It’s Not Always Spiritual

We are taught from the moment we accept Christ that the warfare we go through daily is spiritual warfare. The Bible even states in Ephesians 6:12, “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.” We realize that the spirit is constantly at war with fleshly desires and we must keep our body under subjection in order to be pleasing to God. Our spirit desires communion with God but our flesh desires pleasures. It is constant spiritual warfare!

So where does the idea come from then, that “It’s Not Always Spiritual”? Actually, it is always spiritual, but many of the avenues Satan uses against us don’t seem to be. We must constantly be mentally prepared for warfare. Our mind is a place that Satan can attack us. Consider this: It’s Sunday morning, you have just heard a wonderful sermon delivered by your Pastor. As you walk across the parking lot, you realize that Pastor didn’t shake your hand. He didn’t even greet you as you went out. Be careful! Satan will whisper to you, “Pastor didn’t shake your hand!” This is true, he didn’t. Satan whispers again, “He doesn’t care for you!” This is a lie, he does care for you. Pastor has been placed in his position to watch over you, to teach and encourage you, to love and care for you. He is God’s hand extended to you. We must remember, Satan is the father of lies and if his lips are moving, he is lying.

I learned from a seasoned policeman that the best lies contain an element of the truth. It makes the lie believable. Satan know this and he will use the element of truth, “Pastor didn’t shake your hand!”, to cause you to believe the lie, “He doesn’t care for you!”. Don’t listen to Satan! He is trying to destroy you! God loves you! He has placed Pastor in a position to love and care for you, and He has given you Christian brothers and sisters to love and care for you, too.

You see, it is always spiritual after all, but you must “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30), in order to withstand the spiritual warfare we all must endure.