As I said yesterday, I’m definitely feeling an attack in spiritual warfare. The devil is okay with you going to church as long as you forget the message by Monday morning. “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Phil. 2:13) But when you have a more personal relationship with the Lord, the devil is threatened and will attack with all of his arsenal. But the good news is that we are not alone, and the battle is not ours, but the Lord’s!
When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He made it possible for you to be complete in Him and in His rule, which extends over everything. “Because you belong to Christ, you have been made complete. He is the ruler over every power and authority.” (Col. 2:10) No lack exists in Jesus Christ. Because He is complete, you are complete in Him. His headship and His rulership extends over all.
In Jesus Christ, you have been set free and no longer have to cower in fear. Your victory is rooted in the reality that everything is under the One who has made you complete in Him. When you trusted in Christ for your salvation, you were transferred from the dominion of darkness into the victorious kingdom of light. “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)
In spiritual warfare, Satan likes to wave his gun at you from a lot of angles. But your victory is rooted in the truth that Christ removed the bullets in the devil’s gun. Christ rendered Satan powerless through His death. “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)
Evil is rampant in our world today, and behind that force is a spiritual struggle, whether you call it good versus evil or God versus Satan. It’s there, and often God’s children become prime moving targets. Never forget that when Satan launched His first battle with God, he made God’s children living in the garden his first target. But Christ triumphed over the devil. “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Col. 2:15)
The Lord has equipped us for the battle. “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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Eph. 6:12-13) The day of evil is any day you are under attack. The greatest protection is strength within. That means submitting to God’s purpose for your life and letting Him be Lord. Remember, the battle is not yours but the Lord’s.
- NIV Study Bible and Bible Gateway
- Prayers for Victory in Spiritual Warfare by Tony Evans
- Avoid A Silent Stalker by Dr. Harold Sala