Spiritual warfare is described in Ephesians 6:12: "For
our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against
the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers
of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of
evil in the heavenly realms."
Romans 7:23 explains that spiritual warfare is in the
battlefield of our minds: "But I see another law at work
in the members of my body, waging war against the
law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law
of sin at work within my members."
Satan wages war within in our mind - planting seeds of
doubt, fear, insecurities, worries, suspicions, and other
anxieties. God's Word tells us repeatedly to be strong
(1 Kings 2:2, Isaiah 35:4, Haggai 2:4), to walk forward
in faith, and trust God for His help. When we do this,
He promises to be with us in the battle and help us
overcome, no matter what situation we are facing.
God is asking, "Will you believe My Word?"
1 Timothy 6:12 says that faith is essential in spiritual
warfare: "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of
the eternal life to which you were called when you made
your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
" We must prove that God has preeminence in our lives.
2 Chronicles 16:9 reiterates: "For the eyes of the LORD
range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose
hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a
foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war."
God gives man free will. He wants man to love Him and
desire to serve Him because of who He is, not because
of what He does.
Satan accused God of allowing this in His servants in
the book of Job 1:9-11: "'Does Job fear God for nothing?'
Satan replied. 'Have you not put a hedge around him and
his household and everything he has? You have blessed
the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are
spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand
and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse
you to your face.'" Satan desires to prove to God that
man will not remain loyal to Him. God, on the other hand,
does trust in the faith of His followers.
Satan needs God's permission to touch one of God's
children. Job 2:6 says,
"The LORD said to Satan, 'Very well, then, he is in your
hands; but you must spare his life.'" God gives permission
because He desires to prove we can remain faithful.
Job 2:3 reads: "Then the LORD said to Satan, 'Have you
considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like
him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God
and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though
you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.'
" In Christ, we can overcome spiritual warfare!
By overcoming Satan in the battlefield of our mind, God
provides us with spiritual armor, divine protection, and
weapons to fight with. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says,
"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the
world. On the contrary, they have divine power to
demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every
pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of
God, and we take captive every thought to make it
obedient to Christ." Just as the Bible tells us repeatedly
to be strong, it promises us that when we do overcome
the enemy, there is great reward. 1 John 5:4-5 says,
"For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is
the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes
that Jesus is the Son of God."