There is a battle on-going even though the war has already been won. Sometimes we don’t even realize there is a battle – a struggle that we go through; it eludes us because it is under the spiritual realm.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
But take heart! The war has been won because of what Jesus has done on the cross!
Since there is a battle, we need to know how to engage it, how to plan for it and best of all, how to win it. Our enemy is Satan, but take note that when I refer to Satan I’m referring to his kingdom. When I say Satan, it includes all the demons working under him.
Let’s answer the question: how does Satan attack us? When we hear this question do we immediately imagine a person being possessed by a demon just like in the movie “The Exorcist”? Or do we see it as Satan capable of attacking us physically through a sickness? Or can it also be someone that Satan has deceived to attack us physically or emotionally?
These maybe some of the things that we might think of, but in essence Satan does not aim to attack us. Because when Satan attacks His aim is to attack God and not us. It is not about us but about God. He wants to distort who God is. He doesn’t want God to be gloried and he will do everything he can to deceive us not to trust who God really is.
The Fall of Man.
Let’s look at the fall of man in Genesis 3. How did the serpent approach Adam and Eve.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1)
The serpent did not approach Even by just telling her to eat of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden. He first questioned what God really said to confuse Eve. And so the woman, who responded wrongly, added words to what God really said.
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” (Genesis 3:2-3)
Then the serpent cunningly tries to show that God might actually be trying to keep something good from them.
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
We know how this went. The Serpent was succeed in his plan. More so that Adam responded after the fall by blaming his wonderful God.
The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” (Genesis 3:12)
Let those words echo in your ears: “The woman YOU put here with me.” Adam is now blaming God for giving him a helper. Adam was deceived to think that God is not a good God because He allowed this to happen. He wasn’t owning up to his decision but rather attack the image of God. Man fell and so, sin started.
Satan is very crafty. But we have to realize that the attack is not going against us but will always be against God. Even if Satan wants to attack us physically it is because he wants to hurt God knowing that He loves us so much and what Father would want his child to get hurt?
This reality should help us know how to be sensitive to his attack and counter it. He will always try to distort the wonderful character of God that’s why we need to be ready with truth of who God is. We must not forget what He did and we need to know what His word is saying about him. When Satan tries to make us worry by telling us lies that God doesn’t care for every need you have, you need to be ready to counter him with scriptures – your only weapon of attack. That’s why it’s really important to memorize verses and dig deep in his word. Because just like the Psalmist in Psalm 42.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
When things get tough in our Christian Marathon we need to be able to put our faith in the right place. We need to be able to say I will not believe in those lies. I know my God and He is good! His word stays true and no matter the situation, I will trust who He is.
I leave you with this question: how well do you know God through His word that you are able to withstand the attacks of the evil?