Spiritual warfare has not been a topic that I have shared much on. In this time of shaking, chaos and upheaval, I sensed that the body of Christ needs to be aware of a spirit of delusion along with a spirit of deception in the church. There is a war being waged in the world today between two opposing kingdoms – the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. It is not a conflict between nations, tribes, or government leaders. It is not a rebellion or coup. It is an important invisible battle taking place in the spirit world.
To understand the battle of spiritual warfare, we need to begin with acknowledging that we are in a war. By definition, battles involve combat between two persons, between factions, between armies and engaging in an “extended fight, struggle, or controversy” (Webster-Merriam). As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle of some sort on a daily basis. Our spiritual battles and warfare are real, even though we cannot physically see the assailant. But, we can educate ourselves on how the battles are fought and how they impact our lives on a daily basis.
Ephesians 6:10-12 describes this conflict, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
When we accepted Christ, we signed up and were drafted into the “Army of God,” like it or not. This army is committed to fight a war that is global in proportions, that affects the whole world. It includes not only the earth, but extends beyond the earth into the heavens.
Paul encourages Timothy to “Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things.” —2 Timothy 2: 3-6 NLT
It is clear that as Christians we are engaged in a conflict which staggers the mind. I encourage you to ask the a Lord for a His help and protection as you read these posts. Positionally, you are in Christ and delivered from the power of Satan, yet we must be diligent in pursuing righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness while fighting the good fight of faith. —1 Timothy 6:12
Satan has intensified his attacks through the spirit of deception and religion. Satan is a deceiver who roams around like a roaring lion seeking who he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). Satan’s character is deceitful, devious and cunning as in a variety of guises he seeks to influence people for his own ends. But thanks be to God that He for “he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,” — Colossians 1:13
Peace and blessings,
Note: All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.