Recently, while my wife was away on a trip, I decided to taken in an action flick about Wolverine, the comic book hero. That night, my two little boys couldn’t sleep and wound up in my bed, and somewhere in the vicinity of 3:37 am-ish, they became my arch enemies in a nasty dream.
Somewhere, from deep within me, came a Wolverine-like scream, deep and threatening to any who dared attack me – even two little kids named Sam and Drew. And the scream in my dream came out! I woke myself up with a Wolverine-inspired, “R-R-R-R-A-A-A-A-A-U-U-U-G-H-H-H!!!”
Amazingly, my boys never stirred. They were perfectly at peace, which is probably an indicator of my true level of fighting fierceness.
Many of us fall into the trap of screaming at decoys rather than the actual enemy.
We can start to perceive even the people we love as a threat when we fail to understand the real roots of our issues. But Paul made it clear…
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
~ Ephesians 6:12 NLT
The fact is, every battle in your life worth fighting emanates from the spiritual realm.
That doesn’t mean we deny physical and natural causes. It doesn’t mean there aren’t actual criminals that need to be brought to justice or tyrants whose regimes must be brought down.
It means we don’t separate the physical and spiritual as though one is real and the other isn’t.
Rather than screaming at people with whom we disagree about politics and moral issues, we should remember that we, together, face a common threat.
Instead of screaming at our spouse because we’ve perceived them to be on the attack, we should unity and face our common enemy as one.
Spiritual attacks are real.
Spiritual bondage is real.
Spiritual strongholds are real.
When we separate spiritual issues completely from physical and emotional issues, we fail to fight the good fight holistically.
As I rewind in my memory to one of the darkest seasons of my own life, I realize that I was in need of medication for a potential chemical issue going on in my brain. And I was in need of counseling from someone trained to help me get to the roots of my emotional struggles. And I also needed prayer because my real archenemy, Satan, was exploiting my own experiences to his advantage.
Our only real enemy is Satan and his dark forces. And he must be fought on spiritual ground, in prayer.
Ask God to show you who your real enemy is. Satan is the Accuser, the Thief, and the Destroyer of life. Recognize him in prayer and ask God to thwart his plans to ruin you today!