This is scary stuff. How do you win a war if you can’t see the enemy or if you didn’t even realize that war had been declared? Make no mistake, if you are a Christian you automatically gain an enemy, we have all heard about Satan and probably even spiritual warfare. I guess what I didn’t realize is the insidious nature of the battle this invisible and evil foe wages. You can’t see Satan, it isn’t an earthly battle. So if we can’t see this invisible and evil entity that is trying to destroy our life how can we battle back? We can’t reason with or placate this enemy, you can’t reason with an invisible enemy but you… can be sure that he is on the attack.
But how do you know this is really spiritual warfare? In Ephesians 6:12, Paul writes: “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. Being a Christian comes with a built in enemy, he is already defeated but he is going to try to bring down as many as he can before his time is up. Satan can screw up our lives in a big way if we don’t see the situation for what it is. Remember, your fight is not against the person who just hurt you or lied to you, your fight is against Satan. Yes, it is tough at times to stand in the middle when your world is crashing around you, when nothing makes sense or nothing you do seems to help, that is absolutely a tough place to be. It would be easier to walk away, live where there is no hurt, chaos, angry words, lies and deceit, but Satan is going to go where you go if he isn’t dealt with. Oh Satan will lie to you and try to make you believe all sorts of things, DON”T LISTEN. Once again, your enemy is not the earthly one hurting you, this is a spiritual battle that cannot be won by earthy means. John 8:44 tells us that Satan is a liar, there is no truth in him, in fact he is the father of all lies. He will tell you that God does not hold the power to fix this, that there is no hope, that the hurt is too deep and is not able to be healed. I took the following prayer list from a book on spiritual warfare because it is excellent advice.
Pray for your home.
Pray for your mate.
Pray with faith.
Pray with boldness.
Pray with persistence.
Then look within, search what God wants you to change in your heart, change begins in you. You make the changes you need to make in yourself. Then start praying for God to work, be specific, consistent and seek the truth. We aren’t guaranteed the road will be easy, we aren’t guaranteed the trip will be short and without pain. We are however guaranteed that Satan is already defeated and we are in the winner’s circle of life.
Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Dottie