Good day dear listeners and welcome again to overcoming temptations, My name is Oyisi Okatahi. Today our topic is titled “The Spiritual Battle”. Our bible passage is taken from Ephesians 6:12-17 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
So we need to realize that we are fighting a spiritual warfare which is very real. The forces of darkness are very real, they are only invisible. I am sure you believe in oxygen because each time you breath you take in oxygen, however you have never seen oxygen or air. So the fact that you cannot see something does not mean it does not exist. The forces of darkness are also organized by hierarchy or position and by territory or place. In the Book of Daniel 10. God answered the prayers of Daniel, but an arch demon called the prince of persia resisted the Angel for 21 days before bringing the answer, until he asked the Arch Angel Michael to help him overcome the prince of Persia. Remember that demons are fallen angels and they still retain their power even though they are against God. If anyone tells you that the forces of darkness are not powerful, they are deceiving you, however as light will always overcome darkness so God will always overcome satan, after all satan is also a creation of God as Lucifer until he fell from heaven. However you have to fight, the devil is not going to allow you get easy victory, he is going to fight you and you need to fight back. Imagine if after 20 days Daniel was tired of praying and gave up, then his prayers would not have been answered, however because he persisted in prayers and fasting for 21 days and he got answers. So don’t give up in prayers your miracle may just be on its way. Many times Christians do not win not because God is not prepared to answer them but because they give up too easily. In Ephesians 6 we read that you have to put on the full amour of God to win the war, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation. How many of us are battle ready, immediately we face a trial we lose our faith and remember faith is a shield. Or we are asking God to save us but we are living in sin and immorality, remember righteousness is a breastplate that protect us. So we need to take all these things seriously if we must overcome and we shall overcome in Jesus name. As much as I do not want to exaggerate the power of witches and demons, I also do not want to underestimate it. Many people say that they don’t believe in witchcraft or evil spirits, that is up to them, but that does not change anything. You may not physically see evil but you will see their woks, them come in different ways like sickness and disease, poverty, addictions to alcohol, drugs and other substances, uncontrollable weaknesses like anger or fornication and so on. Do you wonder when some sick people were brought to Jesus, he does not just heal them rather he asks the demon to be casted out of them, this is because those sickness where from demonic attacks. Now I am not saying that every time someone is sick that he has a demonic attack, but what I am saying is that demons cause sicknesses, and that is why several times Doctors will not be able diagnose or treat an illness.
I met someone who was working for a politician, and he took some of the politicians money without authorization, the politicians asked him to return it but he refused, so he said no problem he shall see. So this man stated losing his children one by one, then he was stroke with sickness, eventually he had to return the money back otherwise he could have lost his life. So like many people he felt there was no big deal until he began to suffer oppression by demonic attacks.
So now you know this, you need to fight, not by wearing boxing gloves, but by fighting spiritually. Take time to pray and fast. Keep away from sin, Have faith, you must believe that you will win, one of the easiest way satan will defeat you is to make you doubt God, you must believe that God is all powerful and there is nothing he cannot do. You must hold on to His word, then you must persist don’t be quick to give up. You are more than a conqueror in Jesus name. As long as in the physical light will always overcome darkness, then in the spiritual God through his Son Jesus Christ has already overcome satan and he has given you the power to manifest that victory. Have a blessed day