Just like you, I have my share of battle scars. There have been times when it seems I’m still nursing my wounds from one battle, but yet find myself on the field of another war. An old friend once said, “life is simply about waiting for the next bump in the road.” And isn’t that so true? Just as we find ourselves celebrating one victory, we’re tossed onto another playing field, feeling helpless and asking, “Why Lord, why me again?”
But we’re not alone, and we’re certainly not helpless. Christ came so you could live in joy and it is Satan’s sole purpose to steal that joy away from you – and Satan will fight to the death for it. But not only is Christ bigger, my friend, he has also provided you with all you need to stand guard against and #beawarrior against the enemy.
In a world where we’re inundated with messages of self love and self worth, where we’re constantly forced to compare ourselves to our news-feed neighbor, sadly it’s not these ritualistic self-love mantras that will empower us to face the world’s attacks against us. Don’t misunderstand, there is no fault with self improvement and definitely not with self care, but unless we understand that our true identity is found only in the One who created us, we’ll continue to live in the society-driven delusion that this self improvement strategy can deliver us from defeat.
Scripture tells us there is spiritual warfare happening all around us (Ephesians 6:12). As a believer Satan vies for control of your life, unequipping you to grow the Kingdom. Growth of the Kingdom renders him powerless in his pursuit of growing his own. I don’t know about you, but there have been many times where I’ve felt the battle happening not just around me, but deep within me. I’ve often found myself a victim of the wolf in sheep’s clothing as he covertly filled my thoughts with fear, doubt, and insecurities leaving me feeling confused and ultimately helpless. You need to “rebuke the devil”, well-intended friends would advise. But at times not knowing what to pray much less having the ability to pray, I certainly didn’t know how to point my finger at the devil and rebuke him … and honestly I’m not that powerful. This type of spiritual fight can only be fought by God alone. We see this with Michael, the archangel in dealing with Satan, “But when the archangel Michael, contending with the Devil, disputed about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him, but said, The Lord rebuke you.” (Jude 9) Even Michael knew the fight against evil wasn’t his own and called upon the Lord to handle it.
Knowing we’re in the midst of this spiritual battlefield is also not intended to cause us to live in fear of what’s unseen or the supernatural, but rather the opposite: to turn us to and grow our faith in the One who has already had victory over the world. (1 John 4:4) Regardless of Satan’s assaults on your life, you will never be removed from God’s divine protection. “We know that those who are born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them, and the evil one does not touch them. (1 John 5:18) Even in the case of Job and Satan’s agenda against him, God placed a hedge [of protection] around him from every side. (Job 1:10) But this leaves the question, “How do we defend ourselves against Satan’s attacks?” When we’re emotionally and possibly physically at our lowest, how do we do that? If the battle is the Lord’s then what’s our position in this war?
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Surviving and Winning on the Spiritual Battlefield where I’ll offer you tips on Winning the War.
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