Spiritual warfare is something that we all face, even when we don’t realize it. On a daily basis, we fight the lies of the enemy. When he tells you that you’re not worth it, makes you wonder if God will ever accomplish what He has for your life, or causes you to question how you could possibly be worthy of love with all of the mistakes you’ve made… We all must know how to handle thoughts like these because they will come at some point.
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Defining spiritual warfare…
In the Bible, we read about the armor of God. We know that the enemy is out to “steal, kill, and destroy” all that God loves. But in the end, spiritual warfare isn’t as scary as it sounds. It’s actually quite simple… truth versus lies. He is a master of deception, a spinner of truth, and he will say whatever he needs to convince you that God’s truth isn’t, in fact, true at all.
But that’s just it… he’s all talk. The only thing you need to fight the enemy is the truth. That’s why Ephesians 6 tells us that our sword is the Word of God, His Truth. It’s the only offensive weapon we need!
Defining the enemy’s identity…
The enemy may be a trickster, but he’s not all that mighty. Because the truth is that the enemy has already been defeated by Jesus. He has also been disarmed and stripped of his authority. So the only “weapon” the enemy has left is his lies. A lie is only powerful if you don’t know the truth.
Think about it this way. If someone tried to lie to you and tell you that the sky was green, not blue, would you believe them? Would this lie hold any power? No, because you’ve seen the sky with your own eyes. You know without a shadow of a doubt that it is blue. But what if you didn’t know? What if you had never seen the sky or been outside? That lie would now have the power to convince you.
If you know beyond the shadow of a doubt the truth of God’s love, you’ve experienced for yourself, the enemy’s lies have no power over you.
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Defining our identity…
Do you know who you are in Christ? In my own life, I have struggled with this truth. I know how amazing God is. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and He holds the whole world in His hands. But Jesus died to transform us into new creations! We were once sinners, slaves to darkness and the enemy’s lies… but no more! As children of God, the Bible tells us that we are “partakers of the divine nature.” We are reigning with Christ, seated in heavenly places.
For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. – 2 Peter 1:4
Defining the battle…
While the enemy used to see us as slaves to his schemes, he now looks at us with fear. When we know, and I mean truly know, the truth about ourselves, we can fight his lies with confidence. As a new creation, filled with the Holy Spirit and armed with the truth, we cannot lose!
The reason why your identity matters is because when we are secure in who we are in Christ, our battles are nothing but victorious.
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*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.