For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12
When is the last time you had a good fight?
Not a fight with your spouse, or your kids, or even a friend, but against the forces of darkness? Wow, you weren’t expecting that, right?
Over the last few months, I have heard from friends and family who were struggling with terrible dreams, difficulty sleeping, and noises in the house for no apparent reason. Now, I am not a see-a-demon-under-every-bush type of person.
But….sometimes, the Holy Spirit just tells it like it is.
There are reasons evil spiritual forces are at work around us.
- We can open the door for them to walk on through.
- By what we watch on TV, take part in, or expose ourselves to gives Satan the right to be in our lives or homes. Pornography opens a huge door into our lives—from magazines to movies to books we read; they can all contain various levels of porn.
- Others can open the door, and as a result, we will be attacked.
- The people we surround ourselves with can have open doors in their lives. If they are our spouse or child, then we can protect ourselves with the Blood of Jesus.
- Sometimes, the Lord allows spiritual warfare to teach us how to stand and pray against it.
- We would not know how to fight if we were never in that situation.
- Lack of unity.
- Satan loves when we are against one another. He loves when we let our disagreements and passions turn us on each other.
The military trains by running scenarios. Real-life scenarios, so the soldier knows what to do if he or she is ever in a particular situation. The TV show Seal Team often shows them going through simulations to rescue a hostage within a model of the building known to hold the person. The warriors practice “rescuing the hostage” until they can do it precisely and timely.
As Christians, we are warriors living where the Natural and Spiritual realms intersect. We can have interactions with the angelic or demonic realm whether or not we believe in them. We must know how to deal with the forces of evil. Jesus has given us the authority to act.
Satan loves ignorance. But God doesn’t want us to be unaware. He allows situations and battles with the enemy to prepare us and keep us spiritually sharp.
We must also be in His Word. It is our training manual. The word Torah (the word for the first 5 books of the Bible) is often interchanged for the word Law. But Torah, in Hebrew, means to teach or instruct. God gave us His Word so we can learn about the ways of Satan, man, and God. So, we can be prepared for the life of a believer in Christ.
Jesus never promised it would be easy. But He will teach us, are you willing to learn?
Lack of Unity
We are also living in a period when time as we know it has never been closer to the Last Days.
A pandemic has overtaken our world, our country is divided over politics, and abortion has taken the lives of over sixty million babies.
Social media allows people to say things over the internet they would never say to your face.
Not to mention, we can get beaten up for supporting the wrong political candidate.
Satan is having a heyday!
He is pitting brothers and sisters, and husbands and wives against one another, church members are in opposition to one another, and even various church denominations contend against one another over theology.
We fuss over the versions of the Bible people read, too.
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Jesus calls us to be warriors, not pew warmers. If we can’t stand up to Satan for our family or ourselves, how will we ever stand up to him for our cities, states, country, and world?
Let’s not watch from the sidelines but get involved in the battle.
“You are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”1 John 4:4 ESV
How can you promote unity in Christ?
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for Jesus. Thank you that we belong to you and that you empower us to be overcomers in this dark world. Please help us to be unified and to love one another the way you instructed us to. Be with our country, our President, and government–they need you! Open their eyes and give them ears to hear your Holy Spirit. Turn our hearts to you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Genre: Non-fiction, Bible study
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Stephanie Pavlantos is an award-winning writer who is passionate about getting people into God’s Word. She has taught Bible studies for over fifteen years, speaking at ladies’ retreats, at her church, and over the internet.
Her book, Jewels of Hebrews (Mount Zion Ridge Press), won third place in the Selah Awards at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, and an Honorable Mention at the Florida Christian Writers Conference.
She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2019.
Stephanie has served as the president of the Hudson, Ohio chapter of Word Weavers, and is a speaker for the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference.
She is a regular speaker at PJNet. tv.
Stephanie served as editor/social media administrator for VineWords: Devotions and More from 2019-2022. She is co-editor and contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing). She continues to serve as a Bible study/devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More.
Stephanie works for the Besorah Institute for Judeo-Christian Studies in the Student Services department, as well as teaching their online classes. She holds weekly Zoom Bible studies, covering topics such as the Jewish roots of Christianity; the Four Covenants; and other themes.
She is published in Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Charisma Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, and Faith Beyond Fear. Stephanie is a contributing author to Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies).
Married for twenty-seven years, she and her husband Mike have three children: Matthew, Alexandria, and Michael. Stephanie has adopted animals of all kinds, including dogs, ducks, goats, and chickens.
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