Spiritual Warfare Day 6: Weekly Thoughts
We have spent this week considering the biblical concept of spiritual warfare. In doing so, we have asked and answered a series of critical questions that can help us understand how to live boldly for Christ in a world rife with conflict and opportunities for compromise:
- What is spiritual warfare and why does it matter?
- Who are our rivals in spiritual war?
- Whose army are we fighting for in spiritual war?
- Why are we still at war, and what can we do to be ready?
- Will this war end and, if so, when? How can the believer find peace during wartime?
Ultimately, we learned that spiritual warfare is part of our daily reality. It can be summed up as the ongoing conflict between God, with His good plans, and everything and everyone seeking to destroy God’s good plans. The world and its distorted value system, the desires of our sinful flesh, and the persistent schemes of the devil are certainly seeking to destroy God’s good plans. Our rivals, the devil and his demons, would like nothing more than to see redeemed souls rendered ineffective and lost souls ensnared with lies that will lead them to eternal destruction. We fight these rivals through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit and alongside the mighty angelic forces of Heaven. While God sovereignly allows the devil to continue his attacks for the time being, He has already secured the victory for us through the finished work of Christ on the cross.
Because we can never be perfectly sinless this side of eternity, we will be fighting spiritual battles until the day we die. We face internal battles with our fleshly desires and external battles with Satan’s temptations and the world’s myriad idols which are crying out for our attention. In order to prepare to fight these battles well, we must put on the armor of God from Ephesians 6, depend on God in consistent prayer, and immerse ourselves in the truth of God’s Word. Once believers’ earthly lives are over and the Lord brings us home to Heaven, the war will be over and we will have everlasting peace from the assaults of our enemies.