Full-blown spiritual warfare is something not often freely discussed in general Christianity. Sure, we’re quick to blame Satan when we sin or when things don’t go our way, but to take up the word of God as our double-edged sword, to put on His full armor, and battle in His name sounds a little bit more farfetched somehow.
Yet, in some fashion or another, we all need to. Think of those times we blame sneaky Satan for convincing us to do things we don’t want to do, or blame the enemy for doing such-and-such in our lives; no matter how minor, those are attacks. God has an enemy here on earth, and His enemy is Satan. When we side with God, like it or not, we make an enemy too. It’s why Jesus’ message and the world’s so-called common sense contradict each other so often. The world, technically, belongs to Satan. Jesus is a king, but this is not His kingdom. So when we move and act as citizens of Heaven, it stands to reason that Satan is not happy about it. So, he does what he can to cause all the trouble he can, and it’s only when we stand on the power and authority of Jesus Christ that we can combat it.
He Came to Set the Captives Free, by Rebecca Brown, MD, is a book that touches upon how to do exactly that. It is written by a Christian doctor, with co-narration from a former Bride of Satan named Elaine. The two actually battled each other for awhile before ultimately Elaine converted and gave her life to Christ. Together, they go in-depth into ways Satan and his demons work, and into the ways we inadvertently open doorways for him to attack. Not every doorway is automatic for every person, but it is definitely food for thought on how sneaky the enemy can be. It made me look back through my life and my past and officially close some of those potential doors in prayer.
Regardless of whether you feel called to the battlefield as part of your Christian walk, it is an interesting read, if intense at times, that will get you thinking about where the enemy is in relation to your life and the lives of those around you. So I say check it out.