The powers of darkness are not meant to be left alone. They are to be confronted. When we see evil wreaking havoc, we are not meant to run from it; but rather, we are meant to run toward it. As Christians we were created to do warfare with the enemy of humankind.
When God led the Israelites into the Promised Land, He left enemies there that his people had to face. Why? He intended his people to do warfare. No human being anywhere on earth is left un-harassed by Satan. And if we’re not engaged in warfare with him, we’re being beaten up by him!
The good news is, we’ve been given weapons for this warfare, and they are not carnal (2 Cor 10:4). Psalms 144:1 states: Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle. Our weapons are found in Christ—and He won every battle He ever faced. He says we can do the same. “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom 8:37).
As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle of some sort on a daily basis. In warfare, battles are fought on different fronts, for different reasons, and with varying degrees of intensity. The same is true in spiritual warfare. Our spiritual battles and warfare are real, even though we cannot physically see the attacker. But, we can educate ourselves on how the battles are fought and how they impact our lives on a daily basis.
Keith Green, a Christian song writer, wrote, “I [Satan] used to have to sneak around. But now they just open their doors. No one’s looking for my tricks because no one believes in me any more.” If we choose to ignore or not believe in the spiritual realm, we will find ourselves confused, frustrated, and quenching the peace that God has promised to each of us. The best defense is a strong offense. Just educating ourselves about the spiritual realm is half the fight and God gives us everything else we need to be victorious with the other half.
Jesus promised us an abundant life that starts here on earth. Until we understand the forces that are against us, and are prepared to fight for what is rightfully ours, we will not be able to receive all that God has for us.