Devotional

On Field Mice and Spiritual Warfare (Part One)

Here at the farmhouse, we are in a battle. That is right! The field mice have decided that our warm, cozy farmhouse looks like a luxury hotel. They have taken up residence specifically in the drop ceiling over the kitchen and in our back hallway pantry. We can hear them scurrying around. We have not only caught sight of the furry creatures, but we have seen the droppings they have left behind.

In order to rid ourselves of the somewhat cute, but destructive and hazardous-to-our-health creatures, we have armed ourselves with quality mouse traps and cheap peanut butter. These items have proven to work in the past and we are confident in their success again.

We also have a cat and a dog as backup. Unfortunately, they have been only somewhat helpful.

We are also adding a new defensive tactic – peppermint oil. Someone recently shared with me that mice do not like the smell of peppermint. This friend shared her success with soaking cotton balls in peppermint oil, then placing them around the house and in the heat ducts to keep the mice away. She said it worked for them (and made their house smell good!). I am hoping it will work for us, too. I would much rather prevent them from entering our house in the first place, than have to kill them.

Battling mice is not a new experience for us. Except for our house in New Mexico, where we only battled scorpions, centipedes, and sun spiders, we have had to rid every other place of mice.

There is a two-fold strategy to fighting an infestation of mice. First, find where they are entering the house and try to block their entry. Second, arm yourself with the proper weapons. Thankfully, fighting a mouse battle does not require anything fancy or expensive. We use sturdy plastic traps and cheap peanut butter for bait.

Now we just spread a generous amount of peanut butter on the traps, set them, and wait. We also must be diligent to empty the traps and reset them in order to catch all the offending creatures. If we are not careful to catch them all, they will multiply and we will continue to have a problem.

Mice will get into our food, chew on our belongings and leave their disease-infested droppings in every drawer, cabinet or surface.

A More Important Battle

While fighting a battle against mice in the house can be huge, we are constantly fighting a bigger battle in our lives – a spiritual one.

Ephesians 6 reminds us that our battle is not a physical one.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:10-12

In the early years of our marriage, my husband and I lived in a small apartment complex. There was an older lady that lived there who had some mental and social challenges. She was also involved in a religious cult. I don’t remember having any real meaningful conversations with her, but I do remember she was always mumbling about the devils and the demons.

She seemed to have a strange fixation on the devils and the demons. I am sure some of that had to do with her mental challenges and some of it probably came from her religious teachings. Either way, she seemed to recognize on some level that there is a spiritual battle going on in this world between good and evil.

As Christians in 21st century America, we tend to downplay the forces of evil constantly at war around us. We don’t generally experience demon possession and demonic warfare like I have heard Christians and missionaries in some parts of the word describe. Yet the Bible teaches that they are there. And I am sure we are all keenly aware of the constant spiritual battles going on within our own hearts and minds.

In order to fight a battle, there are a few things we need to know. First, we need to know who the enemy is. It is important to know who we are fighting, so we can prepare ourselves to fight against them.

Our Spiritual Enemies

  1. Fleshly Lust – 1 Peter 2:11 “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” There are desirable things all around us every day trying to get our attention and distract us from living a godly life. Things that make us feel good, look good, or distract us from the important matters at hand are constantly begging for our attention and seeking to turn us away from God.
  2. Sinful Nature – Romans 7:23 “But I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. “ We are all born sinners and that sin nature does not go away once we are saved. If you are like me, you feel the constant war going on inside your soul and mind. Your sinful desires tell you to do what you want, yet the Holy Spirit is reminding you and urging you to do what is right.
  3. False Teachers – 1 John 4:3 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out in the world.” Many men throughout history have turned from the true God and made up their own false gods and religions. Even more dangerous than that, are the ones who claim to serve God, yet teach a false gospel. We must be careful to discern between true Biblical teaching and false teaching. It can be easy to be swayed by the words of someone who is attractive and well-spoken, who speaks with authority, yet does not teach the true words of God.
  4. The Devil – 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Satan is a deceiver and a liar. He is like a lion, looking for someone to devour. Satan doesn’t love us or care about us; he only wants to destroy us. His methods are sneaky. He might go in for a violent attack, or he might treat us like he did Adam and Eve and simply plant doubt in our minds.
  5. Worldiness – James 4:4 – “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God: Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” We live in this sinful world, but we are not to be of the world. The church is the bride of Christ. As a bride, we are to be faithful to the bridegroom. If we go running after others, we become adulterers. That is serious!
  6. Rulers, Authorities, Cosmic Powers, and Spiritual Forces of Evil – Ephesians 6:12. We are seeing this in the news every day. World and local leaders and authorities use their power to oppose God and his people. They seek to destroy anyone who worships and serves the true God. They make laws that directly oppose God’s law and his purpose for humanity. Their agenda seems inclusive and caring, yet it targets our children and only leads to destruction in their lives.

In Conclusion

Let me encourage each of you to spend time in prayer and self-evaluation. Ask God to show you where the enemy is attacking your life. Seek to identify your enemy and prepare for spiritual battle. In the next post we will discuss putting on the armor of God, picking up our weapons, and engaging in the fight.

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Wife, mom, grandma, and country girl. I am living by faith and encouraging others to do the same. I integrate faith, family and country living.

One Comment

  • Jenny

    Hi Kelly,
    Thanks so much for your emails. I enjoy reading them so much.
    What you wrote is thought provoking and challenging.
    I also enjoy staying in touch with you. I hope all is well for you and your family.
    Have a blessed Easter!
    Love,
    Jenny

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