Under attack

Within the past several weeks, we’ve heard of so many different areas in the world, and people even in our own country who are  under attack. Those words, “under attack,” automatically instill fear in us. Usually when we hear those words we think of lives being taken, like they were in Paris, Beirut, and California, or other places where there may be threats and tensions between different races, like at the University of Missouri and other college campuses across the country. But very rarely do we think of spiritually being under attack…well, let me tell you…it exists, it’s scary, and it’s called spiritual warfare.

Spiritual warfare is defined by many different scholars in different ways, but honestly it’s something that one won’t fully understand until you experience it. It’s the the idea that there is a continuous war that goes on between those who follow Christ and the devil. Some people will disagree and say this isn’t real just because they cannot see it, but hey…there’s always going to be people like that, that won’t believe something unless they see it, right Thomas?  But let me tell you, spiritual warfare is hard and tiring, but Christ’s faithfulness and unconditional love is always proven.

We also have to constantly remember that the devil tries to be smart with who he attacks. He is much more interested in attacking someone that is wanting to bring the Good News to others in this world than someone who is not living out the Word and being an example for others to follow. In this sense, we have to keep in mind the devil is constantly after those who are following what the Lord calls us to. So if you feel like you are under attack and the devil has been trying to bring you down, don’t feel weak because he attacks the strong. But when we go through these trials and battles, we have to make sure everything that we are including our selves in, is to continually keep us rooted in Christ.

Dwell on His Word.

In today’s world, we love immediate answers. When we have a problem, the first thing we tend to do is either call up a friend, set it as our fb status and hope someone comments with a solution, or google it. But as children of Christ, we have to constantly be rooted in the Word. God gave us His Word so that we can refer to it and use it, especially in difficult times in our life because honestly the Bible includes some of the wisest words and best advice I have ever received. Scripture is one of the best tools that we have and we forget how much power it holds! In the longest Psalm, Psalm 119, we can see how we have to desire to spend time with God through scripture and it should be easy and something we long for- How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey” (verse 103) [NLT]. Scripture gives us advice and a kind of understanding that allows us to interpret the Truth and becomes a guidance for our life- Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (verse 104-105) [NLT].

 We forget that scripture is a powerful tool that we have to combat the devil and darkness. When He tries to come after us, spending time in the Word prepares our mind and allows us to keep our eyes fixed on Him. Spending time in the Word is rewarding, but we must remember that we’re also called not to just be hearers, but to also be doers of the Word (James 1:22-25). Even when we are spending time in the Word, we have to use what we attain to share with others and to also share it through our actions. In education we learn how one of the best ways to attain information and a new concept is by teaching it to others and also actually doing it. This idea can also be used in reference to how we should go about things after spending time in the Word.

Talk to your Father constantly. 

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere”[NLT]. In Ephesians 6:18, we’re reminded to pray at all times. Christians are known to pray all the time when we’re together- before we eat, when someone’s sick, etc…, but in all this I think we forget that prayer is powerful because our God is powerful, and He cares for us and our prayers. 

We’re also instructed to pray for our brothers and sisters all over the world. The battle that you feel like you’re fighting is a battle that many of your fellow believers all over the world are fighting. Since you know how difficult and tough that battle is, it should be our empathetic nature to want to pray for them!

It feels like prayer sometimes becomes a chore more than a privilege that should be intimate and real. And real, that’s it. God wants us to be real with Him. If you feel drained and like the devil has been after you, tell Him! He knows everything and knows our hearts, but still wants to hear from us. Ask Him to give you guidance, ask Him to give you strength and endurance because this battle cannot be fought on our own. Who better to seek help from than someone who has already won the battle and invites us to join Him on the side of victory?

Seek Biblical Community

In the south Asian background that I come from, community plays a huge role. Since community is such a big part of our culture, I think it’s difficult for those who are Christian that come from this background to be able to differentiate between a community that just likes to hang out and spend time together and one that is constantly turning each other to Christ. Scripture repeatedly talks about community, especially in Acts when it talks about the church, but if we were to compare the community that many of us are a part of to the community described in the New Testament, is it in anyway similar? 

As Christians we are blessed with community because we have brothers and sisters to walk on this journey with us, to point us back to Christ, and to share our sorrows and joys with. In Galatians 6:2 we’re instructed to “share each other’s burdens [with each other]…” so that we can give support to each other and remind each other to center our lives around Christ. This might be a bit cliché, but remember there’s strength in numbers. When the devil tries to knock us off our feet, it’s helpful to have brothers and sisters in Christ to  keep us from falling flat on our face, and to point us to Christ, who is always extending His hand to help us up. 

Be Alone.

This past semester for me and for many in Denton, where I go to school, has definitely been exhausting and overwhelming. The Christian organization we are a part of, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, has been growing and the Lord has been answering prayers and doing some crazy things with our chapter. Due to the growth, the leaders in our fellowship have been constantly on the move and at work and have left us feelings drained and just tired too often. At first I didn’t even realize what was happening to me until one day I just felt like I couldn’t even function anymore. It wasn’t that I was physically tired, but was just spiritually drained and I had been spending time with people 24/7. I soon found out why I had been feeling like that…I had not been spending enough time alone. When I say spending time alone, I don’t mean just in an unproductive, lonely way, but rather a time to just be with the Lord and no one else. This semester I have learned and experienced what can happen if we as followers of Christ constantly just try to continue to share the Good News and share with others of our Lord without spending enough time with Him. During these moments, I realized how the devil will try to use tiredness and weariness as a footstool. BUT the Lord reminds us multiple times in scripture the importance of being alone with Him, so why is it so difficult for us?

“Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.” (Mark 6:31-32) [NLT]

If Christ took the disciples aside to a quiet place to rest and be alone because He knew they needed it, what makes us think that we can function without doing the same? We have to spend alone time with Christ to continue our intimate relationship with Him and to constantly keep our eyes locked on Him, so it makes it even more difficult for the devil to try and distract us. 

Spiritual warfare is a battle that is tiresome and difficult, but Christ has equipped us with a spiritual arsenal, discussed in Ephesians 6, that prepares us to take on whatever comes our way. This arsenal is strong because it is of Christ that has strength that cannot be compared to anything else. 

“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Verses 10-12) [NLT].

We are reminded that we’re not fighting against the flesh and others in this world, but rather the devil and the darkness of the unseen world…sounds pretty scary to me, but this next part gives us courage and hope found in our Lord, Jesus Christ!

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Verses 13-17) [NLT].

This arsenal includes equipment that is needed to fight against the evils in this world and to continue to make the Good News known!

*REMEMBER: Even when we experience spiritual warfare, know and be confident that the battle that matters the most has already been won! Our God came to this world and lived life with us, so Jesus knows what spiritual warfare is! He took up our sin and shame, died on the cross, rose from the dead, and has gone before us to prepare the way. So now, because of all that, we have this hope that He is going to return one day. He is going to come back and take us back Home with Him, and from that day on there will be no more pain, no more suffering, and no more battles or wars.  But until then, we will go through spiritual warfare because the devil wants us to take our eyes off Christ. But be persistent- press into the Spirit, call out to Him for help, and seek out those who will always turn you to Jesus.

So take a second and think- we’re going to experience spiritual warfare as we seek Christ more and more, there’s no doubt about that. But this is the question you need to ask yourself, are you going to be a victim or a victor? And remember, any victory that happens is through Christ, and Christ alone. Know that when we walk through difficulties and whatever the devil may try to throw at us, Christ is always and will always be on our side and know we won’t be overcome because like He reminds us in John 16:33, HE HAS ALREADY OVERCOME THE WORLD. Constantly remind yourself that when we try to fight these battles on our own, we won’t succeed and will be left feeling burned out. Remember to surrender everything to Christ and look to Him for all your strength.  And in the midst of this battle, continue to pursue the Lord because He has won our heart and He is now not just all we want, but Jesus is all that we need.

3 thoughts on “Under attack

  1. Julia, enjoyed reading your blog. Wisdom filled message, beautifully put together. Thank you so much for sharing. Wishing for getting more and more mature in Spirit. Let the Almighty be with you throughout your spiritual journey & let your heart remain humble & receptive to His revelations. Keep writing more & more for the fellow beings in love of Him.
    Love you.
    Prayers & regards,
    Ancy aunty.


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