What I’m writing isn’t for everyone one. One needs to strengthen their own faith into a comfortability about this topic. What I’m talking about is spiritual warfare.
Earlier this year an older student at the college I go to wanted to discuss spiritual warfare with me and my roommate. I have to be honest… It’s one of my least favorite subjects. But, I stayed there. I listened. And I was scared. This is something that no one, in our culture, talks about. My roommate, on the other hand, comes from a Hispanic background and spiritual warfare is prominent in their culture.
This idea of another world among us is absolutely true. There is no doubt about it. Even most of Revelation talks about the spirit world or the “heavenly realms.”
“Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the Demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.”
-Luke 11:14 (NIV)
“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.”
-Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
What’s strange is that there was never any mention in the Bible of demons here on Earth before Jesus came. It seems that whenever this topic comes up in the Bible it’s always in the New Testament. Jesus’ birth sparked a sort of panic for Satan and his followers. God was now here with man. And ever since Jesus died for us on the cross the barrier between God and man was broken. We were now reconciled with God forever. “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.” –Matthew 27:51-52 (NIV)
We as Christians cannot just shrug off the warfare that is going on around us. We need to strengthen ourselves. We need to strengthen our faith. We need to be aware of all the areas of the world we are fighting for. The Kingdom of God is what we are defending and that should be motivation enough.
Whenever you feel down our oppressed by something pray to God to rebuke whatever it is that is troubling you whether is it spiritual or not. James 1:2 talks about how we will face trials of our faith. He also says to consider it pure joy.
You have the strength to conquer. God is on your side. Consider it pure joy.