The Reality of Spiritual Warfare

I imagine that many of you have come across the image featured below at some point in time during your perusal of the Internet.

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Usually, I try to pretend that Christian subculture doesn’t exist, but every so often I come across something so irritating that I find it hard to keep silent and inevitably break my golden rule of not provoking intellectual arguments on the Internet.

Before I say anything else, however, I would like to point out that there’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Hence, my friends on Facebook shouldn’t feel ashamed if they were one of the people who “defeated Satan by sharing that photo.”

Spiritual warfare is an important part of Christian life, yet I feel like we either trivialize it, or we ignore it (both of which are foolish, but I’m going to focus more on the former).

In First Peter 5:8, we receive a serious warning describing the dangers of spiritual warfare. The Bible states, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

The Devil is seeking to destroy you, and he’s not a sissy as that photo makes him out to be. Satan is not afraid of the Bible; he knows it so well he can twist it and corrupt it in order to lead you towards sin (Matthew 4). So Why would he swoon like an old lady with fainting spells because you have a Bible near you? Additionally, Satan is not afraid of us. Two Thousand years ago, Satan attempted to lead the Son of God away from righteousness, and if the Devil tempted the Word made flesh, why would he be afraid of approaching a follower of the word who has yet to be perfected?

You cannot defeat the Father of Lies simply by posting a picture on the Internet. The only way to overcome Satan is to look to the cross and admit that Christ’s actions are the ones that really matter, not yours. You are not validated because you read the Word of God. You are validated because you are the dwelling place of the Spirit of God.

That photo claims that Satan will try to prevent you from reposting it, but personally, I believe that Satan has something much more devious in mind for that photo. Either he’ll convince you to repost it and thereby think that you have nothing to fear, or he will use something trivial and stupid to make you think that he has nothing to do with your Christian life. Honestly, I’m not sure which one is more dangerous.

 “Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.” –James 1:16

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