“Mommy, I’m hearing voices”, as my youngest daughter cried out 4 years ago! When I would go into her room, I would make her cut her television off because she had fallen asleep with it on numerous of times. When I would cut the T.V. off she would cry in despair. She stated the reason she left her television on because she was scared and hearing voices. I knew then, I was under ATTACK!
I’ve learned that if the enemy can’t get you one way, he will come through your loved ones, especially your kids. The enemy knows your weakness and will use that against you. I started in constant prayer with my daughter, together, me and her standing in her room. I also reminded her that Jesus was BIGGER than those voices she was hearing. I also educated her on how the enemy worked.
After we prayed and put it in God’s hands, she no longer experienced hearing those voices. Glory to God! God is All-Powerful. He is the Alpha the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the Head and not the Tail. God is good guys! Though, you may not face such an overt attack on your family, the truth of spiritual warfare exists. We have a real enemy, Satan, who wants nothing more than to destroy our lives, our thoughts, and our walks with Jesus (John 10:10). He, along with his hoard of demons, roams the earth, seeking ways to wreak havoc on God’s Kingdom (1 Peter 5:8).
Unfortunately, we tend to live in two extremes: as though Satan doesn’t exist or as though he’s bigger than God. Neither is correct! Satan does exist. He’s a created being who use to experience the paradise of God. For one defining moment, he overted his eyes from God’s glory and rejoiced in his own (Ezekiel 28:12-15). In that, he rebelled, deceiving a third of angels in heaven (Revelation 12:4). And he’s waged war ever since.
HERE ARE THREE WAYS TO COMBAT SPIRITUAL WARFARE DURING YOUR TRIALS:
1.) Understand We Are At War
Generally, we do not go to war because we understand the work and sacrifice involved. That is why war is usually considered a last option. It’s avoided at all cost when the choice is up to you. But when war has already been waged against you, the only choice you have is to fight back or surrender. As Christians, it is important to realize that war has in fact already been waged against us and we must choose how to respond. 1 Peter 5: 8 tells us: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” There is a spiritual war going between God and the enemy and when you choose to follow Jesus Christ, you automatically become an enemy of the evil one. To not realize this, is like walking onto a battlefield unarmed and unprepared. Understanding you are at war is the first strategy for victory.
2.) Fight The Right Enemy
The greatest struggles we face as Christians are not against people or institutions. It’s against evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 warns us: “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”. If we do not realize who our enemy is, then we are like a blindfolded boxer aimlessly swinging at anything that comes close. We mistakenly attack family and inaccurately label friends as foes. We must realize who our real enemy is as we fight for our faith or else our defensive attacks will do much more harm than good.
3.) Know Where Your Victory Lies
The important thing to remember about this war is that God has already won. The enemy does not want people to know God, to love Him and experience His everlasting love. Before Jesus, it seemed as if the enemy had the upper hand because sin kept us from God and since everyone sins, it appeared no one would have the chance to have a relationship with the God that made them. But then Jesus came, died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for our sins and covers those that places their faith in Him with righteousness required to be one with God. That means if you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior, you have already defeated the enemy! Hallelujah!
My advice to you is to intentionally remain where you are until God shows you an open door (no matter how difficult it may be or seem). Be encouraged that God is right there with you, and remember each encounter with Him is another opportunity to serve others.
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