What is This Really About?
What is Happening?
Have you stopped to ask yourself that question? Have any of the events that have transpired triggered you to pause and ponder the details? Several times I have found myself reading content, listening to reports, and asking something along the W’s- Why, What, Where, When… At first, response, if I am honest, I want to point my finger at something or someone. It would be easier to blame a leader, a political side, a group of people, a broken system, or a series of events. All have valid flaws and opportunities for improvement. However, if we stop at people, things, and systems, we will never fix any problem. Instead, I propose that we will just find new bandaids and methods of covering up what is truly happening below the surface.
If you hear the term enemy, who comes to mind?
When you think of the word problem, what comes to mind?
If you see a solution, is the solution for the good as a whole?
Regardless of the color of your skin, the way you vote, or any other characteristic, we all share the same enemy. We all share the same root problem. Satan. This division, this hatred, this confusion is far greater than what we are seeing. The craziness that we are experiencing is far bigger than us. Scripture tells us, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:3-5
We are being targeted and played. And if we label our enemy as anything but Satan, we have been part of his strategic attack and are caught in his web of deception and division.
War is Raging Around Us
In real-time we are seeing war rage around us, but there is a greater war raging that we cannot see. Unseen forces that play to our weaknesses, our hurts, our insecurities, and frustrations to use us as puppets to carry out plans that pull us away from the Father. God sent His Son so that we would have life abundantly. We are called as believers to live at peace with one another (Rom. 12:18.). We are instructed to be in unity as the body of Christ (Eph. 4.)
Here are 3 Ways to Identify Spiritual Warfare:
1- Stop– Stop before a response is given. Take a few minutes to think about what you are responding to and why. Is the information you are sharing helpful or hurtful? Is the content solution-oriented or just complaining? Regardless of the original person’s content, is yours respectful?
2- Pray- Prayer is your key to breakthrough clouded thought and soften your heart. I have heard it said, you can’t hate someone you pray for. So pray. Ask God to reveal the truth to you. Ask God for the best response. Ask God to show you what the person or system needs? Ask God what He would have you to do. A Heavenly answer will yield far greater dividends than an Early attempt every will.
3- Compare- Take your original thoughts and emotions and compare them with what you have after you have evaluated and prayed for the person or issue. What was different? How do you feel?
For example, if you are feeling fear, that is not a characteristic of the Lord- a straight attack from Satan.
If you are feeling angry and desire to hurt another person for justice, to show them- a straight attack from Satan. God tells us, “Be angry, but do not sin.” (Eph. 4:26).
Be The Change You Wish to See
I am a justice fighter. Almost to a fault. However, through marriage I have learned that someone always has to go first. Going first is hard because it takes maturity, humility, patience, and persistence. Did I mention it isn’t fun either? If my husband has hurt me, in my flesh, I could easily want him to feel that same pain. If a system failed me, I 100% want them to own it, have accountability for it, and learn from it. But it doesn’t always work like that. Someone has to model mercy first. Someone has to model kindness, grace, maturity, love, and collaboration first. The question then becomes, do you want to win the battle or win the war? Sure, you may win a Facebook battle, but what do you gain? In fact, you may lose respect, relationships, and even more, the opportunity to learn something new.
If we want real change, it has to start right here, in our homes, in our relationships. It starts with how we treat one another physically and virtually. It starts with how we think about people, and what we say about them. I mentioned patience and persistence because you can’t turn a big ship fast, it will break. Turning will encounter resistance, but with intentional application, every little degree of change matters, and that’s what we need to show up for. Small degrees of change over time change the course for our destination.
Small actions filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control are how we begin to steal victory of division, hate, and deceit from the enemy and give it to God.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” 1 Pet. 5:8-9
Every person and system needs our prayer. Let’s be willing to go first. Let’s be willing to extend kindness, mercy, and grace as we press forward for much-needed change.