Thursday, July 21, 2016

Spiritual Warfare

I remember when I was a new Christian how blessed God made me feel and how happy I was to have a new salvation and to be a member of God's family. But there were times when my life felt so out of control that I thought I was losing my mind. I remember reading this book about how wicked and wretched mankind was and left to his own devices, we would all perish and burn in the eternal damnation. I remember crying and getting on my knees praying that God would take all my sins away and make me white as snow so I could stand in the holiness of God. I felt like I was being pulled one way and then another. I asked my sister-in-law, Darlene if she knew what I was experiencing and she said it was the devil who did not want to let me go even though he knew I was saved. He was making life miserable for me by whispering evil thoughts in my ears telling me that God did not love me or want anything to do with me and that I really was not saved. Darlene gave me this scripture from the Bible stating, 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. Ephesians 6:12. I asked Darlene to explain this to me and she said that when I got saved, Satan fought God tooth and nail to prevent that from happening and even though it did, he still made my life a living hell. Darlene said that I would constantly struggle with Satan in all areas of my life and back in those days, I did. But after Darlene explained what was happening to me, I could at least take a deep breath and realize that I was not going crazy. Satan is evil and the father of all lies. He sits and waits like a roaring lion for someone that he can devour. This Christianity stuff was not all I expected it to be. I thought that after I became saved, my life would get better spiritually, financially, emotionally, and physically but I was wrong. I struggled daily to keep Satan and his demons away from me. Every evil thought I contributed to Satan and every evil action was Satan trying to trip me up. I was very aware of my sinful nature but to have to deal with that and Satan too, I was not always up for the task. Darlene, being the good sister-in-law that she was, gave me scriptures to ward off Satan and his attacks on me so every time Satan had a hold on me, I would read these scriptures out loud to Satan and remind him who I belonged to. These scriptures helped me so much to get through my day and the constant warfare going on in my life. Jesus being my Father held me up in the face of Satan and I boldly renounced Satan and all his schemes against me. Living the Christian life is not always easy. Sometimes I think it is harder because I was not only learning God's ways and His Word but I was also fending off my adversary who wanted to make my life miserable. In Ephesians 6:10-17 it states, Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of the evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Even being saved, Satan will always make life difficult for believers to get back at Christ. Satan knows he loses in the end but he will not stop tormenting God people until the end. That is why we need to take up God's armor on a daily basis to protect ourselves against the evil one. We will not be rid of Satan until God's Second Advent because Satan is the ruler of the air, but until then, we can trust that God will protect us from temptation and all the arrows Satan throws our way. If you are interested in fighting spiritual warfare that Christians need to deal with then there are some books on my website you might be interested in. Please go to www.truelifelivingbooks.com

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