A Spiritual Battle: What We See Is Not All There Is

This can be considered a public service announcement. The devil is real. You may be thinking, “thanks for the reminder,” as if life was not already hard enough. Now not only do you have to worry about going to work and paying the bills, but you also have to consider the existence of a cosmic bad guy who wants to wreak havoc on your life. You must give thought to the possibility of an unseen realm affecting your physical life. What’s more, the greatest battles in life are fought on this unseen battlefield. That’s right. I’m talking about a realm that is unseen yet extremely dangerous. Just so you won’t think I am mentally unstable (Joy Behar), let me tell you my reasons.

In the Bible, Jesus talked about an enemy that has the sole purpose to “steal, kill and to destroy” (John 10:10). The Apostle Peter said this entity is like a “lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The Apostle Paul says that this diabolical personality shoots “fiery darts” at us (Ephesians 6:16). He is said to be the author of sin and death. He initiated the sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3).  He tempted Jesus three times in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). He afflicted Job (Job 1-2). He sifted Peter (Luke 22:31). He buffeted Paul (2 Corinthians 12:7). He is literally as bad as they come. And to top it off, Scripture tells us that this sinister being is seeking to turn the world against God (1 John 5:19). This satanic rebellion is said to climax with the battle of Armageddon followed by the final judgment. If you fail to do spiritual battle then you are open prey. That’s right- prey! Scripture describes the devil as a dragon, a lion and a serpent. Not only is he a predator but he is also a deceiver. He is your worst enemy. He is called the adversary. So, guess what? You better be ready.

When you deal with this enemy, there is no room for negotiation. According to James 4:7, we are to “submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.” This simple battle plan reminds me of a movie that I saw recently and which I would highly recommend. It is called “The Darkest Hour.” The movie chronicles how Winston Churchill rose to power during Great Britian’s darkest days. As some in Parliament were urging him to try to make peace with Hitler before he destroyed the British army at Dunkirk, Churchill refused to give in. In perhaps the most memorable quote from the movie he says, “You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth.” It’s the same way with the devil. You don’t try to make a deal. You do battle. Regardless of the outlook, you don’t give in. You fight. Ephesians 6:10-11 says, “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Whatever evil you are facing, you have to fight. Don’t give in and don’t give up. With God’s strength you can prevail. “And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith” (1 John 5:4).

I’ll close with the conclusion of Winston Chruchill’s rousing speech given on June 4, 1940 to the House of Commons.

“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”