On Memorial Day many Americans honored the brave soldiers who fought and died defending our country’s precious freedoms. Our nation’s military forces are currently fighting some physical battles in different areas of the world defending the freedom of our allies.
There are many other battles being fought not only in the physical world, but also in the spiritual world between the spiritual forces of God’s spiritual kingdom of light and the spiritual forces of the Devil and his spiritual kingdom of darkness.
This warfare is described by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:11-12 (NASB): “Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the Devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
This warfare has three main aspects to it. The first is to gain the control of the lives of the people living on earth. The second aspect is to gain control of the leadership and governmental structures of the nations of the world. The third aspect involves doing great damage and conquering the spiritual forces of the other kingdom.
This warfare involves both the spiritual forces of each kingdom and those people who are being guided by those spiritual forces. Since people have the free will to choose which spiritual kingdom they want to live in, both sides use different methods to attract a person’s allegiance and then get control of their lives.
Some of the methods that the spiritual forces of the Devil’s kingdom of darkness use in order to gain control of people’s lives involve using fleshly temptations that look and feel good to enslave them in a sinful lifestyle, using demonic deceptions in spiritual teachings to divert their attention from following God’s principles of living found in the Bible, creating various forms of personal disasters and then blaming them on God, giving them delusions of having great personal, spiritual, or political power that keeps them away from following God’s principles of living, etc.
In sharp contrast to those methods, God and the forces of His spiritual kingdom of light often use love and light to attract people’s attention. As people are attracted by the light shining out of God’s kingdom and through His people, they can follow that light and come to the place where they will accept God’s invitation to ask God to forgive them for breaking His laws and then ask Jesus Christ to become their personal Savior and spiritually apply His sacrificial atonement on the cross to their lives.
When people do those things God will forgive them for breaking His laws, take them out of the kingdom of darkness, make them a part of His spiritual kingdom of light, make them His newly restored creation, and send the power of the Holy Spirit to live inside of them to give them the power to live according to God’s principles of living found in the Bible.
As new Christians daily read the Bible to learn God’s principles and talk to God in prayer about their problems, they can develop a close relationship with God that will help them overcome the many problems that they will face during the rest of their journey of life.
One of the problems that Christians sometime face is the problem that the Devil doesn’t like losing people from his spiritual kingdom of darkness and then having them go into God’s kingdom of light. Consequently, the Devil sometimes sends his spiritual forces of darkness to overcome that problem by using different methods of spiritual attacks in order to get Christians to quit following God’s principles and into doing something that will greatly damage their spiritual life.
When such an attack occurs, Christians are alerted to it by messages from the Holy Spirit. Then, Christians can bind the attacking spiritual forces of darkness in the name of Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit cast them into the abyss/lake of fire to stay there forever.
Fighting off such spiritual attacks will be necessary as long as Christians have a good relationship with God and remain faithful to living according to God’s principles of living.
Christians can also fight spiritual warfare battles when they see the spiritual forces of darkness trying to get rid of all traces of God’s principles of living and leadership in the policies of various level of government so that the spiritual forces of darkness can try to bring in the Devil’s ‘new world order.’
The spiritual warfare battles that the Devil and his spiritual forces of darkness are waging for control of the lives of the people and governments on the earth will intensify as the Devil sees more Scripture prophecies about the return of Jesus to earth fulfilled and realizes that the time is getting shorter until the time of his confrontation with the returning Jesus.
Until that glorious event occurs, there will be many more spiritual battles to fight and God will give His Christian warriors the spiritual strength to overcome the attacks by the spiritual forces of darkness.
Therefore, Christians need to stay close to Jesus, use the power of the Holy Spirit to fight their battles, and keep singing ‘Onward Christian Soldiers!’