Since none of us are exempt from spiritual warfare, we had better get a strategy for combat—and fast. Looking at 2 Kings 6:8-17 last week where Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the enemy, I pulled the first part of the strategy—expect battles. (Click here for last week’s post of Part One). We can’t stick our head in the sand and think we won’t have to deal with them. We will. We already have.
Spiritual warfare can be exhausting, far exceeding minor skirmishes. Many of our battles wear us out and make us doubt we have what it takes to endure. The truth is we don’t have what it takes, but as Christians we know the One who does.
Elisha’s servant panicked when he saw that they were trapped inside the city completely surrounded by the enemy. I’m sure his thoughts were, “What in the world are we going to do?” While panic is a very natural state, it is very dangerous because it can lead to despair. Despair causes us to want to go to bed, pull the covers over our heads, and give up. But we must not give into it. The second part of the strategy for spiritual warfare is—don’t despair.
The third part of the strategy reminds us to—acknowledge the enemy but not ascribe to him more power than he possesses. Elisha’s servant saw the enemy—the army was real, large, and powerful! Make no mistake; we, too, have an enemy.
Satan is real and ferocious. From personal experience Peter described him as one who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Paul warned us to watch out for him because he often “masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:15). Eve found him to be “crafty” in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:1). Satan is a predator desperately seeking his prey because he knows his time is running out.
By all means, acknowledge the enemy, but remember that “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:7-8).
Don’t forget what John had to say—“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them [evil spirits], because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
The fourth part of the strategy is to focus on the Lord’s faithfulness in the past. How was it possible for Elisha to assure his servant that the Lord was going to protect them? It was because he had seen what the Lord had done previously.
The preceding chapters describe several people in dire situations—a desperate widow about to lose everything, an affluent woman dealing with infertility and death, a hundred hungry men, and a leprous Syrian official. Because Elisha was privy to see how the LORD had worked in each situation, he was confident that the Lord would work on their behalf in this situation.
When we are faced with desperate circumstances and we are tempted to fixate on them, one of the best things we can do is remember how God has worked in our lives in the past. Remembering that God is the Great I Am—totally consistent in His character—changes our focus, and it also gives us confidence to stay in the battle.
When fighting our spiritual battles we dare not be naïve. Without a doubt we must expect battles, but we must not fall prey to despair. While acknowledging the enemy is necessary we should not ascribe to him more power than he possesses. Satan is NOT equal to God nor does he possess God’s omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. Our God is all knowing, all present, and all powerful. And He is faithful. We must never forget what He has done for us in the past so we will be strengthened to face today and tomorrow.
Next week I will finish the rest of the strategy for spiritual warfare. Hang in there, sister! (And you guys, too). You have what it takes to win the battle!
Dear Father, only You know how intense the battle really is and how dirty Satan fights. Quite often we feel defeated and wonder if we have what it takes to continue. When we start to ascribe to our enemy power that is Yours and Yours alone snap us back to the truth. Thank You for reassuring us through Scripture and Your presence that You are always by our side never leaving us alone. When it’s all said and done we know You will be victorious and we will be “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 6:8-17
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