The Thought for the Week this week is written by Paul Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

1 Peter 5:8 NIV “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. “

Spiritual Warfare for Young People 

          Let's be honest, when we think of Spiritual Warfare, we think of someone who's been a Christian for many years, far on in the things of God. They are definitely not young, they are probably a bit tedious and boring, certainly not fun and probably someone we can't relate to very well. We imagine them locked in an unattractive room, with nothing but their bible before them, on their knees for hours at a time, praying away to God about serious issues and fighting against “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:12). It's a million miles away from our lives and, frankly, we can never imagine ourselves doing that sort of thing. Not ever.

                    But, day-to-day Spiritual Warfare is very different from that for most of us. Yes, there will always be those prayer warriors who can pursue the things of God in these spiritual dimensions and we are very, very grateful for them, but God knows where each of us is in the Christian walk and also knows what we're capable of in our youth and in our personalities. So, where is the Spiritual Warfare for young people?

The devil will at this very moment be fighting for two areas of your life:

 !.    Your time

2   Your attention (what you're thinking of) 

          It's as simple as that. If you spend every free moment staring at your phone, the devil has won. He has your time and kept your attention miles away from the things of God (It's in the quiet moments, like travelling, or just before sleeping, or maybe walking between classes, that our minds are free and we can fire a quick prayer heavenward or, the Holy Spirit can draw near to us and perhaps speak to us). If our time and attention are taken up with the latest posts on social media, we've missed those precious moments when God might interact with us or, quite simply, a chance conversation may start up with the person next to us that might lead to them coming to know Jesus.

 Spiritual Warfare Beginners Course in brief: fight for your time and, your attention!