The Reality of Spiritual Warfare

by Neil Anderson

Under Spiritual Attack
1 Timothy 4:1 
The Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons
A seminary student stopped by my office to tell me he was having difficulty getting to school on time. What should have been a five-minute drive lengthened to 45 minutes because a voice in his mind kept telling him to turn at intersections. Not wanting to disobey what he perceived to be the “still, small voice of God,” he was treated to a tour of the city almost every morning.
A pastor’s wife, desperately needing the comfort of the Holy Spirit and desiring His leading, passively believed that whatever entered her mind was from God. She soon found herself bound by fear and plagued by condemning thoughts.
These examples underscore the wisdom of John Wesley’s words: “Do not hastily ascribe things to God. Do not easily suppose dreams, voices, impressions, visions or revelations to be from God. They may be from Him. They may be from nature. They may be from the devil. Therefore, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they be from God” (Martin Wells Knapp, Impressions , Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1984, p. 32).
In a survey of 1700 professing Christian teenagers, 70 percent admitted to hearing voices, like there was a subconscious self talking to them. I don’t believe they are psychotic or paranoid schizophrenic. There is a battle going on for their minds. I have shared with many tormented people that they aren’t going crazy but are under spiritual attack. They usually respond, “Praise the Lord, someone understands.” It’s freeing to know this truth, because if there is a battle going on for our minds, we can win that war.

Prayer: Lord, today I choose to test the spirits and assume my responsibility to think upon that which is true.

1700 Believing teens…hearing voices. If that does not scare you, then there is something wrong with you, or you simply do not believe it.
Do not be to quick to dismiss the idea of teens and all others in fact hearing voices. We are in the end times, not the beginning of the end times, but rather well into them.
Spiritual warfare is going to increase, it is going to get worse. Kids are thought of as the hope of the future right? So why wouldn’t Satan want to target them for warfare? This makes perfect sense! If the up and coming generation is the one that will run the world in the future, then it only stands to reason that they (teens) would be attacked by the demonic forces.
Satan and his cronies cannot be blamed for everything that happens, sometimes things just happen…it’s called life. However that being said, this threat to our young ones needs to be taken very seriously. What does the Bible say about the end times, specifically pertaining to people’s attitudes?
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–
Where do you suppose this kind of thinking and attitude is coming from? The prince of the air, the ruler of the world. If you were to look up deceit, finesse, subterfuge, lying, and a host of other negative attributes and abilities…Satan ought to be listed as the master!
Defend and teach the younger generation, educate all others. So many in Church today disbelieve in this stuff, but that does not make it any less real. Why is the reality of spiritual warfare not readily recognized? Because Satan is a master at work, hie deception and subterfuge is masterful…it even works on many believers.
Lastly, many have been taught (if they were taught at all) incorrectly that the forces of evil cannot touch a Believer, or even in some cases that Satan is a fairy tale. This is very far from the truth. A Believer cannot be possessed, a Believer can however be heavily influenced by the demonic realm, and much damage can be done. There is as reason the Apostle John says to test the spirits
(1 John 4:1-3). There is also a reason we are given the Armor of God.
Read the Word, Worship God, Wear the Armor of God.
Teach others to do the same.

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11 replies

  1. Grateful for this post… there are so many imbalanced voices that give Satan either too much credit or virtually deny him and his kind outright. I think what’s written here serves as a good reminder of a real adversary but also our real protection in Christ through the armor of God.

  2. As a sheep myself, it is nice to the voice of my shepherd 🙂

  3. morndai hi..dot…a new day in the lord praise him………………The Lord’s wounded hands, feet, and side reveal God’s desire to change our hearts by the power of His love.

    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

    2 Corinthians 5:17, Ezekiel 36:26, Ephesians 3:17-19

  4. 2 Tim is such a heavy warning, but there is hope in the second half – that there will continue to be faithful ones as God continues to work!

    • Assuredly, there will always be those willing to do the Lord’s work thankfully; not because He needs us, but because He chooses us to carry out His work here on earth.
      Thanks for the comment.

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