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Spiritual Warfare - Stop, Drop, & Pray

spiritual warfare Mar 28, 2022

Spiritual warfare is real and it happens all of the time. For many of us, we may not even realize that we are being tempted or that we are falling prey to the evil one. For some of us, we may not recognize the signs that are right in front of us.

When I was in 1st – 3rd grade I attended a private school. My school was on the same street as the public elementary school that I attended for 4th and 5th grade. The two schools are literally a quarter mile apart. The irony of these two schools is that one had a mascot of a devil and the other had a mascot of an angel. Other than their mascots, I never thought much about satanic warfare in this small town. However, the images of having an angel with a halo on one shoulder and a devil with a pitchfork on the other shoulder were clear to me at a very young age. It is as if I knew the two forces were with me in my daily life. One was there to tempt me and the other was there to advise me to say no to evil. If we are not careful, these images of the forces of good and evil can fade over time, leading us to fall victim to an evil plan or a sinful desire.

I rarely watch television, and if I do, we usually stream an old-time show that is safe for the whole family. Last night, I was at the gym walking on the treadmill and most of the televisions had some satanic element. There were two shows with paranormal activity and another show about witchcraft. It was 6:00 pm. When I was younger, if such a show was aired on television it would happen late at night when most people were sleeping. Have you noticed the increasing interest in being entertained by evil? It is quite disturbing to me.

The Bible is clear about mediums, omens, sorcery, and witchcraft. There are plenty of verses in scripture, but the following are a good sampling if you are curious about this topic:

Acts 8:9-13, 16:18, 19:13-20

2 Chronicles 33:6

Galatians 5:19-21

Leviticus 19:31, 20:6, 20:27

Mark 1:25-27, 5:7, 9:38

Matthew 8:29

Micah 5:10-12

1 Peter 5:8

Revelation 18:23, 20:10, 21:8

 

Briefly speaking, we should steer clear of such debauchery. I try quite hard to recognize the evil quickly and avoid it as much as possible. Satan is crafty however, and sometimes the darkness is not as evident. Sometimes it is simply a thought in your mind that causes you to doubt yourself or an idea to do something harmful. Quickly recognize that these thoughts are not your own, and stop, drop, and pray.

 If you are in a situation where the devil is coming after you: stop, drop, and pray. In Matthew 16:23 Jesus spoke to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

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