Spiritual warfare is a term commonly heard by church attendees or people that practice the Christian faith.
The Bible talks about spiritual warfare. From King David to the Apostle Paul, the Bible has many verses that explain how spiritual warfare works.
In simple terms, spiritual warfare is unseen forces trying to undermine your integrity by tempting sin and separation from God.
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For example, ever felt like the things you once enjoyed aren’t bringing you any joy and that you are inching closer to things that you know aren’t good for you? You might be experiencing spiritual warfare.
Remind yourself that you are strong and that this does not define you.
According to Wikipedia, spiritual warfare is the “Christian concept of fighting against the work of preternatural evil forces. It is based on the biblical belief in evil spirits, or demons, that are said to intervene in human affairs in various ways.”
Another source (AllAboutFollowingJesus.com) says “Spiritual warfare exists in the unseen, supernatural dimension, where God is all-powerful and Satan is in revolt. As any Christian soon discovers, although spiritual warfare is unseen, it’s absolutely real.”
It is the torment from Satan and the temptation he puts in one’s way as they are trying to follow the path of God. And it can be hidden in plain sight.
Satan is not going to show up in front of you and give you an option to go down a dark road. But people believe that things that can make a person addicted are his ways of trying to make those stray from their original path.
Drastic changes in health, finances, relationships: Keep in mind these might just be a result of how you approach life, so don’t jump to conclusions and see if there is an exact answer as to why these certain things happened.
Being tempted to indulge in sin more than normally: This means engaging in things you know are wrong (such as watching porn, starting to be addicted to sex or drugs, etc…)
Repeating negative events: Never letting go of the past, especially if the event was harmful to you or others.
You start feeling some sort of pressure from an outside source: Such as feeling like your relationships (platonic or romantic) need to be perfect in order to prove to someone that your life is also perfect even when there isn’t anyone who is pushing you to prove it.
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Severe discouragement from participating: Not wanting to do things that had made you happy before like hanging out with friends or doing any arts and crafts projects.
Excessive condemnation: Judging yourself or others too quickly and not thinking from their side of the story.
Always feeling intimidated and/or fearful: Never feeling like you are good enough and always watching over your shoulder in case of an attack (either mentally or physically).
Always feeling confused: Never feeling like you understand what is going on and never feeling like you know the answers to simple tasks.
Having a negative attitude: Always putting yourself or others down and never seeing the positive outlook when normally you tried your best to do things with the best intentions.
Read and re-read any uplifting religious texts: The purpose of any religious texts is to help you talk yourself into the light when things look dark. In a way, they help you to focus on what’s important and get you to calm your mind.
Never stop attending religious services: It might be easy to stop going, but if you put the effort into going to events like parties and going to places like the movies on your time off then that same time should be applied to going to religious services.
Also don’t think that because you haven’t been in a while that you might not get in that headspace easily; it’s just like riding a bike, you never forget.
Stop beating yourself up: Everybody makes mistakes, it’s what makes us human. Try forgiving yourself and promise that you will be stronger if temptation ever comes your way again.
Don’t feel like you have to hide: Just like the one before, we all make mistakes. No one will judge you for what you have done, all they care about is that you are changing for the better.
Renew your mind: Make time to clear any negative thoughts that are lingering. That way you can make room for better things.
Resist: This will help you to gain strength. It might seem hard at first, but know that this is the right answer.
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Isabell Tenorio is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture, love and relationship topics.
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