This article is primarily written for the benefit of new Christians. If you are a new convert to Christianity welcome to the universal family of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Isn't it great to have your sins forgiven, and to be saved by faith through grace in the death and resurrection of Jesus for your eternal salvation?! However, you must know that you are now involved in a spiritual battle. Read Ephesians 6:10-13. I purposely am not going to cite every verse because I want to encourage you as a new believer to read and study the Bible for yourself. Get with a Bible study partner who is knowledgeable about the truth of Scripture.
There is a literal devil who is out to deceive you and to destroy your faith. I call your attention to the following verses from the Bible, your new "textbook for life."
I Peter 5:8-9 warns to "be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith..."
II Corinthians 2:11 says that we must not be ignorant of the schemes of Satan so that he will not take advantage of us.
II Corinthians 11:14 reminds believers that Satan many times disguises himself as an "angel of light."
What is good to know is that the Holy Spirit who now lives within you is more powerful than Satan. Look up the following verses of Scripture and it would also be profitable to memorize them: I Corinthians 10:13, James 4:7, and Ephesians 6:13-19. The last passage lists the spiritual coat of armor, or what I like to refer to as the "spiritual arsenal" of truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the Word of God, prayer, perseverance, and alertness.
Throw Scripture back at Satan when you are tempted or when he is trying to defeat you. That is what Jesus did when he was tempted by Satan in the wilderness at the beginning of His earthly ministry. Read Matthew 4:1-11. You have the authority to command Satan to leave you alone, in the powerful name of Jesus. Speak it out loud if necessary!
In addition to taking heed to these Scripture passages, you will find it necessary to be very careful what media, magazines, and books you expose your minds and eyes to, because you must bring your thinking into conformity to your new nature and new faith. Read II Corinthians 10:4-5, and Romans 12:2. There is a story of a man who had two dogs that were always getting into fights. One dog was named FLESH; the other was named SPIRIT. Someone asked the man which dog usually wins, to which he responded by saying, "Whichever one I feed the most."
Remember this: You will lose some battles, but God has already won the war!
It is my sincere prayer that this article will help you to live victoriously in your new faith as you fight the spiritual battle. May God's grace be upon you as you seek to live for Him.