WE ARE NOT FIGHTING ONE BATTLE WITH SATAN... WE ARE FIGHTING TWO !!!
The Christian dilemma is that we are fighting battles on two different fronts at the same time. One is a carnal fight and the other is spiritual, but both emanate from the same enemy, Satan. We are capable of winning both fights, but there are a few obstacles with which we must deal, and one of them is ourselves… If we examine our position and admit to ourselves the reality of certain aspects of our contests, we have a much better chance at victory. The problem arises when we go into denial about our own desires and lack of aggression towards our enemy, and that is when we become frustrated and lose many of the benefits that God has offered to us.
If we address the spiritual battle first, we find that it is best left up to a Higher power than attempting to wage this battle ourselves and that we should become soldiers within the army. We are not spiritual in nature, but Paul discusses this fight in Ephesians when he tells us of the intensity of the constant warfare.
Ephesians 6:12-13 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Paul is speaking of serious warfare in this statement, and yet there are those that still believe that Satan has no power. It is true that Satan has already lost the war, but that does not stop him from constantly fighting against the people of God. If anyone thinks that Satan is going to surrender because he has already lost, they are in for a big surprise. Satan does not care about the final outcome, he only cares about destroying all that is good and influencing the people of God to do evil, and he is very successful at these attempts. However, this battle is purely spiritual in nature and we are not yet spiritual and do not have the capabilities to wage it. We can only protect ourselves and make Satan work harder if we resist him…
The other battle front is that which is within ourselves, and in this fight we can do much to achieve victory. But, we must want to win against Satan and that is not always the way we feel. There are many times that we embrace Satan in order for us to fulfill a personal desire that we know is wrong.There will be many sanctimonious individuals that will deny this to be true, but the reality is that it is, in fact, true. The denial of this activity is only going to cause a person more harm and make the job of Satan much easier. It is better to admit to this aspect of human nature and work on it with the help of God, than to continually sin and excuse ourselves.
Paul speaks to this in Romans and explains the constant battle between our will and our actions. We must recognize that free will is not a license to do whatever we want. Will is not an action as many people think, but will is the thought or desire that we consider in our minds. It is not, however, the action, but every action is preceded by a thought… And, this is where our battle within ourselves begins. Because we are human, our actions are always a result of prior thoughts, and this is where we can decide to continue on that thought or reject it because the resulting action is evil, yet we do it anyway. Satan has influenced us beyond the point that our spirit loses the battle to Satan.
Acceptance is the first step towards fighting off satanic attacks. We must acknowledge to ourselves that we really do want to do various things that we know are wrong instead of going into denial about our reasons. However, this is not an easy thing to do because there are so many aspects working against us. The various versions of the Bible with the different interpretations are clearly an impediment to our understanding much of what is right and wrong. When churches allow and condone activities that are so far out of alignment with true biblical doctrine and principles, it becomes very confusing but makes Satan very happy. Activities that were considered extremely immoral only a few years ago, are now considered normal behavior. We are essentially morally bankrupt and this influences our entire lives. Satan has done a wonderful job destroying the moral fiber of most humans, but that does not mean that anyone of us need to be that way. The answer as to how to fight off satanic attacks is called self control and integrity… Try it sometime and you may find that you are getting help that was not with you before and His name is Jesus !!!