A Real Holy War


Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Ephesians 6:10-12 (ESV)

Faith and spirituality lie beyond the reach of our five senses. Our age of skepticism yields a dismissive attitude towards the notion of evil spirits. Sure, we love to dress up for Halloween and go to the movie theater to check out the latest horror movie to be scared out of our wits. But to us, it’s all make believe.

Demons aren’t real.

Scripture would tend to disagree with us. The Apostle Paul certainly would. During his time ministering in Ephesus, Paul encountered a great deal of demonic activity.

We may be reluctant to admit it but a real Holy War is going on all around us. The church battles to survive the attacks of the devil, demons, and malignant supernatural beings. Part of the war is being fought here among us, full of battles and enemies we can see. Yet another part of the war is being waged out of our line of sight, in the spiritual realm, between the angel armies of God and the demonic minions of the Devil. Yes, I know this may seem crazy to you. But it is true. As believers, we are at war with the Enemy who seeks to deceive, devour and destroy us.


Throughout his letters, the Apostle Paul reminds us to put on the Lord Jesus Christ, to cloak ourselves in Him. We are to take extra measures to ensure that we leave no opening at our head, our feet our heart, our belly, our eye, our eye or our tongue. The Devil readily exploits any opportunity we provide. Scripture tells us that even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, to deceive us, devour us, and destroy us.

The problem with not naming your Enemy is that it lulls you into a false narrative that your Enemy isn’t real. Before you know it, you let your defenses down and leave your armor at home, oblivious to the battle raging all around you.

As Christians, we have to recognize that by our profession of faith, we have chosen sides. We have publicly declared we are on God’s team. It is in our interest to protect ourselves with the Armor of God and equip ourselves with weapons the Lord has provided us, like praise and prayer, the Bible, the blood of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling in us, and the power of our Testimony.

While we may not readily see it, a spiritual war wages all around us. Are you prepared?

Do You Struggle with Controlling Your Tongue?

There you are, minding your own business at a church fellowship or team meeting and someone says something that wraps your hair in a tight bun. You try to control your tongue but before you can say Methuselah the words are blurting out from your lips.

“I said, ‘I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.” Psalm 39:1 (ESV)

Momma always said if you can’t say anything nice than it would be better not to say anything at all. Personally, too often I have found that harder to do than I should.

Scripture reminds us to be mindful of our words as well. Words hurt. Like bullets shot from a gun, words can’t be put back in the muzzle once they are fired. Darting out of your mouth like sharp knives, your words can cut deep wounds in people’s hearts. And there’s no going back.

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV

In the book of James, believers are warned of the dangers a loose tongue brings. James says the tongue is like a fire able to set the whole forest ablaze (James 3:5-6).

There is true wisdom in knowing when to keep one’s mouth shut. For one thing, it’s hard to listen when you’re always talking. This can inadvertently communicate a lack of caring for other people, particularly loved ones. Other people want to talk too.

Just because you feel like you have something to say, doesn’t mean you should say it. Blurting out every unfiltered thought that crosses your mind isn’t a great way to win friends and influence people.

But I get it. You’re passionate and committed. You want to be heard. You like to talk. Sometimes your mouth overdraws your relationship bucket. You say things you later regret.

What do you do? I think our flaws are opportunities to turn to the Lord and lean on His Word. We can’t overcome these faults relying on our natural abilities. We need supernatural healing that only God can provide.

In addition to taking your troubles to the Lord, try to resist the temptation to speak every time the urge strikes you. Bite your tongue, think before you speak, and listen first.

And don’t forget, when you mess up, own what you did and ask for forgiveness.

It’s challenging. But you can do it. I have faith in you.