There is an invisible battle happening right now that you and I can’t see. (Just because we can not see it does not mean it is not happening; as it is and it is very real.) The battle is invisible to us because it is fought in the spiritual realm. This is a realm our eyes can’t visibly see. The battle is between God and the devil. They both are fighting over control of you and I. (Keep in mind, God always is in control and already won the war; but the devil still seems to think he has a fighting chance to win.) This battle has been going on since the beginning of time and started over jealousy and greed on the devil’s part. He wanted God’s power. You may be asking, why are they fighting for control over us? The answer is quite simple… God stands for truth and rightness while the devil deceives through lies and evil deeds. One loves you unconditionally while the other hates you more than you can imagine. To gain control of us, equips their army to grow in number and in strength. (They both are on a mission but two entirely different ones.)
God already won the war but the devil wants us to believe he is winning. He influences our thoughts in hopes our decisions go against God. He uses people around us to hurt us, disappoint us, mistreat us, deceive us and take advantage. He does this in hopes we find ourselves crushed in spirit and wallowing in despair. He sends arrows in the form of angry people our way to take our focus off of God and place all our focus on those who hold anger against us. ( Haven’t you ever thought, what did I do this time to upset them? I was trying to be loving and they called me hateful! I can’t win as they are always mad at me…. ) So most people shut down emotionally in order to not be harmed by the upset around them…. Unknowingly they begin issuing the same upset they were trying to avoid onto undeserving people around them. Instead of breaking the cycle it is only carried out further onto more and more people left to wonder the very same thing you did when people were upset and you couldn’t figure out why.
The devil will stop at no measure to get our eyes off God and onto his lies. If we believe the lies then God’s truth becomes out of reach. This means, the devil wants us to believe lies as truth and truth as lies. He sends people or things our way to tempt us into sinning against God. Why? Because sin separates us from God because he can’t look on sin. (So thankful for forgiveness!!) See, the devil’s fate is already sealed and he will not go down without a huge fight. He is trying to take as many people down with him as he can as revenge against God. He entices people to self harm themselves either through promiscuous behavior, drugs, alcohol, cutting, or keeping company with the crowd that is sure to keep harm coming in it’s direction. He sends thoughts of hate into the minds of people who have been abandoned, mistreated, left to raise themselves at a young age, or who come from sexually abusive relationships or homes. He sends constant reminders so you never forget all the harm you have endured and the pain that went along with it. He sends dirty thoughts into the minds of those married in an attempt to divide husband and wife. He may go as far as to bring dirty material to your attention to look at that instead of intimacy with your spouse. He may send an actual person to sweep you off your feet in an attempt to destroy your marriage.
He normally seeks children at a young age and floods their eyes, ears and minds with lies in hopes to damage them beyond measure before they reach adulthood. He allows them to witness abuse, drugs, abandonment, divorce and hostility to where when they mature they believe this is their only option. They continue the life they have only known to be. A life of upset, trauma, and disappointments… Adults enduring this type of damage believe repair is not an option for them as they are too far gone and self destruct even further.
Do not think for one moment that God didn’t do enough to help you… Everything the devil sent your way, passed through the hand of God first. This means, the devil had to receive permission before attacking you. (now think about that for a moment…. Two Generals fighting a battle and one asks permission from the other before attacking his soldiers.)
God created us for fellowship and to enjoy us but he knew the battle was for control over us between him and the devil. The battle was fought in the spiritual realm but we felt it in the physical realm.
Our battles are not with people addictions, or anything else in this world we live in. Yes, it appears that way but not all things are as they appear to be. Our battles are not with people or any of the things we blame our battles on; our battles were attacks sent as a means by the devil trying to gain control over us. The devil sent mistreatment, deceit, pain, sorrow, financial issues, marital issues, addictions, and angry or hurtful people to make sure our focus was on all that instead of on God. He was trying to control us through fear, desire, and upset… (Many of us were angry at people who were simply used as bait. Did they know they were doing the dirty work of the devil? I don’t believe they did.)
God on the other hand sent his people to remind us the battle has already been won. He sent armor we were to dress in for the spiritual battle going on around us up above.(Ephesians 6:13-17) He sent work our way, transportation, money, food, medicine, in the form of plants and food, left his living word as instructions on what to expect or not to expect. He left a line of communication to call on him at anytime. He promised he was with us and wouldn’t leave us.
If your life has been a round trip ticket to Hell and back then you were fought hard for. You were wanted by the master accuser who is out to steal kill and destroy, who speaks lies and lives by the sword of evil…He threw every tactic or strategy against you, threw you in the mud then left hung you out to dry! Let me ask you a question…. If the devil is as powerful as he wants us to believe he is then why did he have to ask God permission before attacking you?
For every temptation, lie, mistreatment, hurt word, or anything else the devil sent your way; you must understand God sent you an escape… 1 Corinthians 10:13 ” No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape that you may be able to endure it.”
I choose to live for God and him control me but that is not to say the devil won’t send strong emotions through different channels such as people or things to guide me away from God… God left us a reminder …. Isaiah 41:13 “For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; it is I who say to you “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
Robin Worgull Author of The Conflict Within and The Right- Minded Woman