Spiritual Warfare

7 Dec

How are we to deal with the temptations of sin that occur every second?  The answer is quite simple, a better prayer life!  If we sit idle and do nothing to help our prayer lives, the temptations of sin will come much easier and more often.  Why? Because our soul wont have enough defense to fight against evil.  The devil will always take the opportunity to tempt us when we are at our weakest moments.  In order for us to stop those attacks, we must be spiritually geared for battle.  There is a 24/7 spiritual warfare around us.  Take a look to your left, to your right, in front of you, behind you, above you, and below you.  Whats there?  Walls, a ceiling, floor, maybe a window or two…Think again.  There are Angels fighting demons so that we may be safe.  It is scary to think about it but it’s truly there and we need to be mindful of that.  When we give ourselves to the temptations of sin, we are helping evil beat good.  We deny God himself by saying no to his will and yes to the devil’s.  We need to keep in mind that we are to do God’s will and not ours.  The only way to defeat evil is to pray often and use the Sacraments of the Catholic Church.  If you feel temptation coming on, renounce Satan and profess your faith as well as your Baptismal promises.  Say the St. Michael Prayer, command what ever spirit, for example, Spirit of sloth, I command you in the Name of Christ to leave, because Christ is present and that is who I want to be present.  Ask God to give you a diameter of say 100 yards (or how much you prefer) from all evil, to strip all evil from all of their weapons and trickery so that you may be able to stay as close to God as possible.  Read the Bible!  Sacred Scripture is one of the greatest tools God gave Catholics.  Our Apostles wrote it!  Use plenty of Holy water and do NOT be afraid to soak your room/house.  Bless yourself daily.  There are many ways to fight against evil and to win the good battle.  Personally, the best way to fight against evil is to use all of the above tools and more.  You can ask your Priest about some good ways to help you.  Not only will these help your fight against the temptation of sin and spiritual warfare, your faith will grow and you will find yourself feeling on top of the world!  To be able to stand up to evil and to feel the love of God is one of the greatest feelings because you can tell you are not alone!  If you look at Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepard, there is nothing I shall want,  Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  We should fear no evil because the Lord is always with us.  He will always protect us if we ask for it.  Remember that we do have to put forth action in order for God to give us what we need to be close to him, however He does give us graces all the time, if we want something, not a car or a house, but the faith we need and tools we need to fight against evil, all he tells us to do is simply ask.

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