We Can “Do Battle”!

Sometimes I think of spiritual warfare against the darkness of this world as a complicated task…best assigned to those who are powerfully gifted and experienced in such matters. Recently, as I was reading through a new book, I came across an insight by Dr. Michael Lake that profoundly encouraged me in this area:

” In every situation, obedience to the Word of God (especially when it isn’t easy) is an act of spiritual warfare!”

I thought, “Yes! That isn’t complicated…with the Holy Spirit, I can do this battle.” Psalm 18:34 states, “He trains my hands for battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze” and Ephesians 6:10 assures me that I can “be strong in the Lord and the strength of HIS (emphasis added) might.”

Jesus asked in Luke 6: 46, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I tell you?” Clearly, obedience is necessary if He is truly to be our Lord and King , the One who enables and helps us. This means we need to choose His kingdom over the kingdom of darkness at every point of battle. Then, as we submit to Him in obedience, we can resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7)!

But, an even greater outcome is that not only are we delivered from the dominion of corruption; but, according to James 1:25, “Whosoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” God always abundantly fills a void with His goodness if we allow it: Not only will the devil flee from the battle; but as we continue in obedience, God will also fill our lives with blessing.