Spiritual Self-Defense

by APC on September 09, 2015

The Illinois State Police recorded a shocking 114,373 domestic violence offenses in 2000. Sadly, 76% of these offenses involved assault/battery charges. This information may correlate to the steadily increasing number of women—and men—who are enrolling in self-defense classes now today.

When it comes to our mortality, we try to take preventative action: we eat right, exercise, and go to the doctor when we get sick. We plan for and strategize ways to overcome and guard against these anticipated obstacles. And, taking a self-defense class is one way we can protect ourselves.

Protecting our physical bodies from harm, especially from predators, should not be our only concern in our day-to-day life. We also need to guard ourselves from spiritual enemies:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8, KJV).

Satan and his demons are constantly attacking God’s children. Their ultimate goal is to divide the body of Christ and to try to make us weak and seemingly powerless. But, God didn’t leave His children defenseless—He gave us an arsenal of tools to protect ourselves and to fight against the enemy.

Just as in a physical self-defense class there are “special moves” and “tactics” we can employ to keep ourselves safe from physical predators, there are tools we can use to keep ourselves protected from the spiritual enemy! Just remember the acronym PART—we must PARTicipate in defending ourselves against the enemy!

Pray

Scripture tells us the weapons of are warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God (II Corinthians 10:4–5). Our utmost weapon against spiritual predators is prayer. We need to fight enemies in the spiritual realm with spiritual weapons. Through prayer we can bind our enemy (Matthew 18:18), ask God to intercede on our behalf, and/or to send an angel to help us (Acts 12:5). When we pray, we exercise our spiritual muscles. Prayers helps us to grow stronger in the Spirit so we can fight the things not of this world!

Arm

While fighting a spiritual battle, be must be dressed to play the part. We must put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10–18), so that we can stand against the devil! God’s armor won’t truly be effective unless it’s coupled with prayer and the work of the Holy Ghost (God’s Spirit) in our life. We can’t rely on our Pastor, church ministers, etc. to be the ones fighting all of our own spiritual battles. We need to be ready and equipped with our own armor!

Rebuke

We learn from Scripture when dark spiritual forces came against Jesus, He rebuked them (Matthew 17:18). When spiritual predators come against us or others, we can rebuke them in Jesus’ name, and they must obey! If we resist or rebuke the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7). The devil anticipates that a child of God won’t have the power to speak the name of Jesus and challenge his authority. Speak the name of Jesus and flex those spiritual muscles!

Tread

When we’ve prayed, armed ourselves, have the Holy Ghost working in us, and have employed the name of Jesus, we can take physical action! God has given us the “…power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy…” (Luke 10:19, KJV). In our fight nothing can hurt us! Our main adversary is the devil and we have the power to crush him with our feet.

Just because we fight not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12) doesn’t mean we can’t fight effectively and win! We can PARTicipate in defending ourselves from the devil and his spiritual forces. With the tools God has given us, we will be more than overcomers!