The next thing we need to consider is the intimate nature of the conflict indicated by the term wrestle. There are really two aspects to spiritual warfare. There is the general sense in which the collective forces of God are battling the collective forces of Satan. Then there is also a very personal aspect in which you and I are engaged in hand-to-hand combat with demonic spirits. It’s a wrestling match. It’s intimate. It’s personal. It’s deadly. As a Christian, you are being studied, stalked, and assaulted regularly. Failure to realize this can result in your becoming a casualty in the conflict.
Studied, Stalked, Assaulted
Maybe at this point, you’re thinking, Wait a minute, aren’t you going a bit overboard? What do you mean, I’m being studied, stalked, and assaulted by demons? You sound like a fanatic!
I can assure you that I am not being fanatical, but rather scriptural. I’m simply stating what the Bible teaches generally and what it refers to specifically in the case of Job, among others.
One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”
Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?” Job 1:6–10 NIV
The Spiritual Realm
You see, Satan had studied Job. He had stalked him. Very shortly, he would assault him. Satan’s tactics have not changed over the centuries. You and I are subject to the same kinds of attacks Job experienced. My intention is not to inspire paranoia, but rather to help you see the world and your own personal experiences through a biblical lens. Christians, today more than ever, need a biblical worldview, one that includes a belief in and an understanding of the spiritual realm.