Most Christians who attend mainline denominational churches do not engage in what the Bible calls spiritual warfare. Most feel “so called spiritual warfare” is incapable of being verified. Intellectually, it is not empirical data that you can wrap your mind around. Yet, we declare being staunch believers in the Word of God which discusses the spiritual world with its “evil forces” from cover to cover. When we do think or discuss evil, it is done abstractly. Yet, the Bible talks about the devil and demons in a way that impact the moment by moments of our daily lives.
The Apostle Paul who by the way was multi-lingual, an intellectual, a scholar, and one of the most knowledgeable men of his day states, “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 (Ephesian 6:12). He affirms in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Paul leaves no wiggle room here. There is a spiritual battle going on around us and we should be actively engaged in the battle.
The Apostle Peter declares, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8-9). Peter is assertive here. There is a devil with his demonic army prowling around attempting to devour. The purpose of the roar is to paralyze an easy prey. Peter says that we must “Be alert and sober minded.”
In fact, 1 John 5:19 asserts, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” The god of the world is the devil.
My concern is that there is a spiritual battle being fought in and around our families, our friends, our colleagues and our world, and we are interpreting life with a linear, physical mindset. Guys, I am not trying to be harsh, hurtful, aggressive, or insensitive but simply asking you to open your eyes spiritually and take a fresh look at the Bible. If we are not soldiers fighting in spiritual warfare, we are on the sidelines watching and leaving ourselves and our loved ones unprotected. Time to get on the battlefield.