Armor of God: A Word of Caution

panic_attackContinued from here.

Spiritual attack is a real experience, and the more you grow in your relationship with God, the more fighting will be required of you. Joyce Meyer puts it this way: “New level, new devil.” While spiritual attack is a reality that you will face as you grow closer to God, you need not fear it. Remember that whether or not you win a particular spiritual battle, the war has already been won:

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.’” ~ 1 John 4:4

Spoiler alert – God wins! And because you belong to God, that means you win as well. So, it doesn’t matter how many spiritual battles you lose because the war has already been won.

You might wonder why we must fight battles, some of which we will lose, if the war is already won. God allows us to be attacked spiritually to grow us in Christlikeness. The more you transform into the image of Christ, the less spiritual attack will bother you. To an inexperienced Christian, the battle seems insurmountable. However, to the mature Christian with many battle scars, even very heavy spiritual attack is unable to shake the firm foundation he or she has in Christ.

Some people make the mistake of becoming obsessed with spiritual warfare. If you aren’t careful, the enemy will lure you into filling your mind with thoughts of him and his power rather than God. God must always been your central focus. As long as you keep your eyes on God, it really doesn’t matter what the enemy does. He is a defeated foe. Fear God, and you need not fear spiritual attack.

I hope you found this series on spiritual attack to be helpful. Now that you have the tools, use them whenever you are tempted to despair over your life experiences. This life and spiritual warfare are temporary, but your relationship with God is eternal. Keep pressing on, chasing God with all you have, and then you need not fear anything else.

[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace having a panic attack. Courtesy Bitmoji.]



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