The essence of the war we are talking about is spiritual. The reason i need to state this is not so obvious. Because this warfare is first and foremost spiritual and not physical, the degree to which you and I will be successful is the degree to which we are prepared to understand and fight this battle on a spiritual level.
Let me give you a definition of spiritual warfare, so you can understand what we are talking about. Spiritual warfare is that conflict being waged in the invisible, spiritual realm that is being manifest in the visible, physical realm.
In other words, spiritual warfare is a battle between invisible, angelic forces that affects you and me. The cause of the war is something you and i can’t see. But the effects are very visible in the kinds of problems i mentioned above and in the day-to-day stuff you and i face all the time.
Its hard enough to fight an enemy you can see. Its much harder to fight someone you can’t see.
In this statement on spiritual warfare, Paul wrote: Our struggles is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.(Ephesians 6:12).
This verse identifies the enemy, Satan and his demons.
The point i want you to see here is that we make a grand mistake if we think people are the real enemy. People can be bad,no doubt. But as bad as people can be, they are merely conduits for this greater battle.
Satan has been successful in getting us to fight people rather than fighting that which is causing people to be the way they are.
All of us have tried to change people who are not doing right. What we need to understand is that what happens through people, including you and me, has its roots in something much larger. This fact does not excuse the wrong things people do. They are still responsible. But it helps us focus on the real enemy.
Everything we see in the visible, physical realm is caused, provoked, or at least influenced by something in the invisible, spiritual realm.
Your five senses are not the limit of reality. (Daniel 4:26-32)
States that heaven rules over all the affairs of earth. So until we address the spiritual causes of a problem, we will never fix the physical effects of that problem. Not only are your physical senses very limited, but they are often of little help in spiritual warfare .
This means that if you are going to wage successful spiritual battle, you need a SIXTH SENSE -a keen awareness of the spiritual realm.
This awareness begins with your worldview.