Ephesians 6:12

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” 

We are spiritual beings that live in a physical world, and everything that takes place in the visible (physical world) is connected to what is happening in the invisible (spiritual world). Every physical, spiritual, relational, emotional, or financial issue we face is directly linked to the spiritual war that is taking place in our life. When we come to this realization, we have the upper hand against the schemes of the enemy.

The enemy will attack both our strengths and our weaknesses. He attacks that by which he feels threatened. So when he attacks our strengths, it is our strengths that should be our weapon of choice. When he attacks our weaknesses, we should stand in confidence of God’s grace that delivered us. It is important in either case to pray, as our communion with Jesus will bring guidance and peace.

Charles Spurgeon said, “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It’s knowing the difference between right and almost right.”

I struggled with insecurity growing up. I was often referred to as “just a little girl” and therefore was not good enough, smart enough, or wise enough. The enemy would remind me of this at points in my life when I was in a position to excel. He would tell me I didn’t know enough, I was too young, and although I knew my schooling and my experience, he would cause me to question my abilities.

While it appeared that these could be true, I knew not only what God had told me, but also what I had previously accomplished and achieved. Rather than focus on the lies of the enemy, I began to pray for wisdom beyond my years and beyond my education and that He would bring to my remembrance all I had learned. And I have watched God promote me numerous times.

It is so important that we recognize the spiritual battle that is going on in our lives. It is equally important that we are prepared to fight accordingly. The better we know what God says about us, the easier it will be to recognize the lies of the enemy. If we possess a strong knowledge of the real it will help identify the false.

Thought for the day: What is my current spiritual battle and how can I effectively fight it?