Life can be too good to be true that sometimes we don’t realize the spiritual warfares that are happening around us. It may not be happening to us but, it may be happening to others. We may not know their full story but, as followers of Christ, we should love them and show them the way.
Recently, I had gone through a rough patch in my life. More so, it was a rough patch in my family’s life. For a whole week, I was distracted by this situation.
I didn’t want to eat, sleep, blog or even read my bible. Instead, I had prayed endlessly for a miracle to happen. In better terms, I was going through a spiritual warfare.
In Ephesians 6, the word says that our battles are not against the flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the world powers of darkness, and the spiritual forces of the evil in the heavens. (Eph 6:12). If there was anything that will discuss the situation I was going through, it would be this.
Spiritual warfare is something that shouldn’t be played with. As we become closer to God, the enemy will continue to find its way in, to destroy your blessing. In particular, he comes to destroy your relationship with God.
While praying to God endlessly this whole week, very deep insight came to me in which I like to share below. This is a partial testimony in which is to be continued.
Where was God?
Evil had found its way in the world when Adam and Eve had decided to eat the forbidden fruit and hide from God. Since then, evil continues to roam around this earth.
We hear it on the news every day. Someone did this and someone did that. A natural disaster here while in other areas there is war. So much is happening in this world that people question where is God?
I use to question where God was. I use to question why things like this happen. Then I had stopped questioning and started to question myself. Where was I when God was around?
Have you asked yourself where were you when God was around? You might go to church every Sunday and go to Bible study some time of the week, but where are you when God is always around?
We are so quick to spread bad news of what’s going on in the world but, we’re not quick enough to spread the Gospel to others.We are so quick to spread bad news of what’s going on in the world, but we’re not quick enough to spread the Gospel to others. #spiritualwarfare #spreadthegoodnews Click To Tweet
I’ll be honest. I was always quick to share an article on Facebook of what’s going on the world to warn others. But when bad news had hit my family, it was then that God humbled my heart. It was then that God showed me to show compassion for others because it has happened to my family.
The family is our place of comfort and love. It’s in the family where we need to continuously show God’s love so we can show it to others.
Blame the FACT
Many people are quick to jump the gun and point fingers of who’s good and who’s bad. There is no such thing as a bad person or good person. I’ve learned that it’s the spirit inside of us that causes us to do such things. Many people can argue that a person is the way they are, by where they are raised, if both parents were in the picture, their race, culture, etc. and statistics may show that but, I refuse to believe any of that.
I refuse to blame the person, the parents, the culture, the race, or any other demographics. Instead, I blame the FACT that the person didn’t have an encounter with Christ. Everyone can have accepted Christ but very few people have encountered Him.
In a recent blog post, I have mentioned that when we spread the Gospel, are we doing it with a gentle spirit. There are many times, we want someone to follow Christ. However, if we continue to be “pushy”, we may push them the other way.
Sometimes, we don’t realize the pain they are going through when we spread the Gospel to them. We tell them that all their pain can go away but, very few times can we relate to them.
On the Bible App, they shared their daily verse:
“Carry one another’s burdens; in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2).
When the bad news hit my family, it honestly had nothing to do with me. But, the fact it hit someone in my family, hit me in my spirit. There was nothing I could do to prevent it but, there was something I could have done from the very beginning.“Carry one another’s burdens; in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2). #bibleverse #burdens #compassion Click To Tweet
I could have better understand them and feel their pain while sharing the Gospel with them. I could have carried all their burdens in my heart instead of criticizing them for their wrong doings.
Deep Insight of Galatians 6
Galatians 6 starts off with restoring someone’s spirit who has been caught in the act of wrongdoing but to do so with a gentle spirit. The second verse says to carry their burdens.
In altogether, we are to feel the pain yet have compassion for others who have a spirit that may not be following Christ. If anything, those people may be in spiritual warfare constantly yet they never notice it. They never notice it because those people may have never had an encounter of the goodness of Christ.
When I had realized this, it is true for what Ephesians says about spiritual warfare. We’re not fighting people, we’re fighting a spiritual warfare.
Everyone has their own life story. Every story has God as the author and the person as the main character. God has already planned out everyone’s life, it’s up to the person of how they live it.
As for us who already know Christ, it is our job to spread the Gospel to them. It is our job to pray for them and reach out to them. We are to be the salt and light of the world.
One part of Galatians says a man reaps what he sows. (Gal 6:8) Which is completely true! Whatever you sow into your body, you will reap it. It is our job to sow into others to be able to see what they reap. God will never let a good work go to waste if it’s all in honoring Him.
It even mentions not to get tired or weary from doing it because we will reap at the proper time when we don’t give up (Gal 6:9) Don’t give up on others! Continue sowing into their life the Gospel even when you don’t see any progress. God will intervene at the perfect time. Remember this, you may be the only Bible (messenger) they ever hear in their lives.
Be Firm in Faith
When you do go through a spiritual warfare, be firm in your faith. As mentioned in 1 Peter 5:8-9
“Be sober, be alert, and cautious at all times. That the enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.”
Two things I’ve learned from these two verses:
- Evil will always roam the earth. The devil is always seeking to find someone to corrupt with his slick tongue.
- You’re not the only one going through this.
The enemy may not want to attack you specifically but, he will go after something that is very close to you like your family. This is why we need to be cautious and alert at all times because we may never know in what direction he may be attacking from.
The bad news that has happened in my family has also affected many others. I knew my family wasn’t the only one suffering from this. The pain my family has felt, they has felt as well. As I mentioned earlier, evil will find its way into this world. As followers of Christ, we are to be firm in faith and be ready to fight a spiritual warfare.
You may be going through a spiritual warfare yourself or you may know someone who is going through one. Stand firm in your faith and pray! We need to be able to reach to others and feel their pain and carry their burdens when they are going through a rough patch. As Ephesians has mentioned, it’s not flesh and blood we are fighting against but the evil spirits that roam the earth. The devil is always looking for someone to devour and it is our job to bring the gospel to others so they can be prepared in their spiritual fight.
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