I see those bruises. They may not be actual physical bruises, but they're there all the same. You're spiritually banged up. Your faith life got smashed all to pieces by some great big force that came barreling towards it at full speed. The enemy had you in a chokehold, and though you're running away from him, those bruises are still all over you.
Giiiiiirrrrrrlllll… I feel ya. I'm right there with you. We're fighting through what has come to be called spiritual warfare. If that term is new to you, it may seem melodramatic, but it's so much more common than you think. Actually, the Bible tells us over & over again that it is completely expected.
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil."
- Ephesians 6:11
He told us to arm ourselves because the devil is coming for us, and the fight will not be easy. God knew this. He knew we would need an arsenal to protect ourselves from the one who seeks nothing but destruction. The expression "fight like hell" comes to mind, because when hell comes to fight, it don't play.
Spiritual warfare is the battle between the good One and the evil one, and the war rages inside of you. This war beats the heck out of you, and you're so bruised up that you don't even recognize yourself anymore, am I right? What seemed clear no longer does, what seemed certain has evaporated, and you feel completely wiped out.
You know why? Because hell don't play. He wants your faith demolished. He wants you smashed. He wants your children to be obliterated. He wants anyone who threatens his evil plans GONE. He wants you to bruised up to fight back.
God warns us over & over that this war is coming for us. So now that we know that this is NORMAL and this defeated feeling is not a shortcoming of us, let's all relax. Take a deep breath. Woosah, y'all.
K. Let's figure out how we're going to fight our way out of this mess. God told us to arm ourselves. But with what? Tomatoes to throw? Teargas to hurl?
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not wage war in the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not flesh but divine power to destroy strongholds."
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
Our weapons against spiritual warfare are not weapons we use in mortal warfare. Our weapons come from the divine power of Jesus. What does that mean, though? It means that His promises are our armor. We cannot be protected if we don't pick up His Word, read, and claim His promises as our own. These are the weapons with which we protect ourselves from defeat.
We say OUT LOUD "You don't belong here" to the enemy. You fill up your head and your heart with His words to you so that THERE IS NO ROOM for the thief to enter. You do this every single day. You do this multiple times a day. When you feel weak, stop what you are doing and say to yourself "I will not be defeated because God is my strength. So you, Satan, can HIT THE DIRT, SCRAM, GET LOST!" Though you walk in flesh, you have the power of the divine to destroy evil because this divine has already claimed you.
This war never ends. There will be times when it will feel exhausting, insurmountable, and downright impossible… and it is if you rely on yourself. Whenever you feel broken, powerless, or afraid, remember to whom you belong.
You are a protected by God's fortress, but only if you remember to keep your whole being inside it. When you let your mind wander around aimlessly, you are putting yourself behind enemy lines. When you sit at the feet of the One who can protect you, He will rescue you. He will protect you. He is the only one who can heal those bruises.
I'm praying SO BIG for you, my love.