Fighting the spiritual battle

Hebrews 4:12

Have you ever noticed that when your relationship with God deepens, the enemy tries to take you down? That’s what happened to me his past week when I found myself in a spiritual battle.

I had been deepening my prayer life and relationship with God when out of nowhere, the enemy attacked me with his arrows of lies. He told me I am not a good wife, friend, sister and daughter. He tried to plant jealousy in my heart along with insecurity, fear and doubt.

The arrows flew fast and hard. “You’re overweight,” he said. “You were not kind enough to your husband yesterday,” he continued.

One after another, the arrows headed straight for me. I tried to dodge them but they came faster. My mind clouded and I could not think rationally. The walls of his lies were closing in. I could see no end to this attack.

Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can stand against the devil’s schemes.

Priscilla Shirer says in her book Fervent, “In spiritual warfare, as we detect enemy activity and deploy the various pieces of armor, our prayers need to be fervent and specific, strategic and personal, tied to the specific needs arising at the specific occasion.”

I opened my Bible and read. I prayed. I recited scripture out loud for the enemy to hear. With my armor on, I strategically prayed to destroy the enemy’s plans. Those arrows of lies quickly fell to the ground – useless to do any harm.

This battle with the enemy is not a one-time thing – it’s lifelong. He wants me stuck in a cycle of fear and insecurity and to keep me from accomplishing the plans God has for me.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

But thanks be to God. He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I don’t have to fear though. I have already been given victory through the blood of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for me – for you.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)

The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

And I don’t have to fight this battle alone. I have access to the one who is greater than the enemy. And so do you.

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9 thoughts on “Fighting the spiritual battle

  1. Oh Jenny! The same arrows were flying at me this week! “You’re a bad mom” — “You’re not making a difference with your writing – it’s pointless” — “You’ve lost weight, but you’re still not skinny enough – look at her, at them – that’s what you need to look like” — “you’ll never be good enough.” LIES!!!! I’m a child of Almighty God – HE gave me these children because I am the best mom for them, and I’m doing my best and will do better as I learn – I write for God, not for people … and serving Him is never pointless — My husband loved me when I was 70 pounds overweight, and 30, and now … he loves ME! Our bodies are temporary – but our souls are eternal. I looked through my photo albums on Shutterfly — so many years of life … marriage, war, babies, illness, birthdays, deaths, laughter, love, BEAUTIFUL LIFE! I remembered the constant worry I engaged in about being overweight – but life was being made all around me. I wasted so much energy on worrying about my weight. Being healthy is good. But being joyful and content no matter our circumstances is even better! I’m not there yet – but I’m learning! I walked away from those pictures with such an overwhelming thankfulness in my heart – and repentance too. Forgive me, Father, for failing to see the beauty of my life because I was only focused on physical beauty. It’s fleeting! God is teaching me! He’s teaching you. We will stand victorious in the end! Let’s just remain vigilant and not let the enemy steal one more second of joy! ❤️🙏🏻

  2. Such good reminders to not believe the lies of the enemy. I have to fight those off, too. Remembering the words of our Lord is so crucial in those times. Thanks for encouraging us in this, Jenny!

  3. Wow Jenny! This is a familiar battle. Like you, I cling to the 1 Corinthians 15:57 promise. Through Christ, those deceptive arrows don’t stand a chance! Glad to be your neighbor this week at #RaRaLinkup!

  4. Oh yes! I LOVE that you have shared about the importance of praying the word of God. I get attacked by those types of thoughts and attacks as well. Thank you for the reminder of how to do battle effectively. Great to meet you through the Under the Tree Linky Party 🙂

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