You Can’t Blame Everything on Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual Warfare has been a HOT topic for at least 10-15 years. We’ll pay hard earned money for books and teaching CDs to teach us strategies for how to combat the “spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).
But does it have to be that complicated? Are we focusing our efforts (and money) in the right direction?
Before I go further into this topic, let me state plainly that I believe in the supernatural. I believe that spiritual warfare DOES occur. I believe that angels and demons DO exist and interact in our lives on a regular basis.
However, I do NOT believe that spiritual warfare is to be blamed for all of our issues, bad attitudes, challenges and/or tragedies that have happened to us. Now, most of you would be quick to agree with that statement, but how many of us cling to the “spiritual warfare” excuse when something negative is happening? When the “rubber meets the road,” are we focusing inward and analyzing our obedience level toward God, or are we wondering what principality is afflicting us?
And the Flesh Cries “NOT ME!”
Although there are a few Scriptures that exist on the topic of spiritual warfare, the truth is that the Bible doesn’t really talk much about it. Many people grab those few Scriptures and either twist them and write books about them (that’s another post for another time), or inflate them so they overshadow other Scriptures that could resolve our issues with more finality. It is easy to look externally for the answers to our present dilemmas – it doesn’t take any personal initiative to do that; however, often the answer isn’t to be found in looking at the spirit realm, but in the mirror.
One all too often overlooked area causing struggles and conflict in our lives is our own disobedience, and the Word has PLENTY of Scriptures on the value of the fear of the Lord and obedience.
The fear of the LORD prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened.
In the fear of the LORD [there is] strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to turn [one] away from the snares of death.
The fear of the LORD [leads] to life, and [he who has it] will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.
This is only a small sample of what you’ll find in the Bible on the fear of the Lord and how it relates to our well-being. In fact, that was only a sample from Proverbs!
Don’t Ignore the Possibility of Spiritual Warfare – But Pay More Attention to Your Obedience Level
If you look in the Word, you will find that Scriptures on obedience and the fear of the Lord FAR outweigh and outnumber those on spiritual warfare.
Could it be that we are paying far too much attention to an inferior enemy because we do not want to deal with our own disobedience? Could it be that the following verse is true about us?
“Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that [it is] an evil and bitter [thing] that you have forsaken the LORD your God, and the fear of Me [is] not in you,” Says the Lord GOD of hosts.
Let it never be said that His Bride refused a chance to purify herself just as He is pure (1 John 3:2-3).