Spiritual Conflict

Richard Roberts

Do you ever feel that you are the only one who has problems? It’s not true. All of us suffer spiritual conflicts. And I believe there are three types of spiritual conflict:

Spiritual conflict against the world ― Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NLT). Jesus is saying that you’re going to have problems. That’s not pleasant, is it? But the second part of the Scripture lets you know that you can have the joy of the Lord in your heart because He has already overcome whatever you are facing!

Spiritual conflict against the flesh ― Sin tries to get into your life every day, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, you can make the decision to keep it out. In Galatians 5:16 NIV, Paul said, Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Paul laid it on the line. He admitted that he had shortcomings and problems and was tempted just like everyone else. So how did he overcome? By the power of the Holy Spirit. There are choices to make each day; but as you rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you can make the right ones.

Spiritual conflict against the devil ―The devil seeks those he can get his grips into. First Peter 5:8–9 NIV says, Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. In other words, be your own police force. Control yourself.

Yes, conflicts will come, but the One who is the Overcomer is on your side!