Recognize The Enemy. Know From Whom Your Strength Comes.

All too often, people dismiss the reality of demons and how they affect people. This denial is dangerous. Equally important is to remember that Satan is not all powerful and all knowing… only God is those things. Let us take care not to give Satan too much credit for all things that seem difficult or different than we desire.

However, if we are to engage in spiritual warfare, we must first recognize that there is a war and we have an enemy. We can not win if we do not recognize the enemy. We can not win if we do not recognize from whom our strength comes.

Our enemy is Satan. Our strength comes from the Lord. We should study the Bible closely to continue to learn and understand more about spiritual warfare and how to win.

Mark 9:14-29

All Things Possible

      14When they came back to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15Immediately, when the entire crowd saw Him, they were amazed and began running up to greet Him. 16And He asked them, “What are you discussing with them?” 17And one of the crowd answered Him, “Teacher, I brought You my son, possessed with a spirit which makes him mute; 18and whenever it seizes him, it slams him to the ground and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth and stiffens out. I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it.19And He answered them and said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to Me!” 20They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. 21And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22“It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” 23And Jesus said to him, “ ‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” 24Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” 25When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.” 26After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, “He is dead!” 27But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him; and he got up. 28When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, “Why could we not drive it out?” 29And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”

Faith and prayer are important aspects of connecting to God for His help in overcoming Satan and his demons. Do not ignore spiritual warfare and do not assume everything that happens is spiritual warfare. Sometimes a flat tire just means you drove over a nail. However, Satan is out there prowling like a lion looking for someone to devour. Be prepared and seek to recognize him by studying how he works in the documented scriptures of the Bible.

To learn more about spiritual warfare, read our teaching, Spiritual Warfare.

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