C. S. Lewis’s book series The Chronicles of Narnia transports us to far away places and portrays the spiritual battles we face in life. In The Magician’s Nephew, a beautiful and cruel witch eavesdrops on two children, Digory and Polly, and learns Digory’s heartbreak—his mother is dying.
This is just the ammunition the witch needs to coerce him to become her pawn and disobey Aslan, the great lion and Christ-figure. She approaches Digory with the promise she has the knowledge to make him happy for the rest of his life. If he will take his magical apple to his mother instead of to Aslan, “Soon she will be well again. All will be well again.”
Digory gasps as if he’s been struck. What a terrible choice he must make. The witch pushes harder. “And what would your Mother think if she knew that you could have taken her pain away and given her back her life and saved your Father’s heart from being broken, and that you wouldn’t—that you’d rather run messages for a wild animal in a strange world that is no business of yours?”
The sad reality is that there is no vacation from spiritual warfare. Just like Digory, we must always be on guard, for we live in a spiritually hostile territory. Like our nation’s peace-keepers, we must diligently guard our minds from the tormenting thoughts and emotions that try to manipulate and oppress us.
Our struggle is not against a physical foe but against a hierarchy of spiritual opponents. In our case, Jesus has already won the battle. We must not let the enemy trick us into giving up what He’s won for us. If we fail to resist him, Satan will rob us blind.
We resist the devil by standing firm in our faith, not by focusing on the devil. If you value physical health, you practice good health habits. You eat nutritious food, get adequate rest, bathe, and exercise. To be germ-focused creates paranoia, not health.
On the other hand, if I ignore healthy precautions, I’ll eventually suffer the consequences. To not wash after handling raw chicken foolishly increases the risk of illness and contamination.
This principle relates to spiritual health too. We focus on Jesus and feed our faith, but we must be aware of the devil’s schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11). He exists; to pretend he doesn’t puts us at risk of being manipulated by him. To enter God’s rest we must know how to fight.
Spiritual Warfare Tactics that WIN:
- Against the World: Renew your minds. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2 ESV).
- Against the Flesh: Flee. “Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22 NASB). Avoid (Matthew 6:13). Make no provision for it (Romans 13:14). Walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).
Satan is heartless. He pounces on our most vulnerable spots. Spiritual attacks are personal attacks. That is why we must always be on guard and ready to stand against his schemes. He isn’t content to ping you; he wants to “steal, kill, and destroy”(John 10:10). Are you equipped to win?
Digory came to his senses and rushed to Aslan, who explained the misery he had narrowly escaped. He then granted Digory the desires of his heart—and so much more. Jesus will do the same for you!
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Debbie W. Wilson
 C. S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew (New York, Collier Books, 1955, 1970), p. 162