When we become aware of the satanic attacks that are all throughout the earth and the evil that permeates every society, it makes us wonder why the Lord allows His people to suffer attacks. While some attacks are non-threatening, others are utterly devastating. So why would God allow this to happen? I’ve come up with at least four reasons God would let His people come under attacks and benefits of spiritual warfare.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing“
– James 1:2-4
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
Benefits of Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual warfare makes us better at using scripture. In Ephesians chapter 6, we see the armor of God listed. He provides us with many tools to remain safe from the enemy’s attack. However, there is only one offensive tool in that list. It’s the weapon we have to fight with- the Word of God.
In Matthew chapter 4, the enemy tempted Jesus 3 times. Each time Jesus overcame him by using the Word of God. If Jesus uses the Word of God to defeat the enemy, then why shouldn’t we?
By having to participate in spiritual warfare, we become better at using scripture and knowing who God is. Even though it may not be fun to have to fight, learning God’s Word is a wonderful benefit of spiritual warfare.
Spiritual warfare helps us to rely on God’s power instead of our own. Pride is extremely dangerous and leads to many deadly sins. Pride was the sin that led to Satan rebelling against God and pulling one-third of the angels down with him. When we come under attack, we cannot beat the enemy unless we humble ourselves. Therefore, attacks help us to remember that God is ultimately in control and apart from Him, we can do nothing.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.“
– John 15:5
Spiritual warfare reminds us that our home is in heaven. It’s easy to forget that this is not our forever home. Sometimes we get very comfortable and don’t want to let go of the things God has blessed us with. Yet, it’s extremely important to remember that this is not our home. Our home is in heaven and our eyes should be focused on that.
Although we may get attacked, when we remember that we have a better future in front of us we get filled with hope. Always place your hope in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will not be disappointed.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.“
– 1 Peter 1:3-5
Spiritual warfare helps us become more aware of demonic influences. Just like with everything else, the more we’re exposed to spiritual warfare, the better we become at it. For example, after my experience with the demon of fear, I’m very quick to notice fear in or around people. Fear no longer has any power over me and I know how to fight it when I sense it.
Also, there have been times when I sensed evil spirits. Because I’m experienced with what they feel like, I can pick up their presence easier than others who haven’t dealt with them. Of course, I’m not an expert and there are many more demons I’ve never encountered. However, as we grow in spiritual warfare we will get better.
While I’m sure there is a multitude of benefits of spiritual warfare, I’ve shared four with you. Never dread spiritual warfare and do not fear. God is always with you and will never forsake you. As you grow in spiritual warfare, you will get better over time. All in all, you have the victory in Christ Jesus and He has not left you defenseless.
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