Many times when you are faced with spiritual warfare battle it is hard to share it with those around you. For years I have been told or heard other believers tell those who are struggling that they need to not focus on the demons or Satan that is oppressing them. They are encouraged to just ”ignore” it and it will go away. Because they lack the discernment and patience to deal with your battle you are told to stop spending so much time on it and just think happy thoughts. I have seen comments on blogs where Christians who are not in a season of battle will rebuke others for trying o facing things that are unknown and sometimes scary. From haunted houses to out right attacks the battle can be intense. Sometimes the battles for discerning warring believers can make other people’s theology uncomfortable. If was as easy to just” ignore” the battles and demonic activities that you are faced with… then Jesus should have just kept walking pass the caves when he encounter the demon possessed man. Jesus confronted what he was faced with. He was also dealt with very harshly by those who witness it. He effected their economy by having the demons go into the pigs. Money is not as important as than the deliverance of those in need.
“Healing of a Demoniac
26 So they sailed over to the region of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 As Jesus stepped ashore, a certain man from the town met him who was possessed by demons. For a long time this man had worn no clothes and had not lived in a house, but among the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before him, and shouted with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I beg you, do not torment me!” 29 For Jesus had started commanding the evil spirit to come out of the man. (For it had seized him many times, so he would be bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard. But he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into deserted places.) 30 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. 31 And they began to beg him not to order them to depart into the abyss. 32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and the demonic spirits begged Jesus to let them go into them. He gave them permission. 33 So the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd of pigs rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned. 34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran off and spread the news in the town and countryside. 35 So the people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus. They found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been healed. 37 Then all the people of the Gerasenes and the surrounding region asked Jesus to leave them alone, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and left. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, and declare what God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.
I do not go looking for battles… I deal with things that crosses my path in life in a natural way. There is a belief that if you are dealing with evil than you must have been on a witch hunt. For those who have encounters with evil at an intense level it does change your perspective on spirituality. It becomes real. The “blue eyes bunny” of Christianity is shot dead. The battles you fight can make you more sensitive to what is happening around you. It is disturbing to say the least when other believer rebuke you or judge you for trying to understand the attacks in your life and home.
Some times other Christians may thinks you are walking around just looking for trouble when in reality you are living your life on daily spiritual level that is led by God. The attacks and battles we face are real and Jesus is the only answer. As you plan apply the word, pray, and Jesus to a problem you have to first address there is a problem. It would be like getting hit by a car and getting up and saying you are alright when in reality you have two broken legs.
Jesus came to give us victory. Not just over our finances, but in our lives engraved in him. I was in the army for 8 years active, reserve, and National Guard. I had a military uniform I had to wear. I could not go out into formation in anything but that uniform. Many Christians are dressing for battle anyway they want or not showing up at all for the fight. They are nowhere to be found. They are judging those who have dressed for the fight. Sometimes they are not have taking the uniform or battle as a soldier for Christ serious.
There is a war going on and it is getting harder to fight. Some days you are fighting other believers and demons at the same time. It is good to know you place in the battle and to take it serious. There is causality of war in the spirit. We have to discern and respect the different levels and battles we all face at different times.
I stood next to other soldier in the army that had a different rank than me…but we were all in one line, one platoon, or brigade fighting what we were called to fight. The battle cannot always just be about prosperity and getting favor…. there is more going on. There is a time and season for all things. It is good to discern your season and not project your season on others. If you are not in a spiritual battle that is as intense as another believers hold your concerns and pray. But don’t react violently to the way they have to stand in their fight in their season of war. Spiritual maturity mean walking in love. Love means patience and temperament toward other also.
I encourage you to fight, read the word, pray, pray, and stand in Jesus name. If you are around those that can’t hear and understand what you are facing love them, listen, and be Christ like. But know that does not change what you have ahead of you. You are still in uniform to fight. Study the word to know how God want you to fight. Pray for guidance and wisdom from Jesus. When you get weary, get refreshed and keep standing prophetically on his promise to you. When you are facing evil… there no time to ponder if other will believe you. It is time to face and deal with the battles. Fighting with other believer is distraction from the victory God has promises. Stay prayed up and focuses.
“So you, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well. Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one in military service gets entangled in matters of everyday life; otherwise he will not please the one who recruited him.” 2 Timothy 2: 2-4
You might even find you can talk to everyone because you make them uncomfortable actually facing the war in your life with God’s power. It is not their season, but t will come. We are seeing a new level of evil in the last days that is not for the faint of heart. It is deceiving the church and some of those who once stood for righteousness in Christ. You may feel like Elijah like you are all alone… but you are not! There are many that are standing to deal with personal victory, spiritual warfare, and the war for souls even in their own family. You have the heavenly host on your side! You have others praying around the world. You are a conquer through Christ Jesus that give you strength! So don’t give up…stay focus on Jesus. Let God guide you and fight the good fight in his holy name with the Holy Spirit guiding you! Regardless of what people say to you and about you… God knows your heart and what you are dealing with. Jesus is a personal savior. Pray and follow his commanded to give you the victory! In Jesus name