When we really start living for Christ and following Him, we will inevitably face spiritual attacks and trials. The enemy is our enemy for a reason: he doesn’t want us to follow Jesus and he will try everything he can to stop us, discourage us, and deceive us. Jesus said Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44); and that is often Satan’s biggest weapon to try to tear us down- lies. He tries to make us doubt our salvation, our faith, our identity in Christ, God’s love for us, the truth of the Bible, the list goes on and on. Satan’s agenda is to steal, kill, and destroy- but luckily for us, Jesus has already defeated him!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10
If you have been going through spiritual warfare or trials in your walk with God, be encouraged today. You are not alone! All believers will experience this at one point or another.
- “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12
As born again believers in Christ, we are no longer apart of this world- we are apart of God’s kingdom now. Jesus has set us free from the chains and shackles of sin and death! And because of this, we are guaranteed to wrestle against forces of darkness. The good news though, is that Jesus will win and help us to overcome every time. Our Father is so faithful, and He has promised to get us through each and every trial we may face!
3Things to Remember in Spiritual Warfare & Trials
1. God Will Deliver & Preserve You
“The Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” – 2 Timothy 4:18
Sometimes when we’re facing trials and tribulations, we can start to think will this ever end? The answer is yes- it will pass! God has promised to deliver us from each and every evil attack brought against us. He will bring us through every trial we face. Even when it may not feel like it, He is with you the whole time- He has already gone before you!
- “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” – Deuteronomy 31:8
- “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.” – Psalm 34:19
- “The Lord will fight for you, you only need to be still.” – Exodus 14:14
2. God’s Word is Your Weapon
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:10
The best defense we have in times of warfare and trials is the word of God. It is His truth that grounds us, that helps us to stand strong. When you fill your mind with God’s truth, you will have no room for the enemy’s lies.
Sometimes when we’re going through trials, we may not feel like we want to spend time in God’s word. We may feel a lack of motivation or zeal. However, when we’re feeling this way, this is when we especially need to buckle down and spend time with Him.
If you’re like me and sometimes have trouble sitting still and just reading for awhile, try listening to an audio Bible or sermon, or even get crafty! I like to get a sketch pad and write a verse on paper, then decorate and draw around it. Doing so has helped me meditate on His word and memorize Scripture so much better than just reading and highlighting it in my Bible. I definitely recommend giving it a try! Whatever you choose to do, it is vital that we take time to talk to God and spend time in His presence. There have been times when honestly the last thing my flesh felt like doing was getting down on my knees and praying, but once I did, I felt so much better. We need Him, especially during spiritual warfare or trials! His Word is your weapon, sister.
- “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” – Ephesians 6:16-17
- “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.” – Hebrews 4:12
- “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105
3. Count It All As Joy
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5
Without times of testing, it is likely that our faith would hardly grow! Going through trials helps us to grow stronger spiritually. God uses trials to teach us and help us grow in perseverance, character, and hope. Even though it may not feel like it at the moment, He allows us to go through different times of testing for our own good. The Bible says we can count it as joy when we meet various trials, because it will result in steadfastness. And when steadfastness has it’s full effect, we will be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing!
- “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4
- “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6
- “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” – 1 Peter 1:7
A refinery is a place where gold gets heated to the point it becomes a liquid, causing the impurities to rise to the top. The impurities are then removed, and after the gold has cooled, it becomes pure, shiny, and ready for use. Trials in our lives are much like going through a refinery. Instead of trying to run out of those flames, view it as an opportunity to grow stronger and closer to God.
“He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” – Job 23:10
To get through spiritual warfare and trials, we must take up the shield of faith. Have faith in God, faith that He will pull you through. Hold on to His strength. We are weak on our own, but thankfully, we don’t have to rely on our own strength! As children of God, we can trust that God will lead us through every season of our lives. We can rest in His strength and His ability to carry us and be our anchor even in the strongest and messiest of storms. When you’re walking through fire, He will bring you forth as gold!
A Few More Bible Verses to Encourage You
- “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
- “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” – 1 Peter 4:12-13
- “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
- “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 1 Corinthians 12:9-10
- “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
- “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18
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