There are two sections of the Bible that many people use as keys to victory in spiritual warfare.
Yet, there are times in which this does not appear to happen. So how can we have victory every single time we battle the devil?
The first thing to know about any Bible verse is that the words are not just some powerful enchantment. They must be believed to be true. That is where faith comes in. We must choose to resist or put on the armor. That’s where our mind comes in.
The Bible is full of advice on spiritual warfare. Every single book in the Bible mentions it in one form or the other. In fact, it is the sword of truth in Ephesians 6. A sword is a great weapon but it is only as useful as the skill of the one wielding it.
And this takes practice. A knight just didn’t become a knight overnight. Often, he would move up the ranks until he proved himself in combat and in the arena. A knight was not a knight because he had the right armor. A knight was appointed a knight. Once a man was knighted, he was a mighty warrior and a man of noble intentions. His very identity changed.
He fought like a knight, thought like a knight, and acted like a knight. He was a knight.
This identity was the key to his bravery and effectiveness in the battles in which he fought. A knight had to be both skilled with his weapons and realize who he was.
This is a valuable key to victory in the spiritual world as well. We can know chapter and verse of the Bible. We can do all kinds of things to help others. We can even preach the gospel of Christ. But if we do not understand who we are in Christ, we can not win very many spiritual battles.
My wife’s grandfather had a task while he was in the British Army. He was stationed in India and his responsibility was to track down the young men who abandoned their post. He would return them to their base and help them understand their identity as a British soldier and all that entailed. When these men let the heat and worries of their situation overtake them, they lost their minds and literally ran from their post. They lost their identity.
Earlier I wrote of the two lies that Satan uses — that we are powerful enough not to need God or that we are so weak that even God wouldn’t or couldn’t help us. In both these cases, Satan is the one shaping our identity.
The key to victory in any spiritual battle is in identity. We must know who we are. And we must know who God is. I believe it was A W Tozer who said that the most important thing about him was who he believes God is.
If you are a believer in Jesus, a Christian, then you are a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). You are no longer a slave to Satan. In fact, you are a child of God (John 1:12). That makes you heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Spiritually, you are seated with Jesus in the heavenly places. Right now, you are there! (Ephesians 2:6)
You are no longer victims of Satan’s schemes and you no longer have to rely only on your own power and authority to live life to the fullest. Jesus actually gives us “authority over all the power of the enemy…Nothing will injure you.” (Luke 10:19).
That is who you are. A child of God with power and authority over evil, protected by God, and already sitting in the heavenly realm with Jesus. Knowing this identity and acting in this identity through faith wins any spiritual battle.
The next question is “How come it’s taking so long?” And that is exactly what we will talk about next week.
More in this Spiritual Warfare Series:
- Spiritual Warfare #1: Fear or Freedom
- Spiritual Warfare #2: Guerrilla Warfare
- Spiritual Warfare #3: Mind Meld
- Spiritual Warfare #4: Who am I?
- Spiritual Warfare #5: When Do I Win?
Andy Becker is a retired counselor and author of The Travelers, a fictionalized account of spiritual warfare (available on Amazon) as is, Stupid Thyroid, a book he co-wrote with his wife, Stella. Andy and his wife, Stella, lead Lighthouse Ministry in North Central Regina, one of Canada’s poorest and roughest areas. He is a retired counselor, speaker, and writer. Andy Becker is working on his second book about spiritual warfare. His first book, The Travelers, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.