We fight 3 battles while alive and in this body on earth. There is a war going on that we do not see, between good and evil. When we are born, we do not know this. We are given secular, worldly educations and taught how things work in this visible world. It is not until we get saved and know God that we receive a clearer picture and understanding of two worlds, the visible and the invisible.
When we believe God and get saved, everything changes. We still live in this body in the visible world but now we can know the invisible world. Paul explains this in 1 Corinthians 2:12 KJV
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
The unsaved or natural man does not understand our insight into the spiritual world. So when we tell someone, this is an attack of Satan, they think we are nuts. But we too need to understand how the enemy attacks us as believers. The example we used last time was Peter, Judas and Ananias and Sapphira. Look at our post Warfare God’s Way
The attack on Peter was with a thought. In Judas, he was not a believer and Satan entered him. With Ananias and Sapphira, lust of the flesh, came upon them, not in them see Acts 5:1-11.
Often, Christians say addiction, habits or specific actions are “strong-holds”. Maybe. But Satan attacks our thoughts like he did Peter. Satan attacks our flesh sometimes, he gave Job boils on his skin – Job 2:7 KJV “So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord , and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.” And Satan will try to attack our spirit man. Remember, our spirit man is our praise, worship, prayer, faith and hope. If Satan can get you to loose hope, stop praying, stop worshipping God, shake your faith in God’s word, cause doubt or unbelief, he got you. If this has happened to you, ask God to forgive you and help you and he will.
When Paul says – 2 Corinthians 7:1 KJV
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” I don’t think this necessarily refers to addictions but more about the works of the flesh from Galatians 5:19-21 KJV
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
People have all kinds of “addictions” the point is to bring our body, our flesh, into subjection to our spirit man and our mind/soul. This can be a lifelong process. Most attacks we go through are in our soul, our mind. Look at how Satan attacked Job as a great example.
Job is doing everything right. You may be doing everything right. Life is good, just plugging along, great job, great family and a great relationship with God. Then you loose your job, loose your house and are now homeless with a wife and 3 children. Then one of your children dies from street living. Your wife starts nagging at you and you want to get answers from God. Then you start spitting up blood and have pain inside your stomach. Now how is your prayer life? Still praising God?
Clearly we know if all this happened to us, it is not from God. As a child of God, God does not do these types of things to his children. Would you do that to your children? I think not. Certainly this was not pleasant for Job and it would not be pleasant for us. But it is better to prepare ahead of time. Prepare yourself and your family before something like this happens to you, how you will deal with it as a family. How should we handle these attacks? Jesus gave us the answer.
How did Jesus handle Satan? Jesus said he prayed for Peter, Matthew 16:13-20. The two clear examples Jesus gives us is prayer and speaking God’s word out loud, confessing with our mouth. These examples are explained in Matthew 16:13’30 and Matthew 4:1-11.
You have to know that your family and friends will come against you when you decide to do things God’s way but stand firm and teach them. In so doing you prepare them for when you are no longer here on earth. Until next time.