1 Peter 5:8b – “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
Imagine the horror! If you were living as a Christian in the time of the Roman dynasty, emperors like Nero were known for condemning us to death in the arena. He’d send innocent people who believed in God to fight a lion or panther to the death.
Now, we live in a different time and it’s rare for a government to treat its citizens in such cruel ways. However, every day a roaring lion is trying to devour one of our brothers and sisters.
The concept of ‘spiritual attack’ is assumed in the Bible – and it is very real. We are all under siege daily by a persistent enemy set on destroying the relationship with have with God.
But there are two things you must know.
First, God loves you so much that he gave you spiritual armor to protect you in your battle against this enemy.
Second, when you use the weapons he gave you – the devil and his minions will depart and focus on someone else. Just command those foul and evil spirits and remind them that you belong to Jesus and the attack ends. When you feel the attack, speak out loud that “In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to depart”.
Just remember that you may need to repeat the process many times before they stop trying to devour you.
My issues with drugs and alcohol opened the door to my own series of spiritual attacks. In the last few months, I’ve really felt those attacks getting stronger too. Although I’m now approaching 25 years since my last drink – I still struggle from time to time with other substances, namely marijuana.
God has a plan for me and it’s a good one. He’s been after me to develop a blog like Inspired Life because it can ’turn the lights on’ and help believers to see that we do have an enemy and he’s really trying to damage us.
That presents a threat to my enemy who has many believing that he’s not there – that he doesn’t exist. Accept it for what it is… if you want to claim all that God has for you, you will be forced to fight for it. With the proper equipment and armor, you’ll not only be able to fight, you’ll be able to win.