“Sometimes you’re trying so hard to get your life together and still it’s not enough, everything is falling apart. What to do, you’re asking. Just keep going through hell for yourself, not for everyone else. Richer with that wisdom, I will build my happiness from nothing. I will rise from the dust. And I will do it on my own. I will live for myself and I won’t look at the others.”
Although a spiritual battle between good and evil is constantly going on around us, it’s easy to neglect giving it our attention, since the spiritual forces at work in it are usually invisible. Angels and demons are no less real than other people are, however, and their impact on us is significant.
The Bible and other spiritual books urges us to pay attention to the battles taking place in the unseen spiritual realm that surrounds us. We can’t afford to fritter away the time and energy God gives us by ignoring our roles in battles that will have eternal consequences. As human, it’s vital to engage in spiritual battles, because the more we do, the more we can overcome evil in this fallen world by God’s power working through us.
Here’s how to fight and win spiritual battles for eternity:
Ask God to give you spiritual eyesight. Pray for the ability to see how unseen spiritual forces impact your daily life. Ask God questions about anything you wonder about angels, demons, heaven, and hell. Keep in mind that God welcomes your questions and wants to give you the knowledge, wisdom, and discernment you need to fight and win spiritual battles. Don’t let the unpleasantness of thinking about negativity prevent you from learning what you need to know about this demon who leads the spiritual forces of evil in our world. God created Satan as a holy angel, but Satan rebelled against God and fell into sin, becoming the leader of the fallen angels who are caught in sin and now work for evil purposes. Satan tries to lead people astray by appearing desirable even as he pursues evil actions with evil motives. He twists the truth with lies designed to pull us away from God. Satan’s primary strategy for tempting us to sin is urging us to focus on selfishness and pride rather than on trusting God’s purposes for us. Keep in mind, though, that Satan’s power is limited, while God’s power is unlimited – and if you’re a real human, you have the spiritual authority you need to overcome any of Satan’s schemes against you.
Pay attention to a vital battleground: your mind. Satan often attacks us by planting the idea that we can’t trust God in our minds. Every sin can be traced back to that one deceptive thought. Since what you think ultimately becomes what you do, it’s vital to pray regularly for the Holy Spirit to renew your mind, getting positive energy, helping you to think thoughts that are praiseworthy, positive, and productive.
Use the power of God’s Word to fight. The more you know and understand the Word of God , the more effective you can be both offensively and defensively in overcoming evil with good during spiritual battles. You can do so by reading it through, thinking clearly about it, writing it down, praying about it, applying its truths to your life, and communicating its messages to other people.When you pray, God will bless you with power, protection, and provision. Pray in name, calling upon His resources, merit, and strength. Aim to pray by faith, in humility, with a pure heart, consistently, and with devotion as an act of worship. When you pray like that, your prayers will be effective against evil and help usher good into any situation.
Pay attention to the condition of people’s souls. Make daily choices that will expand your own soul, drawing you closer to creator. Develop a habit of asking yourself, before making decisions,: “How will this affect my soul?” When interacting with other people, remind yourself regularly that they have eternal souls – so it’s important for you to talk with them about faith and pray for them. Remember that all of us will one day appear before God and have to explain the decisions that we made during our lives on Earth. Let that knowledge motivate you to live a holy life.
Live like hell is real. Even though it’s tempting to think that hell isn’t a real place, the fact remains that it does exist. Keep in mind that Jesus didn’t die to save us from a nonexistent hell; he died to save us from the real danger of spending eternity in hell, apart from God, experiencing the profound suffering that happens when people are separated from their Creator. Let your knowledge of hell motivate you to pursue God more, and to warn others about hell.
“Self-belief is not self-centered. We can only fight effectively for others if we already believe in ourselves.”
Live like heaven is real. Celebrate the fact that heaven is a real place, and prepare to go there one day by placing your faith in Creator and following his guidance when making decisions. Look forward to an active life in heaven, learning more and doing meaningful work; resting; eating; and other saints to reign victoriously over the universe!