The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

You are in a spiritual battle, and you may not even be aware of it. Some people think this invisible battle is impossible because they can’t explain it. When the serpent tempted Adam and Eve, and they sinned, they had no idea they were in a spiritual battle until it was too late. Eve’s answer to the Lord’s question gives us insight into the power of deception. Our enemy still uses this strategy on us today.

Genesis 3:Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” [1] Because the enemy uses deception, he sneaks up on us when we are unprepared and often vulnerable. The enemy tries to pull us down when we are at our weakest point during the day or week and does not play fair. The first step in fighting this battle is to be aware that we are in a battle. We need the Lord’s wisdom to do this.

Satan Wants to Sift Peter Like Wheat

As the Lord was preparing Himself to go to the cross, satan was preparing to attack Peter in a way that would crush him down. In this dialogue, Jesus told what the enemy wanted to do and gave him the solution to counter this spiritual assault.

Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” [2] Satan wanted to crush Simon Peter like wheat being ground into flour. This imagery tells us that this is a significant assault.

Depending on Jesus is the Key to Our Spiritual Battle

Jesus, our good Shepherd, comforted Peter by telling him that although his faith would waver, it would not be destroyed. Jesus interceded in prayer for Peter and intercedes for us in our battle. Romans 8:34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. [3]

Jesus also reminds us that confessing our sins is another part of moving forward in this spiritual battle. Each day we sin and fall short, but when we confess our sins to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, the enemy can’t use our sins against us. True forgiveness is not found in blaming others for what we have done but in truthfully confessing our sins. Ephesians 6:10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. [4] When we rely on the Lord and look to Him, He will help us be overcomers.

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[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Tyndale House Publishers.

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