By Reverend Rick Roberts
Whether you seek it or not, spiritual warfare will find you. And there are some things we need to know.
1. Don’t go looking for it. It will find you. Don’t challenge the devil to a fight. Sure, you have the name of Jesus, God’s Word, and the power of God behind you. But you may not be as wily as satan is. You’ll have enough satanic opposition without getting cocky.
2. If you are a sold-out believer, you definitely will be engaged in spiritual warfare at some point. So get ready.
3. Paul tells us not to be ignorant of the devil’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). In the specific reference, he’s talking about the enemy causing division in the body of Christ. This is one of Satan’s favorite tools. We need to watch our attitudes and our relationships.
Jesus said if you have something against someone you should go to them and make it right (Mark 11:25). Then He said if someone has something against you, you should go to them and make it right (Matthew 5:23). Notice—you’re the one who has to make things right either way. You can’t wait for the other person to do it. Best case scenario—you meet each other on the way to reconcile with each other.
4. Some people picture spiritual warfare as a constant confrontation with demons with swords swinging and sparks flashing. If you’re fortunate you won’t have to see that kind of thing happen. It certainly is happening in the spiritual realm. But that’s not generally what you’re going to see.
What you’re going to likely see is everyday frustrations, discouragements and attitudes from within your own self and from others. Satan will do everything he can to frustrate you, to make you angry, to push you over the edge, to try to make you give up. Listen, spiritual warfare isn’t usually exciting and glamorous. It’s more often a hassle, an inconvenience, a constant frustration, and it doesn’t make you feel good. And it doesn’t feed your ego.
5. The first demons that you will have to face will be your own. Spiritual warfare starts with you and in you. You have to have a clean house, a clean temple, a vessel prepared for God’s use. Satan will play on every weakness and flaw you have. That doesn’t mean that you have to attain perfection. It means that you need to be prepared to be attacked in these areas, because the devil is the accuser and adversary. Don’t give him much to work with. (Ephesians 4:27 NIV)
God’s Word is sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and it will dig into your soul and spirit and reveal things that you thought you had already dealt with; things that you didn’t know were there. God will cleanse you, if you will let Him
6. Know what you believe and why you believe it. The Bible says to be prepared to give an answer for what you believe (1 Peter 3:15). If you don’t know your Bible, know that the enemy does and will use it against you. He will twist it, reinterpret it, and cause you to trip right over it. (He used that tactic on Eve and tried it with Jesus.)
7. If the devil can’t get you to trip and fall, he’ll try to turn you into a religious extremist, the kind of person that everyone wants to avoid. Remember we need to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16).
8. Know this—Satan does not play fair. Most of his attacks are not frontal and obvious. He is an expert at guerilla warfare and covert ops. Don’t expect a warning except from God.
BE PREPARED: Be sure of your salvation. Know the Word. Walk in the Spirit.