual weapons to use against our enemy and we will discuss them in detail next week.
Pray this week:
To accept Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
Why does Satan do battle with believers? Do you find yourself fighting against Satan? Connect with another Christian to help you fight.