Spiritual Warfare: Remember the Big Picture
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:12 (NASB)
Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that the thing, person or circumstance you struggle with the most may not be what you are really fighting against? If there's something going on in your life that you just can't make sense of, consider that unseen spiritual forces may be at work in attempts to thwart God's plan for your life.
Be warned, friends. When you decide to take on a big work for God, the spirit world takes notice. That's why we need to be prepared.
Consider the story in Luke 8 of Jesus driving out the legion of demons from the man in the country of the Gerasenes. Satan and his comrades love to "play" with people! While I'm not insinuating that Christians can be demon-possessed, I'm using this illustration to show that the spirit world is real. In this story, we see Satan's power to harass:
- Satan deceives - the man thought Jesus would torment him. (Luke 8:28)
- Satan empowers - the possessed man broke free from chains & shackles. (Luke 8:29)
- Satan schemes - Satan's demons negotiated with Jesus. (Luke 8:31-32)
How might Satan be harassing you or the people in your life? For what may he be doing it?
When something doesn't make sense after you've examined the situation and your part in it, consider the bigger picture. Look at the timing of the events. Did you just embark on a new adventure for God? Did you recommit to living for Him? If so, your circumstances may be a result of spiritual warfare.
Stay the course. Put your spiritual armor on as described in Ephesians 6 and remember that God will win in the end. Greater is He that is in you than he (Satan and his minions) who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
What experiences have you had with spiritual warfare? We'd love to hear from you in a comment below!