When I use to think of spiritual warfare I would quickly associate it with stories in the Bible like we heard this past Sunday. We heard a story of a man possessed by 2,000-5,000 demons! He was living in a cave and no people could restrain him. “If that is what spiritual warfare looks like I don’t think I’m in a battle.” As Christians, it is really easy to only acknowledge the extremes and use that as a marker for how we are actually doing in this fight. If we only see spiritual warfare as the extreme oppression we are missing a whole different side of the fight. The area of warfare I am talking about is not as much of a fight, but more of a surrender on our part. Complacency.
What does that mean? Well, let’s just simply define one element of Spiritual warfare as Satan’s attempt for people to not trust or actively pursue God. So, you would think that sending demons and wreaking havoc in a person’s life would accomplish those goals, and it does. However; the enemy is smart and he knows when and where to hit us in the areas that we are the weakest, or when to not hit us at all. Satan will not attack a Christian who is not consistently pursuing the Lord and seeking His face. When we become complacent and apathetic to our relationship with Jesus we are basically accomplishing Satan’s goal and he didn’t even have to do anything. Satan does not always intend for your life to be miserable, his only goal is to interrupt that relationship that a Christian has with their savior. So, someone could be having a “good life” on the outside but be so far from the Father. The idea of complacency is something that I believe every Christian can look back in their life and see where he or she has struggled with being active.
This is where we have to FIGHT to get back in the war. If you are finding yourself in a spirit of complacency get back in the fight. Start reading your bible, find accountability, and get in community where people are consistently asking you what the Lord is teaching you! It will take work and it will take sacrifice. You may have to wake up an extra hour early, or bring your bible to lunch. There are too many people who are living without the knowledge of hope and love that is found in Jesus for us to be complacent. I will warn you, when you start to actively pursue the Lord, you will pop back up on Satan’s radar. He will try to distract you, deter you, and get you back to a level of complacency, but do not be discouraged. Jesus has called us to something bigger. He promised a life of abundance and we can only find that in Him and not complacency.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” – Proverbs 13:4