Spiritual attacks at work
Guest post by Robert Martin (host Bigger Questions)
Earlier this week Hillsong singer/songwriter Marty Sampson expressed via an Instagram post that he is about to lose his faith. He cites a number of challenges to his faith. I found it sad for a public Christian leader to express his doubts and concerns with the fundamentals of his faith. Yet I found his experience of doubt not entirely unsurprising.
It’s unsurprising because I think that we should expect spiritual attacks and doubts to arise. I think doubts and uncertainties are key ways in which the devil works to undermine our faith.
In Ephesians 6:16, Paul explains spiritual attack by the devil as ‘flaming arrows’. I think doubts are one of the ‘flaming arrows’ the devil uses against us. Hence Paul exhorts believers to,
Put on the full armour of God, so you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
When we accept Jesus we enter into a spiritual battle. It’s less common to think about spiritual attacks in our modern culture which is deeply steeped in Western materialistic philosophy. But the spiritual dimension and the spiritual world is real. We face an unseen enemy and I think we should also expect spiritual attack.
I often meet workers in the city who have doubts about their faith (and I’ve gone through dark seasons of doubt myself). I find it unsurprising that a number of these believers who have doubts are also often very active in sharing their faith at work or making large sacrificial decisions for Jesus. I suspect that spiritual attacks become more ferocious when we’re in particularly fruitful seasons for the kingdom of God.
Amidst spiritual attacks and doubts, we should heed the advice of Paul. Put on the armour of God: truth, righteousness and faith - continue to trust in Jesus. Read the word of God - the sword of the Spirit.
When I struggle with doubts, I look to the words of Jesus: that he is the way, the truth and the life; In him is the resurrection and the life; In him are the words of eternal life; He is the author and perfector of our faith. Amidst the doubts we can look to him.
It is expected that as we share our faith at work, we think big for the Kingdom, we live fruitfully for Jesus doubts and challenges to our faith will emerge. But let’s remember Paul’s exhortation:
"Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of the Lord so that you can stand against the devil’s schemes" (Ephesians 6:10-11)