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This is a great article, one that I need to review often. Its very important to be prepared for spiritual warfare because if not than you will get torn down…(believe me I know from experience). You don’t realize how unarmored you are until the battle actually comes. As I start to prepare for battle I start to feel the peace that God gives me through it and its an amazing feeling…
What is a spiritual war? Is there one going on right now?
Yes, there is a real spiritual war going on right now. And if we are going to fight in this war, we need to recognize the enemy—Satan, the Devil. He is attacking the lives and causes of Christians. Satan is not targeting those who already belong to him; he is after those who want to defeat him. And we don’t want to be ignorant of his devices “lest Satan should take advantage” of the brethren (2 Corinthians 1:8, 11).
Can God protect me, and my loved ones, in the midst of spiritual warfare?
Remember that “the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world” when you belong to God (1 John 4:4). But you and your loved ones must arm yourselves with the whole armor of God: the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit—and pray! Paul said to “put on the whole armor or God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). “So let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper” (James 4:6 The Message).
What is the armor of the believer, and how do I use it?
Constant communication with the Commander—God—through prayer is vital. Our offensive weapon is the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. When Satan tried to tempt Jesus, God’s Word is what Jesus used as a weapon, saying, “It is written.” Use God’s Word as your sword to defeat the enemy. The knowledge of God which resides in His Word is the girdle of truth—so study His Word. Satan attacks the sin in your life. But, you become protected and powerful when you put on the breastplate of righteousness by setting your heart on God and living out His righteousness. Walking in the shoes of peace is trusting God to give you courage to witness to those around you. Your faith—your confidence in God’s promises—becomes your shield of faith in spiritual battle. Your salvation relationship with Christ is your helmet of salvation, and it protects your mind from Satan’s evil influences.
Is it possible to be at peace while at war?
Peace of mind is possible when you know who will win. Christ defeated the enemy on the cross. Trust Jesus and “you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart!” Jesus said, “I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33 The Message).
Peter tells us to “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). But be encouraged because the resurrection of Jesus has taken the pain out of the Devil’s sting (1 Corinthians 15:55). Don’t live a defeatist life because evil exists. Be at peace with the confidence that Jesus has overcome the world!