Today was one of those days.
A day that I woke up, and KNEW that it was gonna be a bad day. The sky was cloudy, I didn’t finish my homework, I felt sicker than I felt last week before I went to the doctor, and I still had 3 tests to go this week.
I proceeded to go to my 8am class, and left in tears because I was just feeling overwhelmed, sick, and frustrated.
I have always believed in spiritual warfare, but today was a day I legitimately could feel darkness and light fighting over me.
The Lord took me to my knees at the alter yesterday at church and I began praying. I didn’t really know what it was that God wanted from me, because I felt like I had given Him so much already in my life. I began praying and asking Him to reveal what it was that He was bringing me to the alter for, to ask what He wanted, and He said, I want you to want me. It took me back. I realized that I had given myself to Him, but I didn’t want him. I didn’t crave to be around Him. I didn’t feel empty if I didn’t dig into His Word that day. I wanted Him to want and have me, but I did not reciprocate the desire. So I began asking for more of Him. I began begging and pleading for Him.
So by doing this, I was thrown on the front lines of Spiritual warfare. When we submit to the Lord and really start actively walking in His goodness and His will, that is when the Spiritual warfare begins. Satan doesn’t attack the Christians who are complacent with where they are and who aren’t seeking to enhance the Lord’s kingdom or let His glory be shown. Those people aren’t a threat. He targets the ones who are hungry for the Lord’s will and actively seeking it. It’s those that will be damaging to Satan’s work, and he just can’t have that.
So what do we do when we are put on these front lines?
I began to read a passage in Ephesians today, in chapter 6 about the armor of God:
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. | Ephesians 6:10-20
Our strength comes not from ourselves, but from Christ. We can’t fight Satan on ourselves. | We are to be strong IN the Lord and in the strength of HIS might.
We need to understand that we are dealing with something greater than physical obstacles. | For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood…. but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
We are to take up the WHOLE ARMOR of GOD. | Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day….belt of truth….breastplate of righteousness….as shoes for your feet….gospel of peace….shield of faith….helmet of salvation….sword of the Spirit.
Be alert and constantly asking for the strengthening of your weapons. | praying at all times in the Spirit….keep alert.
My challenge and prayer to you is to first seek God and ask Him to reveal to you how to step forth in His will, and then start actively pursuing that. Then, I ask and pray that you will find rest and assurance of the gospel and who Christ is as you enter the front lines of spiritual warfare, and that you will proclaim boldly with your life of who Christ is, so that the demons will flee from you as the Spirit overflows from your soul. Be blessed!