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Is there a difficult situation in your life that is causing you to fear? Perhaps you feel like the gates of hell have opened up on you, and you don’t know how to fight back.

If so, I know how you feel. I have been in one of the most difficult seasons of my life. Recently, one of my kids suffered from a bad concussion, and it has been a battle. I have stayed on my knees praying for a full recovery.

Honestly, it hasn’t been easy struggling through the darkness. Months of rehab and fear of not getting completely back to normal have plagued our minds. It has been hard.

Satan has tried to take my faith away at different times in this process. And I am angry. He has hit my child full-on. He messed with my baby. Grrrrr. I am now using spiritual warfare to fight back. 

The tips I have written are what I am using to fight my worst fears. And you can use them too. Slowly, we are gaining ground as we trust God with our situation.

In this post, I am going to teach you how to fight the enemy using spiritual warfare. It is time for you to take your God-given weapons and fight back. 

Warrior in full dress with sword, helmet, breastplate. He is bowing down on one knee.

Struggling With Your Faith?

Even as a strong believer, my faith has been shaken recently. It is hard to trust God when things look grim. In light of my circumstances, I have had to examine what I believe about God and his goodness.

It has been an opportunity to decide whether I am going to really believe what I say.

I still do. Now more than ever.

Even when I can not see the end of the tunnel, I know the light of God is shining somewhere on the other side. I trust God with His plan. I know He is good and will use this for His glory. In the meantime, I am fighting the good fight.

In Ephesians 6:13-18, God gives us tools to use for spiritual warfare by putting on the armor of God.

Weapons for Spiritual Warfare

  • Helmet of Salvation

Do you struggle with your thoughts? It’s the primary target of any adversary. If fiery missiles are lodged into the brain, the warrior goes down for good since it controls everything in the body.

The same goes for you as a Christian.

This seems to be the place where Satan has had a field day with us–our mind. I am constantly having to reign it in. How about you?

I am saying God’s truth over and over again and casting down bad thoughts.

2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Romans 8:6 says, “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”

Related: Why You Need to Forgive Those Who Hurt You

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  • Breastplate of Righteousness

Next is the breastplate. Like the helmet, it is a defensive piece of armor that protects some of the most vital organs of the body, namely, the heart and the lungs.

At times, I have been angry at God…thinking He is not real. Or that He doesn’t love me when bad things happen. This is a vulnerable place to be because if you don’t believe God then there is no reason to stay the course.

At this point, sin creeps in slowly over time until you have lost your way.

If you let sin in, even a little crack, Satan’s arrows will find its way through the gap in your armor and draw the life out of you–piercing your heart and taking the breath of life from you.

Put on the righteousness of Christ so you will be covered by Him. Stay the course even when it looks bleak. Don’t give the devil a foothold.

2 Corinthians 5: 21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

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  • Belt of Truth

The belt on a warrior is threaded through the loops of the breastplate of righteousness. They are intertwined to hold up both pieces and stay in place. The two are tied together just like God’s righteousness (goodness) is tied to the truth (belt).

When hard things happen, I tend to start believing the lies instead of what God has already done in His righteousness. 

Perhaps like me, you have struggled with a bad tape running through your brain. You have forgotten or don’t know His goodness. I have spent years rewiring that tape. It is a huge struggle for me not to fall back into the old ways of bad thinking.

Unfortunately, it rears it’s ugly head when I am tired or not constantly in the Word. To help combat the lies, I have notecards with scripture reminding me of the truth.

I say these truths back out loud to God. It helps me stay focused on what God says, not what my mind wants to say.

Philippians 4:8
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Related: How to Have Positive Self-Talk Using Scripture

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  • Sword of the Spirit

A warrior in battle uses the sword for both offense and defense. He not only protects himself with it but can aggressively pursue his adversary and chase him away.

It is the same with our sword–the Bible. Use scripture to fight your enemy and protect yourself from harm when he lobs those fiery darts your way. In fact, go on offense and chase him away!

This is one of the best weapons for spiritual warfare. In fact, Jesus defeated Satan by quoting scripture to him in the desert while He was fasting. 

I am yelling it at Satan. I hate him. Just sayin’…

Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Related: How to Have an Awesome Quiet Time with God

  • Sheild of Faith

The shield is another weapon that can be used defensively or offensively. It stops the fiery arrows from coming against a warrior or it can be used to push the enemy back.

As a Christian, use the shield of faith as a weapon to cover your whole body.

Deflect any lies of condemnation and choose to embrace forgiveness and redemption (Romans 8:134Revelation 12:10–12).  Ask God to cover not only you but your whole family with His protection.

Believe God can do what He says He can do. Trust Him with what He wants to do in your life and the life of your family.

Related: How to Not Lose Faith: 7 People Who Were One Hot Mess

  • Shoes with the Gospel of Peace

Good shoes help a warrior to step freely without fear so he can advance in battle. Even the best soldier can’t fight if his shoes have holes in them or falling off his feet.

Are you moving forward in your life? Is your footing sure and unshakeable? Or are you stuck in anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness?

Make up your mind that no matter what happens to you, you will not be moved. Trust God with your pain. I know it’s hard. I’m living this right now. I have lots of pain. Really, He’s the only one who can handle it though.

Psalms 4:8

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Related: How to Stop Living You Life in Fear

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More Weapons to Use in Spiritual Warfare

  • Prayer

Prayer is one of the most powerful things you can do as a Christian. Don’t discount it!

Pray scripture back to God. Intercede for your family and friends. You may not see movement for a while, but trust me, God is moving.

I have seen prayer change situations I could not change in a million years. God is doing things in my situation because of the concussion. It has grown my faith.

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God

Related:  How to Pray for Your Kids (really pray)

  • Worship

Worship is a powerful way to use spiritual warfare against the rulers of the darkness and chase away demonic forces. David did it when he was ministering to King Saul, and you can too.

It is a great remedy for depression and anxiety. I have used worship through this trial and it has given me peace when nothing else has. 

I Samuel 16:23 says, “And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.”

Check out this song called “This Is How I Fight My Battles.” It is so powerful. In fact, I play it quite often!

Your Authority as a Believer

If you want to live victoriously, you need to fight using spiritual warfare! Protect your mind, live in righteousness and truth, study the word of God, believe it, pray, and worship. It is in these things you will be able to fight the enemy.

Start becoming a warrior because the devil hates you. He doesn’t want you to live in joy, peace, or hope. He wants you to feel powerless, hopeless, and ineffective. Get mad at Satan and fight back. You have the power to change your circumstances.

Don’t forget, you’re packing heat!

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Sandra BLACK. on November 12, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Julie I love the way you have not just thrown out the term Spiritual Warfare at us and gushed from one thing to another and not focusing properly one the solution like so many other people want to. I hate the way this phrase has been so misused in the past.

    • Julie Plagens on November 18, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Sandra, it can definitely sound all mystical and spooky if you don’t know what it means. Spiritual warfare is simply doing what God already told us to do. Pray, worship, believe His Word and apply it, live a life of holiness. Stand firm when everything seems to be crumbling. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Maryann Lorts on November 9, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Thank you for the encouragement and for the truth. I, too, have been facing a battle and I want to shake my fist at God. Remembering His sovereignty and to put on our armor it so important. Thank you.

    • Julie Plagens on November 18, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Maryann, I am so sorry you are struggling right now. It seems we are just entering a battle, in the middle, or coming out of one. Spiritual warfare makes me tired, but I know God is with me. I think it is even more intense. The days seem more evil.

  3. Jennifer Morrison on November 6, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Thank You so much for focusing in on this topic. I know I don’t focus in on the Full Armor of God enough. Great scripture reminders.

    • Julie Plagens on November 18, 2019 at 11:55 am

      Thanks, Jennifer. I don’t always focus on spiritual warfare either. And when I do…I feel the most attacked. I just keep on praying and trusting God to work out the details. God is good. I know HE has a good plan.

  4. Kelly Bolen on November 6, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for all the great advice! They were amazing!!!

    • Julie Plagens on November 18, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Thanks for reading about spiritual warfare. We all deal with it at one time or another whether we realize it or not.

  5. Susan Evans on November 2, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Satan often attacks our thoughts, to bring us down and incapacitate us for God’s kingdom. We need to be aware of His schemes and have the full armor of God on at all times.

    • Julie Plagens on November 18, 2019 at 11:46 am

      Susan, you are so right. It seems the mind is where Satan attacks us the most. I have to keep my mind on God or I start to worry about life situations that I can’t even control. Thanks for your comment.

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