“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…”
– 2 Corinthians 10:4
This is a spiritual battle we are in, the scriptures declare it! Elisha prayed, and God opened his servant’s eyes to the spiritual warfare taking place all around (2 Kings 6). In Daniel, we are also given a glimpse of the wars that are waged in heavenly places (Daniel 10). For us today, it is crucial we remember that these battles are still raging, and we are in the thick of it.
The battle for our soul begins in the mind and very often, as Christians, we forget to put on the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17). We forget the scriptures that say we can take our thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). We neglect the promise that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7). Rather than stand on the powerful and authoritative words of God, we allow Satan to pummel us and live defeated lives even though we are victorious in Christ.
When we put on the full armor of God, we are exhorted to stand. If we do not stand in our privilege and assurance of salvation, we will indeed be defeated in this battle for our minds. “Satan’s plan,” J. Oswald Sanders writes, “is to dislodge the Christian from this position, driving him to lower levels, forgetful of his privileged position in the heavenly realms.” Satan knows his time is short, and his end is inevitable, and he is after the saint in full force. It is crucial that each of us, as disciples of Christ, remember the tactics of Satan so that we may identify them swiftly when attacks come. Remember to put on the armor of God today and every day until the Lord returns!
“One of our problems is that we do not always recognize when Satan is attacking. And quite often, we’re prone to just pass it off on our own nature or our own feelings saying ‘I just woke up this morning feeling horrible, and I just get in these cranky moods sometimes. You’re just going to have to forgive me.’ And we’re not aware of the fact that we are under a spiritual attack.”
– Chuck Smith