Four strategies to fight a spiritual battle

Ephesians 6:11When a professional football player steps onto the field, he is physically prepared from head to toe for the game. He wears protective gear that is used to shield him from falls and impacts from the opposing team.

He is also mentally prepared. He has studied the opposing team and knows their strengths and weaknesses. He also knows his own strengths and weaknesses. He has prepared the best he can and is confident that he and his team can defeat the opposing team.

Like a football player, we must also prepare, but not for a game. Our preparation is for battle – a real battle against spiritual warfare.

The enemy knows our weaknesses and uses them to cloud our minds and confuse us with lies. He wants us to think our past is unforgivable, that we are suffering because of past sins, we will never change, no one likes us and that we are a failure. These lies infect our emotions and cause us to make hasty and unwise decisions.

Jesus was not immune to spiritual battles. In Matthew 4, he was tempted in the wilderness after fasting for 40 days. The enemy waited until he was tired and hungry to attack.

But Jesus knew it was coming and was ready. He spent time with God in prayer. He knew his Father’s voice and could recognize the lies of the enemy. He fought back with truth.

It’s a battle we must all face but it cannot be won using our own strength.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Standing strong in the Lord comes through prayer, memorizing Scripture, obeying it and believing in the promises of God. Here are four strategies you can use to fight a spiritual battle.

Pray
Prayer gives us power over the enemy. Before beginning your day, lift up thanks and praise to our Father. Ask him to fight for you as you go about your day.

Read God’s Word
Jesus knew he was being tempted because he knew God’s Word. God’s Word shines into our lives and strengthens our spiritual defenses.

Memorize Scripture
Jesus used scripture to fight the enemy in the wilderness. We, too, can use scripture to defend ourselves against negative and untruthful thoughts.

Build Relationships
Relationships are important. We need others to fight with us in prayer. Ask the Lord will help you find others who are in the battle, come alongside them and encourage them. Pray for one another and build each other up.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

When we follow God and allow him to speak to us, we will be able to stand against the enemy in victory.

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7 thoughts on “Four strategies to fight a spiritual battle

  1. Whenever I write or teach about the basics of living the Christian life, I always feel a little bit like someone is going to be thinking, ,”Tell me something I don’t know.”
    Truth is, the Christian life, victory over sin, or, in your words, fighting spiritual battles, is all about the basics. There IS nothing more consequential than communion with God through prayer and His Word.
    Thanks, Jenny, for your encouragement in this!

  2. These four strategies are so timeless and so effective; how is it that we overlook them at times? Thanks for the reminder, Jenny. I’ve been in a season heavy with scripture memorization in particular, and it’s been such a blessing, as it flows into the other 3 areas as well.

  3. Great advice. I think we also have to start by acknowledging that spiritual warfare is real and that there are unseen forces that are bent on our destruction. Until that becomes a reality, we’ll end up fighting the wrong battles. Thanks!

  4. These 4 strategies are simple and effective! I like what Micah said above. simple and practical. Prayer, Read God’s Word, Memorize Scripture, Build Relationships! We don’t often think of #4 as spiritual warfare, but it’s an effective weapon.

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