For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NIV
There is a war going on. As we make progress in our journeys, the warfare can become more open and more intense. Jesus said that we will face persecution simply because we are His (John 15:18-21). These attacks can take many forms, but the enemy’s basic mission is to steal, kill and destroy.
While I am not an expert on the subject of spiritual warfare, I can share what has been helpful to me.
- We are not called to wage war as the world does. See 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 above. Humility is a spiritual weapon that offers us huge protection. Simply knowing that without God and His help, we are completely powerless is oddly enough very helpful. Another powerful “weapon” is returning love for hate (of course, love must be sincere).
- Scripture. In Ephesians 6:17, we are told to take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Scripture helps not only by explaining and encouraging, but by giving us something positive to fix our mind on when it wants to wander down destructive paths.
- Prayer. Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38 NIV Also, thanksgiving, praise, and listening to worship music are helpful!
- Personal Sanctification – In her book When Godly People Do Ungodly Things (a good resource), Beth Moore discusses being sanctified “through and through.” She references 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24: May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. Being sanctified through and through means turning every bit of our lives over to God. This includes our pasts. Allowing God to bring forgiveness, healing, and acceptance to the areas we would rather keep hidden provides protection for us.
-Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is such a good and faithful friend. We can humbly ask Him for wisdom and discernment. He will warn us about situations and people that might be dangerous or require caution. Maybe there is something in our child’s life that we need to pay attention to. It is important to be sensitive to His nudges, such as uneasy feelings. He is always for us and always loves us.
- A friend – We are truly blessed when God gives us a wise, faithful friend. They can pray with us and for us and possibly provide insights into our struggle.
My hope and prayer is that you will put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13 NIV
– Next blog — Regarding our journeys, are you feeling like “It’s not working!”?