Our Enemies Are Spiritual
We are in a cosmic struggle of Good versus Evil. Satan is our primary enemy. He seeks to destroy our lives. If he is unable to accomplish this, his secondary goal is to neutralize our influence. This is a consistent theme throughout the New Testament. It shouldn’t surprise anybody.
What is surprising is how often born-again Christians, those who should know better, dismiss or diminish the adverse impact of Satan’s destructive influence. That we continue to deny such a powerful adversary reveals how foolish our generation of believers has become. It’s a major reason why we have so little impact on our culture, losing routinely to the Woke, Progressive Children of Darkness.
Living in denial of Satan’s influence neutralizes our impact more effectively than anything else. Many Christians imprudently believe they are strong enough to withstand the crushing impact of a spiritual onslaught, which they unwisely attempt to do in their own power, rather than by appropriating God’s Armor. As a result, they fail miserably. Regardless of how physically strong and emotionally secure we consider ourselves to be, we cannot withstand such an onslaught. We are incapable of doing so. Our flesh was not made to be this powerful, but we live in an era where millions of Christians refuse to accept this simple truth. They also refuse to heed the warning signs of a spiritual attack.
Young Christians have been taught to understand spiritual battles through movies, video games, and TV shows, rather than from the Bible. The entertainment industry is filled with supernatural creatures—some good, some bad—but most of these supernatural entities have been depicted as capable of being defeated by humans.
Have you ever thought Satan might be behind these depictions? Many choose to fight Satan and his demonic cohorts in the power of the flesh instead of appropriating divine armor, which God has provided specifically for this purpose. If we did utilize God’s provisions, we would be capable of withstanding a spiritual attack.
Why we refuse to use the weapons God has provided indicates how foolish and spiritually obtuse we have become. We consider ourselves to be strong and self-sufficient, but we are not. Instead, what we have become is willful and stubborn. This is a weakness and not a strength. We are not nearly as intuitive and resilient as we consider ourselves to be. We may not enjoy thinking about demonic attacks—much less learning about how to deal with them—but they are a serious problem that will not go away simply because we are uncomfortable addressing the issue.