Caralyn over on Beauty Beyond Bones once again has good words to take to heart, discussing spirtual warfare in her own life – Exposing Spiritual Warfare. Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.
…So why, the heck, am I listening to these lies that are filling my head that are straight from the pit of hell?
Why? Because I am human, living in a fallen world, and try as some people may to convince you otherwise, Satan is real.
I don’t think that I am alone in my experience this past week. I think that all of us, at one time or another, have felt bogged down by self doubt or discouragement, or inadequacy, or loneliness. I think those are universal obstacles. I just think that most people are afraid to talk about it.
But I also think that those are the exact cracks in our foundation that the devil likes to worm into, in order to gain a foothold in our lives.
A surprising paradox in all of this, is that you’d think that when you’re “down and out,” you’d be the most vulnerable to spiritual attacks. But I think the opposite is true. I think that when we have a momentum going; when we’re on fire for the Lord and eagerly chasing after His plan for our lives, that is when Satan is going to do everything in his power to throw as many road blocks in your way as possible. That he’ll bring along seven friends to trip you up and shove you off course. I don’t think that is a coincidence.
I was reading over that passage this afternoon, and I realized, for the first time, a very important thing.
Everything in that armor: — the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet in the gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation — those are all defensive articles. They are all passive, shields, used to defend oneself against an attack.
Except for one: The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The sword of the Spirit.
That is the only thing that was an offensive tool. An attack. A proactive tool.
And that’s when I realized: we do not have to do the fighting. The Spirit will do it for us.
And what a freakin’ relief that was. I don’t have to rely on my own strength to resist the spiritual attacks from the evil one. The Spirit will do that for me. I just need to ask. I need to just take up that Sword, and the Spirit will fight for me.
Yes, I need to take all the defensive actions possible – with faith, with the gospel, with truth — but the fighting is left up to the Spirit.
That kind of puts it in a new perspective, doesn’t it?