In the late 90’s when spiritual warfare was a hot topic I attended a seminar on the subject where I heard a statistic that claimed 80% of what Christians call spiritual warfare is really just disobedience to God’s Word and God’s will. At the time it sounded right and even logical , so for years that has always been tucked away in my brain when I hear someone say that the enemy is attacking them.
For the most part I can say that was true for me. The only time that I can recall experiencing “spiritual warfare” was when I was fighting and struggling with God’s will for my life until recently. I’m writing this post today because I didn’t recognize the enemies attack. I didn’t see the satanic schemes coming until it was almost too late. I am living my life in obedience to His Word and I am submitted to His will, so I was blindsided when things broke out.
Without going into great detail about the circumstances that caused the warfare I wanted to share the indicators that should have tipped me off and help me recognize that I was being spiritually assaulted.
1. I Had No Clarity – Where you don’t have clarity the enemy has the opportunity to bring confusion and chaos.
1 Corinthians 14:33- For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
Clearly the enemy has written the original manuscript on confusion and chaos, so when things are not in order he looks to bring disorder, disturbances and instability. Instability is defined as the tendency to change your behavior very quickly or to react to things in an extremely emotional way. When confusion comes you begin to doubt what you believe about yourself and others. What you believe changes how you behave. I found myself extremely emotional and reactive.
2. I Experienced an Untimely & Odd Sickness – I got a case of shingles that ended up only lasting 4 days when I was originally told 2-4 weeks.
Luke 2:13 – And there was a woman who for eighteen years had a sickness caused by a spirit.
Luke recognized that some sickness is caused by a spirit of infirmity. I am convinced that my sickness was part of a spiritual attack because what it prevented and how quick I recovered. My wife and I were suppose get some much needed away time that didn’t happen. This was very discouraging for my wife and I. Secondly, I was told that shingles was going to be painful, yet coupled with taking the meds the doctor prescribed and believing God for healing in 4 days scabs began to form ( a sign that your on the mend.) A week after I was diagnosed I was totally delivered from sickness.
3. I Was Extremely Frustrated – This was interesting because now that I look back I wasn’t mad or upset with anyone. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I was angry with something. Frustration is something that causes feelings of anger and annoyance. I was annoyed with the enemies ploys but didn’t identify the enemy as the source of my frustration.
I failed to see what Job saw when he said, “I know that you can do everything, that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
4. I Had a Good Friend that Recognized my Reality - Out of desperation I contacted a friend who has been a voice of encouragement and strength to me throughout my entire Christian walk. Without knowing what was going on, as soon as he saw me he discerned that this wasn’t the Dean he was used to encountering and that I was going through a spiritual storm. He said it was the first time he met with me that he didn’t see purpose in my eyes (no clarity). The next two hours his prophetic insight and counsel helped me “elevate above the storm.” To make a long story short I was set free as he spoke in truth and power over my life.
Ephesians 6:10-13 - Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
I humbly submit to you that I didn’t recognize the enemies attack. I think sometimes I forget that I am in a war, a spiritual war that I cannot see. It’s a battle we all fight, a battle Jesus Christ has won for us. I’m just asking God to open my eyes to the unseen so that I am not leaning on my own understanding!
2 Kings 6:19 - And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.