Spiritual warfare; what comes to your mind when you hear those words? Seriously, stop for a moment and think of the first three words or pictures that come to mind when you read those words.
If the enemy, who is Satan, were smart, and he is, he would do his absolute best to confuse us and make us grow complacent in the area of spiritual warfare. What better way to defeat us than to convince us there isn’t even a battle in the first place. Or, if that’s not possible, convince us the battle is simply Satan attempting to tempt us with sin, and nothing more. Satan would love it if we as believers would underestimate him and his schemes.
Some of us as believers want nothing to do with conversations about spiritual warfare because the enemy has convinced us such conversation is too mystical and borders on charismatic. We need to wake up as believers and realize the fight is very real and we need to not only acknowledge the battle but realize our desperate dependence on God for victory.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11
Creating disciplines, prayer, reading our bibles; these things are all great but if we come away from them without a greater understanding of our desperate dependence on God, what was the point? We must lean into and on the Holy Spirit within us to achieve victory over the schemes of the devil. Satan will use everything he has to come at us. We must use only one thing, the Lord our God!