“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12 ESV)
“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19 ESV)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 ESV)
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 ESV)
Western society has increasingly open itself up to demonic entities, through sin. Principalities and Powers have gained strength through our cultural surrender to dark practices. This battle against dark forces is both on a personal and corporate level. The western Church must acknowledge this, and move in the opposite spirit of the age, and begin to equip believers to stand against this present darkness.
As a young boy I loved to play sports and in my part of the country, football, basketball and baseball were the main three sports we participated in. But one of my favorite sports was wrestling. At my school, we didn’t have an organized team that competed with other schools, so we wrestled in our physical education class among ourselves. Wrestling to me is the most intense form of “combat” there is. It involves a close face to face encounter with your opponent.
The fact is, the Christian life is a struggle from beginning to the end. You can choose not to fight, but you will be run over by demonic beings. If you choose to fight, you have the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with you to combat, the world, the flesh, and the devil. To come into alignment with the Holy Trinity you must submit yourself to God (all areas of your life) and resist the devil.
God is looking for spiritual warriors who will devote their lives to intimacy with Jesus (our power source) and to stand your ground, to take back what Satan has taken from you and others. Taking ground back from the devil involves a life long process of being conformed to the likeness of Christ (Discipleship). Prayer, personal purity, peace and rest are all a part of a spiritual warriors’ lifestyle.
Remember, we live in enemy occupied territory and we can’t cast the battle out of anyone, even ourselves. Many have grown weary and faint hearted saying to themselves,”I do not understand why I’m having such a struggle.” God is calling you to intimacy with Him, so embrace the battle, and know that the battle is where you find pure joy. You were re-created (new birth) to be a spiritual warrior.