Purpose of Spiritual Warfare

Continued from here.

One of the lessons I learned from Priscilla Shirer’s The Armor of God is that the Satan’s plan in spiritual warfare is to keep us so distracted that we stop advancing for kingdom purposes. She bases this on this Bible verse:

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” ~ Eph 6:16

Each of the annoyances I dealt with during this brief period of time was a “flaming arrow” intended to distract me from doing what God has called me to do. Shirer said that in Biblical times, enemies would shoot flaming arrows (literally arrows that had been set on fire) around the soldiers in the hopes of setting things on fire around the advancing army. This could prevent the army from advancing because they needed to stop and put out the fires. Their focus shifted from moving forward to having to deal with the more immediate need to preventing a fire from spreading around and behind them.

The Bible tells us that the shield of faith is the weapon we need to use when we are being attacked in this way. Per Shirer, the advancing armies would join their shields of faith together, creating one large shield out of the many, which would prevent the flaming arrows from being able to hit a target around them and start a fire.

To apply this to my day of every piece of technology appearing to blow up as soon as I touched it, I needed to have faith that God was in control, no matter how many technological issues I experienced. As if that wasn’t enough, the enemy played dirty by the added distraction of not feeling well and also being focused on balancing out obedience to God with obedience to husband. While none of these issues is earth-shattering in themselves, the totality felt like flaming arrows were raining all over my life. Thankfully, I recognized that I was under spiritual attack. The question was how to deal with it?

To be continued…

[Graphic: Cover of The Armor of God. Courtesy Amazon.]