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Spiritual Warfare 101

Have you heard the term, “Spiritual Warfare”? Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t, but I am here to tell you it is a real thing! When I first began my recovery journey, my faith in Christ had been renewed and restored. I first became a believer in Christ in my late twenties, but Satan waged a war on my mind. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was spiritual warfare.

Jesus taught his disciples about Satan and his schemes. He explained that Satan only wants to destroy what is good and right (John 10:10). Jesus goes on to say, though, that He came so that we may have an abundant life. Let me tell you, Satan does not like that one bit.

Spiritual warfare comes in many forms from Satan. He knows our weaknesses and plays on them. He knows who bothers us and what words get to us. He knows our temptations and how to plant seeds of doubt in our minds. But God knows us better than anyone (2 Timothy 2:19). God knows we are His children and through His power, the devil cannot stand. He runs and hides at the very utterance of Jesus’ name (James 2:19). That is the spiritual warfare I’m talking about.

Satan tries to convince us that we do not need God, but we must be strong and courageous against the devil’s schemes. The Apostle Paul says it like this:

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil”

Ephesians 6:11

I talked about the armor of God before, but I believe it is so important to talk about again.

The closer I am in my relationship with Jesus and the farther I go in my recovery journey, Satan still tries to attack my mind by reminding me of my past. When these darts of doubt are sent sailing towards my mind, I remember to put on the full armor of God in order to stand firm against Satan’s schemes. The devil is crafty, but he is not as smart as he thinks he is.

Satan will try to condemn me, but God forgives me.

As I continue to work on Step 10 and take a daily inventory, I ask God to help me discern my steps. Satan will try to condemn me, but God forgives me. God helps me to write out my daily inventory and gives me the direction of what I did right and what I could have done differently.

I am not perfect, but taking an inventory will help me see with different eyes where I can improve.

Take me to the next post in the series.

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