Here are 4 biblical facts about spiritual warfare. What ones would you include that I missed?
The Invisible War
Do you remember reading where Daniel prayed to God and it took 3 weeks before he got his answer from God through the angel? The angel told Daniel “The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia” (Dan 10:13). This invisible war that is going on is why Paul told the church to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:11-12). Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not real!
Knowing Whose Side You’re On
I know this sounds strange but I tell believers that it’s actually a good sign that they are under spiritual attack because this shows you that they’re on the right side…the winning side. And this also indicates that they must be doing what God wants them to do and if they’re experiencing spiritual attacks then they’re likely angering the Devil and his minions. Never having a spiritual attack may mean you’re not sharing the gospel and/or you’re not growing in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord.
The Enemy Sometimes Uses Human Agents
Sadly, the Devil has his own gospel, albeit a false one, but he also uses other people to fight his battles for him. I am not talking about demon possession, which of course does happen but I’m talking here about demonic influence. The Devil will frequently use humans to do his dirty work. I have had some pretty bizarre experiences when street evangelizing and from what I encountered, there could have been no other explanation.
Fighting the Battle but the War is Won
Jesus actually used the Word of God effectively in resisting Satan in tempting Christ in the wilderness (Matt 4:11). When we memorize Scripture we can effectively deal with the enemies frontal attacks because really, the war has already been won by Jesus Christ Who Himself took on the powers of darkness and its ruler and defeated them at Calvary. It was “through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives” (Heb 2:14b-15).
Even though there is still spiritual warfare going on today and skirmishes are still occurring, victory has already been declared in heaven. Just like in the Civil War, after the North had won, some pockets of Southern resistance still existed, even though the victory and even the end of the war had been announced. You can fight Satan and his minions with the Word of God and resist him by having the armor of God which needs to be put on daily (Eph 6:11-18) and perhaps the most important elements are using “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God [and] praying at all times in the Spirit” (Eph 6:17b-18a).