Spiritual Battles

Brenda Fox

Ephesians 6:10

…be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

 

Recently God lead me to a new full-time job working with recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in early recovery. This work is not new to me for I’ve been doing this for six years now. However, at my former job, the clients I worked with had been at least three months sober and begun a solid recovery program. My challenge now is that the addicts coming to our treatment program have only been sober for a couple of days. As they are coming off the drugs, they are still very foggy and their behavior can be less than pleasant. At times I feel like I am walking into a war zone.

And so it is — a spiritual war zone! There is a spiritual battle that rages against us, one we cannot see with our eyes. Scripture tells us that We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, principalities and powers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). In this battle I am learning that the enemy wants to stir up the pot by causing confusion, chaos and anger among our staff and clients, not to mention a couple of times of threatened violence in the men’s community, along with bringing drugs onto the property. I often find myself feeling burned out and losing compassion after only six months of working there.

After sharing my situation with a fellow sister in Christ who has years of prayer experience in spiritual warfare, she gave me a prayer to recite each day before I start my workday. The prayer helps me to focus on Jesus and “in his mighty power,” asking the Lord to clean house, so to speak, and to rid the place of anything that is not of God. On the days that I remember to pray this prayer, I notice that even though things get stirred up, there is a greater sense of God’s peace and clarity within my workplace. The battle is the Lord’s!

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: What spiritual battles are taking place in my life?