“I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10) For many, these are some of the most cherished words Jesus ever spoke. They continue to minister to me daily. They give me motivation to get out of bed in the morning.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Spiritual Warfare and Health”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
I hope they do the same for you. However, they come with a warning: “The enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy but…” Did you know that these words are the first half of John 10:10? Jesus breathed these two statements in the same breath! Why?….
He’s saying heads up. Yes, my promise is abundant life. But, that life is not just going to show up on a silver platter. It will be opposed. You’re going to have to fight for it. This is the secret to finding abundant life….spiritual warfare.
We have an enemy, and he wants to take us out. (1 Peter 5:8) He’s opposed to any of the work God desires to do in our lives. He wants to block God’s grace from coming to us. See my post on grace.
He’s not satisfied with a little. He wants it all. He wants our hearts. He wants our marriages, and relationships. He wants our finances and careers, and a whole lot more.
Satan wants to render us ineffective for kingdom work. At or near the top of his list of wants is our health. If he can rob us of our vitality, he can more easily wear us down and take us out.
Twelve step addiction recovery programs teach their people about the acronym HALT. It stands for:
When addicts finds themselves in one of these states, they’re much more vulnerable to relapse. So they’re taught to be extra vigilant when physically and emotionally drained.
We’re no different, and the enemy of our souls knows this very well. Satan will exploit our human weaknesses whenever he can. If he can distract us with low energy, brain fog, aches and pains or worse, he can more easily accomplish his mission of deactivating us for kingdom work by taking us out.
It usually starts almost unnoticed. A little fatigue, occasional brain fog, or a few aches and pains. No big deal right? Before we know it, we become more and more distracted from what matters, and preoccupied with managing our symptoms.
All the while, our thinking is becoming more and more impaired. Maybe anxiety, or depression is starting to take root. With our energy fading, and our motivation lagging, it becomes more and more difficult to hear from, and be responsive to the Spirit of God. (Psalm 46:10)
Sadly, for some this process ends in some kind of full blown, debilitating disease state that consumes every aspect of their lives. It can even end in premature death. For the vast majority us, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Yes I know, we’re all getting older, and one day these bodies of ours will no longer be of any use to us. But, we shouldn’t just sit back and allow our health to slide down hill without a fight. We are to be “sober, alert, and vigilant”. (1 Peter 5:8)
In addition, many of the things we’ve come to expect as a normal part of the aging process are not normal. They may be ordinary, but they’re not normal. See my post on real health for more.
We should be doing everything within our power to maintain and/or restore our health. It is my contention that spiritual warfare should be at the forefront of our strategy for health.
As I’m about to explain in the upcoming series, spiritual warfare is quite possibly the most important component of our health. It just may be more important than exercise or clean eating. It may even trump good thinking as well.
As adults who want to take our health and vitality seriously, we must spend some time getting this right. Again, from the enemies perspective, one of the most valuable, and effective things he can steal is our health. He gets a lot of bang for his buck when he steals it. But first, we must recognize there is a battle going on.[Tweet “”We have an enemy, and he wants to take us out. (1 Peter 5:8)” David Sandstrom”]
To be continued….
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