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A Healthy View of Spiritual Warfare

In a recent article, I mentioned that there are various perspectives on spiritual warfare in the body of Christ, but that regardless of your view, it is important to know your enemy so that you can have victory over him. Now I want to outline some characteristics of what I believe to be a healthy view of spiritual warfare.

First, we must embrace the reality that spiritual warfare is real. We have a very real enemy, and he and his demons are actively at work in the world. But once we wake to this reality, what is a healthy approach to take? How can we maintain a healthy balance in this area?

Below are some key mindsets for a healthy view of spiritual warfare:

1. Aware but not Afraid

The Bible is clear that we must not be ignorant of the devil or his schemes. (2 Corinthians 2:11) But we must never walk in fear of the enemy for, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We can be aware of how the enemy works through biblical study and practical experience. And because of the finished work of Christ, we can stand in His victory without fear.

2. Familiar but not Fascinated

As I stated earlier, it is important that we know our enemy. But it is also possible to become over-fascinated with the topic of spiritual warfare and get off balance. The command to resist the devil is sandwiched between a command to submit to God and an encouragement to draw near to Him. (James 4:7-8). This is a good reminder that our primary attention should be on the Lord, not the devil.

3. Walking in Authority but not in Arrogance 

As children of God through faith in Christ, we have been given great authority in the spiritual realm. I love what Jesus said in Luke 10:19:

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

We can stand against the enemy with authority and faith in the Word of God. But we should not carry an arrogance or think that we are “untouchable” and automatically immune to the enemy’s attacks. We must walk in humility and vigilance, knowing that it is the grace of God that allows us to be victorious in our battles.

If we keep our eyes on the Lord and follow His ways, He will guide us into a healthy and victorious experience of spiritual warfare!

What has been your experience with spiritual warfare? What mindset do you think is the most helpful when you find yourself in the thick of spiritual battle?

About Jake

Jake

Jake Kail is a teacher, author, and speaker who is passionate for the kingdom of God. He was called into ministry during his college years, after a life-changing encounter with God. The focus of his ministry is on teaching and equipping believers, strengthening local churches, and seeing awakening and restoration come to the church. He also ministers often in the area of deliverance from evil spirits, seeing people set free from bondage, torment, and oppression.

Jake is the author of three books: Restoring the Ministry of Jesus, Can a Christian Have a Demon?, and Abiding in the Vine. He speaks at churches, retreats, conferences, and other venues.

Jake lives with his wife and family in Lancaster, PA where he serves on the pastoral team at Threshold Church. Check out Jake’s website and blog here: http://www.jakekail.com.

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2 comments

  1. Melinda

    I shook my fist in the face of the enemy (figuratively) and told him he would not win. I claimed protection and victory in the name of Jesus Christ. to say I “poked the bear,” is an understatement.
    He came after me with a vengeance. I became his target (literally).
    Yet, just as He promised, Jesus provided protection – both physical and spiritual. And the enemy was indeed defeated.
    It was not a walk in the park. I have the physical scars and the life turned upside down to prove it. But if it were easy, it wouldn’t be called “warfare.”
    We shouldn’t assume that “victory” is the equivalent of everything turning out the way we believe it should. Victory is when satan loses a battle, Battles can be very painful and ugly.

    • Stephanie Hanouw
      Stephanie Hanouw

      I, too, Melinda, have had the devil target me, but it was because I exposed his efforts and decided to resist them in Jesus’ name. It is a very surreal journey seeing as we walk, his attempts to do us harm. Jake’s article is very pertinent and important for those dealing with satan’s attacks.

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