Chaplain’s Column: Enduring Satanic Attacks - Ephesians 6:10-14
Many of us study history to obtain a deeper understanding of what happened during the War of Northern Aggression. I have even heard a few who question God, as to why he allowed the war to end like it did. We can’t change history, but only try to prevent it from repeating itself and try to keep others from a distorted interpretation of it. The fact is if you have Jesus in your heart one day you will have the opportunity to ask these questions when we get up there.
The truth is that all Christians are involved in a satanic battle every day. This battle should be of utmost importance to each of us.
It is true that every believer faces temptations daily in life. We must fight a daily battle to overcome these temptations. Take a moment and see if you can recall a particularly enticing situation involving something that would displease God.
As in any war, it is important to know the plans of the attacker. The attacker that I am referring to is the Devil and he is real. Scripture reveals that he leads an army of fallen angels and is prideful enough to think he can gain victory over God. By definition, a satanic attack is a deliberate assault upon an individual, which is designed to cause spiritual, physical, material, or emotional harm. It is Satan’s desire to rob believers of their joy and peace, and ultimately to try and make us deny God and convince us we should not listen to Him. Just as in any war we must prepare for the attack. We must know the enemy. We must first be aware that the battlefield takes place in our minds. To walk in a godly manner with Christ, our thoughts should be in submission to His Spirit. This requires of us to surrender daily to His will and to spend time in God’s Word. Second, Satan tempts us during our moments of vulnerability. Third, Satan is very deceptive. We are likely not to recognize those traps as an evil scheme. Instead, we will view them as good for us.
As Christians, we should maintain a close walk with Jesus. We must be constantly aware that Satan desires to lure us into destructive actions that rob us of God’s plan for a good and full life. We must stay close to the Savior: read God’s Word, pray, and fellowship with other believers. These are our weapons to use against the Devil in spiritual war. Our ancestors faced this same war with the Devil as we do to day. Nothing has changed for us--we only live in a more modern time.
Yours In ChristTom Snowden, Chaplain