Spiritual Warfare

I have come across many Christians who don’t believe in demonic forces. Some downplay the power that these forces have and they try to avoid any conversation about it. However if God felt it was necessary to bring something to our attention, then it’s worth paying attention to.

Ephesians 6:10-18 talks about the armour of God. The reason why we are told to have this armour is because the devil isn’t a little toddler singing pat-a-cake. He is in a serious business to destroy. And his target is you and I. Why? Because we love Jesus Christ! Verse 12 says,

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The description above isn’t exaggerated. The devil does a lot of damages to people. He comes to kill, steal and destroy. He is not playing games and he isn’t here for good. Whether we believe in his power and existence or not does not negate the fact that he does exist and he is powerful.

I have had personal experiences where the Holy Spirit showed me an immediate physical manifestation of an attack that the devil did on someone. It was the most shocking thing I have ever seen and it really made me intensify my prayer life. Thank God prayers conquered that situation.

He is after us, our children, our spouses and everything we have. His aim is to make us deny our faith and because we live in this world, he knows how precious family, health, money, jobs and other pleasures of life is to us. He understands how much we need them. So he figured out that the best way to make us miss heaven is for him to attack the things we hold on dearly to here on earth and make us uncomfortable to the point where we see no need to hold on to faith. This is what he did to job. All of the attack job had was for him to curse God. The devil’s trick hasn’t changed.

Our enemy isn’t our mean boss or unfaithful spouse. It isn’t that rebellious child or the neighbour who never answers our greetings. It isn’t the guy who splashed water on us on a rainy day as he drove on a fast speed. It isn’t the family member who has told us she doesn’t want anything to do with us. It isn’t the people who lied against us or molested us. These people are vessels he has used. To illustrate this, let’s take a glass of water as an example. The glass cup is just a vessel holding the water. If the water is unclean, we don’t destroy the cup. We just change the water. The water is the spirit operating in us. The dirty water is evil spirit. If that evil spirit is poured out and replaced with the spirit of God, that person becomes a changed being. So we don’t people, we fight the spirit which is the devil.

The good news though is that we have God! We have the Rock who is by our side. Yes the devil is powerful but God is all powerful. Yes the devil is mighty but God is almighty! So with God on our side, we cannot loose.

This is why it is very important for us to put on the whole armour of God. Not just some of the armour. We need all of it as any uncovered part is exposed to danger and attack.

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11, 13-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In addition to the above, Paul admonishes us to “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I love the emphasis – all, every and persistent. We need to be on guard because the battle we are in is no joke.

This post is not to create fear. It is to create an awareness and to remind us of what we are against. It is to remind us of the need for persistent prayers. It is a call for us not to be lazy Christians and for us not to be complacent. It is a reminder that we have our faith to guard. Let’s not be ignorant of the devises of the enemy.

36 thoughts on “Spiritual Warfare

  1. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
    7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
    8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
    9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 1 Peter 5:6-9 (KJV)

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  2. FamMan8990

    Excellent material! You have inspired me to write on this very topic. So much I would love to mention in a comment, but it would turn into a blog written in a comment spot and that’s just rude. I’ll be sure to give you credit and a shout out so others can read your stuff.

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    1. Good to know that this inspired you. Honestly I am cool with long comments. I find them engaging. I am looking forward to reading your post😊. Thanks for stopping by

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  3. Pingback: Spiritual Warfare — Grace Over Pain – INTROVERTED EVANGELIST

    1. Thanks for stopping by. So it was during the night when we were sleeping. I woke up in the middle of the night (I believe the Holy Spirit woke me up) because there was a sudden heaviness in the room. It felt like the room was in a thick cloud and all of a sudden the other person in the room started screaming of leg pain. One of the person’s leg became weak. I was angry seeing as I knew this was an attack and I began to pray. Prayers fought it and the pain disappeared. Also the heaviness in the room left. It was weird, scary but I was glad I witnessed it because it made me pray more.

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  4. Amen! A topic close to my heart. (I am currently working on a book entitled “Satan’s Worst Nightmare.”)
    My friend and prayer partner Kelly had a very telling dream, where a Wiccan (witch) she knew who had attacked her in the past was up in her face, cursing her. Kelly looked into her eyes and declared, “I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus.” The witch took a step back, looking very frustrated, knowing she couldn’t touch Kelly. She then turned and kicked Kelly’s little toddler in the stomach. We agreed that day that while we have on the “armor of God,” our little ones are still vulnerable, and it’s very important to cover them daily with our prayers. If Satan can’t get to us, he’ll try to get to them.

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    1. Yes!!!! This is exactly the point I tried to make. It’s not just enough that we are covered but how about those dear to us? Thanks for sharing this story which has further affirmed the message in this post.

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  5. Amen sister! The spiritual war is very real. I got saved because my family moved into a house that was possessed by a demon when I was in 8th grade (back in 1991). We suffered that terror and torment the entire 4 years I was in high school. I rebuked it out of our house in the Name of Jesus after I got saved my freshman year in college in ’96. I also had two angel encounters in Denver in the summer of ’98 and I was with the Lord for a short time when I stopped breathing on 4-28-2012 and He saved me by a miracle of the Holy Spirit! Yes, the spiritual battle is very real every day, so stay armored up in God’s Holy Armor! God bless you!

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    1. Wow!!! You are a living testimony. Praise God for you and thanks for sharing your powerful testimony. Some believers think the power of the devil is exaggerated. But realising who he is and what he is capable of doing helps us to stay guarded. Blessings to you!

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  6. Amen Sis!! The proof is in the pudding….When we learn how to fight in Christ, WE WIN! No more losing!

    And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” Revelaltion 12:7-12

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  7. Thanks Efua. One of our enemy’s favorite tactics is to get us battling the things we see instead of warring in the Spiritual realm. Lack of thought to the true basis of our irritation takes us far off track from the true reality that’s usually not visible..

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  8. You are correct to recognize and, when necessary, battle evil forces. I have faced people possessed with demons. I have seen demons in their own form and I’ve commanded them to leave me alone. My only concern is with people who hunt for demonic activity more than they seek God’s presence. When my face is turned towards God I don’t worry about my enemies. I haven’t time for them. Don’t give place to the devil. Eph 4:27. I’m not saying you’re wrong to write this post. In fact, I would say it’s necessary to remind Christians they do have battles to fight.

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    1. Well said Jim. I also have seen both extremes. Those who don’t believe in the existence of demons and those who are constantly hunting for demons. Neither is good. Glad you saw the point i was making here. God bless you

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  9. So good! Here in the Amazon Jungle, witchcraft is the go-to spiritual practice of everyone here who doesn’t yet know the Lord. As a result, we deal with spiritual warfare in overt ways on a very regular basis. You are right, this makes us have to be very strong in prayer! God is so much greater!! The light ALWAYS makes the darkness flee!!

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  10. We must be ready to endure and I was recently reminded in scripture perfect love, through Christ, endures and bears all things. We can bear each other. We can lift them up to the Father. ❤ Thanks for the reminder, sis!

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    1. I feel we sometimes fall into the trap of being selfish in this area. We study and are well armed with the armour but those around us are exposed and we forget to cover them in prayers.

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  11. I’ve had to face the demons that controlled my dad all his life. It was almost exactly like the movies! Was so scary! But I know the light I carry within is SO much more powerful than darkness! I plan on sharing my experiences I’ve been through with my dad soon!

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