How to Engage in Spiritual Warfare

Knowing Your Enemy

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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People often ask me why there is evil in the world. The answer is simple. There is evil in the world because there is a devil who is the god of this world. His name is Satan, and his single purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy you in any way he can.

Most people don’t like to talk about the devil. In fact, many people deny he even exists. But when we don’t know our enemy, and when we don’t know his tactics, we place ourselves in grave danger, not only spiritually, but also physically, mentally, and emotionally.

One Brave Roman soldier in field. Photo.

Scripture tells us that we are in a spiritual battle: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). In order to fight this spiritual battle, we have been given spiritual weapons: For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). Only by using these spiritual weapons will be we able to defeat the enemy.

What are some of these “weapons of our warfare?” We find these weapons listed in Ephesians 10: 18.  Let’s take a look: 

1) The Belt of Truth. Scripture tells us in John 8:32 that the truth will set us free. So the first piece of armor that we need to don is Truth. Truth is a Person. Truth is Jesus Christ. The Word of God is Truth. As we saturate our spirits with the Word of God, we will be putting on the Belt of Truth to wrestle the enemy.

2) The Breastplate of Righteousness. In Roman times, soldiers wore a breastplate to protect their vital organs in the midst of battle. The Christian’s protection is the breastplate of righteousness. This weapon places us in Christ and places Christ in us. We are His righteousness because of His grace.

3) The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace.  Shoes are worn by the feet, and the feet are the foundation of our bodies. When peace is the foundation of our lives, we stand on a strong foundation. Jesus is our Peace. He is the Prince of Peace. His Gospel is a Gospel of Peace. What does this mean? It means that Jesus came to restore peace between man and the Father. We are bearers of that peace as we go about our daily lives.

4) The Shield of Faith.  Why do we need the shield of faith? Because the enemy continually throws fiery darts aimed to take us down. When we carry the shield of faith, we are prepared to deflect those fiery darts and send them back where they came from. How do we get the shield of faith? By hearing the Word of God. Romans 10:17 says this: Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Whatever you hear often enough, you will eventually believe. Make sure you are hearing the Word of God and not the word of the world.

5) The Helmet of Salvation. A helmet is worn to protect the head. The helmet of salvation protects the mind from demonic assault in the form of lies, false doctrines, and false philosophies. When we wear the Helmet of Salvation, we are protecting ourselves from false belief systems whose goal is to bring us down.

6) The Sword of the Spirit. This last weapon is the only weapon that puts us on the offense. All of the other weapons are defensive weapons. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. With it, we charge against the enemy and drive him out of our lives. We wield the Sword of the Spirit by speaking God’s Word into every situation that opposes His promises to us. For example, when sickness attacks, we use the Sword of the Spirit to drive it away.

Unless we put on all of the pieces of our God-given armor, we risk injury from the enemy. So be sure that when you get dressed each morning, the first thing you put on is the whole armor of God.

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(Attitude) Never Give In!

Winston Churchill is famous for many things, but one of his most well-known claims to fame is the speech he gave at his alma mater, Harrow Academy, on October 29, 1941.  In this pivotal speech, Churchill spoke these words: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

We Christian writers have an enemy. His name is Satan, and he has a whole cohort of minions who do his bidding. One of their chief tactics is to discourage those of us who follow Christ. These demonic spirits will place one obstacle after another across our path to keep us from fulfilling our God-given destiny to proclaim His truth through our writing.

What temptation to give in are you facing today? Are you tired and weak in your body and tempted to give in to poor health?  Are you facing a problem in your family and tempted to give up all hope of its ever being resolved?  Are you facing a financial issue that seems bigger than it is?

Whatever the obstacle–whether “force” or “the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy”–don’t give in to it!  Instead, take your shield of faith and your sword of the Spirit and assume the position of offense.  A defensive stance never won a war. An offensive stance will win it every time.

Churchill was right.  Give in only to “convictions of honour and good sense”.  Never give in to anything that is less than what Jesus Christ earned for you through His death and resurrection.

Remember: “We are more than conquerors through Christ Who loved us” (Romans 8:37). And conquerors never give in!

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