I have been reading a book about the spiritual battle that we Christians are fighting. It is called “Stronger than the Struggle” by Havilah Cunnington. I’m only three chapters in, but it has already taught me a lot about my personal battles that I fight against satan constantly. The writer is also doing a blog/study to go along with it, and she said something that really stood out to me: “Satan has already experienced heaven and knows how glorious it is. He is also aware that he will never get to go back and because of it wants to do everything in his power to prevent the rest of us from going as well.” Crazy to think about, isn’t it? Satan had his chance. He was in the physical presence of the almighty God, but he threw it all away out of selfish ambition just so he could receive the praise that only God truly deserves.
There is a very real force that is doing everything in its power to prevent me from drawing closer to God. Satan wants the glory, and he will do everything within his power to cause us to turn from God. He wants us not to focus on God, but rather our own talents, desires, and abilities. The devil doesn’t know everything about us like God does, but he knows enough to know what will tempt us, what will cause us to fail, what will cause us to be proud or catch us in sin. He is evil and is constantly trying to destroy us. I don’t know about you, but that is not someone I want in my life. I don’t want to give power to someone or something that only seeks my destruction. But he is very real, and he is constantly looking for ways to destroy us, our relationships, and our faith.
So what do we do with this knowledge? We have to have a battle plan. I’ve really learned a lot in the past few months about being purposed about walking closely with God. How do we fight back? Know the scripture! Satan is full of lies, but we can combat that with the truth we find in God’s Word. For me personally, I have been physically speaking out the truth of God whenever I can tell there is a lie satan is trying to throw out at me. For the lie that I’m not enough, I remind myself that “I am enough!” For the lie that says I am worthless, I say “I am a child of God!” There is a truth in scripture for every lie satan tries to throw your way. Another way to fight is by spending time with God in prayer and worship. The more time I spend with God, the more I learn and know about Him. I can test and know for sure if it is God or not just because I have spent the time with Him.
There is a real battle going on that we often times don’t realize or see, but we can be prepared. We can fight well! The victory is already God’s! Jesus claimed it when He died and rose again. But we still have to live here on earth and fight. It is our responsibility to join the army of God and fight alongside Him, knowing that in the end we will receive the victory, too. Take time this week to make a battle plan and keep fighting, my friends. The road is hard, but the prize at the end will make it all worth it.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 NLT
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
Ephesians 6:11-13 NLT