Spiritual Warfare – Know Your Foe
One of the most misunderstood subjects in the whole of Christian theology and teaching is the subject of spiritual warfare. The first key to victory in spiritual warfare is this: you must believe in the spirit realm. You must believe that this realm is real and tangible. The spirit realm is not some made-up fairy tale that lives only in the minds of children and the superstitious, but it is real.
Spiritual warfare is something that takes place every day. Just because we ignore something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Many people suffer from the sickness of ostrichitus. They think that if they act like an ostrich about things like spiritual warfare, then it’s not happening. They may stick their head in the sand and ignore it, but it still occurring! Are you suffering from ostrichitus?
Satan is desperately fighting to destroy you, your destiny, your purpose, and your family. But do not be overcome or dismayed. If you are a believer in Jesus, you are a winner!
Paul declares that there is a world that is not seen.
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (MSG)
This is a supernatural world, and in this unseen world is where spiritual warfare occurs. From the very beginning of time there has been a blurry line between the natural world and the spiritual world. At the dawn of creation, when Adam and Eve arrived in the Garden of Eden, Satan did too, and spiritual warfare began.
The struggle is called war because Satan and all of hell are in total rebellion to God. Spiritual warfare can manifest in many different ways. When we are tempted to participate in sin and unrighteous behavior, the fight is on. It occurs when we are wounded, hurt, or disappointed by those we love or have confidence in. It’s a spiritual fight not to become bitter, angry, and unforgiving. The enemy will orchestrate situations that are engineered to defeat us, and it can become a struggle to remain victorious, joyful, and even saved!
Spiritual warfare can take place anywhere, at home, at work, and evening at church! Never forget, the devil has been known to go to church. Now it’s important that you understand this truth: there is great spiritual warfare occurring at this very moment. You might be wondering if God is worried, and that answer would be a resounding no. God is in total control and is in no danger from Satan at all.
We are engaged in war, the stakes are enormous, and our enemy is Satan.
Our enemy is God’s enemy, and that enemy is Satan. In order for you to overcome an enemy, it is of utmost importance to know your foe. When you know your foe, you are on the path to certain victory.
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