What is spiritual warfare? This is where we wrestle with the spiritual forces of darkness. This wrestling match may either be a battle of the minds or a battle of the wills. A truth battle is where the enemy entices us to believe a lie and to act accordingly. Satan is the father of lies (see John 8.44), and he works to deceive. This is why we are told to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
3For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10.3-6)
The battle of the will is where we wage war in our passions and desires. Here, we decide whether or not we will obey Jesus, and whether our desires and passions will be crucified or gratified. This is why the Bible tells us to walk in the Spirit and not gratify the desires of the flesh. Continue reading