Spiritual Warfare is initiated in the realm of the Spirit and only by the spirit of God can we discern before it comes to the realm of the physical. Spiritual Warfare starts from the mind before it manifests in the physical. The devil and his fallen angels as stated in the Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye today says “Satan and his fallen angels are organized into a well-coordinated army that is skillful in carrying out devastating attacks on their victims.”
Spiritual attacks often start in a subtle way. It starts from the mind. As a beautiful young woman, you may look in the mirror one day and see a flaw, a wrinkle, pimple or something and the enemy will whisper ugly! Or be at a doctors office, making arrangement for a scheduled casual procedure and you hear a voice from within saying ” the day of your death”. Or you may look at a brother, a sister, a child, your spouse and feel disgust towards them. Mind you, they haven’t done anything, and you don’t know why, but you just feel disgusted.
The devil can blind you from seeing the beauty of God in yourself, he can bring fear into your life, and unnecessary hatred towards others. He achieves this at your mind level, and if not countered with the word of God, will degenerate into full-blown self-loathing, bondage to fear, and wickedness towards others.
This is the reason why believers should measure our thoughts by the yardstick of Philippians 4:8 whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
We must daily remind ourselves according to 2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 7 Do you look at things according to the outward appearance?
You should not anymore. The battle being fought is against the devil, not those individuals opposing you. You should know that before people start speaking ill of you, Satan must have gone sowing seeds in the minds of those without the Holy Spirit as guards over their ears and heart. You deal with the devil by the blood of Jesus and the word of your testimony – Revelation 12:11
We need to constantly renew our minds by the word of God so we will not give room to the enemy to build a stronghold in our minds – Romans 12:2
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!