Ephesians 6:10 – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. …
Ahhhh…..spiritual warfare. For those of us who are believers/followers, we are well aware of what this is. It is, in a nutshell, the attack of our souls with temptation, evil doings, hate, and more. It is such a vast concept that it’s hard to put into simple words.
Satan himself is all part of this warfare. It is a battle between good and evil in our minds, hearts and souls; and it IS a TOUGH battle we must fight just about every single day. The more you work for God, the more you share Him, the more frequently it comes and from more unsuspected sources.
Spiritual warfare can come from many sources; things that distract us from God, an addiction, people, media, illness, past hurts, etc. It attacks our emotions most of the time, it can tempt us, give us a sense of hopelessness, confusion, and so much more. In this blog however, I want to talk about one of Satan’s most used tools: PEOPLE.
Let me start with this: You ever see the movie “FALLEN”? Denzel Washington is in this movie…along with John Goodman. They are detectives trying to find the source of multiple murders. The case eventually leads Denzel to discover there is a demon behind it all (I believe it’s Beelzebub, but memory may be failing me). In the movie, this demon can transfer from person to person simply by touch and it does, right in front of Denzel’s eyes towards the end of the movie – all the while having each person sing “Time is on my side” by the Rolling Stones.
It is a force that Denzel cannot fight successfully against in the end. He tries, but to no avail. (Luckily for us, we have resources that we CAN fight successfully against demonic influence – but that’s Hollywood for ya). This movie is an older one, but has always stuck with me…I guess because of the profound pronunciation of demons and how they operate in people.
Do I believe demons transfer from person to person by touch? I truly don’t believe so, so that part of the movie is also questionable to me, however, I DO know demons have been messing with us humans since the beginning of creation – making the song “Time is on my side” a very accurate depiction of the character of the demon. Demons are STILL messing with us humans to this day – whether people want to believe it or not. We are seeing their influence it seems EVERY WHERE these days.
The main targets of this warfare? Everyone who is doing the will of God, the servants of the Most High, His chosen. And a lot of times, those who are even CONSIDERING becoming a follower….evil QUICKLY jumps on them to discourage, sway, and scare from being saved and giving their lives to Christ.
Everything evil, everything hateful we are seeing today has some sort of Satanic/demonic influence behind it. Everything negative we experience in this life could easily be considered a type of evil, a type of warfare; unless it’s conviction of sin; there IS a difference that the discerning heart knows.
I see spiritual warfare going on all around us every day. I see it online, I see it in current events, I see it even in my own home rather frequently; sometimes from “friends”, sometimes from even family members….it’s simply everywhere.
Those without the Holy Spirit in-dwelled in them are ESPECIALLY vulnerable to being used as a tool of Satan’s. Those who keep themselves on the fence of faith are especially vulnerable. Those who remain baby Christians for too long are especially vulnerable.
These people (Satan’s tools) typically hate Christians, hate the TRUE gospel, or unduly attack followers of Christ simply because the very thought of their words convicts them to their core, and then the temptation to be hateful, mean, accusatory, and completely unloving becomes a reality.
We can easily say someone like Jeffrey Dahmer had demonic influence – in the worst way. We can easily say atheists have demons working through them to attack Christians and our faith. We can easily say those that are part of the progressive new age church have demons working through them (when they are attacking those sharing the true gospel). Sometimes, even well meaning Christians have demons working through them – because they are completely unaware of the spiritual warfare they are partaking in and may be more “fans” than “followers”. The point is – we can all be victims of it, and/or perpetrators of it. That’s why it’s called “spiritual” warfare….it attacks our very spirits and sometimes makes us do things we ought not and it always starts with TEMPTATION…temptation to say certain things, temptation to DO certain things. This would be why scripture tells us to tame our tongues, and to tread carefully in our actions.
This is kind of a scary verse in scripture because it tells us we can be cleansed of a demon, but then it can come back far stronger:
Luke 11: An Unclean Spirit Returns
24 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. 26 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
But we are assured that if we are on guard constantly, consistently, with Christ (and the Holy Spirit) – we can be and remain at peace:
Luke 11: A House Divided Cannot Stand
14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. 23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
If you are enduring this warfare….or are a perpetrator of it, KNOW that it can be stopped. All one has to do is ask Jesus into their lives FULLY, and ask Him to KICK Satan out of your life, your home, where ever needed – and you may need to ask for the evil to be removed frequently, sometimes even daily, throughout your walk with Him. The key to fighting something spiritual is to use something against it also spiritual, as we ourselves do not have the power alone to defeat the warfare by ourselves. We need help with this, in a big way, and usually in a hurry. This warfare is completely destructive, to a person, to a marriage, to a family, to lives in general. It can make someone NOT themselves. It can make someone do a complete 180, in a very bad way. You know that saying “There’s a thin line between love and hate”? Yeah, that. I’ve seen it face to face, numerous times, where you just SEE and KNOW that person is suddenly overcome with evil.
Prayer, the Armor of God (Ephesians 6), giving your ENTIRE self to Christ once and for all, and perseverance are all great anti-warfare tools, and must be used all together. Trust me, when it gets ugly, and it does, you will NEED all of them!
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.
And please understand, if you are in fact doing the will of God – you are in fact receiving much of these types of spiritual attacks – it’s just a given. Satan doesn’t want anyone to follow Christ, only himself, thus he will do just about anything, frequently, and through MANY sources to stop you, and that is where we must rely on and trust Christ to help (along with the other things mentioned) 😉
Peace to you all, today and every day. May God protect us all as we endure these darkening days. ❤