As I’d written about some time back, I decided to learn more about evil & spiritual warfare. I started this journey after watching a sermon about witchcraft, & would like to share some about what I learned from that sermon. Just so you know, this is just scratching the surface. It’s quite an in depth topic.
Most people hear the word “witch” & think of images of a woman wearing all black, with a pointy black hat, & either riding a broom or stirring something in a large cauldron. This is not the norm, however, except in movies. Witches are all around us. Many who are involved with certain religions, such as Wicca & Paganism, openly practice witchcraft, but there are even more people who practice witchcraft in much more subtle ways. So subtle, in fact, that many witches don’t even consider themselves witches. These are those who do things that go against God yet aren’t as obvious, such as manipulating, controlling, envying or hating others. By doing these things that go against God, they are inviting the enemy, Satan, & his demons to work.
A side note here… such behaviors as manipulation, control & envying others are especially common among narcissists. This is just one more reason I believe Narcissistic Personality Disorder to be more about evil than a mental health problem. That isn’t the topic of this post, obviously, but I wanted to put it out there for something to think about.
Satan is a powerful enemy, but his powers are limited. He needs to use human beings to enable him to do much of his work in the physical realm. This is where people who don’t know God intimately come into play. When they come across someone who they feel threatened by – such as someone they view as more successful, popular or attractive – they hate that person easily. That hatred opens the door for Satan to work in their life as well as their victim’s life. To keep the original person engaged, Satan often works subtly to keep their minds focused on their hatred. One thing he does is to remind them to keep up with the personal details of that person they hate. I firmly believe that this is why some people are so devoted about keeping up with the personal details such as snooping on social media posts of people they hate. They certainly aren’t looking in the hopes of learning that the object of their hatred is happy & doing well. They are looking in the hopes of finding out that person is miserable, alone, broke, sick or whatever.
An important thing to keep in mind is that even Christians aren’t completely immune to the enemy’s attacks. Consider the story of Job. He was loyal to God, yet Satan attacked his health, family & more. Even Jesus was not immune to the enemy’s attacks while He was here in human form. Satan tempted Him. That story can be found in Matthew 4. No matter how much you love God, Satan still can cause you problems.
To protect yourself, you must learn about Satan. No one who successfully defeats an enemy does so without knowing about their enemy. They get to know how their enemy thinks & how they work. Remember that fighting Satan & his demons isn’t like fighting humans. Ephesians 6:12 describes them in the Amplified Bible, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.”
To fight a spiritual enemy, you also need to wear the armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:13-17: “Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15 and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16 Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”
And above all, never, ever fail to ask God for help, guidance, discernment, courage & anything else you need. If you don’t know what you need, that is ok! Just ask Him for help, & He will be glad to do so! Remember, Psalm 46 says that God is an ever present help in times of trouble, He is always with us & our Stronghold!