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Navigating the Spiritual Battle in Today’s Culture

Believers are finding themselves more and more engaged in the spiritual battle due to the complexities and challenges of our modern culture. This battle is a battle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12). As the apostle Paul admonishes us in Ephesians 6:10-18 (ESV), “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” As we explore the reality of spiritual warfare, let us examine how believers can equip themselves to stand firm in the midst of the battle.

Recognizing the Spiritual Battle

In today’s culture, the spiritual battle reveals itself in various forms:
1.        Moral relativism-the view that moral judgements are true or false only relative to some particular standpoint.
2.        Secular humanism-the view that human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or belief in a deity.
3.        False ideologies and worldviews-A concept or idea that does not match reality.  These ideologies can be widely accepted within a culture for a long period of time before conflict occurs and the lie is exposed.

1 Peter 5:8 (ESV) warns, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”  Believers must remain steadfast and discerning to recognize the subtle tactics of the enemy as he seeks to undermine God’s truth. The enemy’s goal is to promote deception and sow discord within society.

Weapons of Warfare

As believers, we are equipped with spiritual weapons that are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). These spiritual weapons are listed in Ephesians 6:14-17  including the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. By wielding these weapons with faith and obedience, believers can withstand the attacks of the enemy and advance the kingdom of God in the midst of spiritual warfare.

Standing Firm in Truth

Believer’s must stand firm in the truth of God’s Word when defending themselves against spiritual warfare.  John 8:32 (ESV) declares, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” In a culture characterized by relativism and moral ambiguity, believers must hold steadfastly to the unchanging truths of Scripture. As believers allow God’s Word to guide their thoughts, words, and actions, they can counteract the lies and deceptions of the enemy. Being grounded in truth enables believers to shine the light of Christ to a darkened world.

Prayer and Intercession

Prayer is a powerful offensive weapon in spiritual warfare which enables believers to access the power of God to overcome the forces of darkness. Ephesians 6:18 (ESV) exhorts believers to “pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints”.  Through fervent prayer and intercession, believers are waging spiritual warfare against the schemes of the enemy and see God’s kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

Unity in the Body of Christ

Unity among believers is essential for effective spiritual warfare. Jesus prayed for unity among His disciples, saying, “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me” (John 17:22-23, ESV). As believers stand together in unity, supporting and encouraging one another, they demonstrate the power and authority of Christ over the forces of darkness.

Overcoming Evil with Good

Believers are called to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Believers are called to a higher standard in responding to hatred and violence.  We do not respond to hatred with hatred or violence with violence, believers are called to demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ, extending forgiveness, grace, and mercy to those who oppose them. 1 Peter 3:9 (ESV) admonishes, “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”

Conclusion

In conclusion, the spiritual battle is a reality in today’s culture, as believers contend with spiritual forces of evil that seek to undermine truth, promote deception, and sow discord within society. By recognizing the spiritual battle, wielding the weapons of warfare, standing firm in truth, engaging in prayer and intercession, fostering unity in the body of Christ, and overcoming evil with good, believers can effectively wage spiritual warfare and advance the kingdom of God in the midst of a darkened world. May we, as believers, be vigilant and courageous in our stand for truth and righteousness, trusting in the power and victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over the forces of darkness.
By Angela Aberle
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