Every Christian goes through spiritual warfare. The enemy is always looking for opportunities to trip us up. And that is why during these times, we must put on the full armor of God.
Some things are spiritual, and some things are not. Some things could be a result of our insecurities, or our sin. We must discern the difference between those things.
In the last 6 to 7 years, the Lord has shown me a few things about learning how to fight.
Here are three points on how to fight in the midst of Spiritual Warfare:
Rest in His Strength
Stand on Scripture: We must stand on the word to know the truth. So, when the enemy tries to have us fall for a lie, we can refute it with the truth.
That is why memorizing scripture is crucial. We can not stand on something we do not remember.
Psalms 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Here we see the author kept the word of God in his heart so that whenever he was going through any temptation and warfare, he was able to memorize the word and stand on it to resist (with the Holy Spirit empowering him) whatever the opposition was.
We also should take note of the importance of careful memorization and pondering in our lives. Having the word of God readily accessible when we need it is critical as we fight back in spiritual warfare.
The author was also singing and praying, expressing admiration to God which is a strategy that disrupts the plan of the enemy.
Tip: If you need to make a trip to dollar tree and get some note cards, do it! Write the verses down and go over them.
When Jesus was being tempted by the devil in the wilderness, what did he do? He stood on scripture. Every time the enemy tried to tell him lies, he refutes it with the truth.
There’s even a time when Satan tried to use scripture, but he used it out of context.
This tells me we have to be good students of the word of God as well. We must understand the context of the scriptures we are trying to stand on.
One of our weapons of warfare is prayer. Pray against whatever the enemy is trying to do. Go in your prayer closet and pray. It’s important to spend that time with God.
Yes, there will be distractions in your mind trying to deter you from spending time with God. But you must fight!
You must press on and continue to pray and spend that time with the Lord. And find what works best for you. Maybe you spend that time in the morning, the afternoon, or night. See what works best for you.
Worship can help bring us into the presence of God. Our focus turns from the attacks around us and goes to Jesus: who is bigger than what we are facing.
Turn on some worship music! Those evil forces can’t stay in the presence of God.
1 John 4:4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
In this scripture John is speaking to Christians, expressing his fear for spiritual deception. Warning against testing the spirit of the antichrist.
When you’re in the midst of a battle, remember God is greater than the devil, evil, and demonic forces in the world.
My testimony of overcoming fear was won with praying scriptures.
Whenever fear and anxiety overcame me out of nowhere. I would run to my car and turn on some worship music. I’d open my bible to Psalms 23, and I start praying out the scriptures.
As I was praying, I felt peace overcome me, and I was not anxious or fearful anymore. I was discerning that this experience could have been a spirit of fear and spiritual warfare.
2. Be alert and sensitive to what is going on in your heart and mind
The enemy will try to attack your mind with ideas that do not align with scripture. That is why we are to take every thought captive.
For example, on Social media, looking at posts and comparing your life to others. “Why did God bless this person and not you?”, ” God does not have good things for you”, God does not care about you”, and “God is not good”. The enemy can try to whisper these lies to you.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
Paul is writing to the Corinthians, defending his ministry. Some are still rejecting his gospel and apostolic authority. In this section, Paul shares that he is not waging a fleshly battle, but a spiritual one- The weapons of his warfare are spiritual. Paul tears down the strongholds of wrong thinking and behavior.
What does that look like?
If I have a thought that I know is not from God, I stop meditating on that thought. And I stand a scripture in the truth and what God says. I think about things that are worthy of praise and lovely.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Here Paul encourages the Philippians, calling for reconciliation, joyful faith, and disciplined thinking. These things will inspire worship of God and service to others.
Always check for offenses in your heart.
This could be a comment someone made or unfavorable circumstances. Which can lead to anger.
If you are dealing with anger It’s important to address this quickly because if you let this grow in your heart, good things will not result from this.
The enemy can use that anger or offense in your heart and cause you to think about horrible thoughts. Bitterness can start to grow in your heart. As a result, you begin to act distant from people and Jesus.
3. Walk Alongside Others
Do not walk alone in this fight. Share with others that you trust what you are going through.
These could be your mentors, spiritual parents, accountability partners, leaders in the church, and family.
Proverbs 24:6 “For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.”
There is an added power when two come together and pray.
Christians must remain connected to each other and stand with each other, so life pressures do not pull people away from the faith.
Sometimes we must humble ourselves and let someone know what we are going through.
We need one another. We need to be in the community. We need to seek counsel.They are there to encourage us and support us when we are down.
Wise guidance obtained in consultation with an abundance of counselors is the key to Victory whether in war or in any circumstance that requires might and Power. Wisdom carefully acquired in applied is the means of success in all of life (Crossway ESV Study bible).
It is powerful, and God can bless us in many ways when we surrender, humble ourselves and reach out to someone.
I hope that this has encouraged you. God is with you in this journey. God is training you through all of this.
Practice and take courage! He will never leave or forsake you.
The Lord has given us tools and weapons to use in Warfare.
I pray that we would all have courage and not fear whatever may come. We have a God who is all-powerful living within us.