I think most of us don’t realize the fact that we are in a daily spiritual battle. Sure we all are fully aware of daily struggles and aggravations, but we typically blame that on other people or on our own inadequacies. Not on the truth that we have an actual enemy seeking us out each day.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1Peter 5:8
I’ve typically been an avoider when it comes to conflict with people and I realized recently that I do the SAME thing dealing with the devil. I try to think that if I just keep my focus on what I need to be doing and just keep moving that the issues won’t catch up with me. I think we’ve all learned in life that avoidance solves nothing. It only adds to the problem and prolongs it. It’s the same with the enemy. I give the enemy a foothold in my life through avoidance. Like as if I ignore him then he can’t bother me. Not true. All that does is give him the ability to quietly creep up all over because I’m not even paying attention.
All of us down here are more than used to the aggravation and grossness of roaches. The roaches won’t stay out of my house if I’m just trying to avoid them and not look, trying to pretend they aren’t there. No, I have to ACTIVELY protect my home against them with spraying bug spray, not leaving food out, and not leaving doors open. Fighting the enemy is just like that.
Avoidance and being blind to our adversary is like becoming his doormat. We open the door and let him right in and then wonder why we feel like we can’t break through whatever we have going on. Whatever that is. It could be depression, addiction(not just to drugs or alcohol, could be to social media, the internet, food, people, etc), anxiety, conflict, lusts. The list could go on. We all have issues we face every day but the only way to resist these things instead of assisting is to know WHO you are actually fighting. Blaming others or ourselves comes to nothing. It just feeds into the cycle of the problem, bringing us around and around again, never finding our way out. We need to find the true source of the problem.
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
This isn’t to say that another person or even ourselves can’t be a problem. It means that the enemy will use us or other people against us. He can tell us a lie like that we’re stupid and we’ll believe it and a string of events in life will follow because we believe that one lie. Or he tells another person a lie and suddenly they are dealing with anger or suspicion towards us and it causes conflict. Things like that. Whatever the situation is, the root of all the problems come from the enemy.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10
Do you feel like you’re living an abundant life? Or do you ever feel like it’s a struggle to just enjoy it? Thankfully God “trains my hands for battle”(2Samuel 22:35). He gives us a solution and battle plan to follow…
“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s amor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6: 13-18
I could dig in deeper to that whole passage but basically it’s saying that our weapon against the enemy is in our full love, knowledge, and security in God’s word and character. We fully cover ourselves inside and out in the TRUTH of who God is and who He says we are. Just like we take a shower every day and wear clothes, we need to cleanse and cover ourselves in Him. So WHEN, not if, the enemy comes along and tries to tell us something like that we’ll never overcome this feeling, or we’ll never have peace or succeed in life, we can immediately shut it down with the TRUTH of God’s word that says we are “more than conquerers” (Romans 8:37). To put it all in one simple step, get to know God. Don’t overcomplicate that step, just get to know Him more. All the answers flow from just starting with that one easy step.
God loves each and every one of us SO much and has so much more good for us than we even know or can imagine.
Be alert and know the adversary you’re dealing with. Stop assisting the enemy and start resisting him. Throw yourself FULLY into the abundant love that God has for you and boldly walk with confidence in the TRUTH of who you are IN HIM.