“The great and terrible clash between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness continues,” wrote author John Eldredge. “They are fighting for the human heart.”
But we can’t see it, can we? This battle that Scripture says we are in the midst of is occurring in the spiritual realm. And we are physical beings living every moment in the physical realm. But we are not just physical beings. For we are created in the image of God, and John the apostle wrote, “God is spirit.” That’s from John chapter 4, verse 24. So, while we have a physical nature, we each have a spiritual nature too. And, therefore, spiritual warfare affects all of us.
Well, John’s wife, Stasi Eldredge explains: “Spiritual warfare is designed to separate you from the love of God. Its goal is to keep you from living in the freedom that Jesus has purchased for you. Satan whispers to us when we have failed or sinned or are feeling horrid that we are nothing and no one. He is a liar. And our fight for our freedom involves exposing him for who he is even when the lies feel completely true. The battle is waged and won in our thought life: in our minds and in our hearts.”
We’ve all heard the lies. We’ve heard the whispers. And they can sound so true. You are worthless. You are unlovable. Your worth is defined only by what you have, what you accomplish, what other people think of you. You can’t love other people well. You are no good. God isn’t real. And if He is, He wouldn’t love you. Not you.
We fight against these lies by learning to identify them, when they come—and to reject them. And we must. Because, if we go on believing them, and making life decisions because we believe them, then we give our enemy tremendous power to wreak havoc in both our spiritual and our physical lives.